Volunteerism is trailing off after record-breaking turnout during the initial days of tornado relief in Middle Tennessee. As recovery needs change and coronavirus spreads, volunteer counts have dipped. But emergency money has begun to reach recipients.
Nashville’s music was ready to start playing again after the March 3 tornadoes when COVID-19 precautions led to a stream of cancellations. But now as venues close and honky-tonks go quiet, the music industry is facing massive setbacks.
The winds came with little warning in the early hours of March 3 — Super Tuesday.
As Nashville continues mobilizing storm relief efforts, organizers are taking extra precautions due to coronavirus. But they’re still vowing to assist storm victims as long as needed.
Power is back for most, roads are clearing and mountains of debris are being hauled away, but for many Middle Tennesseans the path to recovery from the Super Tuesday tornadoes will be long and confusing. There are donations and insurance claims to sort through — and there’s federal assistance.
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In Putnam County, where over 700 structures were damaged last week due to an EF-4 tornado, hundreds of photographs of survivors and their families have been found. And a volunteer-run project wants to help connect survivors with these memories.
The storms damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses throughout Middle Tennessee. And historic buildings will require extra care.
The funerals of the victims of the Tennessee tornadoes are underway. Eighteen of the 24 fatalities happened in Putnam County, and the oldest victim was 67.
Jennifer Davis-Irwin remembers her father as someone who loved working on motorcycles, loved cooking bacon, eggs and cheeseburgers in the morning — “two bad things for you” — and loved being around family. But she also remembers him as a hero.