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Tennessee Man Gets Stuck On Crane During Terrifying Tornado Storm

Tennessee Man Gets Stuck On Crane During Terrifying Tornado Storm

Just before dawn on Tuesday morning, storms and a tornado ravaged parts of Tennessee, decimating hundreds of homes and buildings, and claiming the lives of at least 24 people. Crane operator Jason Nash found himself stuck on a crane 375 feet in air as the tornado hit and filmed the following footage, which is terrifying and harrowing in equal measure.

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In the video, Nash can be heard telling someone called Carla - presumably his wife or girlfriend - that he loves her, and is clearly very agitated as he does so. Which is totally understandable.

It was Tennessee's deadliest tornado day in seven years, and the Southern state - which sits directly north of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia - has declared a state of emergency.

By all accounts, the tornado storm came on quickly. A report on MSN said that, according to the Tornado Warning for Davidson county, residents in East Nashville were given just six minutes to prepare and get to safety. The area was hit particularly hard by the storms.

"I got the warning and in less than ten minutes you could just feel the pressure, my ears were popping we all ran downstairs and just huddled together," Danielle Theophile told CNN affiliate WSMV. "It went by so fast... it's gone."

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Parts of Tennessee were devastated by the storm. Credit: PA
Parts of Tennessee were devastated by the storm. Credit: PA
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It's unknown exactly how many tornados struck, or whether it was the same tornado hitting multiple areas, but there were numerous reports of them striking along a 145-mile stretch that included Nashville, Tennessee's famous capital.

As of today, over 35,000 customers of the Nashville Electric Service were reported to still be without power, with crews experiencing difficulty accessing affected areas because of destroyed and damaged lines. Schools remain closed as a precautionary measure.

In the aftermath of the storm, local officials were conducting searches of the many destroyed buildings in the hopes of finding missing people, with some 150 or so being taken to hospital to treat injuries caused by the storm.

There's no official word on what happened to Nash, but I think we're all on the same page here - hope he made it to safety.

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Topics: US News

Mischa Pearlmen

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]