Here's what to know about the tornadoes that killed 24 in Tennessee

Posted at 6:22 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 10:52:15-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Twenty-four Tennesseans were killed after severe storms and tornadoes ripped through the state overnight.

At 5 a.m., TEMA declared a level three State of Emergency. Here is a list of those who were killed.

President Donald Trump tweeted that the federal government is monitoring the situation. The President will visit Middle Tennessee on Friday.


  • Germantown/North Nashville: EF-2 (125 mph winds)
  • East Nashville/Five Points: EF-3 (136-140mph)
  • Donelson: EF-3 (160-165mph)
  • Mt. Juliet: EF-3 (155-160mph)
  • John C Tune Airport damage: (and surrounding neighborhood) EF-2, 130mph
  • Cookeville: At least an EF-3
  • Putnam County: EF-4 (175 mph winds)
tornado path


On Thursday morning, there were still more than 18,000 people without power in Nashville. NES said they hope to have the power fully restored by Monday, however that is an estimation, not a guarantee.

On Wednesday night, Wilson County reported 3,800 without power.

Putnam County saw thousands without power after the tornado hit the area. On Thursday morning, Cookeville Electric estimates 50-100 households are still without power. Upper Cumberland Electric estimates 1,000 to 1,400 homes are without power.

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Two people in East Nashville were killed and at least 180 others in the county have been treated. More than 50,000 people woke up Tuesday without power. The Five Points area was severely damaged in the storm. Metro Nashville Schools closed for the rest of the week.

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Five children and 13 adults were killed in the county, and 88 people were hurt. The sheriff's office said the tornado hit between the city limits of Cookeville and Baxter. Sheriff Eddie Farris said several homes have been flattened.

On Thursday, a burn ban was enacted in the city of Cookeville and Putnam County until further notice.

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A 67-year-old man was killed in Benton County. About 25 homes were damaged, with at least four destroyed on Ballard Road.

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Three people were killed in Wilson County. Wilson County Schools will be closed for the remainder of the week. Mt. Juliet has set a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, beginning Tuesday evening for the areas hit hardest by the tornado.

Note: A previous version of this story listed the death toll at 25, with four of those in Lebanon. Lebanon police later clarified, saying the death was reported to them "in error."

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Neighbors say the Donelson area saw unbelievable damage. Several homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Photos show Donelson Christian Elementary destroyed.

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The tornado caused $93 million in damage at John C. Tune Airport. This does not include damage to more than 90 destroyed aircrafts and other personal property. The terminal and 17 hangars were among the damage. Sky5, which was parked in one of the hangars, was also badly damaged.

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If you're interested in helping those who have been displaced or affected by a tornado that ripped through the area, click here for more information.


Many voting locations were impacted by the damage. Voters can check this list to see if their normal polling location was closed on Tuesday. In response the Tennessee Democratic Party filed a lawsuit which led to polling place hours being extended.

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Emergency shelters have been opened for many who have been displaced.

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Putnam County damage
Davidson County damage
Wilson County damage