Nashville Tornado: What We Know

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East Nashville, Photo by @LuLuLady

Strong storms moved across middle Tennessee March 2 and 3, resulting in numerous tornadoes and devastating damage across the mid-state.

Here’s what we know so far (last update 8:15pm March 8):

  • The National Weather Service reports that seven tornadoes hit the Nashville area Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
  • Damage surveys report the following:
    Camden/Waverly (Benton and Humphreys Counties) EF-2 (125mph) 18.95 miles
    McEwen EF-0 (Humphreys County)EF-0 (80mph) 4.8 miles
    Nashville (Davidson, Wilson & Smith Counties) EF-3 (165mph) 60.13 miles
    Buffalo Valley (Smith and Putnam Counties) EF-0 (75 mph) 5.88 miles
    Baxter/Cookeville (Putnam County) EF-4 (175 mph) 8.21 miles
    Goffton (Putnam County) EF-0 (75mph) 0.23 miles
    Rinnie (Cumberland County) EF-0 (85 mph), length TBD
    Learn more here
  • At least 25 people were killed
  • The governor declared an emergency and sent the National Guard to help with search-and-rescue efforts
  • TN Highway Patrol asks residents to not enter into damaged storm areas. Not all areas are rendered safe. Do not attempt to go inside damaged homes or buildings. If you did not live in a damaged area, then do not enter the area to sightsee. 
  • Power has been restored to thousands. Initially, 50,000 people were without power. During a press conference Sunday, Mayor Cooper said that number was around 7,000
  •  Stoner Creek Elementary and West Wilson Middle in Wilson County suffered such devastating damage resulting in the school not being able to reopen this school year. School administration is working on a plan for students to finish the year, reports WKRN.
  • Emotional Support Resource: The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
  • Click here to find out how you can help victims of the tornadoes.