UPDATED: March 14, 2020 11:34 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBSNEWS.COM) – Tornadoes touched down across Tennessee Tuesday, killing at least 21 people and leaving an undetermined number missing, according to authorities. Tennessee is now under a state of emergency.READ MORE: Amber Alert Issued For 12-Year-Old Girl Out Of Converse, Texas
The death toll was nine Tuesday morning but jumped to 21 by midday, as bodies were recovered from fallen buildings, according to Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
One of our helicopters just landed after surveying tornado destruction from overnight. pic.twitter.com/XmBpbOmBuf
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) March 3, 2020READ MORE: COVID-19 Pandemic Has Taken A Toll On Mental Health, Led To More Drug Abuse, CDC Says
There are a number of people still missing across the state, according to officials. They would not provide a number of the missing on Tuesday morning, as search and rescue crews are still working.
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