Tennessee was hit hard by a series of extremely violent storms last night, some of which created intense tornadoes. According to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, at least 25 people were killed and that number could grow as search and rescue missions continue in and around the Nashville area. More than 150 injuries have been reported as of press time.
“Nashville is hurting, and our community has been devastated,” said Nashville Mayor John Cooper. “My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones. Be sure to lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need, and let’s come together as a community once more. Together, we will get through this and come out stronger.”
Cooper explored some hard hits of town with media earlier today. While exploring areas hit hard, Cooper said, “I’m devastated by the destruction of our cherished neighborhoods and businesses. We’re doing everything we can to respond. We will heal as a community and then begin the rebuilding process.”
The Nashville office of the National Weather Service continues to evaluate the storm to assess how many tornadoes touched down and where they struck. For now, they were able to classify the damage in 6 neighborhoods by EF rating. The John C Tune area saw EF-2 (130 mph), Germantown and North Nashville saw EF-2 (125 mph), East Nashville and Five Points saw EF-3 (140 mph), Donelson saw EF-3 (165 mph), Mt. Juliet saw EF-3 (160 mph), and Lebanon in Smith County saw EF-1 (100 mph). While a tornado count has yet to be confirmed, the National Weather Service is certain that at least one EF-3 tornado impacted the metro area.
Due to storm damage, today’s Super Tuesday voting in Tennessee was extended. Some polling sites around Nashville were moved while sites across Davidson and Wilson counties were opening late. Officials announced voting and result-reporting would be extended later into the evening due to the storms’ impacts.
This morning, President Trump Tweeted about the storms. “Prayers for all those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Tennessee. We will continue to monitor the developments. The Federal Government is with you all of the way during this difficult time,” Trump Tweeted. The President is expected to tour damage from the storm and meet with local leaders to discuss recovery efforts on Friday.