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Dierks Bentley Safe After Flying An Hour Before Nashville Tornado

We're so glad he's safe!

Written by Lauren Laffer
Dierks Bentley Safe After Flying An Hour Before Nashville Tornado
Dierks Bentley; Photo Credit: Jim Wright

Dierks Bentley is glad to be safely on the ground after a devastating tornado whipped through Nashville overnight Monday (3/2) into Tuesday (3/3). The singer posted to social media that just hours before the storm hit, he’d been flying his plane.

“We ducked around this cell and landed at john tune airport around 11:30 last night. Glad we landed when we did. Wouldn’t have been good an hour later. It was the cell that turned into the tornado. Lot of people lost their homes. No one comes together as a city like Nashville does,” wrote the star on Twitter with a video of a lightning-filled sky. He added on Instagram that his drummer had lost his home due to the storm.

Those following the tornado news might recognize the airport Bentley landed at as it reportedly received heavy damage due to the EF-3 tornado.

“John C. Tune Airport (JWN), BNA’s sister airport in West Nashville, sustained significant damage due to severe weather earlier this morning,” a statement from the airport read. “There were no reported injuries. Several hangars have been destroyed, and power lines are down. In the interest of safety, the public is advised to avoid John C. Tune until further notice. The Airport Authority has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the response.”

Damage to the airport is just a small part of the devastation surrounding Music City. Areas including Germantown and Mt. Juliet received large amounts of damage, with East Nashville and Five Points losing a number of building structures.

As of the publication of this article, it was reported that there were nine fatalities and nearly 50 buildings collapsed.

Storm shelters:
- Centennial Sportsplex at 222 2th Avenue N.
- East Magnet High School at 110 Gallatin Ave.
- Victory Baptist Church at 1777 Tate Lane in Mt. Juliet
- Zeal Church at 5807 Charlotte Ave.