NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WEHT) – We’re continuing to follow the aftermath of the deadly tornadoes in Tennessee. Eyewitness News Gretchen Ross is in Nashville along with our chief photographer John Simpson.
At least 24 deaths have now been reported. The National Weather Service confirms an EF-3 tornado caused damage in central Tennessee, including parts of Nashville.
The Basement East, which was a popular music venue for live acts and touring bands, was destroyed.
Officials say the tornado hit Nashville’s downtown area and continued east into Putnam County. Our sister station WKRN reports that 77 people in Putnam County have been reported missing. Emergency officials have released those names.
We know at least two people were killed in east Nashville. Michael Dolfini and Albee Sexton were killed by debris while walking from the Attaboy Lounge.
Rescue crews continue to search through debris for people.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper has declared a state of emergency and tens of thousands of people are still without power.
Schools are currently closed for the week, but they are being used as shelters.
(This story was originally published on March. 3, 2020)