‘Nothing looks familiar anymore.’ Residents recount Nashville tornado

Posted at 2:31 PM, Mar 03, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — At least two people were killed in East Nashville when a tornado ripped through downtown. Twenty-four deaths have been confirmed across Middle Tennessee.

Across the city, residents began assessing the damage Tuesday morning. Many of them recounted the terrifying moments the tornado passed over their homes.

Mary Odom recalled the moment she was forced to hold on to her front door as the tornado swept across and destroyed businesses.

“The sky was white. It was so quiet – I thought ‘something is coming,’” Odom said. "I ran into my hall closet to where my hot water heater was. The whole building was shaking… I had to literally pull the door closed for what seemed like hours.”

Metro police confirmed the two deaths occurred in East Nashville. They said 36-year-old Michael Dolfini and his girlfriend, 33-year-old Albree Sexton, were killed shortly after they left the Attaboy lounge, where Dolfini worked.

The damage around the Five Points area of East Nashville is extensive.

Governor Bill Lee toured some of the destruction across the city firsthand.