The president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced on Tuesday that he will travel to Tennessee later this week to inspect the damage caused by the two tornadoes on Tuesday morning, which left at least 19 dead near downtown Nashville.
“Before I begin, I want to send my warm wishes to the great people of Tennessee,” Trump said at the beginning of his speech at the Legislative Conference of the National Association of Counties on Tuesday. “I will be there on Friday. Our hearts are full of pain for the lives that were lost, ”he said.
The Nashville Metropolitan Police Department reported around 3:30 AM on Tuesday, local time, that two people from East Nashville had died from one of the tornadoes. Soon after, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reported at least three deaths as a result of the storm, according to local media. By noon, the figure reached 19.RELATED
According to the AP news agency, the tornado near the city center remained on the ground in Hermitage, about 16 kilometers east of the metropolis. In addition, police and firefighters responded to about 40 landslides throughout the city.
John C. Tune airport “suffered significant damage due to bad weather,” spokeswoman Kim Gerlock said in a statement Tuesday morning. Several hangars have been destroyed and power lines are down, he said, adding that no injuries have been reported there.
Gerlock asked the public to avoid the airport until further notice and said the Airport Authority activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response.
The images showed great damage to buildings, downed power lines and structures that are now unrecognizable, since the tornado had reduced them to rubble.
A gas leak forced one of the Germantown community to evacuate, according to WSMV-TV. The photos showed dozens of people on the street carrying their belongings not long after the tornado moved through the city.
The Tennessee American Red Cross said a shelter was opened for displaced residents in the downtown area of the Nashville Farmers Market, just north of the state capital.
Nashville Electric reported that four of its substations were damaged by the tornado. The power outages were affecting more than 44,000 customers, the utility said.
Jeff Roberts of the Electoral Commission said in a statement that information about damage to polling stations is being collected while the polls are being opened for the Super Tuesday. Any voter from Davidson County, whose assigned precinct has been impacted, can vote at the Electoral Commission offices, according to the statement.
The storm system was forecast to bring an isolated tornado, damaging winds and large hail, the media reported. Heavy rains were expected to affect the Gulf Coast states in the coming days, according to WTVF-TV.
US President Donald Trump sent a message through his Twitter account: “Prayers for all those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Tennessee. We will continue to monitor development. The Federal Government is with you all the way during this difficult time, ”he said.