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NWS: An EF-3 tornado traveled 50 miles, causing damage from Nashville to Gordonsville

A single tornado caused destruction from West Nashville 50 miles east to Smith County, the NWS said.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Weather Service in Nashville said it has a better picture of  the tornado that started in Nashville early Tuesday morning, saying its survey shows the single tornado traveled roughly 50 miles.

According to the NWS, survey teams concluded one long-track tornado struck Davidson, Wilson and Smith counties on a path that stretched 50.25 miles from start to end -- beginning in the area of the John C. Tune Airport in West Nashville and ending 3.5 miles west of Gordonsville in Smith County.

Survey teams are still trying to figure out exactly where the tornado first touched down in West Nashville.

This is one of the longest-tracked tornadoes in Tennessee history.

It moved through Mount Juliet at 155 to 160 mph and through Davidson County at 160 to 165 mph, NWS said.

Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee overnight, shredding at least 40 buildings and killing at least 24 people. 

One of the twisters caused severe damage across downtown Nashville on Tuesday, leaving blown-down walls and roofs, snapped power lines, huge broken trees, and city streets in gridlock.

President Donald Trump said he'd visit the area Friday.  

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said shortly after noon Eastern that there have been 24 confirmed fatalities, 18 of which occurred following a separate tornado in the Cookeville/Putnam County area. 

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