Tennessee Authorities Look For Dozens Of Missing After Tornadoes

The relief teams continue on Wednesday the search for dozens of people not located after tornadoes that left at least 24 dead, dozens injured, and shops and houses destroyed in their passage along 130 kilometers in four counties in the central region of Tennnessee .

In the semi-rural area of ​​Putnam County, where lifeguards went door-to-door on Wednesday inspecting 150 damaged buildings, there were 18 fatalities, including five children, and another 22 people have not been located.

“We ask you to have these families in your prayers,” Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter told a news conference. “And please be patient with us.”

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On Wednesday morning, a water, food and medicine distribution post opened at the Cookville Community Center, and authorities said that this post will continue to operate for the rest of the week.

According to meteorologists, the phenomenon reached winds of up to 164 miles per hour in the Donelson area, and surpassed 124 miles per hour in Germantown, East Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and damaged airplanes and hangars at John C Tune airport, where the winds reached 129 miles per hour.

On Wednesday morning, some 42,000 people in Nashville were still without power, and the NES electricity company in the area was not able to indicate when the service could be restored.

Two people died and at least 156 were injured in East Nashville where schools will be temporarily closed, authorities said.

Purnam County Police Chief Eddie Farris told Channel 5 of local television that several houses were crushed and dozens of people had not been located, so the search and relief work continued.

In Benton County, a 67-year-old man died and 25 houses were damaged, and in Wilson County there were at least two dead. The town of Mt Juliet has established a curfew from six in the afternoon to six in the areas most affected by the tornado.

The state governor, Bill Lee, declared a statewide emergency on Tuesday and ordered the opening of at least four shelters for victims, while President Donald Trump, in a message on his Twitter account, expressed concern about his Government for the victims. The White House said the president will visit Tennessee on Friday.

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