Tornado rips through Nashville area, killing 8

A tornado crashed through the Nashville, Tennessee, area early Tuesday, killing two people, according to a tweet from the Metro Nashville Police Department. About 40 buildings reportedly collapsed in the storm.

Here is where deaths have been reported so far:
• Two in East Nashville, near downtown, police said.
• Four in Putnam County, roughly 80 miles east of Nashville, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
• Four elsewhere across the region, according to TEMA.

Police in Mt. Juliet, a suburb 20 miles east of Nashville, reported via Twitter that the area had “multiple homes damaged and multiple injuries … We continue to search for injured.”

Power was knocked out to at least 50,200 customers in the state, most of them served by Nashville Electric Service.

A resident of the Germantown area of downtown Nashville told local TV station WTVF that she was woken up as the tornado ripped off part of her building’s roof. “It just woke you out of your sleep,” she said. “I’m lucky my side didn’t get torn off. The other side is totally torn off.”

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