Tornado deaths climb to 24

Rescuers still searching through rubble after twisters struck while residents slept Tuesday. Many remain missing.

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National News

March 4, 2020 - 10:11 AM

Buildings damaged by the storm are seen in the Germantown neighborhood of Nashville, Tenn., following devastating tornadoes on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Photo by (Jason Kempin/Getty Images/TNS)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rescuers searched through shattered Tennessee neighborhoods for bodies Tuesday, less than a day after tornadoes ripped across Nashville and other parts of the state as families slept. At least 24 people were killed, some in their beds, authorities said.

The twisters that struck in the hours after midnight shredded more than 140 buildings and buried people in piles of rubble and wrecked basements. The storms moved so quickly that many people in their path could not flee to safer areas.

“It hit so fast, a lot of folks didn’t have time to take shelter,” Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter said. “Many of these folks were sleeping.”

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