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03 Mar 2020 | 11:40 AM UTC

US: Death toll rises to 19 following storm in Tennessee state March 3 /update 1

At least 19 people dead and more than 150 injured following storm in Tennessee state March 3; state officials declare Level-3 State of Emergency

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Event

The death toll in Tennessee state has risen to 19 as of 11:00 (local time) on Tuesday, March 3, after a strong storm brought at least one tornado that ripped across the Nashville area late on Monday, March 2, into Tuesday. Deaths were reported in Davidson, Putnam, Benton, and Wilson counties, and more than 150 people are currently being treated for injuries resulting from the storm. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) activated to a Level-3 State of Emergency at 09:00 on Tuesday in response to the situation.

At least 40 buildings in the Nashville area were damaged by the storm and more than 50,000 power outages have been reported statewide. Metro Nashville Public Schools were closed on Tuesday due to tornado damage across the city. Presidential primary voting will be delayed one hour in Davidson and Wilson counties.

The John C. Tune Airport (JWN) in West Nashville sustained significant damage in the storm and authorities have asked the public to avoid the airport until further notice. Nashville International Airport (BNA) is fully operational as of Tuesday morning, but airport authorities have warned that some crew members are experiencing difficulties getting to the airport due to poor road conditions, so flights may be delayed.

Heavy rains are expected to continue in Nashville through Tuesday morning. Residual transportation disruptions, hazardous driving conditions, and power outages are expected over the coming hours and days.  

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions and power outages, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

Potentially impacted travelers are advised to confirm flight reservations.