Tennessee: At least 25 people were killed and several others injured when a tornado struck parts of Tennessee and Nashville on Tuesday. According to reports, the storms hit in the early hours of Tuesday morning, blowing down walls and roofs, snapping power lines and bringing down trees. Also Read - Had a Good Talk: Trump Becomes First US President to Officially Talk With Taliban Leader
As a result, tens of thousands of households and businesses have been left without power and a state of emergency has been declared in Tennessee.
Notably, the tragedy came just hours before the southern US state voted in Super Tuesday primaries.
Meanwhile, Governor William Lee said that the death toll was expected to rise as search and rescue teams patrolled through collapsed buildings and rubble for missing people.
“It’s a tragic day in our state, a sad day. There are 25 confirmed fatalities. I spent the day touring and visiting with victims and walking through neighbourhoods and the devastation is heartbreaking. It’s incredible. Prayers are greatly needed,” said the Governor.
Taking note of the tragedy, US President Donald Trump said that he would visit the stricken areas on Friday.
“We send our love and our prayers of the nation to every family that was affected, and we will get there and we will recover and we will rebuild and we will help them,” Trump said.
Many on social media shared photos and videos of the terrifying storm that had destroyed buildings and reduced them to rubble:
This is the second most deadly tornado event in Tennessee history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center.