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NWS: Tornado that hit Nashville and Mt. Juliet was on the ground for 50 miles

Drone footage shows homes ripped apart in Mount Juliet after deadly tornadoes
Drone footage shows homes ripped apart in Mount Juliet after deadly tornadoes(WSMV/NBC Newschannel)
Updated: Mar. 4, 2020 at 5:29 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - One tornado caused damage across three counties in middle Tennessee Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

According to the NWS preliminary damage report, survey teams concluded one long-track tornado occurred in Davidson, Wilson and Smith counties. The path stretched roughly 53.4 miles from beginning to end.

NWS said survey teams found EF-3 damage in Davidson and Wilson counties.

According to the preliminary damage report, the tornado began around 12:30 a.m. in far western Davidson County, rapidly intensifying into an EF-2 as it tracked across John C. Tune Airport and into the north Nashville and Germantown areas. The twister intensified into an EF-3 as it tracked into east Nashville with the most significant damage occurring in and around the Five Points neighborhood where two people were killed by debris.

The report says EF-1 and EF-2 damage continued across the Cumberland River before the tornado strengthened again to an EF-3 in the Stanford Estates subdivision in Donelson. EF-2 damage was found across Hermitage and the remainder of Davidson County.

The twister strengthened again as it entered Wilson County with a six-mile swath of EF-3 damage observed near the Mt. Juliet area where three more people died. EF-1 and EF-2 damage continued along a path parallel and occasionally crossing I-40 south and southeast of Lebanon before finally dissipating around 1:30 a.m. 3.7 miles west of Gordonsville in Smith County.

A second, stronger tornado occurred in Putnam County, killing another 18 people.

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