Nashville, Tennessee is a city on the rise in the booming southeast.
Once known as the home for all things twangy, “Nash-Vegas” has quickly transformed itself from a quick, country-themed pit stop on an east coast vacation to an all out destination for all manner of revelers. On the city’s main strip, Broadway, bright and shiny new music venues are populating the left behind spaces that sit adjacent to some of American pop culture’s most important landmarks such as the Ryman Auditorium and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.
On top of the partying that takes places nightly in Music City, Nashville has cultivated a serious sports reputation with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, the always exciting Nashville Predators hockey team, and newly-minted MLS side Nashville Soccer Club.
And while there is still much optimism about Nashville’s future, this week was a somber one for the city.
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 at least 22 people as crews spent hours pulling survivors and bodies from wrecked buildings.
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, 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.”
Photos from the widespread and chaotic scene were circulating early Tuesday.
The Basement East, all but destroyed, its “I believe in Nashville” mural left untouched💙 pic.twitter.com/j5wrtfrWZD
— Rebecca Cardenas (@RebeccaWSMV) March 3, 2020
#nashvilletornado latest:•9 dead•At least two tornadoes touched down in central Tennessee•40 buildings have collapsed in downtown Nashville
Via @AP pic.twitter.com/k6MUhqenJm
— Maggie Carlo (@KOCOMaggie) March 3, 2020
Tornado warning in downtown Nashville yielded some crazy views @spann pic.twitter.com/TrqnA21GJj
— getaclewis (@getaclewis) March 3, 2020
Wow. I am speechless at this photo.
Jenny Pearcy took this from her balcony of SkyHouse Nashville as a tornado tore through downtown. @NC5 pic.twitter.com/1t15fKWsoi
— Heather Mathis (@NC5_HMathis) March 3, 2020
The death toll stands at 22 as of this writing, with Nashville emergency services still working diligently to clear the rubble.
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