It was early Tuesday morning when multiple tornados tore through various counties in Tennessee. Sources say that at least 24 people have been confirmed dead and dozens of others who suffered injuries. Homes and buildings were destroyed as a result of the deadly event leaving nothing more behind than piles of rubble.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center is calling it the “second-deadliest tornado event in Tennessee history.”
While 18 deaths were recorded in Putnam County, 22 others were still reported missing as of Wednesday. Five of those who were killed were children between the ages of three and 13 and another was a woman between the ages of 30 and 35. The news source says that at least 88 people in Putnam County also had to seek treatment from local hospitals for the injuries they suffered as a result of the tornados that struck the state.
In Wilson County, three people were reported dead and another in Benton County. Two others were killed by the storms in Davidson County. While officials haven’t yet identified all of the individuals who lost their lives to the twisters, two of those who were include Michael Dolfini, 36, and his girlfriend, Albree Sexton, 33. The source said they had just left Attaboy Lounge, where Dolfini worked, when they were struck by flying debris.
AP News reported that one of the twisters that touched down in Nashville “wrecked homes and businesses across a 10-mile (16 kilometer) stretch.” At least three dozen buildings were “smashed” including the tower and stained glass of a historic church. Another tornado was responsible for damaging “more than 100 structures along a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) path of destruction in Putnam Count.” Many homes were even pulled from their foundations.
County Music Stars Speak Out After Destructive Tornados Tear Through Tennessee
NBC News reported that after the tornados struck the state, country music stars such as Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, and Faith Hill, shared their personal accounts of the natural disaster. Underwood spoke with Today and said that her husband and two children were at their home in Nashville when the tornados hit. She said her husband “had to go upstairs at like 2 a.m. and grab the boys and take them down to a little safe room in our house.”
Kacey Musgraves said in a tweet that while she and her family are safe, she has many friends who “aren’t so lucky.” She also said that she intends on helping in any way she can. As officials and cleanup crews work to sift through and clean up the debris, we can expect that more information will be provided.