Downtown Nashville “Devastated” by Overnight Tornado

Photo: Storm damage in Germantown, Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Chris Owens.
Photo: Storm damage in Germantown, Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of Chris Owens.

Nashville, Tenn. — This Tuesday morning, Downtown Nashville more closely resembles a warzone than a thriving Music City for which it is known, as a wintertime tornado ripped through the heart of the city.

officials have confirmed that at least one tornado has inflicted major damage in the city, stating that the storm was “A stark reminder during our severe weather awareness week that tornadoes can and sometimes do hit large cities directly…”

According to reports, the tornado moved through the Nashville area between 12:30 and 1:00 am CST Tuesday, causing damage just north of downtown. 

According to social media reports, the Five Points area is devastated. “Electric lines down, roofs blown off, water lines gushing, etc. A witness describes this as an ‘apocalyptic nightmare.'”

Though there have been no fatality confirmations as of yet, there are reports of people being trapped in various buildings.  The storm has left non-emergency phonelines down in Franklin, Tennessee.

Across Nashville the storm is effecting a countless number of individuals and city officials say that an emergency shelter has been established at the Farmers Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. to provide assistance to individuals left without shelter following the storm.

Cheryl Lewis, a journalist from Auburn, California, was visiting the city during the time of the storm told Appalachian Magazine that she was awakened by a hotel tornado warning announcement ordering guests to take cover in bathrooms.

With 692,587 residents, Nashville is the 24th most populous city in the United States.

Forecasters say warn that residents should remain vigilant, as there are still additional storms to come this morning.  Coming from western Tennessee, these storms should pass through prior to sunrise Tuesday morning.  Emergency crews, media, police, and fire need to monitor these, as storms may be strong or severe.

This is a developing story and additional information will be added as it is confirmed. Last updated, at 4:04 a.m., March 3, 2020.

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