Tennessee tornado death toll rises

The death toll from tornadoes that struck Tennessee rose to at least 25 people on Tuesday.

Many more were injured, and Gov. Bill Lee said “a number of people” remained missing.

The twisters destroyed at least 140 buildings, many in and around Nashville.

“It is heartbreaking,” Lee said at a Tuesday news conference. “We have had loss of life all across the state. Four different counties, as of this morning, had confirmed fatalities.”

Lee said he has asked the White House for help.

Schools, public transportation, and at least one airport were closed due to the violent storms that spawned the tornadoes.

President Trump tweeted that the federal government would be with Tennessee “all of the way during this difficult time.”

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