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6 dead, 20 hurt in after series of tornadoes in Tennessee

Posted at 5:41 AM, Mar 03, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Six people are dead following a series of tornadoes across middle Tennessee.

One of the tornadoes touched down just north of downtown Nashville around 1 a.m. local time, causing severe damage to several areas of town. Two people were killed in the Nashville area, and 20 have been injured.

Officials with the Nashville Fire Department say they're responding to about 40 structure collapses throughout the city. The Germantown neighborhood of the city was among the hardest hit by the tornado.

Hundreds of people will likely be displaced due to the damage.

As of 5:15 a.m. local time, 47,800 customers are without power in Nashville. Police said half of those customers are in the Hermitage area of the city.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper spoke from the city's Farmers' Market, where a shelter has been set up for displaced residents. He said officials wouldn't be able to fully assess the damage until daylight. He urged residents to be cautious, emphasizing that there are numerous power lines down, in addition to gas and ammonia leaks around the city.

East of Nashville in Putnam County, Tennessee, three deaths have been confirmed.

The Putnam County Sheriff said the tornado touched down around 2 a.m. local time between the city limits of Cookeville and Baxter.

Putnam County Sheriff Eddie Farris also confirmed that there might be more fatalities. First responders are currently going door-to-door to check on residents.

Farris said several homes have been "flattened."

There are also extensive power outages in the Putnam County area.

One other person was killed in Benton County, located west of Nashville. It's unclear how many people were injured in that part of the state.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

This story was originally published by Rebekah Pewitt and Laken Bowles on WTVF in Nashville.