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At Least 19 Dead After Tornadoes Slam Nashville

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.

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.

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.