Injury, death, and property destruction were all caused by this terrible storm.
Late Monday night and into Tuesday morning, a tornado tore through the middle of Tennessee, hitting Nashville especially hard. Numerous people are injured or missing, and at least 19 are confirmed dead at time of writing.
The tornado produced additional storms that rippled outward throughout the state, as well as powerful bursts of lightning that completely destroyed transformers. The tornado has been rated an EF-3, with bursts of wind ranging from 136-165 miles per hour.
According to city Fire Chief William Swann, at least 45 buildings in Nashville have been completely destroyed, and at least 150 people in the Metro Nashville area are in the hospital. Roofs were torn off, trees and power lines were uprooted, and debris has covered roads and sidewalks.
Metro Nashville public schools, which were already closed for Super Tuesday polling, will remain closed for the rest of the week due to the extensive damage and power outages. A shelter for any displaced residents has been opened at the Nashville Farmers Market.
Nashville’s Mayor, John Cooper, spoke solemnly about the disaster during a press conference Tuesday morning. “Last night was a reminder about how fragile life is.”