At least eight person are feared dead as tornadoes struck Tennessee in the early hours of Tuesday.
The southern US state was left in distress as the tornadoes destroyed buildings and toppled powerlines in the capital of Nashville.
Melisa Hucks of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported that the statewide death toll was “eight at this time” and that fatalities had occurred across four counties.
According to the AFP, the Nashville Fire Department said that it was responding to reports of approximately 40 structure collapses around the city.
Smashed buildings, downed power lines and debris could be seen across the city, where a tornado tore through shortly after midnight.
“A line of severe storms passed through Tennessee and has caused major damage to buildings, roads, bridges, utilities and businesses in several counties,” TEMA said.
“Nashville is hurting, and our community has been devastated,” Mayor John Cooper wrote on Twitter, urging people to lend a helping hand.
Tennessee is one of 14 states voting in the crucial Super Tuesday primaries, which will help determine the Democratic nominee for November’s presidential election.
Voting was to start an hour late in Nashville and Wilson County due to the tornado damage, with several alternate polling sites set up, local newspaper The Tennessean reported.