Devastating Tornado Wreaks Havoc Across Tennessee

An “at least EF-3” tornado swept through Wilson and Davidson counties in Tennessee on Monday, March 2, claiming at least 22 lives and causing severe damage, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported.

Nashville sustained significant damage after several tornadoes ripped through Middle Tennessee overnight into Tuesday. The National Weather Service (NWS) approximated over 155 mph wind gusts in the surrounding suburbs.

At least 40 city buildings had collapsed, the Nashville Fire Department said, including popular music venue The Basement East, home of the famous “I Believe in Nashville” mural. Aerial footage shows the damage to an airplane hanger at Nashville’s John C Tune Airport, the cost of which could be “in the millions,” officials said.

This video shows storm damage in Hermitage, a neighborhood in eastern Nashville. Chris Bangerter told Storyful he captured this scene along Old Hickory Boulevard and Andrew Jackson Parkway on Tuesday morning, showing a downed electricity pole and an abandoned car with a damaged front end. As of approximately 1 pm on Tuesday, more than 45,000 customers in the Nashville area were without power, the NES reported. Credit: Chris Bangerter via Storyful