The Nashville Weather Service in Nashville says East Nashville and Donelson in Davidson County and Mt. Juliet in Wilson County saw damage from at least one EF-3 tornado Tuesday morning, based on damage surveyed so far.
According to NWS Nashville meteorologist Brittney Whitehead, the tornado that hit East Nashville was an EF-3 with winds of 136-140 mph.
However, Whitehead said the NWS Nashville team is still assessing the tornado that hit North Nashville.
“We haven’t officially connected the paths yet,” she said.
An EF-3 tornado has winds of 158-206 mph, according to the Enhanced Fujita scale. The tornado hit Mt. Juliet with winds of 155-160 mph. Donelson suffered damage from a 160-165 mph tornado.
“This is just damage observed in these neighborhoods and it might possibly be the same tornado,” the NWS tweeted.
According to Nashville meteorologist Mark Rose, the tornado that hit Mt. Juliet and Donelson could likely be the same one that ravaged Middle Tennessee.
However, Rose said details about the speed and scale of the tornado that caused significant damage to North Nashville is not yet known.
Two NWS teams of three are currently surveying the areas of Davidson County and Mt. Juliet and Donelson, he said.
“We don’t know the scale of the tornado yet that hit Nashville,” Rose said. “We are surveying the areas and working through traffic and everything everybody else is.”
Burger Up in East Nashville lost some of its structure and roof along just like a few other popular establishments including the Basement East. Christie’s Cookies in Germantown was also significantly damaged.
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In Putnam County, officials say 16 people died from the storm. Three deaths have been confirmed in Wilson County, two in Davidson County, and one person in Benton County.
In Mt. Juliet, roofs were torn off homes, schools almost leveled and electric poles and trees down. People were rescued from homes that had collapsed, just like others across Davidson and Wilson counties.
This is a developing story, check back for updates.
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