TEMA FLASH REPORT #7 - Tornado and Severe Weather Event

Wednesday, March 04, 2020 | 06:17pm


  • Debris clearance, power restoration, and damage assessments are ongoing in five tornado-impacted Tennessee counties.
  • TEMA has created a recovery resource page for those affected by the deadly tornado and severe weather.
  • The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) in Nashville remains activated with a State of Emergency in place in Tennessee.
  • Tennessee has 24 confirmed storm-related fatalities.
  • 38,800 remain without power in three counties.


A State of Emergency remains in Tennessee as a result of the deadly March 3 tornado and severe weather in Tennessee.  Efforts to conduct damage assessments, clear debris, restore power, provide shelter, and meet local needs continue in Benton, Carroll, Davidson, Gibson, Putnam and Wilson counties.      


  • The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 24 weather-related fatalities.
            - 18 fatalities in Putnam County
            - 3 fatalities in Wilson County
            - 2 fatalities in Davidson County
            - 1 fatality in Benton County


  • Power companies are engaged in ongoing efforts to restore power to 38,800 customers.
  • Davidson County has 32,000 without power; Wilson County has 3,800; and Putnam and Jackson counties have a total of 3,000 without power. 


  • The following shelters are open in Tennessee.
            - Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave N., Nashville, TN
            - East Nashville High School, 110 Gallatin Ave. Nashville, TN
            - Holy Rosary Academy, 192 Graylynn Drive, Nashville, TN
            - First Baptist Church, 18 South Walnut Ave., Cookeville, TN
            - Highland Heights Church of Christ, 505 N. Cumberland, Lebanon, TN


  • Information for tornado survivors is available on TEMA’s Tornado and Severe Weather Response webpage.
  • Those who need help with debris removal can contact the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at 1-800-451-1954.
  • Airbnb is providing no-cost accommodations to Tennessee storm and tornado survivors, www.airbnb.com/tornado20.
  • Tennessee’s Crisis Phone Line is 1-855-274-7471 to speak with a trained mental health professional.
  • Volunteer in Davidson County to help survivors with Hands on Nashville, 615-298-1108 or www.hon.org.
  • Volunteer to help survivors in other Tennessee counties with TN VOAD, https://tnvoad.shutterfly.org.
  • Avoid disaster-related scams with help from the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs, 615-741-4743 or www.tn.gov/consumer.
  • Get help on filing insurance claims, hiring contractors, and reporting misconduct with the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, www.tn.gov/commerce.
  • Local short-term or permanent rental housing options with  the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, www.TNHousingSearch.org or 1-877-428-8844.
  • The Tennessee Department of Safety has Driver Services Mobile Units in Cookeville and Nashville to help those who have lost IDs during the storms, http://bit.ly/32PaTuF.


  • Memphis: Showers tonight with a low of 47.
  • Jackson:  Chance of showers with a low of 46.
  • Nashville: Mostly cloudy tonight with a low of 43
  • Knoxville:  Cloudy tonight with a low of 44.
  • Chattanooga:  Light rain tonight with a low of 48.
  • Johnson City:  Cloudy tonight with a slight chance of rain and a low of 40.