January 17, 2012 - Rutherford County EF0 Tornado

 

Counties Rutherford Classification Tornado
EF Rating EF-0 Max Wind Speed 80-85 MPH
Path Length 1.69 Miles Path Width 125 Yards

 


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Radar from January 17, 2012 Event from TBNA

Storm Survey Details

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
240 PM CST WED JAN 18 2012

...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR SMYRNA IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY TENNESSEE...

LOCATION...NEAR SMYRNA IN RUTHERFORD COUNTY TENNESSEE.
DATE...JANUARY 17TH 2012.
BEGINNING TIME...127 PM ESTIMATED BY TBNA RADAR
ENDING TIME...129 PM ESTIMATED BY TBNA RADAR
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0.
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...80 TO 85 MPH.
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...125 YARDS.
PATH LENGTH...1.69 MILES.
BEGINNING LAT/LON...36.037083N 86.474208W
ENDING LAT/LON...36.043235N 86.444036W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS
STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...
INITIAL DAMAGE WAS NOTED AT THE LAMAR HILL ACCESS AREA TO PERCY
PRIEST LAKE WHERE DOZENS OF MAINLY CEDAR TREES WERE SNAPPED OR
UPROOTED. THE TOP OF ONE CEDAR TREE WAS BROKEN OFF AND THROWN
NORTHWEST INTO THE LAKE.

A NEARLY CONTINUOUS 1.69 MILE DAMAGE PATH WAS THEN NOTED HEADING TO
THE EAST NORTHEAST. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS ALONG NORTH
LAMAR ROAD NEAR VICTORY ROAD. SEVERAL HOMES SUFFERED MODERATE ROOF
DAMAGE...A CAMPER WAS BLOWN ON IT`S SIDE...AND DOZENS MORE TREES
WERE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED.

THE LAST EVIDENCE OF DAMAGE WAS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF NORTH
LAMAR ROAD AND LAMAR HILL ROAD WHERE A COUPLE TREES WERE SNAPPED.

THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT WEATHER.GOV/OHX.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO
THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

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