Disaster: Deadly tornadoes shreds more than 40 buildings in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least two tornadoes touched down early Tuesday in central Tennessee, including one that ripped across downtown Nashville and caused about 40 buildings to collapse around the city.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the sheriffs of Putnam and Benton counties are reporting fatalities as police searching for injured people.
Authorities are pleading with the able-bodied to stay indoors, at least until daybreak can reveal the dangers of a landscape littered with blown-down walls and roofs, snapped power lines and huge broken trees.
Some schools already closed for Super Tuesday voting will be kept closed this week and beyond to handle repairs.