A powerful and deadly storm moving through Middle Tennessee spawned a tornado that touched down in Nashville early Tuesday morning, cutting a swath of destruction that stretched through the city for miles. At least 40 structures collapsed around the city including one that caused significant damage near downtown Nashville and killed at least 19 people as crews spent hours pulling survivors and bodies from wrecked buildings.
The tornado near downtown Nashville lit up the night sky with flashes of light as transformers blew and the storm reportedly stayed on the ground into Hermitage, about 10 miles east of the city, according to the Nashville Fire Department.
A number people are missing and hundreds are injured. Power is out to over a 100 thousand people.
Pray for residents of Nashville and Middle Tennessee who were in the path of powerful tornadoes that struck early this morning leaving several people dead and significant damage. Pray especially for those who have lost loved ones. https://t.co/ct3eiDhiwa
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) March 3, 2020
Folks in the Nashville area about to get their first real glimpse at the damage done by two overnight tornadoes as the sun comes up this morning.
The twisters are blamed for at least 19 deaths while dozens of homes and businesses have been severely impacted.
At least two tornadoes touched down early Tuesday in Tennessee, including one that caused damage near downtown Nashville. https://t.co/SHIRYEVOpR
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 3, 2020
A video taken from 5th & Main in East Nashville shows the storm system that swept through the area early Tuesday morning. (Submitted by Brian Bates)
Twisters hit in the middle of the night shortly before 1:00 a.m.