On Super Tuesday, throughout the South and South East more than 50 people have been reported dead to a violent storm with high winds, rain, hail and tornado's forming.
On Super Tuesday, throughout the South and South East more than 50 people have been reported dead to a violent storm with high winds, rain, hail and tornado's forming. In Tennessee at least twenty-eight people have been reported as killed, in Alabama at least three, Arkansas approximately thirteen and in Kentucky at least seven.
On a day where schools released early due to the approaching storm, it seemed as though it would be canceled after hours passed. However, when the storm finally hit, it hit hard in many areas. In Southeast Memphis, the storm hit the Hickory Ridge Mall and heavily damaged its infrastructure which reportedly left one person dead. The storm also hit DSC Logistics which roof and walls collapsed and caught on fire trapping a number of people inside and leaving three dead. A number of Industrial plants throughout Tennessee especially in the North Mississippi, Airways & Stateline Rd area which was hit first was severely damaged and left workers seeking shelter in the midst of the storm. Not far away from Airways & Stateline Rd, The Memphis International Airport hangar's roof was torn off. North of the Hickory Ridge Mall several drivers took cover under a nearby bridge in the Wolf River which swept them away due to the strong winds. They managed to leave with only a few cuts and bruises.
In Jackson, Tennessee the storm ripped through Union University where at least 15 young women took cover in their dorm bathroom due to not being able to get out. More than 50 students were taken to a hospital with at least nine staying overnight. Union University women's dorm was greatly damaged and other parts of the University during the storm.
In Sumner County, a mother was found dead in a creek bed about 50 yards from where her house stood, according to reports her baby was found alive 250 yards away and was taken to a local hospital.
The number of people killed could rise as the storm moves east and searches are continued.
Currently in Memphis more than 20,000 are without power with more than 65,000 reported lost power during the storm. MLGW systems were also affected by the storm with some of the water pumping stations using electric generators. MemphisRap.com has learned that more than 13 out-of-town crews from Nashville, TN and Springfield, MO are en route to help with the restoration.
This storm has been noted as one of the deadliest cluster of tornadoes in nearly 10 years.