A state of emergency in Tennessee
Two tornadoes touched down in Nashville and Central Tennessee early Tuesday morning leaving at least 22 people dead and several others unaccounted for.
Governor Bill Lee declared a state of emergency after the tornadoes left many people missing and dead in the counties of Davidson, Putnam, Benton, and Wilson, according to NBC news.
Around 45 buildings, primarily in the downtown area and east precincts, collapsed in Nashville. Several other buildings had severe damage. Mainstreet closed at 1:30am in Nashville due to fallen trees and other debris scattering the area, including part of a building in the street, according to NBC news.
President Donald Trump sent warm wishes and condolences to those affected by the deadly storm, claiming that he would be visiting Tennessee some time later this week.
“I want to send my warm wishes to the great people of Tennessee in the wake of the horrible, very vicious tornado that killed at least 19 people and injured many more,” said Trump at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, according to NBC news.
“We’re working with the leaders in Tennessee including their great Gov. Bill Lee to make sure that everything is done properly. FEMA is already on the ground and I’ll be going there on Friday.”
The horrific weather left dozens of homes and buildings damaged . Meanwhile, state officials scrambled to make sure that certain buildings were in good standing for voting to begin for the Super Tuesday primaries.