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Massive tornado batters Nashville as ‘extremely dangerous’ supercell sweeps through downtown

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A massive tornado swept through Nashville early this morning leaving five people dead, multiple injured and thousands without power as high winds wreaked a trail of destruction.

At least two tornadoes struck central Tennessee as heavy ‘supercells’ caused damage near downtown Nashville, knocking out power and tearing through buildings.

Thousands were left without power as nearly 16,000 Nashville Electric Service customers suffered outages.

Three people died in Putnam County, Sheriff Eddie Farris told WTVF and two deaths were reported in East Nashville, Metro Nashville Police Department confirmed.

Terrifying footage showed lightening flashing across the sky and debris strewn across roads as the storm struck.

A reported gas leak forced an evacuation of the IMT building in the Germantown community, according to WSMV-TV.

Police said the emergency services have launched searches for people still trapped in the wreckage of damaged buildings.

The National Weather Service confirmed the tornado touched down in the early hours of this morning and warned residents to ‘take cover’.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down near downtown Nashville on Tuesday. Pictured is lightening flashing across the sky in the early hours of this morning

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down near downtown Nashville on Tuesday. Pictured is lightening flashing across the sky in the early hours of this morning

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down near downtown Nashville on Tuesday. Pictured is lightening flashing across the sky in the early hours of this morning

Residents had to be evacuated from the apartment complex in Nashville

Residents had to be evacuated from the apartment complex in Nashville

Heavy damage could be seen in the apartment building in a video posted on Twitter

Heavy damage could be seen in the apartment building in a video posted on Twitter

An apartment building in the Germantown area of Nashville, Tennessee, after a tornado struck. Residents had to be evacuated from the building

Debris scattered across an intersection (pictured above) in downtown Nashville this morning after the tornado hit the city

Debris scattered across an intersection (pictured above) in downtown Nashville this morning after the tornado hit the city

Debris scattered across an intersection (pictured above) in downtown Nashville this morning after the tornado hit the city

Debris scattered across the parking lot of a damaged apartment building after the tornado hit Nashville in the early hours

Debris scattered across the parking lot of a damaged apartment building after the tornado hit Nashville in the early hours

Debris scattered across the parking lot of a damaged apartment building after the tornado hit Nashville in the early hours

Damamged vehicles and buildings seen in East Nashville after a tornado hit the city in the early morning hours of Tuesday

Damamged vehicles and buildings seen in East Nashville after a tornado hit the city in the early morning hours of Tuesday

Damamged vehicles and buildings seen in East Nashville after a tornado hit the city in the early morning hours of Tuesday

Emergency crews working near a damaged business at Jefferson Street and Seventh Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee, today

Emergency crews working near a damaged business at Jefferson Street and Seventh Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee, today

Emergency crews working near a damaged business at Jefferson Street and Seventh Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee, today

Cars stopped at service lines downed by a tornado this morning in Nashville, Tennessee. The tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight

Cars stopped at service lines downed by a tornado this morning in Nashville, Tennessee. The tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight

Cars stopped at service lines downed by a tornado this morning in Nashville, Tennessee. The tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight

A resident making her way down Underwood Street in Nashville, Tennessee, amidst downed trees and heavy debris today

A resident making her way down Underwood Street in Nashville, Tennessee, amidst downed trees and heavy debris today

A resident making her way down Underwood Street in Nashville, Tennessee, amidst downed trees and heavy debris today

The service tweeted: ‘Tornado still confirmed on the ground near Hermitage. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO! TAKE COVER NOW IN WILSON COUNTY!!!’

Videos emerged on social media showing lightening flashing across the sky and an apartment building gutted by high winds. 

An apartment complex in Nashville was left heavily damaged and residents in the Germantown area of the city were evacuated from the building after the twister struck.

Images on social media showed extensive damage to buildings, mangled wires on downed power lines and structures that are now unrecognizable as the tornado had reduced them to rubble.

One photo showed a white vinyl fence that had fallen a car. Another showed the roof and walls gone from a building that still had what appeared to be boxes stacked on shelves. 

A witnesses of the Nashville tornado said it was a ‘rough night in Germantown’ as the twister went straight overhead.

One video posted online from east Nashville showed what appeared to be a well-defined tornado moving quickly across the city.

The whirl of the wind could be heard gusting after the tornado moved out of sight in the clip.

Photos showed dozens of people in the street carrying their belongings outside the IMT building not long after the tornado moved through the city.

Residents watching on as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson Street in Nashville

Residents watching on as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson Street in Nashville

Residents watching on as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson Street in Nashville

Music City Cleaners dry cleaning service was left heavily damaged from the 45mph winds that struck Nashville today

Music City Cleaners dry cleaning service was left heavily damaged from the 45mph winds that struck Nashville today

Music City Cleaners dry cleaning service was left heavily damaged from the 45mph winds that struck Nashville today 

Downed power lines could be seen on Ninth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, today after the 'supercell' struck the city

Downed power lines could be seen on Ninth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, today after the 'supercell' struck the city

Downed power lines could be seen on Ninth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, today after the ‘supercell’ struck the city 

Lightening flashed across the sky above Nashville as the storm touched down in Tennessee. Police confirmed five people were killed and multiple victims suffered injuries

Lightening flashed across the sky above Nashville as the storm touched down in Tennessee. Police confirmed five people were killed and multiple victims suffered injuries

Lightening flashed across the sky above Nashville as the storm touched down in Tennessee. Police confirmed five people were killed and multiple victims suffered injuries 

A police car in front of a wrecked building housing a dry cleaning business in Nashville, Tennessee, in the early hours of this morning

A police car in front of a wrecked building housing a dry cleaning business in Nashville, Tennessee, in the early hours of this morning

A police car in front of a wrecked building housing a dry cleaning business in Nashville, Tennessee, in the early hours of this morning 

The Geist restaurant brick wall collapsed in the tornado that touched down in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday

The Geist restaurant brick wall collapsed in the tornado that touched down in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday

The Geist restaurant brick wall collapsed in the tornado that touched down in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday

A mural on the heavily damaged The Basement East in the East Nashville neighborhood today in Nashville, Tennessee

A mural on the heavily damaged The Basement East in the East Nashville neighborhood today in Nashville, Tennessee

A mural on the heavily damaged The Basement East in the East Nashville neighborhood today in Nashville, Tennessee

A man walking by a storm damaged pickup truck covered in branches on Underwood Street today in Nashville, Tennessee

A man walking by a storm damaged pickup truck covered in branches on Underwood Street today in Nashville, Tennessee

A man walking by a storm damaged pickup truck covered in branches on Underwood Street today in Nashville, Tennessee

Metro Nashville Police Department confirmed earlier confirmed two of the deaths in the storm, tweeting: ‘Two fatalities have been reported to the MNPD, the victims from East Nashville.’ 

 

Nashville Fire Department said they were responding to reports of around 40 building collapses around the city and warned residents to stay away from downed power lines and storm debris. 

‘Our community has been impacted significantly,’ the Mt. Juliet Police Department tweeted early on Tuesday. Multiple homes were damaged and multiple injuries were reported, the department said. ‘We continue to search for injured. Stay home if you can.’ 

John C. Tune Airport, Nashville International’s sister airport in West Nashville, ‘sustained significant damage due to severe weather,’ spokeswoman Kim Gerlock said in a statement early on Tuesday morning. Several hangars have been destroyed and power lines are down, she said.

Gerlock asked that the public avoid the airport until further notice and that the Airport Authority has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate response. 

Mt. Juliet Police Department said many homes had been damaged and multiple people had been injured and trapped in buildings by the storm. 

Captain Chandler said in a Facebook video: ‘Our community has been greatly impacted by a tornado. 

The National Weather Service warned residents to 'take cover' and meteorologist Joe Fitzwater from 13 News said the tornado was 'extremely dangerous'

The National Weather Service warned residents to 'take cover' and meteorologist Joe Fitzwater from 13 News said the tornado was 'extremely dangerous'

The National Weather Service warned residents to ‘take cover’ and meteorologist Joe Fitzwater from 13 News said the tornado was ‘extremely dangerous’

Residents watching on as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson Street in Nashville

Residents watching on as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson Street in Nashville

Residents watching on as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson Street in Nashville

Downed power lines left thousands without electricity across Nashville today

Downed power lines left thousands without electricity across Nashville today

Downed power lines left thousands without electricity across Nashville today 

The damage caused to an apartment building in Germantown was visible in a video posted on social media showing the floor covered debris

The damage caused to an apartment building in Germantown was visible in a video posted on social media showing the floor covered debris

The damage caused to an apartment building in Germantown was visible in a video posted on social media showing the floor covered debris 

Vehicles passing by damaged buildings on Jefferson Street after a tornado passed through the area in Nashville, Tennessee

Vehicles passing by damaged buildings on Jefferson Street after a tornado passed through the area in Nashville, Tennessee

Vehicles passing by damaged buildings on Jefferson Street after a tornado passed through the area in Nashville, Tennessee

‘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.’

Chandler went on to say that first responders were doing their best to help those in need.

He added: ‘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.  

‘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.’ 

The tornado reportedly stayed on the ground into Hermitage, about 10 miles east of the city in Tennessee.

The storm was forecast to bring an isolated tornado, damaging winds and large hail, news outlets reported.

Serious damage was caused in many parts of town including Germantown, where some of the worst damage to homes and businesses were seen.

The live music venue Basement East  ‘sustained significant damage’, but all staff working inside are not injured, the venue said on social media.  

Residents walking by a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson Street in Nashville, Tennessee earlier today

Residents walking by a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson Street in Nashville, Tennessee earlier today

Residents walking by a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson Street in Nashville, Tennessee earlier today

Damaged service lines on Ninth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, after the tornado struck the city on Tuesday morning

Damaged service lines on Ninth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, after the tornado struck the city on Tuesday morning

Damaged service lines on Ninth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, after the tornado struck the city on Tuesday morning

An intersection in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, was left with debris from the tornado scattered across the road today

An intersection in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, was left with debris from the tornado scattered across the road today

An intersection in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, was left with debris from the tornado scattered across the road today 

A damaged horse trailer lying toppled over at the Hidden Acres Farm after a storm touched down in the area around Nashville

A damaged horse trailer lying toppled over at the Hidden Acres Farm after a storm touched down in the area around Nashville

A damaged horse trailer lying toppled over at the Hidden Acres Farm after a storm touched down in the area around Nashville

Nearly 16,000 Nashville Electric Service customers suffered power outages after a tornado knocked out service lines

Nearly 16,000 Nashville Electric Service customers suffered power outages after a tornado knocked out service lines

Nearly 16,000 Nashville Electric Service customers suffered power outages after a tornado knocked out service lines 

Meteorologist Joe Fitzwater from 13 News warned the tornado was ‘extremely dangerous’.

He tweeted: ‘EXTREMELY dangerous supercell with a likely #tornado just passed through Nashville and continues east toward Mount Juliet. New tornado #warning issues for towns east. Debris ball STILL showing up on level 2 radar #tnwx.’ 

Two tornado warnings in Putnam County, east of Nashville, were reported a short time later. The National Weather Service said the tornadoes were confirmed on radar.

County Mayor Randy Porter told CNN in a Facebook message that Putnam County saw ‘several critically injured’ people. 

Heavy rain was expected to impact Gulf Coast states over the next several days, according to WTVF-TV.

The NSW had declared the storm ‘a severe threat’ yesterday morning, adding in a tweet that ‘a tornado can’t be ruled out’. 

Metro Nashville Public Schools said its schools would be closed on Tuesday because of the tornado damage. Wilson County, just east of metro Nashville will close schools for the rest of the week. 

Jeff Roberts of the Elections Commission said in a statement earlier today that information about damage to polling stations is being collected as polls open for Super Tuesday. 

Any voter in Davidson County whose assigned precinct has been impacted may vote at the Election Commission Offices, the statement said. Polls open at various times, starting at 7am (CST), depending on the county. 

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