Early Tuesday morning, a tornado struck Nashville and other parts of central Tennessee. This destruction killed nine people across four different counties and injured many more. Nearly 50,000 homes and businesses went without power. Nashville Mayor John Cooper said to NBC News that it was a “massive act of nature,” and that “Last night was a reminder about how fragile life is.” At least 45 buildings collapsed in Nashville and many more left with damage in the downtown area. “Emergency responders are working to ensure persons can get out and secure the areas,” police said.