The EF-3 Type Tornado That Killed People, Tore Planes Into Halves and Demolished Buildings creating a catastrophy over 50 miles across FOUR Countries.
The tornado distinguished as an EF-3 tornado that breezes up to 165 mph tore across Nashville,as informed by the National Weather Service. The tornado sliced through Nashville causing damage that looked straight out of a nightmare. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency expressed that in any event 24 individuals were pronounced dead across four nations while 65 individuals were severely injured.
The officials has stated that the highest number of fatalities has caused in Putnam County, with 28 reported and some of them being children. They also arranged a special morgue for tornado victims which is under the progress as informed by Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter.
Unfortunately, there is a possibility that the death toll could be increased as the first responders continue to search for Victims.Lee warned.
“There is a good possibility there may be more,” he said Tuesday. “It’s early yet.”
As for now the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Campus is currently taking care of 6 injured people, while 23 others are in the care of Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital in Lebanon, Tenn, as reported by WPLN, the NPR member station in Nashville.
There EMERGENCY SHELTERS that are opened in Churches in Cookeville, Mount Juliet and Lebanon and at a sportsplex in Nashville.
The Nashville Mayor John Cooper sends out a unity message as follows; ‘Nashville is hurting and our community has been devastated,’ he tweeted. ‘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.’
The Tornado was so strong that it had destructed about 50 miles across four countries. Porter informed about this to the media that the storm had paved a path about a quarter-mile wide and two miles in length, damaging at least 100 structures or more. Gov. Bill Lee (R), was the person who survey the destructed area through a helicopter and stated that it is going to be a difficult task to measure the exact scope of damage that has occured.
And some infrastructures are ‘totally gone’, he stated. Nashville fire department has stated the Tornado has demolished over 40 infrastructures in the city.
Basement East is one such structure that collapsed due to the Tornado, it’s a popular concert venue that hosted a benefit concert for Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Monday night before the tornado hit stated according to The Tennessean newspaper.
Officials have stated that dozens of Buildings across the area have demolished and 48,000 Nashville Electric Customers are without power. 17,000 residents in Wilson County and 8,000 in Cumberland, Putnam and Jackson Counties are also without power.
‘It is a tragic day in our state. A sad day,’ Gov. Bill Lee said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Lee initially reported 25 deaths, but officials later reduced the toll to 24, saying one of the earlier reported deaths was not storm-related.
This natural disaster occurred on the very same day where people were taking part in the Super Tuesday presidential primary voting.
‘Over two-thirds of the length of Tennessee seems to have been damaged by storms last night,’ Patrick Sheehan, director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, said Tuesday in an interview with NPR and WBUR’s Here and Now.
He also stated that National Guardsmen, firefighters, law enforcement and other first responders were assessing the damage, structure by structure, in the affected areas.
President Trump tweeted Tuesday: ‘The Federal Government is with you all of the ways during this difficult time.’ Speaking at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., he said, ‘Our hearts are full of sorrow for the lives that were lost.’
President also proclaimed that he would be visiting the affected areas on Friday.
Gov. Lee called the deaths in his state ‘heartbreaking.’
‘We have had a loss of life all across the state,’ he said at a Tuesday morning news conference.
WPLN reported Blake Farmer stated debris scattered across one whole section of East Nashville
‘Just debris everywhere, roofs that are gone, windows that have been blown out a good part of an old historic church that’s laying in the street as rubble, a few buildings that have basically collapsed,’ Farmer told NPR’s Morning Edition. ‘I’m looking down an alley, there are power lines just all netted over the alley, and pieces of metal roofing and all sort of debris hanging everywhere.’The tornado ripped through the building at around 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, co-owner Mike Grimes told the paper, saying five employees found shelter ‘with seconds to spare before the roof blew off.’
National Airport Authority tweeted images of planes being ripped apart and being buried under the debris. And buildings in at the airports missing its metal roofing. Nashville International Airport is fully operational but officials warned travelers about the unsteady conditions of the road and might face difficulties traveling to and from the airport.
Fortunately, all the public schools were closed on Tuesday according to the official Twitter account for Metro Nashville Public Schools.
‘The State of Tennessee has activated a strong coordinated response effort to last night’s devastating storms,’ Lee tweeted Tuesday morning. ‘In the hours ahead, we will continue deploying search and rescue teams, opening shelters across the state, and sending emergency personnel to our communities hit hardest.’
Residents are to keep the roads free for emergency personnel and to stay away from the damaged buildings or vulnerable locations. Officials also warned the residents to only call 911 if it’s a life-threatening emergency.
Davidson county, including Nashville, had the polling centers delayed one hour to 8.am to 7 p.m central time due to the damage caused by the storm. The Davidson, Putnam and Wilson polling centers were damaged due to the Tornado states Tennessee’s Secretary of State.