Tornado Strikes In Nashville: Death Toll Still Rising

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Nashville is in a state of ruin after a powerful storm tore through “Music City” in the middle of the night.

The Weather Channel reports “one or more tornados” touched down in middle Tennessee early Tuesday (March 3) morning. One of those tornadoes struck the Nashville metro area.

A tornado likely began near or west of downtown Nashville,The Weather Channel states. “Damage reportedly continued east of the city.”

The Weather Channel cites the Nashville Fire Department, which said they responded to reports of 40 collapsed buildings in the city. Some of the areas with the worst damage include West Nashville, the Five Points neighborhood in East Nashville, and the Germantown neighborhood.

As for the death toll, reports vary on how many people were killed as a result of the storm. A report published by CNN (which as of press time, was updated at 8:13 AM EST), states that as many as eight people were killed.

CNN detailed exactly where the deaths occurred. This is what their report says:

  • Two [dead] in East Nashville, near downtown, police said.”
  • “Four [dead] in Putnam County, roughly 80 miles east of Nashville, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.”
  • “Four [dead] elsewhere across the region, according to TEMA.”

A later report by The Weather Channel stated the death toll had climbed to 19.

Earlier reports stated anywhere from 2-6 people where killed in the storm. The death toll has been rising ever since.

The number of people injured also varies depending on the report. Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter told CNN there are “several critically injured” people that he knows of in his area alone.

CNN states that investigators with the National Weather Service will arrive in Tennessee today (March 3) to look over the damage and determine the tornado’s intensity.

If you’d like to help those who were affected by the tornado, here’s one way to donate:

  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has established a fund to help. You can donate to that fund here.

The United Way is also collecting donations. Those who wish to donate to its relief fund can do so in a few ways:

  • By texting RELIEF2020 to 41444
  • By visiting http://igfn.us/f/20z0/n
  • By sending a check to P.O. Box 330056, Murfreesboro, TN, 37133 (please write RELIEF2020 on the memo line)

Tune in to the video below to learn more about the tornado and the damage it caused.

Our prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones, to those who were injured, and to all who were affected by this terrible storm.

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