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California’s Apollo Masters Vinyl Manufacturing Plant Suffers “Catastrophic Damage” From Fire [Video]
Tom Shackleford | Saturday, February 8th, 2020

https://liveforlivemusic.com/news/apollo-masters-vinyl-plant-fire/

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This past Thursday, February 6th, a fire caused extensive damage to Apollo Masters manufacturing plant in Banning, CA where lacquer used to make vinyl discs are produced, according to a report from The Desert Sun.

The early-morning “three-alarm fire” didn’t result in any injuries to the employees on-site, but did require the presence of 82 total firefighters to help extinguish the blaze which may have come from an explosion at the 15,000-square-foot factory. The building fire was contained by 10:45 a.m., but not before it almost completely destroyed the facility.

A statement shared to the Apollo Masters website reads,

To all of wonderful customers. It is with great sadness we report the Apollo Masters manufacturing and storage facility had a devastating fire and suffered catastrophic damage. The best news is all of our employees are safe. We are uncertain of our future at this point and are evaluating options as we try to work through this difficult time. Thank you for all of the support over the years and the notes of encouragement and support we have received from you all.

Unfortunately for music fans–specifically avid vinyl consumers–Thursday’s fire could result in loss of productivity for bands and record labels who need the supplies made at Apollo Masters to produce and sell their albums on vinyl.

“From my understanding, this fire will present a problem for the vinyl industry worldwide,” Third Man Records co-founder Ben Blackwell said about the fire in a statement shared to Pitchfork. “There are only TWO companies that make lacquers in the world, and the other, MDC in Japan, already had trouble keeping up with demand BEFORE this development.”

Blackwell continued, “I imagine this will affect EVERYONE, not just Third Man Pressing and Third Man Mastering, but to what extent remains to be seen … I don’t want to be an alarmist. But I’m attempting to be realistic as opposed to Pollyannish.”

The fire brings to mind the 2019 report on the 2008 warehouse fire at the Universal Studios Backlot which resulted in the loss of thousands of master recordings from John Coltrane and Nirvana to Joni Mitchell, Tupac Shakur, and Louis Armstrong.

Riverside County Environmental Health officials will now begin to investigate whether the surrounding environment in Banning was impacted by the burning of chemicals used at the facility.

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14 Americans test positive for coronavirus after evacuation from quarantined cruise ship
More than 300 U.S. citizens and family members who had been on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were evacuated.

Feb. 17, 2020, 1:54 AM PST / Updated Feb. 17, 2020, 8:36 AM PST
By Yuliya Talmazan and Kurt Chirbas

Fourteen Americans who were among the hundreds of people evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship off Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has claimed nearly 1,800 lives in a growing outbreak in China.

More than 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were taken off the vessel and repatriated back to the United States on two chartered flights that landed at Travis Air Force Base, California, and Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, early Monday.

In a statement, a State Department spokesperson said Monday that the American evacuees were all deemed asymptomatic and fit to fly before being processed for evacuation.

But during the evacuation process, after passengers had left the ship and gone to the airport, U.S. officials received notice that 14 passengers, who had been tested two to three days earlier, had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

"These individuals were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols," the spokesperson said.

The State Department made the decision to allow the 14 individuals, who were in isolation, separated from other passengers and who continued to be asymptomatic, to remain on the aircraft to complete the evacuation process after a consultation with health officials, according to the statement.

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U.S. passengers who have chosen to leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship, are transported by shuttle bus to Haneda airport to fly back to the United States on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Philip and Gay Courter via Reuters

The Diamond Princess has been on quarantine since Feb. 3 after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.

The outbreak continued to grow Monday as the death toll rose to 1,772 and the number of confirmed cases reached 70,635 in China.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, said that outside of China, the organization had received reports of 694 cases in 25 countries, including three deaths.

Japan's health ministry confirmed 99 additional coronavirus cases on board the ship Monday. More than 1,700 people on the Diamond Princess, which had 3,700 passengers and crew on board, have been tested since the quarantine began — 454 of them have tested positive for the virus, including some Americans.

The State Department said all evacuated American passengers were closely monitored by medical professionals throughout the flight and any who become symptomatic were to be moved to a specialized containment area.

The evacuees will now be placed under mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

"Passengers that develop symptoms in flight and those with positive test results will remain isolated on the flights and will be transported to an appropriate location for continued isolation and care," the spokesperson said, without elaborating on where that location could be.

Hundreds of Americans were evacuated from Wuhan, the center of the epidemic in China's Hubei province, aboard chartered flights in late January and earlier this month. They were also subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at military bases upon arrival in the U.S.

Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Italy are also making efforts to evacuate their citizens from the quarantined cruise ship.

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Harvey Weinstein found guilty

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/harvey-weinstein-verdict/index.html

By Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN
Updated 12:49 p.m. ET, February 24, 2020

What you need to know

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Harvey Weinstein, 67, was just found guilty of criminal sex act and rape. His sentencing is set for March 11.
The case: The charges are based on Miriam Haley's testimony that Weinstein forced oral sex on her in 2006 and Jessica Mann's testimony that he raped her in 2013 during what she described as an abusive relationship.

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Coronavirus live updates: CDC outlines pandemic planning, fears send stocks plunging for second day
Published Tue, Feb 25 20207:45 AM ESTUpdated 20 min ago
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/25/coronavirus-latest-updates.html

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Total confirmed cases: More than 80,200
Total deaths: At least 2,704


5:18 San Francisco declares local emergency

San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared local emergency, even though there aren’t any confirmed cases in the city, NBC Bay Area reported. She called a press conference scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET that was more than an hour delayed, according to NBC Bay Area reporter Mark Matthews.

4:40 pm: Dow loses more than 800 points as stocks plunge for a second day

The stock rout continued as diving bond yields raised more concern that the global economy is slowing significantly because of the spreading coronavirus. The 10-year Treasury yield hit a record low as the Dow Jones Industrial Average added to Monday’s 1,000-point drop. Comments from health officials warning of a possible outbreak in the U.S. also spooked investors, causing a turnaround in stocks which had opened the day higher. The Dow dropped 879.44 points, or 3.1%, to 27,081.36 after being up more than 180 points at one point shortly after the open. The S&P 500 slid 3% to 3,128.21 while the Nasdaq Composite fell 2.8% to 8,965.61. Monday’s session was the market’s worst in two years. The S&P 500 posted back-to-back declines of at least 3% for the first time since November 2008 during the financial crisis, according to Bespoke Investment Group.

4:20 pm: Delta scraps cancellation fees for Italy flights because of outbreak

Delta Air Lines is waiving the cancellation and change fees for travelers hesitant to travel to several cities in Italy because of the recent spread of the coronavirus there. Travelers booked to or from Venice, Bologna or Milan’s two airports can rebook their travel for until March 31 or cancel altogether, the carrier said. The move comes after Delta, United and American said they would waive fees for flights to Seoul, South Korea because of the outbreak there. All U.S. airline stocks were trading sharply lower than the broader market. —Josephs

3:52 pm: US health officials say human trials on coronavirus vaccine to start in 6 weeks

Human trials testing a potential vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus are expected to begin in six weeks, U.S. health officials announced Tuesday. “We are on time at least and maybe even a little bit better,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters at a press conference. “Hopefully, no further glitches.” The White House reportedly asked Congress on Monday for $1.25 billion in additional funding to bolster its coronavirus response, including money to develop a vaccine and therapeutics to treat the virus. The National Institutes of Health has been working with biotech company Moderna to develop a vaccine using the current strain of the coronavirus. —Lovelace

3:49 pm: US health officials say coronavirus will likely cause a global pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak that’s shuttered commerce across China will likely become a global pandemic, a top U.S. health official said, adding that it’s just a matter of time before the outbreak starts spreading in the U.S. “Current global circumstances suggest it’s likely this virus will cause a pandemic,” Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters at a news briefing. “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen any more, but rather more a question of when this will happen and how many people in this country will become infected and how many of those will develop severe or more complicated disease,” she added. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar added: “We can’t hermetically seal off the United States.” Azar confirmed four new cases of the virus from repatriated cruise ship passengers, bringing the total in the U.S. to 57.

3:46 pm: FDA says it’s monitoring the market for potential drug shortages, fraudulent treatment claims

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is monitoring for potential drug shortages and fraudulent treatment claims as the coronavirus outbreak places a pause on its product inspections in China. The FDA has identified about 20 drug products that either solely source their active ingredients or produce finished drug products in China and has contacted their manufacturers to see if they have experienced any supply issues, FDA spokesperson Stephanie Caccomo said in a statement. “None of these firms has reported any shortage to date,” Caccomo said. “We will continue to remain in contact with the manufacturers so that we can best help mitigate any potential issues in the future.” Since Jan. 24, the FDA has also reached out to over 180 manufacturers to remind them of their requirement to notify the FDA of any anticipated supply disruptions, Caccomo said. —Higgins-Dunn

2:50 pm: CDC hopes the coronavirus outbreak is seasonal like the flu and subsides in the summer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is a hypothesis among mathematical modelers that the coronavirus outbreak “could potentially be seasonal” and relent in warmer conditions. “Other viral respiratory diseases are seasonal, including influenza and therefore in many viral respiratory diseases we do see a decrease in disease in spring and summer,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on a conference call Tuesday. “And so we can certainly be optimistic that this disease will follow suit.” –Feuer

2:25 pm: Kudlow tries to assuage coronavirus concerns and impact on US economy

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow tried to assuage concerns over the cornavirus and its impact on the U.S. economy, saying officials “have contained this.” The comments came hours after the CDC said the COVID-19 coronavirus is “likely” to continue to spread throughout the United States and the American public should “prepare for the expectation that this is going to be bad.” –Lovelace

1:55 pm: Toyota reopens fourth plant in China

Toyota Motor has reopened a fourth plant in China following a month-long extension of its holiday shutdown due to the coronavirus. Eric Booth, a company spokesman, said the plant in Chengdu, located hundreds of miles west from the disease’s epicenter in Wuhan, restarted production on Monday. With the reopening of the facility, all of the Japanese automaker’s assembly plants in the country are operating, he said. Booth declined to comment on when Toyota expects the plants to return to full production, saying the automaker “will resume normal operations as soon as it is deemed safe and appropriate.” He also confirmed that no Toyota plants outside of China have been impacted from supply disruptions. –Wayland

1:49 pm: Coronavirus outbreak could force cancellation of 2020 Tokyo Games, IOC member says

A senior member of the International Olympic Committee said that if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer because of the coronavirus outbreak, organizers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it. Dick Pound, a former Canadian swimming champion who has been on the IOC since 1978, making him its longest-serving member, estimated there is a three-month window — perhaps a two-month one — to decide the fate of the Tokyo Olympics, meaning a decision could be put off until late May. —Associated Press

1:24 pm: Eleventh death in coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy

A 76-year-old woman died in the northern Italian city of Treviso, the Veneto region said, the eleventh victim of the worst coronavirus outbreak in Europe. Italy is struggling against the contagion with its epicenter in the wealthy regions of Lombardy and Veneto. The number of confirmed cases rose to 322 from 229 on Monday, the vast majority of them in the north of the country. —Reuters

1:09 pm: Economic fallout from coronavirus appears ‘much worse’ than SARS

The economic drag from the new coronavirus will turn out to be larger than SARS, according to Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles. Seroka was working in Shanghai during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak. “At that time, we were all grounded,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday. “This appears to be much worse because of the number of folks who were infected and the lack of productivity.” While estimates vary, economists believe SARS cost the global economy about $40 billion. — Belvedere

12:54 pm: Romania confirms first case as Italy reports more deaths

Romania confirmed its first case — a man who returned three weeks ago from Italy, television station Realitatea Plus said, quoting medical sector sources. In Italy, three more people infected with the coronavirus have died, bringing the death toll there to 10, the chief of the Civil Protection agency said. The number of cases in Italy more than doubled in the last day, topping 322 as of Tuesday morning, according to Italian health officials. The contagion was particularly strong in the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, the country’s industrial and financial heartland. Italy’s neighboring countries have committed not to close their borders, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said, as Rome’s government struggles to contain the biggest coronavirus outbreak in Europe. —Reuters with CNBC
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^^^Watch Contagion it's this very scenario just a much slower roll-out... :idea:


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Contagion it's this very scenario just a much slower roll-out

yeesh, i'll never remember that way-too-long movie title!

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Contagion it's this very scenario just a much slower roll-out

yeesh, i'll never remember that way-too-long movie title!



Ya baby, just like that bobby dazzler song in Mary Poppins, ya know Governor the one with the bird and the lanky chap waddling about...what's it called mate, can you remember... :?


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Live updates: More infections worldwide as new coronavirus cases indicate virus is spreading in U.S.
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Feb. 29, 2020 at 6:28 a.m. PST

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/02/29/coronavirus-live-updates/

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More coronavirus infections were reported from South Korea to France to Qatar on Saturday after health officials in Washington, Oregon and California on Friday reported a worrying development: new cases among people who have not traveled recently to countries hit hard by the outbreak or come into contact with anyone known to have the disease, which public health officials refer to as community transmission.

The four new cases Friday bring the total number of covid-19 cases detected through the U.S. public health system to 19, according to the CDC.

Washington State announced late Friday that a high school student in Snohomish County, just north of Seattle, tested positive for the deadly virus and was in home isolation in a suspected community transmission case. Washington health officials also said a woman in her 50s in King County tested positive after traveling to Daegu, South Korea, the site of a major coronavirus outbreak. She, too, is in home isolation.

Earlier Friday, Oregon health officials reported a presumptive positive test in a resident in Washington County with no known travel history or contact with infected individuals. California also reported a second case of community transmission, in Santa Clara County, after reporting the nation’s first such case, in Solano County, earlier in the week.

Here are the latest developments:

China reported its lowest manufacturing numbers on record for the month of February, as the epidemic-stricken economy ground to an unprecedented standstill.

Qatar announced its first case of coronavirus Saturday, days after the country’s ruler ordered the evacuation of its citizens from Iran, the outbreak’s Middle East epicenter. Authorities in Iran Saturday reported more than 200 new cases of the virus causing covid-19 — as well as nine deaths.

South Korean health officials confirmed nearly 600 new cases, the country’s biggest single-day increase to date. Iran reported more than 200 new cases and nine more deaths, giving the country the highest death toll from the virus outside of China.

In France, the Health Ministry confirmed 19 new cases late Friday, a nearly 100 percent increase since the day before. European health officials warned of outbreaks in their respective countries as numbers of confirmed cases continued to climb across the continent.

Major companies are beginning to cancel conferences and travel plans within the United States due to the coronavirus, which analysts warn will have cascading impacts on the country’s hotels, airlines and convention centers.

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa has emerged in Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country and biggest economy, sparking fears the contagion could spread quickly and stymie business.


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Coronavirus: All passengers on Emirates flight will be contacted
Catrin Owen·16:40, February 29th, 2020.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern praised the family of the patient with coronavirus, saying they had done the right thing seeking help.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says passengers on board the flight carrying a passenger who tested positive for coronavirus will be proactively contacted by authorities.

She made the announcement at a press conference on Saturday. It's an about-turn from previous statements from authorities saying only passengers in rows close to the passenger would be contacted.

Healthline and the Auckland Primary Health Organisation would work together to reach those passengers, who travelled to thhti Auckland on Emirates flight EK450 on Wednesday. The infected passenger left Tehran and stopped in Dubai and Bali en route to New Zealand.

Public health officials would contact passengers sitting closest to the infected person, while staff from callcentre Healthline would contact other passengers not believed to be in danger, but to reassure them.

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All passengers on an Emirates flight from Bali to thhti Auckland will be contacted.

The u-turn comes after one passenger on board the flight criticised authorities' response. The hhti Auckland barber said he had no idea he had been on the same flight until he saw media reports, and was now proactively quarantining himself.

Ardern said inquiries would be made into the border response, after it was reported the infected person, despite being sick on the flight, hadn't been stopped at the border for a check.

She said New Zealand's border control was stricter than other countries, and that
thhti Auckland Primary Health Organisation was "world class".

"New Zealand is good at these situations...the public should be going about their daily lives."

Health officials at international airports would be giving out specific health information to travellers regardless of where they were travelling from, Ardern said.

However those identified as "higher-risk" would be stopped at the border.

Ardern said there will be checks carried out at the airport in regards to the passenger's arrival.

"We are just doing a check specifically what happened at the airport and what happened on arrival...we are working through that, while the patient has done everything we expect and spot on, we're just doing a check (that) everything we would expect was done," she said.

Ardern said the case in New Zealand has been dealt with in a "text book fashion".

"The contact this individual has had once they've reached New Zealand has been extraordinarily limited and contained.

"All those who need to be contacted have been contacted, and in fact we're going a step further and Healthline is proactively contacting those who have no need to be concerned just to give reassuring messages and information," the prime minister said.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minster of Health David Clark visited Healthline on Saturday.

Contact tracing had occurred for passengers seated two rows in front and behind the person, which was in line with international evidence and advice.

"Beyond that those passengers do not need to be concerned as they would have had no contact with that traveller, but again we're going above and beyond," Ardern said.

Passengers would receive health information, contact information and "very clear guidance" about what they should do.

Unless someone had direct physical contact or was in close enough proximity to converse or catch droplets from the patient, they should have no worries, Ardern said.

"We're contacting everybody on the entire plane."

Ardern said the country had been well-prepared for weeks for a case to reach New Zealand.

"Everything we expected to happen has been rolled out," she said.

New Zealand is good at these type of situations, with world class public health officials and well-prepared hospitals, she said.

"The public should be going about their daily lives...if you need a bottle of milk, go to the supermarket, if you don't, don't. Continue on as you would regardless of having this case in New Zealand or not."

Were you a passenger on board EK450 or do you know someone who was? Get in touch with us at newstips@stuff.co.nz. Healthline can be contacted on 0800 358 5453.

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Death toll jumps to at least 22 after tornado rips through Nashville and central Tennessee
The carnage in Tennessee marked the most deadly tornado event in the United States since 23 people were killed in Lee County, Alabama, exactly one year ago, on March 3, 2019.

March 3, 2020, 12:43 AM PST / Updated March 3, 2020, 9:28 AM PST
By Phil Helsel, Ben Kesslen and David K. Li

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tornado-touches-down-nashville-area-damaging-homes-buildings-n1147701

At least 22 people were killed, several others were injured and 50,000 households and businesses were left without power when a tornado struck parts of Nashville and central Tennessee early Tuesday, officials said.

The deaths occurred in at least four counties, including Davidson, where Nashville is, and Putnam, Benton and Wilson, according to officials.

"We have had loss of life all across this state," Gov. Bill Lee, who declared a state of emergency, said. Besides those confirmed dead, some people are unaccounted for, he said. "There are folks missing."

The carnage in Tennessee marked the most deadly tornado event in the United States since 23 people were killed in Lee County, Alabama, exactly one year ago, on March 3, 2019.

President Donald Trump said he would visit Tennessee later this week.

"I want to send my warm wishes to the great people of Tennessee in the wake of the horrible, very vicious tornado that killed at least 19 people and injured many more," Trump said Tuesday in Washington, at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference.

"We’re working with the leaders in Tennessee including their great Gov. Bill Lee to make sure that everything is done properly. FEMA is already on the ground and I’ll be going there on Friday."

The severe weather damaged dozens of homes and buildings, and as Tennesseans get ready to vote in Super Tuesday primaries, state officials were scrambling to ensure residents can still get to the polls.

At least 45 buildings collapsed in Nashville, and police said that there were multiple buildings with damage, primarily in the downtown and east precincts.

"Emergency responders are working to ensure persons can get out and secure the areas," police said.

The tornado was spotted northwest of downtown Nashville and took aim at parts of the city, National Weather Service meteorologist Faith Borden said.

Video posted to Twitter showed what appeared to be extensive damage to an apartment complex.

More devastating sights. This is Fourth Ave N in #Germantown. Windows completely blown out. Water dripping down the side of this building. Video to follow. @WSMV pic.twitter.com/2Jm8oeGxFT https://twitter.com/RyBrez/status/1234750246808367104
— Ryan Breslin (@RyBrez) March 3, 2020

Blakeley Galbraith, a resident of the Vista Apartments in Nashville's Germantown neighborhood, said the fire department rushed to save people trapped in her building.

It was "chaos," she said.

"Our apartments got hit the worst in our neighborhood," Galbraith said. "Cars on top of our garage were overturned."

There was 6 inches of standing water in her top-floor apartment when she fled the building, leaving behind "everything," she said.

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People are reflected in a mirror of a building destroyed by storms, on March 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.Mark Humphrey / AP

Main Street in east Nashville was closed at 1:30 a.m. and covered in half-fallen trees and other debris, The Tennessean newspaper of Nashville reported. Part of a building had also collapsed onto the road, the newspaper reported. Photos showed what appeared to be heavy damage to some buildings and vehicles.

Council member Brett Withers tweeted that the Five Points neighborhood took a direct hit.

Nashville schools were to be closed Tuesday because of damage throughout the city, officials said.

It was “a devastating night in Nashville,” U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., tweeted, adding that he would work with the mayor’s office on a request for federal assistance.

"Last night was a reminder about how fragile life is," Nashville Mayor John Cooper, the congressman's brother, said at a press conference Tuesday morning. He added that rescue personnel in the city are continuing to examine collapsed buildings to ensure all residents are accounted for.

He described the tornado as a "massive act of nature."

"There was no stopping that," the mayor said, referring to an AutoZone store that is now "missing."

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A man walks past storm debris following a deadly tornado, on March 3, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.Mark Humphrey / AP

Among the confirmed deaths, at least one was in Davidson County, where Nashville is, and four in Putnam County to the east. In Benton County west of Nashville, a man was killed when his house was hit, a county emergency manager told NBC News. At least two people were killed in Wilson County.

Nashville suburbs Mount Juliet and Lebanon appeared hard hit, the weather service said. Police in Mount Juliet, east of Nashville, reported that the town of around 30,000 had significant damage and multiple injuries.

"We have requested mutual aid from allied agencies. We continue to search for injured. Stay home if you can. Watch for downed power lines," the police department tweeted.

The sheriff's office in Wilson County, which is home to Mount Juliet and Lebanon, reported "extensive damage to many homes" and road hazards.

One of our helicopters just landed after surveying tornado destruction from overnight. pic.twitter.com/XmBpbOmBuf https://twitter.com/MNPDNashville/status/1234877304477831168
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) March 3, 2020

In Putnam County, where there have been at least four deaths, the county mayor, Randy Porter, said in an early morning press conference that the region has extensive power outages and that multiple residents are injured.

Tennessee is one of 14 states voting on Super Tuesday, and some polling locations were damaged in the storm, according to NBC Nashville affiliate WSMV.

All Nashville polling locations will open an hour later than usual, and some sites, fewer than 10 percent of the total, have been moved, the mayor said.

Officials are working to make sure all polling locations in affected areas will be open for the required 10 hours, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said on Twitter.

The weather service said that as of 2:50 a.m., there were no longer tornado warnings in middle Tennessee, but warned that storms in the area had lightning and heavy rain and that 40-50 mph winds were possible. "Storms could quickly become severe, so stay alert!" the weather service tweeted.

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'Volcano Live!' Daredevil Nik Wallenda to wirewalk over Nicaraguan volcano Wednesday
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SARASOTA, Fla. – Nik Wallenda’s plans to walk on a steel cable over a Nicaraguan volcano Wednesday night would give him an earth, wind and fire combo that circus entertainers will find difficult to reprise.

To match it, they might have to make room for their spouses to grab some of the action above that cauldron of bubbling lava, which is what Erendira Wallenda plans to do for openers during the nationally televised “Volcano Live!” two-hour spectacle on ABC, beginning at 8 p.m. EST.

Friday, days before the couple left for Masaya Volcano National Park, Erendira announced on Instagram the event would include “The Biggest Stunt That Nikolas And I Have Ever Done Together.” Exactly what Erendira, a seventh-generation aerialist who frequently performs with her husband of 21 years, has in mind is under wraps.

He was under no such obligations during his assaults on the Grand Canyon in 2013 and the Chicago skyline in 2014, which were televised by different networks.

Given the sulfurous volcanic mists that often swirl in dense clouds, Wallenda will wear a pair of goggles to protect his eyes. Masaya’s exhaust has already taken its toll on some of the equipment.

“We’ve had issues with some chemical that was appearing on the wire that appeared to be greasy or oily,” Wallenda said. “My dad called me the day he got there and said the rigging team put a metal clip out over the middle of the volcano with a rope, and when they pulled it in, it had some sort of strange substance on it, it’s slick.”

Wallenda said he slathered gobs of Vaseline onto a length of practice cable strung across his own backyard to test his footing.

“It was uneasy, but I could do it,” he said. “I thought, well, if I could walk on Vaseline, I’m sure I can walk on what I’m gonna face there.”

Wallenda will wear the trademark leather moccasins and employ 1⅛-inch-thick steel cable to cover the 1,800-foot span across Masaya, which would be his longest wirewalk. Duration of the event depends on the volcano’s behavior.

Erendira Wallenda will do her mystery stunt first. In 2017, five years to the day after Nik crossed Niagara Falls, she returned to the scene, rode a helicopter that hovered 300 feet in midair above the cataracts and hung by her teeth from an aerial hoop.

“You’ll just have to tune in and watch,” Nik Wallenda said. “She came up to me within the last month and asked about doing something. So she’s doing her own thing, and I’m doing my own thing.”

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After having skywalked above the booming cascades of Niagara Falls and a bone-dry riverbed in the wind-swept Grand Canyon, Wallenda would complete his sweep of challenging the three basic states of matter if he succeeds in traversing Masaya’s active lake of fire.

In preparation for the noxious gases belching from Masaya’s caldera about 1,800 feet below, the 41-year-old funambulist trained with a filter mask and an oxygen mask, the latter requiring an additional 13 pounds of compressed air on his shoulders.

“It’s a big deal because it adds more bulk,” said Wallenda, whose balancing pole weighs 40 pounds. “Actually, my back has been in more pain than it’s ever been before, because it’s pulling me back. So I’ve added more stress and more bulk, meaning that if there are any winds, I’m less aerodynamic.”

Exactly which mask he straps on will depend on the gasses, which are highly variable. His most unwelcome hookup will be a safety harness, which is anathema to the long-standing Wallenda family tradition of wirewalking without a net.

“That’s for ABC. It is what it is,” he said. “It’ll be the same as Times Square.”

In an ABC production last June, Wallenda and sister Lijana wore tethers as they started on opposite platforms and crossed each other 25 stories above New York City. ABC also required him to wear a harness during his wirewalk above Niagara Falls in 2012.

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Due to concerns about the corona virus, the release of the new James Bond movie has been delayed to November.

The movie is called "No Time to Die."

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