Deadly tornado tears path of destruction through Nashville, Tennessee

A confirmed tornado tore through downtown Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday night and caused widespread damage, several injuries and at least two fatalities.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado warning for Nashville and adjacent areas around 12:15 a.m. CDT Tuesday.

Despite the tornado tearing through the city at night, the lights from the city were able to light up the sky enough such that footage of the tornado was captured quite clearly. From footage that was gathered, the tornado appears to be quite large, although storm surveys will be conducted on Tuesday to determine the official intensity of the storm.

Multiple homes and buildings were destroyed, and police in Mount Juliet reported that multiple injuries were being blamed on the tornado, according to NBC News.

The Nashville Fire Department reported that they were responding to 40 structure collapses around the city and advised people to avoid debris.

Around 3:30 a.m. CDT, the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) reported that the tornado claimed the lives of two individuals from East Nashville.

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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Emergency crews work near a damaged business at Jefferson St. and Seventh Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: A television news crew works in front of a mural on heavily damaged The Basement East in the East Nashville neighborhood as lightning strikes in the background on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: A resident makes her way down Underwood St. amidst downed trees and heavy debris on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Storm damaged houses stand in portion on Underwood St. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Damaged utility poles and lines hang above Underwood St. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: General view of a mural on heavily damaged The Basement East in the East Nashville neighborhood on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: A man walks by a storm damaged pickup truck on Underwood St. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path including two people killed in East Nashville. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Residents walk by a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson St. in Nashville, TN on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Residents watch as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson St. in Nashville, TN on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Residents watch as emergency crews attend to a tornado damaged apartment building on Jefferson St. in Nashville, TN on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Emergency crews work near a damaged business at Jefferson St. and Seventh Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: General view of a knocked down street sign near a damaged business at Jefferson St. and Seventh Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Cars stop at service lines downed by a tornado on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Emergency crews work near a damaged business at Jefferson St. and Seventh Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: General view of tornado damaged service lines on Ninth Ave. N. on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 03: Vehicles pass by damaged buildings on Jefferson St. after a tornado passed through the area on March 3, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. A tornado passed through Nashville just after midnight leaving a wake of damage in its path. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
A lot is littered with debris brought on by a tornado that touched down in downtown Nashville, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Alex Carlson via AP)
Damaged vehicles and buildings are seen in East Nashville after a tornado hit the city in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Courtney Pedroza/The Tennessean via AP)
The Geist restaurant brick wall collapsed in a tornado that touched down in downtown Nashville, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Alex Carlson via AP)
People stand outside the Basement East music venue in East Nashville after it was destroyed by a tornado on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Courtney Pedroza/The Tennessean via AP)
Debris is scattered across the parking lot of a damaged apartment building after a tornado hit Nashville in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (Courtney Pedroza/The Tennessean via AP)
Debris scattered across an intersection Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in downtown Nashville, Tenn. The National Weather Service in Nashville confirmed a tornado touched down in the area. (Celia Darrough via AP)
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The MNPD also reported that several emergency shelters had been opened for victims of the storm and that Nashville's Emergency Operations Center had been opened.

Several locations reported having downed power lines and trees that were blocking the roadways. Nashville Electric confirmed that their crews were out early on Tuesday morning assessing damage. As of 4:30 a.m. CST, more than 44,000 people were reported without power.

According to a tweet from Nashville International Airport, several hangars were destroyed and significant damage had occurred at John C. Tune Airport. People are being advised to completely avoid the airport until further notice.

A gas leak in the Germantown community of Nashville forced an evacuation just after the tornado hit the area, according to Fox8 News.

Damage to polling stations will be evaluated on Tuesday morning, and any damage to these stations could impede or significantly alter voting in and around the city for the Democratic primary in Tennessee on Super Tuesday. In addition, showers and thunderstorms will continue to impact much of central and eastern Tennessee on Tuesday morning.

A second tornado that moved through Putnam County was responsible for an additional three fatalities, according to News Channel 5 in Nashville.

The full extent of the damage, as well as the number of potential injuries and fatalities, will likely not be recognized until after sunrise on Tuesday.

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