Tornadoes Confirmed in Wilson, Smith, and Bedford Counties (Oct 1, 2012)

 

Storm Survey Information for October 1, 2012 Tornadoes

Although tornadoes can and do occur in Middle Tennessee during all months of the year, tornadoes during October are quite rare. To date, only 15 October twisters (2.5% of all tornadoes) have been documented in mid state history, the last occurring on October 9, 2009, when an EF-1 storm struck Davidson and Robertson Counties. Wilson and Smith Counties had never experienced an October tornado until Monday's storms.

Tornado 1: 

Counties Wilson Classification Tornado
EF Rating EF0 Max Wind Speed 85 mph
Path Length 2 miles Path Width 100 yards
EF0 Statesville Tornado Map

The National Weather Service in Nashville TN has confirmed a tornado near Statesville in Wilson County Tennessee on October 1 2012.

An EF-0 tornado touched down southwest of the intersection of Knight Creek Road and Greenvale Road near Statesville then moved northeast before ending along Highway 267 northwest of Statesville. Structural damage along the path included one mobile home sliding off its foundation, four sheds lofted or rolled and destroyed, and aluminum roofing that was blown hundreds of yards. Multiple trees were also blown down along the path.

This is the first tornado on record to occur during the month of October in Wilson County.

Special thanks to Wilson County Emergency Management for assisting the storm survey team with their efforts.

EF0 Tornado Damage on Knight Creek Road in Statesville EF0 Tornado Damage on Knight Creek Road in Statesville
EF0 Tornado Damage on Knight Creek Road in Statesville EF0 Tornado Damage on Knight Creek Road in Statesville

 


Tornado 2:

Counties Smith Classification Tornado
EF Rating EF1 Max Wind Speed 90 mph
Path Length 1.7 miles Path Width 150 yards
EF1 Grant Tornado Map

The National Weather Service in Nashville TN has confirmed an EF-1 tornado near Grant in Smith County Tennessee on October 1 2012.

A low end EF-1 tornado touched down near Interstate 40 just east of the Wilson County line in the Grant community before ending near highway 141. Several trees were blown down on Possum Hollow Road near Interstate 40. More substantial tree damage occurred on a farm located south of SP McClanahan Road where dozens of large trees were snapped or uprooted. Homeowners estimated some of the trees to be over 200 years old. More trees were blown down with skirting damage to a mobile home on SP McClanahan Road. A few trees were also blown down further north to the west of Highway 141 before the tornado lifted.

This is the first tornado on record to occur during the month of October in Smith County.

Special thanks go to the Smith County EMA director for assisting the storm survey team with his efforts.

EF1 Tornado Damage on SP McClanahan Road in Grant EF1 Tornado Damage on SP McClanahan Road in Grant
EF1 Tornado Damage on SP McClanahan Road in Grant EF1 Tornado Damage on SP McClanahan Road in Grant

 


Tornado 3:

Counties Bedford Classification Tornado
EF Rating EF0 Max Wind Speed 65 mph
Path Length 1 mile Path Width 50 yards

The National Weather Service in Nashville TN has confirmed a tornado in Shelbyville in Bedford County on October 1 2012.

Surveys by Bedford County Emergency Management along with reports from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette and radar analysis indicate an EF-0 tornado briefly touched down across western Shelbyville. Several trees were blown down along a 1 mile long intermittent path from Parker Road across Rabbit Branch Road to Dow Road. One outbuilding was also destroyed on Dow Road.

Special thanks go to Bedford County Emergency Management for conducting the storm survey.


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