Nashville Weather: The National Weather Service reported that a tornado was located near Nashville at 12:38 am CST, moving east at approximately 72 kilometers per hour, the agency said.
The Nashville Fire Department is reacting to approximately 40 collapses of structures in the city, an agency tweet said.
Officers who train in urban search and rescue are being called to the place, said the Nashville Metro Police Department.
The police of Mt. Juliet said in a tweet that they are looking for injured people. “There are several damaged homes and multiple injured. We have requested mutual help from partner agencies. We continue to look for wounded,” said the tweet.
Five people died in central Tennessee after a huge and dangerous tornado swept through the state early Tuesday.
Three people expired in Putnam County, Sheriff Eddie Farris, confirmed to WTVF, a CNN affiliate. Putnam County is about 160 miles east of Nashville.
Two more deaths were reported in eastern Nashville, according to a tweet from the Metro Police Department.
The Nashville Emergency Center Office has been partially activated to respond to damage caused by bad weather, according to a tweet from the center. They have opened an emergency shelter at the Farmers Market on Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
At least 50,200 blackouts have been reported throughout the state, according to poweroutage.us, with more than 44,400 reported by Nashville Electric Service.
Nashville Metro Public Schools are closed due to tornado damage throughout the city, according to a district notice.
Electoral centers in school facilities will be open unless otherwise indicated, according to the notice.
The John C. Tune Airport also “suffered significant damage,” according to a tweet from the Nashville International Airport, which suffered no apparent damage.
The Airport Authority has activated the Emergency Operations Center, and the public has been warned to stay away until the further announcement, according to the tweet.
At least two multi-story building blocks are shown with their windows open in the Germantown area, in downtown Nashville, according to images of the affiliate WTVF.
Pieces of wood and metal remained in the street while people were out in pajamas with their pets inspecting the damage.
The storm has cleared the Nashville area, and the tornado warning has expired, but the National Meteorological Service issued tornado warnings throughout northern Tennessee.
National Weather Service investigators will examine the damage and confirm the intensity of the tornado later.