The tornado is very strong. ripped through Columbia, killing at least nine people

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(Reuters) – At least nine people were killed by a powerful tornado that hit Columbia, Tennessee in the early hours of Tuesday morning, flattening buildings, damaging an airport and causing tens of thousands of people. no electricity.

The dead included four in Putnam County, two in the capital of Columbia, two in Wilson County and one in Benton County, ABC News reported, citing the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Search and rescue teams have been out looking for damaged structures for trapped or injured individuals, the Nashville Fire Department said. Earlier in the morning, the ministry had said it was responding to reports of about 40 construction failures around the city.

Police department in Mt. The eastern Juliet suburb of Columbia has reported several damaged homes and injured people.

This is clearly a very strong tornado. Many houses were damaged, many were injured, many were still trapped, Mt. Sheriff Juliet Tyler Chandler said in a video posted on Facebook. "We need your help. And that means if you can stay at your home, please stay at home.

Schools, district offices and courts will be closed Tuesday due to tornado damage across Columbia, officials said, but polling stations at schools and other places will be closed. Open unless otherwise noted.

Tennessee is one of 14 states that will hold the main election on Super Tuesday, but voting in Nashville and the surrounding area will …

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