Mayor John Cooper declares state of emergency for Metro Nashville following tornado strike

The Metropolitan Courthouse is located at 1 Public Square, Nashville. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Metropolitan Courthouse is located at 1 Public Square, Nashville. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Metropolitan Courthouse is located at 1 Public Square, Nashville. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

After the city experienced widespread damage due to high winds and at least one tornado, Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper has declared a state of emergency for the city of Nashville and Davidson County.

The order will allow the city to streamline requests for distributing supplies and services to residents and apply for financial reimbursements from state and federal governments once the state of emergency has ended, according to a release from the mayor's office.



In some areas of the Greater Nashville area, including Donelson and Mount Juliet, wind speeds were up to 160 miles per hour, according to the U.S. National Weather Service's Nashville office. Additionally, more than 47,000 households across the region lost electricity, according to the Nashville Electric Service.

“This executive order and state of emergency declaration is a critical resource that will help facilitate Metro’s response and recovery efforts on behalf of all Nashvillians affected by this morning’s devastating storm,” Cooper said. “My administration is committed to matching the courage and strength of spirit shown by the tornado survivors I met with this morning, who serve as an example to us all. With solidarity, we begin the path forward to recovery.”

Residents can find more information on resources for disaster recovery and ways to help here.



By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.