Reed Arnold was watching TV on Saturday at his dwelling in Clarksville, Tenn., when he noticed a warning on his cellphone. He stepped exterior and filmed the swiftly shifting clouds and a looming twister. Minutes later, the tornado hit his neighborhood.

“One second you are sitting in your house, and all of a sudden, all this carnage happens,” he stated.

A sober temper gripped Clarksville and different communities in Center Tennessee on Sunday as crews looked for survivors and officers surveyed the injury from extreme storms and tornadoes that killed at the least six folks within the area and injured greater than 60.

The storms and tornadoes, half of a broader stretch of extreme climate that swept throughout the South on Saturday, left a swath of destruction that included components of Clarksville, close to the Kentucky border, the place three folks died, and communities round Nashville, the place three others had been killed.

On Sunday, Clarksville, Nashville and different Tennessee cities and cities had been working to clear away particles from a panorama the place pink set up clung to tree limbs, kids’s toys lay crumpled and flags had been shredded to ribbons

“It’s really difficult to watch what has happened, to talk to the victims, to be on the ground,” stated Gov. Invoice Lee at a information convention in Madison, after touring injury from the storm. Mr. Lee, who declared a state of emergency on Sunday, stated the state had begun the formal course of of looking for catastrophe assist from the federal authorities.

Directing his feedback to these most affected by the storm, Mr. Lee stated, “While we cannot erase the pain and the difficulty and the heartbreak of what’s happened to you, we can come alongside you.”

Officers in Montgomery County, which incorporates Clarksville, stated that two adults and one little one had died as a consequence of a twister. Officers had been conducting secondary searches and getting ready for the following part of restoration.

Jimmie Edwards, chief of Montgomery County Emergency Companies, stated that 62 injured folks had been taken to medical services, together with 9 who had been transferred to Vanderbilt College Medical Heart and had been in essential situation.

“This morning, we have a lot of families who are suffering,” Mr. Edwards stated on Sunday.

Greater than 52,000 clients had been with out energy in Tennessee, and Mayor Joe Pitts of Clarksville stated in a information convention on Sunday that it could take a couple of weeks for energy to be absolutely restored.

Residents stated the noon twister took them abruptly, giving them little time to hunt shelter.

On Sunday afternoon, Eric Dzidotor visited the piles of particles in Clarksville the place his dwelling had stood. Mr. Dzidotor stated he had moved into the home two years in the past together with his spouse, their three kids, his mom in-law and his brother in-law.

His mother-in-law was now within the hospital with accidents she suffered in the course of the storm, he stated. His brother-in-law, who was 26, didn’t survive.

In the course of the storm, winds carried Mr. Dzidotor from the upstairs of his home to his neighbor’s yard, injuring his again. “It was like falling down from an elevator,” he stated.

When he landed on the bottom and the rain started to pour down, he known as for his household. He pulled his daughters, ages 2, 4 and 17, from their collapsed home, one of them with an injured leg, earlier than making an attempt unsuccessfully to rescue his brother-in-law.

Matthew Burns obtained a panicked name from his spouse and three kids, who had been working at his restaurant, Dream Wingz, in Clarksville whereas he was out delivering an order.

“All I heard was, ‘Get to the kitchen, get to the kitchen,’” he stated.

The twister spun Mr. Burns’s automobile, he stated. However his household was secure and the restaurant was nonetheless intact as soon as he made it again.

“We’re still standing up,” he stated on Sunday morning, after a evening of serving about 1,500 rooster wings to folks in shelters.

Wes Golden, the mayor of Montgomery County, known as the twister a “catastrophic event,” including that the county would wish a lot of assets and time to get better. Colleges within the county might be closed on Monday and Tuesday, he stated.

“We’ve been on the ground, and we’ve seen first hand neighbors helping neighbors,” Mr. Golden stated, choking with emotion. “I’ve never been so proud to be mayor.”

In Clarksville, Rachel Tunstall and her husband had been pulling their vehicles out from below what had been their roof on Sunday, simply two months after they obtained married and moved into their condo.

“This was our bedroom,” Ms. Tunstall, 33, stated, pointing to a area now lacking a wall and a ceiling.

Minutes after seeing the twister warning on her cellphone, Ms. Tunstall had heard the winds, felt strain in her ears and informed her husband they wanted to shelter of their downstairs half-bathroom. On Sunday, exterior what was left of her unit, she packed plastic containers with gadgets that may very well be salvaged, together with Christmas ornaments that the newlyweds had just lately hung.

“My husband and I are both OK,” Ms. Tunstall stated, “and that is the blessing.”

Harm from the storms was additionally reported in Kentucky and in Alabama, the place excessive winds tore down bushes and hail the dimensions of Ping-Pong balls rained down.

Extreme climate additionally made its approach by way of Mississippi, hitting areas southeast of Jackson, and the Florida Panhandle. Whereas it may appear odd to assume of tornadoes at the moment of yr, a mean of 43 tornadoes are reported every December throughout america, sometimes throughout a cluster of southern states.

In Davidson County, which incorporates Nashville, officers stated three people had died as a consequence of the extreme climate. Mayor Freddie O’Connell of Nashville declared a state of emergency for town and for Davidson County, permitting the realm to rapidly obtain state and federal assets.

Throughout a information convention on Sunday, Mr. O’Connell stated that 26,000 clients in Nashville didn’t have energy. An official with Nashville Electrical Service stated that Hendersonville — which is simply northeast of Nashville and suffered in depth injury — can have extended outages. Officers stated they didn’t know the quantity of storm-related accidents.

Three weather-related accidents, together with a head damage, had been reported in Dresden, Tenn., west of Nashville, stated Ray Wiggington, the emergency administration director for Weakley County. No less than one cellular dwelling was flipped over, he stated.

All of the accidents occurred on a single highway in Dresden, he stated, including that it was unclear whether or not the injury had been brought on by “an actual tornado or just straight-line winds.”

He stated that a highly effective EF3 twister, which has winds of 136 to 165 miles per hour, “hit almost in the exact same area” in December 2021, including, “That’s on everybody’s mind.”

Emily Cochrane, Judson Jones, Lola Fadulu and Johnny Diaz contributed reporting.