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Tornado Damage in Middle Tennessee, 3 Mar 2020

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This is to share the damage that was done in middle Tennessee during the early morning of 3 March 2020.

A tornado ran through and obliterated many areas of Nashville, Tennessee. Some reports say over an hour of time on the ground with debris lifted as high as 20,000 feet into the air. At least 48 collapsed buildings and NINETEEN deaths confirmed (between counties) as of 7:00 am March 2020. Many businesses and homes totally destroyed. Debris all over the roads, utility polls snapped in half, and trees uprooted and/or blown over, destroying roofs of businesses and homes.

As of 11:23 hours today, 22 people have died in this event so far. A number of people are missing and many are injured according to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee. Nashville Electric tweeted that four of its substations were damaged in the tornado. Power outages were affecting more than 47,000 customers Tuesday morning, the utility company said. Hardest hit was Germantown and East Nashville, among other areas.

Right now they are estimating an F3 tornado through Donelson, Mount Juliet and surrounding areas. Winds at about 163 miles per hour. It was about an hour on the ground.

This tornado was the third to tear through downtown Nashville. Previous twisters had ripped through the city in 1933 and 1998, the National Weather Service said. One local news station said that the path of the tornado through middle Tennessee early this morning, was the same path as the one that came though on April 16, 1998. During that time seven people were killed in Tennessee, two in Arkansas and 3 in Kentucky. That tornado was an F-3 which passed through East Nashville, Donelson, and Hermitage before finally lifting northwest of Lebanon in extreme northern Wilson County. More info on that one can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tornado_outbreak_of_April_15%E2%80%9316,_1998#Downtown_Nashville.

On Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020, an EF-4 tornado was confirmed in Putnam County with at least 20 homes completely destroyed, according to the National Weather Service. There have been 18 fatalities, 88 injuries and three people still missing. he National Weather Service survey teams have concluded that it was one single tornado that on the ground for over 50 miles on Tuesday morning.

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With President Donald Trump visiting Nashville today, it brought back memories of another tornado that touched down right down the road from me back in Feb 2008. I remember driving from Hendersonville to Gallatin and seeing all the damage there from overturned vehicles to homes torn apart in Sumner County. In that one, thirty-nine people were killed in Tennessee overall. I made a YouTube video dedicated to them that can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u2yVelAUl0

But most noteworthy was the visit of (then) President George W. Bush who came to Lafayette, Tn on Feb 8, 2008 and met with the residents who lost their homes. Here is a source of President Bush's visit here: https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2008/02/images/20080208-4_p020808cg-0410-515h.html

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6 Mar 2020, "President Donald Trump surveyed tornado damage, and marveled at 'the tremendous heart' he witnessed". Trump toured devastated communities in Putnam County, Tennessee, where an EF-4 tornado tornado tore a 2-mile-long path, killing 18 people, including five children under 13. He met with Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn and other top officials.

https://www.wsmv.com/news/putnam_county/trump-surveys-tornado-damage-marvels-at-tremendous-heart/article_10386aef-0976-59e8-a227-e4d711744642.html

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Stories on seven families killed in the March 3, 2020 tornado:

1. Parents, toddler among those killed in Putnam County tornado: Josh Kimberlin, his wife Erin, and their son Sawyer. https://www.wkrn.com/news/nashville-tornado/parents-toddler-among-those-killed-in-putnam-county-tornado/?fbclid=IwAR1TKsx4kMj-F2E4uWvaAQ0FHydg3F_UhMlkoqwcz5w2vIO2SewQFiMWGYE .... Funeral Services: http://herald-citizen.com/stories/josh-erin-and-sawyer-kimberlin,40796

2. Married for 58 years, Mt. Juliet tornado victims died side by side: James and Donna Eaton died in Mt Juliet when a powerful tornado leveled the couple's home Tuesday morning. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/wilson/2020/03/04/mt-juliet-tennessee-tornado-victims-james-and-donna-eaton-were-married-58-years/4948176002/ ... Funeral Services: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/nashville-tn/donna-eaton-9072543

3. Two peas in a pod': Keith and Cathy Selby, inseparable in life, died together in Tennessee tornado https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2020/03/06/tennessee-tornado-keith-and-cathy-selby-among-cookeville-vicitms/4967567002/?fbclid=IwAR1LqSNaTswt3u_xw1IyiQITjFdnYDgwgdiP0RT0AqxAYoKpgtDgJorHMAc ....Funeral Services: https://crestlawnmemorial.com/book-of-memories/4126347/Selby-Cathy/index.php

4. Tornado victim Patricia Lane remembered as a constant in her community. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2020/03/06/funeral-plans-set-tennessee-tornado-victim-patricia-lane-remembered-by-friends-constant-community/4973038002/?utm_source=oembed&utm_medium=onsite&utm_campaign=storylines&utm_content=news&utm_term=4966079002 ....Obituary & Funeral Service: https://www.hhhfunerals.com/obituaries/Patricia-Lane-9/#!/Obituary

5. 'Huge heart, personality': Friends and family remember tornado victim Leisha Rittenberry https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2020/03/04/tornado-victim-putnam-county-leisha-liz-rittenberry/4955895002/?utm_source=oembed&utm_medium=onsite&utm_campaign=storylines&utm_content=news&utm_term=4966079002

6. Benton County man died saving loved ones during deadly storm 'My daddy died a hero': Carl Frazee wasn’t a perfect man, but he was generous in helping others in life and in death. Patricia Kendall was his longtime girlfriend. https://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/2020/03/05/tennessee-tornadoes-benton-county-man-died-saving-loved-ones/4955956002/

7. Tornado victims Sue and Todd Koehler married in 2017: 'He loved that girl so much' https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2020/03/06/cookeville-tornado-victims-sue-and-todd-koehler-enduring-love/4962861002/?utm_source=oembed&utm_medium=onsite&utm_campaign=storylines&utm_content=news&utm_term=4966079002

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