A tornado in Nashville, Tenn. ripped off the side of a house and its roof in the Buena Vista neighborhood. GETTY/Special
DULUTH — The Georgia Baptist Mission Board is currently accepting financial gifts to assist with cleanup efforts from tornadoes that hit Tennessee this week.
A portal on the Georgia Baptist website is helping streamline donations to help after a series of tornadoes left 25 dead in and around Nashville, Tenn. Checks can be sent to the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, c/o Tennessee Tornado Relief, 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097. All gifts will go toward relief efforts, as the Cooperative Program supplies all infrastructure needs. Georgia Baptist Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond explains more below.
At 12:32 a.m. Tuesday morning, a tornado formed over the John C. Tune Airport in Nashville that would stay on the ground for more than 50 miles and at times measure an EF-3 with peak wind speeds at 165 mph. A second tornado measured as an EF-4 severely impacted Putnam County, said the National Weather Service’s preliminary report. At least 25 were killed with dozens still missing in what has been America’s deadliest tornado outbreak since a series of tornadoes killed 35 from April 27-30, 2014 across Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama.
One survivor of the Nashville tornadoes described the area as “Zombieland” to Baptist Press. Tennessee Disaster Relief strategist Wes Jones described residents in a state of bewilderment as to the amount of damage.
Tennessee Baptist Mission Board executive director Randy Davis gave the latest on relief efforts in a Facebook message yesterday.
“Thank you for the way you have responded with your prayers,” he said. “We have heard encouragement from Hawaii all the way to Florida.
“… This is going to be a long-term kind of recovery effort. Hopefully, we’ll have opportunities to help families rebuild their lives in the weeks and months to come.”