Tennessee officials say state of emergency declared, at least 9 dead after tornadoes

Nashville, Tenn. Mayor John Cooper, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and other officials provided an update after the state was hit by a multiple tornadoes early Tuesday morning.

Lee said a state of emergency had been declared following the storm, and at least nine people had been killed with others still missing.

Tornadoes have ripped across Tennessee overnight, shredding buildings and causing significant damage. One of the twisters caused severe damage across downtown Nashville. Daybreak has revealed a landscape littered with blown-down walls and roofs, snapped power lines, huge broken trees, and city streets in gridlock.

Schools, courts, transit lines, an airport and the state capitol remain closed.

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