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Deadly tornadoes leave central Tennessee in a state of shock

At least 25 people were killed when tornadoes tore through central Tennessee early Tuesday. The storms blasted downtown Nashville and damaged or destroyed at least 140 buildings, including some Super Tuesday polling stations. Four counties reported storm-related deaths, hospitals treated dozens of injuries and rescue crews searched for missing people amid the rubble. Stephanie Sy reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    At least 25 people were killed in Central Tennessee early today when tornadoes tore through the area. The storms blasted downtown Nashville, damaged or destroyed at least 140 homes and other buildings, and forced the state to extend Super Tuesday voting hours.

    Stephanie Sy has our report.

  • Woman:

    We have been through lots of tornado warnings, and never thought that this would happen.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    Nashville is in shock today. Residents emerged from a night of deadly tornadoes that ravaged neighborhoods. The tornadoes were part of a band of storms that stretched across four states late Monday night into Tuesday morning.

    More than 40 buildings were damaged in Nashville alone, some beyond repair, as a tornado cut through the heart of the city. Four Tennessee counties reported storm-related deaths, and Nashville hospitals treated dozens of people for injuries.

    Bill Lee is the governor.

  • Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn.:

    Let me just acknowledge tragedy. It is heartbreaking. We have had loss of life all across the state.

    There are a number of people that are missing in different areas, many that are injured and being transported.

  • Stephanie Sy:

    In the hardest-hit areas, which included some of the most expensive neighborhoods in Nashville, the tornado reduced homes and other structures to a debris field. Search-and-rescue teams went door to door overnight, looking for trapped or injured people in damaged buildings, as road and power crews worked to clear downed lines.

    Still, the closure of more than a dozen polling stations didn't stop many voters from lining up at alternate sites to cast their ballots.

    President Trump is planning to visit Tennessee on Friday.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Stephanie Sy.

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