Tornado Hits Nashville
UPDATED MARCH 4, 2020 10:00 AM —
At least 24 people are dead after a tornado ripped through Nashville, TN early Tuesday morning. Dozens remain missing.
UPDATED MARCH 3, 2020 12:28 PM —
The death toll from severe weather that tore through Tennessee last night and early this morning has jumped to at least 22.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a State of Emergency for Tennessee after yesterday’s deadly tornadoes. President Trump will visit Tennessee on Friday to assess the damage.
Preliminary damage surveys from the NWS Nashville office indicate at least EF-3 damage in Mount Juliet with estimated wind speeds of 155-160 mph and at least EF-3 damage in Donelson with estimated wind speeds of 160-165 mph. They indicate that this damage may be from the same tornado.
Damage surveys remain ongoing.
A large tornado tore through downtown Nashville around 2 AM on Tuesday. At least 19 fatalities have been confirmed, while more people remain missing.
Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee, stated this morning that many people are injured and in local hospitals. He also said that the fatalities occurred in four separate counties.
The Metro Nashville Police Department has confirmed that at least 2 of the fatalities occurred in East Nashville. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department has said that 3 people were dead in the county after a tornado touched down between Cookeville and Baxter. Officials in Benton County reported that 1 fatality occurred there.
Significant damage has been reported across Nashville. Police and fire crews there report approximately 48 building collapses with debris and power lines strewn across city streets.
— Sam Shamburger (@shamnadoes) March 3, 2020
The historic Germantown area of Nashville sustained some of the worst damage. Roofs were torn off buildings, large trees uprooted, cars thrown around, and entire walls ripped off homes and businesses.
— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) March 3, 2020
The Red Cross has opened a shelter for displaced residents at the Nashville Farmer’s Market, just north of the state capitol.
The National Weather Service in Nashville is currently assessing the damage and is expected to release their preliminary findings, including the strength of the tornado, later today.