Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Severe Weather Calls for a Safety Plan in Clarksville, TN

Severe Weather Calls for a Safety Plan in Clarksville, TN

Do You Have a Safety Plan in Place?

Severe weather passed through Clarksville this past weekend on Saturday night. A couple of neighborhoods suffered severe damage and several homes were declared condemned. Dozens more had damage and 3 of my homes under construction got some amount of damage.

Thankfully there were very few injuries reported in the storm area and nobody was killed. A few people were taken to area hospitals as a precaution.

Part of the reason that people stayed safe is that they listened to the warnings and took action to get in from the storms. For years, the National Weather Service has asked everyone to have a plan and to identify a safe place in their homes to ride out the storm. When the warnings were being broadcast on weather alerts, local radio and TV stations, people took action. The time was very specific when the storms would pass through and people gathered their children and got into their safe places.

When the tornadoes touched down they created lots of destruction. At least one of the tornadoes has been identified to be an F-2 strength. They skipped across a several mile path, destroying some homes, barely touching others and ripping shingles, breaking glass and slinging debris in a haphazard way. Yards and streets were littered and thankfully because of underground electric, power never went out.

Tornado path

I talked to some of my past clients that were at home as the storm passed directly over their home. They had several thousands dollars worth of damage, were not hurt and can still remain in their home while repairs are being done. The neighbors on each side of them were not so lucky. One house was leveled. Another was damaged so badly that the family must move out.

Down the street a house had siding torn off, windows blown out, garage door buckled and roof sections off. Across the street from that house a home appeared relatively untouched with rockers still sitting upright on the front porch and a decorative wreath on the front door. It is hard to understand how so much force can wreak so much havoc and miss other homes so close.

Here are some precautions to take during stormy weather:

  • Get a weather radio. They are about $40 at the local discount store and worth every penny. Set it up to receive weather conditions in your area.
  • Listen for the sirens alarms. They are mounted throughout the city and the sound will travel for miles.
  • Watch your local TV stations with radar that will get you the path the storms are taking, giving you time to get safe.
  • If in your car, don't try to out run a storm. If it is upon you, stop hyour vehicle and find a ditch or low area and lay flat with your arms protecting your head and body as best you can.
  • Download an app on your phone to have alerts sent directly to your phone. Keep your phone charged or have a battery pack available to keep you alerted if power should go off.
  • Identify a safe place in your home. This is usually in the center of the home at the lowest level and away from windows and glass. Blankets and pillows will help protect you from falling debris.
  • Keep flashlights and batteries handy and keep bottled water on hand to move to your safe place.
  • Don't forget your pets. They are part of the family and can freak out during storms so make room for them, too.

This information is provided by The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730. 

 Centruy 21 Platinum Properties2130 Wilma Rudolph Blvd.

Clarksville, TN 37040

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Comment balloon 11 commentsDebbie Reynolds • March 03 2018 02:43AM


Good evening Debbie Reynolds ,

These storms we are experiencing are not to be taken lightly! Stay safe and be vigilant!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 1 year ago

Debbie, I was shocked to hear that the Noreaster is even touching your part of the safe Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 1 year ago

I hope, all stays safe through these weather. 

Great tips to pass on. 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 1 year ago

These are very good tips. One thing we can't control is the weather, but having advance knowledge of storms can help us stay safe.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, about 1 year ago

Good morning, Debbie Reynolds we had severe rain and hurricane winds here all day and night yesterday.... the wind is still strong but has calmed from yesterday....the rain has stopped and there was an inch of snow on the ground this's now melted.... trees down everywhere here.... 

happy to hear you survived it without incident....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 1 year ago

Great tips, Debbie... those kind of weather conditions are truly frightening. We had some heavy rain and high winds the other day... but nothing as severe as what you described.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 1 year ago

Debbie Reynolds  your post inspired me to look up Clarksville to see where it is located. I didn't realize you're right at the KY border. My daughter lives in Bowling Green and as you probably know, they had to bunker down last weekend because of tornadoes.

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) about 1 year ago

Stay safe, Debbie.  It must have been scary for those in the path of these tornadoes.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 1 year ago

This is great advice to share.

We had a major storm in Maryland that just passed. Over 200,000 lost power in Maryland on Friday. There is much storm damage.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

Good morning Debbie. This is a great post with terrific specifics. Important for all to be prepared wherever they are.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 1 year ago

All good points to know!  Here in tornado alley, when the tornado siren sounds, everyone goes outside to look.

Posted by Shawn and Angela Miller, Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS® (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate) about 1 year ago