Deadly Tennessee Tornado's Packed Winds of 175MPH (ER Resources)

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The deadly tornado's that struck Tennessee Monday evening leaving 25 dead, have been determined to be EF 4, the second deadliest on the Fujita scale, packing winds of 175mph, the ten-mile-wide storm leveled an enormous swath across two counties.

The early morning twisters, striking just after 2:00AM, created a sustained high wind debris field that resembled an explosion as homes were splintered and imploded, walls and roofs pulled offs, fragmented and split trees, downed power lines, automobiles tossed like toys, and a remarkably low, and non the less devastating, death toll.


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Piles of rubble, cement blocks, shattered glass, and foundations now stand where three days ago, homes stood. Today, residents of both Putnam and Davidson, the home of Nashville, counties have been gathering the few belongings, and any personal effects that they were able to find as they searched the debris.

The Fujita scale determines for an EF 4 the likelihood of "Extreme damage" across the path of the storm. "Well constructed homes are leveled, cars are thrown significant distances, top story exterior walls of masonry buildings would likely collapse."

A total of 25 Tennesseans lost their lives during Monday evenings deadly tornado, 18 from Putnam County and seven from Davidson. Five of the deaths were children under five, several families were totally killed. There have been both horror stories and stories of heroism, miracles and heartache. Survival, many would say, is a miracle. The heartache of course of the missing and lost.


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"The monstrous tornado that bore down on Putnam County caused a 2-mile-long path of destruction and damaged more than 100 structures. The 18 people killed included five children under the age of 13. Another 88 were injured, some of them critically. Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter shared a photo the morning after the storms of an American flag being raised amid the destruction, saying "our county is in mourning tonight with the devastating loss we suffered,"' Fox News reported.

From the Twitter feed for SaraSmall Fox 17, the confirmed list of those who lost their lives:

GoFundMe pages have been set up and both Google and Amazon have made generous donations to the

From the website Lightening100.com a list of Volunteer Opportunities. A complete list of agencies offering assistance can be found here

Hands On Nashville is a volunteer organization that works with the city to aid in natural disaster recovery. Sign up here to get involved.

Mt. Juliet Police are organizing a tornado cleanup. Click here to register.

The Donelson Fellowship created a schedule for people of all ages to participate in volunteer efforts. They are also accepting donations here.

Putnam County Young Democrats is organizing a cleanup on 3/8. Find out more here.

The West Nashville Dream Center is helping cleanup efforts in North Nashville. Stay tuned to their social media to find them and donate your time/ resources.

Operation BBQ has deployed to Nashville and needs your help! Register to volunteer with them and feed those in need. They are also accepting donations here.

Apply to foster a displaced pet through Agape Animal Rescue.


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Donations

Monetary Donations

The Community Foundation (CMFT) has a Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund that is accepting donations to support the affected communities and nonprofits helping victims address their ongoing needs. Click here to donate.

United Way is receiving donations for tornado victims with their Restore the Dream Fund. To donate, text RELIEF2020 to 41444.

Other Donation Options

The Community Resource Center is accepting donations Click here to view their Amazon wish list

Second Harvest Food Bank and The Nashville Food Project always accepting food donations for those in need in Middle Tennessee. This need is currently in high demand.

American Red Cross is always accepting blood and platelet donations. Because of the overwhelming need, there is a blood shortage in many affected counties. Find donation locations here.

The Nashville Humane Association is giving out supplies to pet owners impacted by the storm and the items in highest demand are listed below. Keep a lookout for misplaced pets in Middle Tennessee and post across social media with @nashvillehumane to help reconnect them with their owner!

Monetary donations can be made here

Resources

Call the Central Tennessee Home Cleanup Hotline  if you need help removing debris until March 20th.

The Roof Store is offering free tarps for individuals to cover their roof after storm damage.

Airbnb is offering temporary housing for victims until March 23rd.


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If you need help managing trauma, click here to book an appointment for free support from a counselor or therapist.

Safe Haven is offering pro-bono services for crisis response to those affected by the tornado. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Elephant Gallery is helping as a charging station and laundry drop off.

Look East is helping people replace their glasses and contacts that went missing or got damaged in the storm. They are also seeing patients with eye injuries for free.

Creative Mornings formed a community lost & found station. If you lost sentimental objects in the tornado, visit Center 615. There is a chance it ended up here. They have drop-off locations on street corners in North & East Nashville where they are collecting things like photos, artwork, toys, cards/ letters, and more.

Gibson Guitars is donating free guitars to any musician that had their guitar damaged or destroyed in the storm.

There are plenty of Restaurants offering free food to tornado victims and volunteers. Here is a list of the ones we know of so far (last updated 3/5 at 1PM):

Edley's BBQ – 908 Main St

Redheaded Stranger – 305 Arrington St

Nashville Farmers Market – 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd

Adele's – 1210 McGavock St,

Pemrose – 211 12th Ave S

Nicoletto's – 2905 Gallatin Pike

Arnold's Country Kitchen – 605 8th Avenue S

615 Waffles – 1100 Fatherland St Suite #102

Crying Wolf – 823 Woodland St

@ChefCharityMorgan is delivering vegan food to victims all over Nashville. DM her for details

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