Two powerful tornadoes with winds up to 175 mph unleashed much of the destruction that left at least 24 people dead this week in central Tennessee.
An EF-4 tornado hit Putnam County, and an EF-3 tornado slammed Davidson and Wilson counties before dawn Tuesday, the National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday.
Twenty-four people were killed and hundreds of buildings were destroyed when the tornadoes tore through the state.
Although some people were reported missing in Putnam County after the storms, all were accounted for Thursday morning, county spokeswoman Molly Brown said.
Survey teams had reported damage in East Nashville, Donelson and in Mt. Juliet, about 20 miles east of Nashville, as well as extensive damage in the Putnam County city of Cookeville, but the weather service had not finalized its assessment.
When Meg Selby and her fiancé emerged from their storm cellar, they found their first home, in Donelson, mostly destroyed.
Most of the roof had been ripped off, the windows were blown out and their belongings had been tossed everywhere.
“It kind of just feels like it’s all been taken from you,” Selby said. “To not really have anything to show for it now is hard, and I, retrospectively, wish I had more pictures.”