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.
— Sam Shamburger (@shamnadoes) March 3, 2020
— Dan (@Daniel_Alley) March 3, 2020
Here’s a look at Main Street, the busiest street in East #Nashville. It’s closed while crews try to remove debris and restore power. This is a clothing store Molly Green—demolished. @WKRN pic.twitter.com/DRQ2hYR9ov
— Stassy Olmos (@StassyOlmos) March 3, 2020
— Korey O'Brien (@koreyobrienTV) March 3, 2020
Aftermath of tornado in Nashville pic.twitter.com/nheWy8wUXI
— Celia Darrough (@celiadarrough) March 3, 2020
Sadly, the tornado damage in Nashville is only going to become profound as the sun comes up. pic.twitter.com/lmZbDqwjzR
— Chris Conte (@chrisconte) March 3, 2020
At a legendary music venue in East Nashville, the building was nearly destroyed, but the iconic “I believe in Nashville” mural remains.
— Christopher Hale (@chrisjollyhale) March 3, 2020
Drone video showed storm damage in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, which is located east of Nashville.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 3, 2020
— Maggie Carlo (@Maggie_Carlo_) March 3, 2020
“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