New Hope Tornado

Remains of a mobile home, that was thrown several hundred feet into another home. Remains of a mobile home, that was thrown several hundred feet into another home.
Closeup of the storm shelter. Closeup of the storm shelter.
The structure on the right was lifted and thrown several hundred feet, through 3 telephone poles, and into the structure on the left. The structure on the right was lifted and thrown several hundred feet, through 3 telephone poles, and into the structure on the left.
A second underground storm shelter in the same mobile home community. A second underground storm shelter in the same mobile home community.
The same storm that spawned the Union Grove Tornado moved northeast, across the Tennessee River, and produced another tornado in southeastern Madison County. This tornado, which has been rated an F2 on the Fujita Scale, touched down around 1:50 PM CST, about 3.6 miles west-southwest of the city of New Hope, near the base of Lemley Mountain, where it downed some trees, and produced light damage to some homes. The tornado then strengthened as it moved northeast, through a mobile home community, where several mobile homes were thrown and demolished. After crossing US Highway 431, Click on map to view approximate path of tornado. and damaging several businesses in the area, the tornado lifted about 3/4 mile northeast of the US-431, Old Highway 431 intersection, around 1:54 PM CST. Despite damage to at least 21 homes, including 8 that were completely demolished, there were no known injuries. In the mobile home community where the greatest damage occurred, residents stated they heard the Tornado Warning on TV, and took cover in underground storm shelters. The total damage path was 2.6 miles in length, and around 300 yards at its widest point. Click on the map to view a larger image showing the approximate path of the tornado.

A Tornado Watch that included Madison County was issued at 9:19 AM CST. A Tornado Warning was in effect for Madison County from 1:40 pm until 2:15 PM CST.

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Closeup of the debris from the thrown mobile home. Debris from mobile homes and outbuildings.
Overturned U-Haul truck. Overturned U-Haul truck.
Damaged service station on US-431. Damaged service station on US-431.

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