Two tornadoes that swept through central Tennessee have raised the death toll to 25, state governor William Lee confirmed on Tuesday. The tornadoes have led to widespread damage to homes and other structures in Nashville, Tennessee’s biggest city. The hurricane hit after midnight and travelled so quickly that there was no time for many people who were sleeping to take shelter, US media reports.
President Donald Trump said Friday he plans to visit the capital. Governor Lee said in a press conference that several people remain unaccounted for. The Nashville scene is, one resident, states the BBC, “like a war zone.”
Two others, David Haskell and his partner, sprang to a storm shelter when emergency alarms on their phones went off.
Much of the destruction is concentrated in the county of Putnam-80 miles (130 km) east of Nashville-where so far 19 deaths have been confirmed. Three people report to lose life in Wilson County. Also, as well as two in Davidson County and one in Benton. Mayor John Cooper of Nashville states the community is “devastate”. He encouraged neighbours to “leave a helping hand.”
Officials shift 150 injure people to medical facilities, Mayor Cooper states.
This left about 44,000 people without power, Nashville Electric said. John C Tune Airport also sustained “significant damage,” about eight miles from the centre of town, the airport said.
Nashville’s Emergency Operations Center said it opened a shelter in a farmer’s market. It has running water to help the displaced people. Schools, courts and transportation lines in the city to remain close on Tuesday because of the destruction, officials states. Elections polling sites will be available at schools, but four polling stations have been relocated.