Top items you need to build your at-home winter weather emergency kit Tuesday, Feb 9 2021 

Using information from FEMA, local emergency services, WHAS11 News has put together this list of items you need to have ahead of any storm.


No snow days this Spring: University announces new winter weather policy Thursday, Jan 21 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The University of Louisville recently announced that classes will not be cancelled or delayed this year as a result of weather. The move comes as all classes have transitioned to either hybrid or online formats.

As part of this new policy, the university will announce whether offices will be open or if employees should work from home.

“In cases in which classes continue to meet in-person during severe weather, students should make decisions about attending based on their particular circumstances. Faculty are asked to accommodate those decisions when possible,” University Provost Beth Boehm said in an email to the campus community.

U of L said that when possible, it will announce decisions about morning classes by 6:00 a.m. and decisions about evening classes by 3:30 p.m. Afternoon classes are defined as those that begin at or after 4:15 p.m.

To notify faculty, staff and students of potential changes, the university will utilize a variety of methods including the U of L alert system, a notice on the university home page, a recorded message, a notice on university telephones and postings on the university’s official Facebook and Twitter sites.

If no announcements are sent, it is to be assumed that the university is open and operating on its regular schedule.

Severe weather announcements can be found here.

To sign up for U of L Alerts, click here.

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Updates: Death Toll In Middle Tennessee Rises To 19 In The Aftermath Of Tornadoes Tuesday, Mar 3 2020 

Nineteen people are now confirmed dead after early-morning tornadoes across Middle Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

The highest number of deaths happened in Putnam County, where 14 fatalities are now being reported. Wilson County is reporting two fatalities; Davidson County has two; and Benton County has one.

(Editor’s note: Initial details about breaking news may change as more information becomes available.)

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A home in North Nashville, near the North Branch library, is destroyed.

The National Weather Service has not yet determined the magnitude of the tornado that tore through Middle Tennessee last night around 12:40 a.m., but damage has been reported over a swath stretching from Benton to Putnam County.

In some neighborhoods — like East Nashville, Donelson and North Nashville — we’re seeing flattened buildings, roofs torn off, and power lines strewn about. Damage has also been reported in Wilson, Smith and Putnam counties.

“Nashville is hurting, and our community has been devastated,” Mayor John Cooper said in an early-morning statement. “My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones. Be sure to lend a helping hand to a neighbor in need, and let’s come together as a community once more. Together, we will get through this and come out stronger.”

Vanderbilt University Medical Center says six adults and children are in their care at the main campus and 23 at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital — all in stable condition. But they’re transporting two adults and one child in critical condition via LifeFlight from Cookeville.

Metereologist Mark Rose with the National Weather Service says his team is working to navigate through road closures as it assesses the impact. 

“We’ve got to go out and actually see and survey the damage. So we’re not able to assign a a rating to it just yet. That will come as we get all the data together,” he says.

A City Responding To Chaos

Metro Nashville Public Schools are closed on Tuesday. The Nashville Farmers Market had been used as an emergency shelter but lost power. Instead, displaced residents should go to the Centennial Sportsplex.

Many evacuees were still in shock by the time they got to the Farmers Market this morning. Samantha Barclay, a preschool teacher at Vanderbilt University, lives in apartments on Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street. She says her building was severely damaged.

“The reality of it is just setting in there. Every now and then, I’m just like, ‘Yes, this really happened.’ And then I’m like, ‘OK, how am I going to deal with this?’ ”

Brandis Blodgett came to the Farmers Market this morning after evacuating her Vista Apartments in Germantown.

“It sounded like a freight train, and we just ran. In the hallways, the roof started collapsing,” she said.

Nashville’s fire department says it’s responding to reports of approximately 40 structure collapses around Nashville. They advise people to avoid downed powerlines and storm debris.

As of 5:08 a.m., the tornado watch is no longer in effect for Davidson and Williamson Counties.

Other Closures

The tornadoes hit hours before the final day of voting in the presidential primaries.

Many polling locations in the area have also been wrecked by the storm. In Wilson County, one middle school that was supposed to serve as a voter precinct is nearly demolished. But voting is continuing as normal, wherever it can.

The Davidson County Election Commission says some polling locations are closed and have been reassigned. See the latest updates here. Polls in Nashville opened one hour late and will close at the original time, 7 p.m.

More: Tornado Changes Some Super Tuesday Voting Locations

Nashville General Sessions courts are closed today, including traffic court.

Before and after care at Nashville schools has also been suspended, though YMCA Fun Company will operate inclement weather sites at five schools: Hattie Cotton, Harpeth Valley, Norman Binkley, KIPP Antioch, Tulip Grove.

According to news release sent by the Nashville International Airport, several hangars at the John C. Tune Airport in West Nashville were destroyed and power lines were down.