This is a pic. of the Nashville tornado that occurred last night (from WKRN) – a large twister that hit in the darkness of night. As I write this, there are 25 fatalities (16 in Putnam Co., 2 in Wilson Co., 2 in E. Nashville and at least one in Benton Co.) and 156 people were transported to area hospitals in the Nashville area alone. There were 65 injured in Putnam Co. Thirty emergency responders were also injured. This was one of several tornadoes that struck Tennessee (and others in southeast MO and northeast AR). The East Nashville Area has significant damage. WKRN has been doing live coverage and has video and pics. Here’s video of the tornado hitting Nashville. Note the flashes where the tornado is crossing power lines. More video of the tornado. VIDEO of E. Nashville tornado damage (looks like at least EF3. Debris ball on radar. Damage in the millions, perhaps tens of millions just at the John C. Tune Airport. Heavy damage at Tennessee State Univ. west of downtown Nashville. Donaldsville Christian Academy has been destroyed. 15 polling places are closed on this election day.
Update from the Nashville National Weather Service – preliminary damage assessment:
NWS Nashville@NWSNashville· “Survey results so far: Mount Juliet (Wilson Co.), at least EF-3 damage (155-160 mph). Donelson (Davidson Co.), at least EF-3 damage (160-165 mph). This is just damage observed in these neighborhoods and it might possibly be the same tornado.”
Tornadoes crossed both I-24 near Antioch and I-40 near Mt. Juliet. I-40 is still closed. Vehicles were flipped at both locations. There were at least 48 building collapses, including heavy damage to a Home Depot, a WalMart and a Kroger store. Roofs off, walls caved in. Germantown and Cookeville were hard hit. Tall TVA electric towers were bent over at the base. Over 67,000 customers are without power in the Nashville area. There are 4 major substations out and 20 major transmission lines are down Nashville schools are. closed today. People are urged to stay away from those areas that were hit by the twisters, as emergency vehicles need to get through the damaged areas. Gov. Bill Lee said only essential government employees should report to state offices today. Red Cross asking for blood donations. Humane Society and animal rescues working to find lost pets. With fences down, large animals like cows and horses may be running loose. Damage at Germantown. The Nashville Sound reports damage at First Horizon Park. W. Wilson Middle School looks destroyed – good thing no one was in the school when this hit. 15 polling places in Nashville are not able to open for today’s primary.
Here’s storm reports from 3/2 to 3/3 at 7 am. Wind gusts reached 60 mph at the Nashville National Weather Service Office. Baseball-sized hail fell at Dickson TN with tennis ball-sized hail at Charlotte TN.