Nashville Tornadoes

Nashville+Tornadoes

Kavya Weaver '20, News Editor

On the night of March 2nd, a violent tornado swept across the middle of Tennessee, leaving a grim 50-mile trail of destruction in its wake. Twenty-five people were killed, countless buildings were damaged, and thousands were left without power. This calamity constitutes Tennessee’s deadliest tornado in seven years, and the state was put under a state of emergency in the aftermath. 

My close friend, Asha, lives in South Nashville; thankfully, she and her family were unharmed as the tornado did not cross through their part of the city. As a Nashville resident, Asha’s perspective provides valuable insight into the ways that the city was affected by this natural disaster, and she graciously agreed to let me interview her over the phone about her experience.  

Could you describe what it was like when the tornadoes were actually occurring?

A: I was sleeping, but I woke up hearing the tornado sirens. There was a lot of thunder and lighting, and it was 

raining really hard. I felt nervous, and wasn’t fully aware of how bad the storm was. Thankfully, I wasn’t actually hit by the tornado, though.

What was the scariest part of the experience for you?

A: We, my family and I, didn’t actually know how bad the damage was or where exactly the tornado was, so we didn’t know how concerned we should be. That made seeing and hearing about the destruction in the morning really scary, knowing that everything I saw could have happened to me.

How did the destruction affect your community?

A: Well, they shut down schools for a few days, and churches, sports stadiums, and other places opened up for people who had lost their homes or needed food. The power was out in multiple places, and trees were down, which made transportation somewhat difficult in some areas. Some places are still being rebuilt from the damage.

What has the process of reconstruction been like?

A: It has actually felt pretty smooth, I’d say. So many people were generous and helped fund people that really needed the money. I felt proud to be in a city where people support each other so much in times of crisis. At first, it was really scary and sad, but then the whole city came together to help the people who got hit the worst. 

 

Do you feel like your community has maintained a sense of hope in the face of experiencing the tornadoes and the Covid-19 outbreak back-to-back?

A: I’d say that people are pretty hopeful. Most businesses were trying to stay open as long as they safely could when the virus came, and I think that the city handled the damage from the tornado well and as quickly as possible. I think that there is hope for the people who have been affected by the tornado, even now with Covid-19, because people supported each other so much after the tornado hit, I think they’ll do the same during the Coronavirus outbreak.