Deadly tornadoes kill seven in Nashville, Tennessee – BBC News

Nashville residents standing in darkness after the tornadoesImage copyright Reuters
Image caption About 44,000 people have been left without power in Nashville

At least seven people have died after two tornadoes ripped through central Tennessee, including the state’s biggest city Nashville.

Officials said the tornadoes also caused widespread damage to buildings in the city.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper said the city was “devastated”, and urged people to “lend a helping hand” to neighbours.

Neighbourhoods throughout the city have been plunged into darkness amid infrastructure damage.

About 44,000 people have been left without power, Nashville Electric said.

There was also “significant damage” to John C Tune Airport, about eight miles from the city centre, the airport said.

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Image caption The tornadoes caused significant damage to buildings in the city

Police in the Mt Juliet suburb, east of Nashville, said: “There are gas lines that are leaking, power lines that are on the ground, and multiple emergency responders are responding to those who are injured.”

Nashville’s Emergency Operations Centre said it had opened an shelter with running water in a farmer’s market to help displaced residents.

The city’s schools, courts and transport lines will be closed on Tuesday due to the damage, officials said.

Election polling sites located at schools will be open, but four polling stations have been moved.

Tennessee is one of 14 US states voting in Super Tuesday for a Democratic nominee to stand in November’s presidential election.

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