• Thomas Parker

Deadly tornado hits central Tennessee

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

22 people have been killed and others injured after a tornado hit Nashville and other parts of central Tennessee on Tuesday morning.

The deaths occurred in four counties: Davidson, Putnam, Benton and Wilson, according to Governor Bill Lee.

"We have had loss of life all across this state," Lee said, adding that some people are still unaccounted for. "There are folks missing."

The severe weather left 50,000 households and businesses without power, damaging or destroying dozens of homes and other structures. State officials say they are scrambling to ensure residents can still vote in the state's Super Tuesday primary elections.

"There are multiple homes damaged and multiple injuries. We have requested mutual aid from allied agencies. We continue to search for injured. Stay home if you can. Watch for downed power lines," the Mt. Juliet Police Department tweeted.

The National Weather Service in Nashville said that there is no longer a tornado warning in effect for Middle Tennessee, but that storms in the area are still dangerous due to lightning, heavy rain, and 40-50 mph winds.

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