Nashville tornado leaves several dead as severe weather strikes Tennessee

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A powerful storm system produced at least two tornadoes that struck central Tennessee early on Tuesday morning, including one that caused significant damage near downtown Nashville and killed several people.
A powerful storm system produced at least two tornadoes that struck central Tennessee early on Tuesday morning, including one that caused significant damage near downtown Nashville and killed several people.

The tornado near downtown Nashville lit up the night sky with flashes of light as transformers blew and the storm reportedly stayed on the ground into Hermitage, located about 10 miles east of the city.

"They need your prayers in Nashville, Tennessee," Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said on "Fox & Friends." "This was an overnight, rain-wrapped tornado while people were sleeping and now they are waking up to extreme destruction, devastation, and deaths in the Nashville area."

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The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency confirmed at least nine dead from the tornadoes that struck early Tuesday.

The Metro Nashville Police Department said at least two people were killed in East Nashville, while the Putnam County Sheriff's Department reported three people in the county have died after a tornado touched down between the city limits of Cookeville and Baxter. Officials in Benton County told FOX17 a sixth person was also killed in the storms there.

Metro Nashville police officers and fire crews were responding to about 40 building collapses around the city as neighborhoods were littered with blown-down walls and roofs, snapped power lines and huge broken trees.

"A tornado skipped across the county," Nashville Mayor John Cooper told the Tennessean while visiting an emergency shelter early Tuesday. "You do have people at the hospital and frankly there have been fatalities."

Residents captured shocking mages of lightning strikes that turned the sky into purple and pink colors as the tornado that struck Nashville started barreling through the city around 1 a.m.

According to Dean, forecasters believe the storm that tornado that struck Nashville was an EF-3 that went through a…
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