Eric Paslay’s Home Took a ‘Direct Hit’ From the Nashville Tornado

Eric Paslay; Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for HGTV
Eric Paslay; Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for HGTV
Eric Paslay; Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for HGTV
"It was an incredibly scary night," he says.

Singer/songwriter Eric Paslay is holding his family a little closer this week after his East Nashville home took a direct hit from the Nashville tornado in the early morning hours of Tuesday (March 3).

Paslay took to Instagram late Tuesday to update fans after the tornado ripped through his home and claimed the lives of 24 people across Middle Tennessee.

“It was an incredibly scary night with a direct hit from the tornado,” he wrote. “Fortunately, we had enough warning to get downstairs to our shelter with an additional 30 seconds to spare before it was on top of us.”

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Hi all. Thank-you so much for reaching out to check on us. It was an incredibly scary night with a direct hit from the tornado. Fortunately, we had enough warning to get downstairs to our shelter with an additional 30 seconds to spare before it was on top of us. We are smiling in this picture because we are beyond happy and grateful to be standing together, unharmed, surrounded by the best friends, neighbors, volunteers, and first responders you could ever hope for. We are smiling in this picture because at the time that it was taken, we didn’t realize that there were lives lost. We are so sad and are hurting for those families and their losses. Hold your loved ones tight. We love y’all- Stay safe out there

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He went on to explain that he, his wife and daughter were smiling in the photo he shared because they had not yet realized the severity of the situation in Middle Tennessee.

“We are smiling in this picture because we are beyond happy and grateful to be standing together, unharmed, surrounded by the best friends, neighbors, volunteers, and first responders you could ever hope for,” he explained. “We are smiling in this picture because at the time that it was taken, we didn’t realize that there were lives lost.”

Paslay said that they are “sad” and “hurting” for those who lost their homes and loved ones.

The tornado that touched down in East Nashville was confirmed to be an EF-3 with winds of 136-140 mph, according to Nashville’s News Channel 5.

Residents of Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Cookeville are in dire need of assistance to rebuild their communities. Those interested in helping the Nashville community in the aftermath of the storm can donate to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund HERE

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