A major tornado swept through downtown Nashville in the early morning hours on Tuesday inflicting major damage on the city. Nine people have been confirmed dead from the storm, with an unconfirmed number of injuries. At least 40 buildings have been destroyed in the city.
Throughout the morning, videos of the terrifying storm have been emerging on social media. In one, the cyclone is seen ripping through downtown cause numerous explosions and construction cranes to swing in the wind.
“WATCH: Apparent tornado lights up the sky & swings cranes in Downtown Nashville; The National Weather Service has confirmed at least one touchdown,” the Breaking 911 twitter account wrote alongside the video.
“Our community has been greatly impacted by a tornado,” said Captain Chandler of the Mt. Juliet Police Department. “There are multiple homes damaged and multiple people injured. Our officers are in the early stages of this response and we continue to assess what is happening … there are multiple homes damaged, multiple people injured, multiple people still trapped. We need your help.
“There are gas lines that are leaking, power lines that are on the ground, and multiple emergency responders are responding to those who are injured and trying to get them the help that they need,” Chandler continued. “We appreciate your concern, your prayers. Continue to pray for our first responders and those that are injured and we will continue to keep you updated.”
John Tune Airport officials released a statement after the storm passed confirmed that the facility had suffered serious damage.
“John C. Tune Airport (JWN), BNA’s sister airport in West Nashville, sustained significant damage due to severe weather earlier this morning,” the statement read. “There were no reported injuries. Several hangars have been destroyed, and power lines are down. In the interest of safety, the public is advised to avoid John C. Tune until further notice. The Airport Authority has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response.”
One of the clearest images I’ve come across of the tornado that struck Nashville a couple hours ago. pic.twitter.com/qiRJAo65RO
— matt johnson (@zorymatt) March 3, 2020
A less serious result of the tornado is that it will reportedly affect some polling stations as part of Super Tuesday. Tennessee is one of many states that will be holding primary elections for the Democratic candidates.
“At this point, information about damage to polling locations is being collected. Any voter in Davidson County whose assigned precinct has been impacted may vote at the Election Commission Offices located at 1417 Murfreesboro Pk or 800 2nd Ave South,” according to local station WKRN.