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UPDATED: At least 5 killed as tornadoes rip through Nashville area

Posted at 4:45 AM, Mar 03, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — At least five people were killed as severe weather, including tornadoes, ripped through the Nashville area, officials have confirmed.

A tornado touched down north of downtown Nashville, causing severe damage to several areas of town. Two people were killed in East Nashville, according to Metro Police.

WTVT reports that officials with the Nashville Fire Department said they were responding to about 40 structure collapses throughout town. Serious damage was caused in many parts of town including Germantown, where we've seen some of the worst damage.

In addition, the Putnam County Sheriff confirmed three people were killed there. the fatalities early Tuesday morning. At this time, information is limited.

Metro Schools in Nashville will be closed on Tuesday, March 3 due to widespread damage. Metro Schools said election polling sites will be open unless otherwise noted.

Several buildings were hit with Jefferson Street and Rosa Parks Boulevard are closed and covered with debris and damage. The Nashville Farmer's Market has been opened as a community shelter for those who have been displaced.

East Nashville was heavily damaged. Workers tell us that they were able to get into the basement seconds before the building was hit and the roof was ripped off.