This story was updated Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 6:15 p.m. with more information.
Seven victims of the tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee early Tuesday morning are being treated at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, according to a news release from Erlanger Health System.
One child and six adults who suffered injuries from the Tennessee storm were transported by ground on Tuesday to Erlanger's main downtown hospital, officials said.
Two residents of the Cookeville area who were injured in the storm were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by Erlanger's Life Force air ambulance based in Sparta, Tennessee.
The Middle Tennessee area is recovering after at least 24 people were killed in violent storms and tornadoes, homes were destroyed and thousands of people were left without power.
The twisters that struck in the hours after midnight shredded more than 140 buildings and buried people in piles of rubble and wrecked basements. The storms moved so quickly that many people in their path could not flee to safer areas.
Robbie Tester, senior director of Erlanger Life Force and disaster preparedness and emergency management, also reported that the Sparta-based air ambulance flew Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton and Randy Porter, county executive for Putnam County, over the area Tuesday to survey the storm damage.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper has started compiling a list of vetted agencies to donate to and volunteer for in the aftermath. Those interested in helping can view the list here.
Spokespeople for CHI Memorial Hospital and Parkridge Health System in Chattanooga were not aware of any storm victims being treated at those hospitals.
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