Over half of Belmont is without power due to the thunderstorm and a series of tornadoes that swept through Middle Tennessee during the night.
While there is no physical damage to campus, a number of buildings are without power, according to the Office of Communications.
These buildings are:
Curb Event Center
the Beaman Student Life Center
Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Bill and Carole Troutt Theater,
McAfee Concert Hall
Most of the buildings on the north end of campus, including McWhorter Hall and Janet Ayers Academic Center, have power, said Chief of Campus Security Pat Cunningham.
Dining services are currently running with limited capacity.
Over 80,000 power outages have been reported in Nashville alone, with thousands more outages across Tennessee and Western Kentucky.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear told reporters Saturday that the fatality count is “north of 70,” and is expected to rise, according to WSMV.
The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed four storm-related deaths in the state.
Though the Nashville Electric Service doesn’t have a timeline for when the power will be back on, Cunningham said they are working to restore electricity to the university.
The Office of Communications is expected to email students with updates
— Dec. 11, 3:30 p.m: This story has been updated to reflect the current number of storm-related casualties in Tennesse.
Dec. 11, 3:42 p.m: Power has been restored to Belmont’s campus.
PHOTO: The newly-built Fisher Center for the Performing Arts was one of the buildings left without power Saturday morning. Belmont Vision / Sarah Maninger.
This story was written by Sarah Maninger.