April 10, 2009 Good Friday Tornado Outbreak


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Tornado Statistics
# Counties Rating Time (CST)
Length (miles) Width (yards) Fatalities Injuries
1 Benton EF1 0941 4.00 75 0 0
2 Humphreys EF0 0950 1.00 25 0 0
3 Humphreys/Houston EF1 0959 12.00 300 0 0
4 Rutherford EF4 1119 23.25 750 2 58
5 Sumner EF1 1149 0.60 50 0 0
6 Rutherford EF0 1158 0.20 25 0 0
7 Rutherford EF1 1201 3.70 100 0 0
8 Cannon EF0 1219 0.80 75 0 0
9 Coffee EF0 1318 0.25 25 0 0
10 Putnam/Cumberland EF1 1322 6.00 100 0 0

Reports & Outlooks
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Public Information Statements

EF1 Benton County Tornado
Counties: Benton
Time: 10:41 AM CDT
EF Scale: EF1
Wind Speed Estimate: 100 MPH
Damage Path Length: 4.00 Miles
Damage Path Width: 75 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

Damage:

(From April 2009 Storm Data) Tornado touchdown about 6 miles northeast of Camden at 1041 AM CDT. A newspaper reported that the damage began at the Prospect Church and Cemetery, damaging the trim of the church and uprooting trees in the cemetery. It traveled northeast and ended at the Tennessee River at about 1048 AM CDT. Damage width was 75 yards wide. Much of the damage was along and near Grapevine and Harmon Dock Roads. Many hundreds of large hardwoood trees and pine trees were snapped or uprooted along the 4 mile damage path. Twelve homes suffered roof and structural damage and several outbuildings, including two barns, were destroyed, two mobile homes were damaged, and at least two cars were damaged per NWS Storm Survey and newspaper reports. Based on this damage, maximum estimated winds at 100 mph which corresponds to and EF-1 Tornado. Also...one trailor was destroyed on Harmon Creek Road. Numerous trees were reported down in northern portions of the county.

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EF0 Humphreys County Tornado
Counties: Benton
Time: 10:50 AM CDT
EF Scale: EF0
Wind Speed Estimate: 70 MPH
Damage Path Length: 1.00 Miles
Damage Path Width: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

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(From April 2009 Storm Data) A brief EF-0 Tornado, with winds of maximum estimated wind speed of 70 mph, occurred in the Highlands on Kentucky Lake Subdivision. This tornado snapped a few trees and had a length of one mile and a width of 25 yards, and is likely the same tornado that struck Benton County based on radar.

EF1 Humphreys/Houston County Tornado
Counties: Humphreys/Houston
Time: 10:59 AM CDT
EF Scale: EF1
Wind Speed Estimate: 100 MPH
Damage Path Length: 12.00 Miles
Damage Path Width: 300 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

Damage:

(From April 2009 Storm Data) An EF-1 Tornado, with maximum estimated wind speed around 100 mph, did extensive tree damage along Gander Branch Road and destroyed a barn and damaged a nearby house on Tennessee Ridge Road near Concord in Humphreys County. The tornado also damaged a barn and downed trees near Woolworth on Route 13, then lifted northeast of Silvertop in Houston County. The tornado had a path length of 12 miles and a maximum width of 300 yards. Newspaper reported that emergency management officials stated that three homes and a mobile home received minor damage and hundereds of trees were rooted in Houston County. In Humpreys County, one house appeared to have major damage, one had significant damage, and a double wide mobile home was destroyed.

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EF4 Murfreesboro Tornado
Counties: Rutherford
Time: 12:19 PM CDT
EF Scale: EF4
Wind Speed Estimate: 170 MPH
Damage Path Length: 23.25 Miles
Damage Path Width: 1/2 mile
Start Point: 36.0841 N / 87.8069 W
End Point: 36.0850 N / 87.7550 W
Fatalities: 2
Injuries 58

Damage:

(From April 2009 Storm Data) An EF-4 Tornado with maximum estimated wind speed around 170 mph, was reached in the Highland Park Drive Neighborhood as well as the Tomahawk Trace Area. Several well constructed homes were destroyed in those areas, hardwood trees were debarked, and vehicles were tossed considerable distances. There were two fatalities, a 30 year old women and her 9 week old daughter, and 58 injuries per newspaper reports, of which at least 7 were serious. Path length was 23.25 miles and maximum width was 750 yards.Gound surveys of the Murfreesboro tornado indicate that the actual initial touchdown was just north of the Eagleville Community in far Southwestern Rutherford County. Intermittent tree and roof damage was noted beginning at a residence near the intersection of Kelly Road and Highway 41A. Intermittent tree damage continued northeast, with the path becoming continuous along Rocky Grove Road between the Cedar Grove and Pleasant Hill Communities. The survey team then inspected continuous damage from Rocky Grove Road northeast to a residence on Newman Road approximately 2 miles north of the Windrow Community. Extensive tree damage was noted along the path...along with multiple instances of roof damage to homes. The most significant damage was on Patterson Road 1/2 mile west of Windrow. A brick home was completely destroyed and thrown almost completely off its foundation.

Additional areas between Stones River Battlefield and Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro were surveyed. Two homes on Wilkinson Pike and two homes on Highland Park Drive were completely destroyed. One of the homes did appear to be properly anchored to it's foundation while three were not. Per a newspaper report, at Stones River Battlefield, a quarter mile swath of fallen and damaged trees streched one mile across the battlefield, along with numerous fences being destroyed, closing parts of the park to tourists. One particular fallen tree damaged a 60 foot section of the national cemetary wall and a cannon display. Additional information about the tornado included it tracked due northeast for the first 9 miles then began a steady turn to the right. By the time the tornado lifted it was moving to the east-southeast.

Videos of the tornado indicated a multiple vortex appearance to the tornado and the aerial survey was able to detect focused areas of damage within the larger path. The aerial survey revealed 12 to 15 homes which were completely destroyed and dozens others which suffered significant damage. A 2-story office building had the complete upper floor removed. Numerous large vehicles were picked up and tossed, including several semi trailers which wound up piled together near the intersection of Thompson Lane and Broad Street. Significant roof damage and some wall collapse on homes were also noted. Several well built homes suffered significant exterior andinterior wall failure. Three other areas received significant damage. The first area was along Bushnell Drive just north of Compton Road. A well built 2-storty brick home was almost completely destroyed with just part of the kitchen wall remaining standing. The second area was near the intersection of Haynes Drive and Sulphur Springs Road. Three homes on Cornwall Court were completely destroyed and thrown clear of their slab foundations, however it did not appear any of the homes was properly anchored. The third area of enhanced damage was along Battleground Drive between D`Ann Drive and Tomahawk Trace. The National Weather Service Assessment team was joined by a Murfreesboro Code who assisted with assessing construction quality at this location. Three homes were completely blown clear of their foundations and destroyed. One home was not anchored/fastened to the foundation, however, the other 2 were very well constructed. Several trees were also debarked at this location.

Additional information provided by the Rutherford County EMA through a newspaper report stated that over 845 homes were damaged, of these 117 were destroyed, 298 had major damage, 175 had minor damage, and another 255 were affected in some way. 519 Structures were also affected, including 77 destroyed, with an additional 300 plus homes and structures impacted in some way just outside of the city limits. Newspaper also reported an overturned truck caused traffic backup on Interstate 24 and multiple power lines down across the entire city. Power lines being down resulted in as many as 18,000 homes being without power after the storm. Newspaper also reported that two people were seriously injured and multiple homes were destroyed when the tornado passed through the Wilkinson Pike/Thompson Lane Areas. Large trees were also uprooted and utility poles were blown over. Multiple businesses in the Thompson Lane/Broad Street area were significantly damaged, including a Shell convenience store and Huddleston-Steele Engineering. Newspaper also reported continuous damage, detail of damage not provided, between Esquire Court and Wigan Drive and Tomahawk Trace to Highway 231 and then into the Compton Road area. Newspaper also reported that Murfreesboro Waste Department had gathered in excess of more the 2.7 million pounds of debris. And that total tonnage associated with the storm gathered at the Rutherford County Landfill was 5,071 tons.

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Aerial Photos:

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EF4 Murfreesboro Tornado Damage Path from Google Earth

TBNA Base Velocity Radar Loop of Murfreesboro Tornado (note: large file size 13.5 mb):

EF4 Murfreesboro Tornado Radar Loop from TBNA

EF1 Sumner County Tornado
Counties: Sumner
Time: 12:49 PM CDT
EF Scale: EF1
Wind Speed Estimate: 100 MPH
Damage Path Length: 0.6 Miles
Damage Path Width: 50 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

Damage:

(From April 2009 Storm Data) Damage occurred near the intersection of Highways 25 and 76. Four frame homes, per newspaper report, and a mobile home suffered significant roof damage along Creekmore Road. Numerous trees were snapped or uprooted. Per newspaper report, numerous power lines were downed. The path length of the tornado was 0.6 mile with a maximum path width of 50 yards. The damage was rated EF-1 in intensity, with maximum wind speeds around 100 mph.

EF0 Rutherford County Tornado
Counties: Rutherford
Time: 12:58 PM CDT
EF Scale: EF0
Wind Speed Estimate: 70 MPH
Damage Path Length: 0.20 Miles
Damage Path Width: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

Damage:

(From April 2009 Storm Data) An EF0 Tornado, with estimated maximum wind speeds of 70 mph, pushed several oak trees down. Path length was 0.2 miles and it had a maximum width of 25 yards.

EF1 Rutherford County Tornado
Counties: Rutherford
Time: 1:01 PM CDT
EF Scale: EF1
Wind Speed Estimate: 100 MPH
Damage Path Length: 3.70 Miles
Damage Path Width: 100 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

Damage:

(From April 2009 Storm Data) The damage was limited to an area along Bradyville Pike, just south of Manus Road. In this area, 4 homes were damaged along with a barn, and several trees were snapped or uprooted. Based on this damage, maximum estimated wind speed was around 100 mph, which corresponds to an EF-1 rating on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Path length was 3.7 miles and width was 100 yards. Also...Minor damage to house at intersection of John Bragg Highway and Double Springs Road. Trees were pushed down at this location also.

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EF0 Cannon County Tornado
Counties: Cannon
Time: 1:19 PM CDT
EF Scale: EF0
Wind Speed Estimate: 70 MPH
Damage Path Length: 0.80 Miles
Damage Path Width: 75 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

Damage:

(From April 2009 Storm Data) The tornado touchdown one half mile north of the intersection of Murfreesboro Road and Locke Creek Road. The tornado then traveled northeast. The tornado damage path was 0.8 miles long and 75 yards wide. The start of the damage was found at the top of the ridge off of Locke Creek Road. Numerous trees were uprooted and twisted. One power pole was snapped. Based on the damage found, winds were estimated at 70 mph which corresponds to an EF-0 Tornado.

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EF0 Coffee County Tornado
Counties: Coffee
Time: 2:18 PM CDT
EF Scale: EF0
Damage Path Length: 0.25 Miles
Damage Path Width: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

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(From April 2009 Storm Data) Storm Chaser video showed brief touchdown in a field just east of Interstate 24.

EF1 Putnam/Cumberland County Tornado
Counties: Putnam/Cumberland
Time: 2:22 PM CDT
EF Scale: EF1
Wind Speed Estimate: 100 MPH
Damage Path Length: 6.00 Miles
Damage Path Width: 100 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

Damage:

(From April 2009 Storm Data) An EF-1 Tornado, with a maximum estimated wind speed of around 100 mph, touchdown near the intersection of Highway 84 and Long Hollow Road in Putnam County. It then traveled northeast and ended one quarter of a mile north of Dipping Springs Road and I-40 in Cumberland County. The start of the damage was found at Bethel Church off of Highway 84. Northeast from the church considerable trees were twisted or snapped or uprooted along the damage path along Cliff Park Road, near the intersection of Icy Cove Trail and Arrow Trail and East Cove Road. Tornado path length was 12 miles with a maximum width of 100 yards. Newspaper reported that other areas near the Monterey sustained considerable damage, including roofs blown off barns and sheds, trees uprooted, and fences demolished. In particular, the roof of the tractor shed, damage to a cattle corral, and miles of fences were demolished, along with a rental house that had its windows shattered, at Senator Charlotte Burks Farm near Monterey.


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