There is a state of emergency today in Tennessee, after the state was struck by tornados over night. Nine people have been confirmed dead, and a number of people are still missing across the state. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said the number of fatalities will likely increase by the end of the day.
According to a report from CBS News, The tornadoes destroyed at least 48 buildings, and have left about 50,000 customers without power, according to officials. One tornado ripped through downtown Nashville, and hit the city’s CBS affiliate WTVF directly.
The tornado that hit downtown Nashville reportedly stayed on the ground into Hermitage, a neighborhood about 10 miles east. The city’s historic Germantown neighborhood suffered significant damage.
WTVF called that damage in the Nashville area “stunning.” Nashville Mayor John Cooper wrote on Twitter that the “community has been devastated.”
From The Tennessean:
The National Weather Service in Nashville is still determining the impact and strength of a tornado that ripped through Music City early Tuesday morning but a preliminary map shows that it took a familiar track.
Moving east to west, the tornado created damage in Germantown, East Nashville, Donelson before moving on to Wilson County.
Let’s join in prayer for those who are affected by these storms. May God give them strength in the days ahead.