Tornadoes hit Tennessee

At least 22 killed in storms that ripped through the state overnight. One of the twisters caused severe damage across downtown Nashville.

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March 3, 2020 - 10:51 AM

Residents walk through downed utility lines and trees to survey damage caused by one of several tornadoes that tore through the state overnight on March 3 in Cookeville, Tenn. At least 19 people were killed and scores more injured in storms across the state that caused severe damage in downtown Nashville. Photo by (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/TNS)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding at least 40 buildings and killing at least 22 people. One of the twisters caused severe damage across downtown Nashville, destroying the stained glass in a historic church and leaving hundreds of people homeless. 

Daybreak revealed a landscape littered with blown-down walls and roofs, snapped power lines and huge broken trees, leaving city streets in gridlock. Schools, courts, transit lines, an airport and the state Capitol were closed, and some damaged polling stations had to be moved only hours before Super Tuesday voting began. 

The death toll jumped to 22 on Tuesday afternoon, Tennessee Emergency Management Spokeswoman Maggie Hannan said, after police and fire crews spent hours pulling survivors and bodies from wrecked buildings.

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