WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tennessee state officials have confirmed Four people are dead this morning following last night's severe weather. The storm system struck primarily in western and central Tennessee. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reports that three people were killed in Perry County and one died in Madison County.
As many as 27 counties may have been impacted. The counties are: Benton, Cheatham, Chester, Davidson, Decatur, Dickson, Dyer, Dickson, Fayette, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Humphreys, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Madison, McNairy, Montgomery, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Shelby, Sumner, Warren, White, Williamson and Wilson.
The American Red Cross (ARC) reports shelters open in Perry County, and Sumner County where 70-75 people are being housed. NWS forecasters report thunderstorms continue this morning in central and eastern Tennessee, and NWS flood warnings are in effect for several counties in those areas.
State Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDAs) are scheduled to begin this morning. In Perry County, the water plant is out of service. Officials are assessing the damage and the need for generators or other equipment needed to return it to service. Early damage reports indicate some structural damage in at least Sumner, Davison, Perry, Wilson, and Williamson counties.
At least 20,000 people are without power in Nashville. The Nashville International Airport (Davidson County) ceased operations temporarily as the storms moved through the area, and wind speeds of 90 mph were reported. Two hangars were destroyed and 60 planes damaged or destroyed. Nashville schools will be closed today due to power outages.
FEMA's Region IV Operations staff in Thomasville, Ga., are in contact with Tennessee state officials and closely monitoring the situation.