Tennessee: Damaged by Tornadoes


EF4 damage in Putnam County, Tennessee, from a violent tornado that impacted the region during the pre-dawn hours of March 3, 2020. Photo taken as part of a damage survey. Photo by Rob Hart. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Vianie Merino, Writer

On the morning of Tuesday, March 3rd two very powerful tornadoes hit and drastically altered the lives of Putnam, Davidson, and Wilson county residents.


According to CNN journalists Nicole Chavez, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Jamiel Lynch, the tornadoes had “winds up to 175mph” and “left at least 24 people dead.” The first tornado was categorized as an EF-4 and the second and EF-3, both doing a considerable amount of damage.


Said to have started the day prior much farther away from these counties, the deadly storm came in waves as it progressed towards various areas that are now struggling to recover. Yihyun Jeong’s article, “Minute by minute: How a deadly tornado cut a devastating path across Tennessee,” records the first sign of disaster at 10:15pm that Monday and its conclusion at around 6:14am Tuesday.


Although the tornadoes were predicted by several of Tennessee’s meteorologists, the extent of the storm’s capability would have never been predicted to be this high. Moving all the way from Malden, Missouri to East Nashville, Tennessee, the storm left tens of thousands without power and many homes, businesses, schools and churches across four counties without safety.


Now, Tennessee’s residents are forced to wait as more storms are expected to arrive throughout the next couple of weeks, possibly with even more ferocity. Even with damage control, search and rescue and hospital care still at work from Tuesday’s disaster, preparation for further casualties has already gone underway for many concerned citizens.


As stated by the WKRN News channel, “The Storm prediction Center (SPC) upgraded the severe storm threat to a level 3 of 5.” On Thursday it is even expected that two waves of storms are to occur within Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. The danger of these storms will be a continuous attack from strong winds, hail and, of course, tornadoes.


All Tennessee residents and persons near the state are advised to prepare for a rather harmful group of storms and tornadoes. This could include both home and travel plans to ensure greater levels of precaution. Various Tennessee weather channels are also advising all citizens to take each warning with complete seriousness as these storms are typically unpredictable.