Tornadoes move through central United States

Five people are being treated at a hospital in Covington, Tennessee, after a tornado ripped through the town, a hospital official said.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton was undamaged by the storm and its staff are still able to receive and treat patients, said Kimberly Alexander, director of media relations for Baptist Memorial Health Care.

The tornado rendered the town “impassable,” the Covington Police Department said on Facebook Friday night, sharing photos of roads blocked by downed utility poles and tall trees toppled in front of homes.

Police have asked residents to stay off the roads due to the dangers so emergency crews can get to critical areas.

“Please stay home,” Covington Mayor Jan Hensley said in a social media post. “Don’t drive to search. Power lines are down. We try to clean ourselves up. »


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