UPDATE: 19 Dead After Tornadoes Devastate Middle Tennessee

UPDATE: 19 Dead After Tornadoes Devastate Middle Tennessee

Update, March 3, 11:39 a.m.: The death toll in Middle Tennessee has risen to at least 19 people, Tennessee Emergency Management Community reported Tuesday morning.

At least nine people are dead in Middle Tennessee after tornadoes stormed through the region early Tuesday morning, flattening buildings and leaving nearly 48,000 people without power. Two of those fatalities came from East Nashville, just north of downtown, police said. The city’s Germantown neighborhood also sustained serious devastation.

Tornadoes touched down throughout the region. “Two people died in Wilson County, four in Putnam, one in Davidson and one in Benton counties, according to TEMA community relations officer Maggie Hannan,” reports the Tennessean.

“It’s not looking good right now. We still have several people missing, a lot of loved ones calling in wanting us to locate their family,” Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris told WKRN. “We certainly hope that number doesn’t go up, but it’s not looking real promising at this point.”

Just before 3:00 a.m. local time, the Nashville Fire Department said it was responding to 40 structure collapses. Polling locations in the Super Tuesday state were reportedly among the damaged buildings.

A donation site to support the victims has been set up by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Emily Jashinsky is culture editor at The Federalist. You can follow her on Twitter @emilyjashinsky .
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