by Elise Schoening | March 03, 2020

Nashville was rocked by a powerful storm system and tornado that cut through Tennessee late Monday and early Tuesday. Across the state, hundreds of homes have been damaged and thousands of people have been left without power. At least 22 people have died, according to the latest count from CNN

Multiple buildings have collapsed in Nashville, but the city's convention and visitor's bureau said most of the damage was sustained to homes, and its downtown district remained largely intact.

"We are grateful that even with all the devastation, the majority of the city and the downtown entertainment district was spared," said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. "As we support those in need and focus on their immediate concerns, we are encouraged that Nashville's music will keep playing. The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and others are open, and many will be collecting donations from audience members. Our industry has come together to focus on helping our neighbors while also serving our visitors."

The Nashville International Airport remains open, along with the Music City Center Convention Center, Bridgestone Arena, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Only a few buildings are currently closed, including the Nashville Visitor Centers and Tennessee State Museum.

Donations to help the city recover are being accepted at the following organizations: Music City Inc., the Community Foundation's Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, the Community Resource Center and Hands On Nashville.