The storm left destruction in its wake as it leveled homes and businesses, snapped trees and utility poles and scattered debris and shattered glass. Thousands remain without power.
Putnam County and the Cookeville area were the hardest hit by the early Tuesday storms.
Eighteen people in the county were confirmed dead as of late Tuesday. Several children are among them. Many also were wounded. Eighty-eight people were taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Rescue efforts are expected to continue through Wednesday in areas devastated by the violent, rapid tornado. Our partners at the The Tennessean have more.