Nine people are dead following a series of tornadoes across middle Tennessee and the city of Nashville.
And that in the middle of the night! Just terrifying!
2 dead and 20 injured in Nashville, Tennessee
Two people were killed in the Nashville area, and 20 have been injured.
One of the tornadoes touched down just north of downtown Nashville around 1 a.m. local time, causing severe damage to several areas of town.
BREAKING: Building collapse reported near downtown Nashville after tornado hit the Music City; first responders have not confirmed a number of injuries— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 3, 2020
The Nashville Fire Department reports they’re responding to about 40 structure collapses throughout the city.
The Germantown neighborhood of the city was among the hardest hit by the tornado.
Hundreds of people will likely be displaced due to the damage.
As of 5:15 a.m. local time, 47,800 customers are without power in Nashville. Police said half of those customers are in the Hermitage area of the city.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper spoke from the city’s Farmers’ Market, where a shelter has been set up for displaced residents.
He said officials wouldn’t be able to fully assess the damage until daylight. He urged residents to be cautious, emphasizing that there are numerous power lines down, in addition to gas and ammonia leaks around the city.
I am currently working with those at the Emergency Operations Center and receiving regular updates and damage assessment reports. I am also working closely with federal contacts on all recovery assistance options. A more comprehensive media update is coming up this morning.
4 dead in Putnam County
East of Nashville in Putnam County, Tennessee, four deaths have been confirmed.
The Putnam County Sheriff said the tornado touched down around 2 a.m. local time between the city limits of Cookeville and Baxter.
Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris also confirmed that there might be more fatalities since several homes have been flattened.
First responders are currently going door-to-door to check on residents.
There are also extensive power outages in the Putnam County area.
1 dead in Benton County
One other person was killed in Benton County, located west of Nashville.
Benton County Sheriff Kenny Christopher confirmed a 67-year-old man was killed. Two other injuries were reported. About 25 homes were damaged in the area.
2 more deaths were reported in Wilson County
According to those tornado maps, Tennessee is situated in the Dixie Alley.
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