PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
348 PM CST TUE FEB 12 2008

...SURVEY OF THE TORNADO THAT STRUCK WILLIAMSON COUNTY NEAR LIEPERS
FORK...

OFFICIALS OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY
OF THE TORNADO THAT STRUCK WILLIAMSON COUNTY NEAR LIEPERS FORK IN
THE EARLY MORNING OF FEBRUARY 6, 2008. THIS TORNADO IS SEPARATE FROM
THE ONE THAT STRUCK FAIRVIEW EARLIER IN THE EVENING ON FEBRUARY 5TH,
2008.

BASED ON THE OBSERVED DAMAGE...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS
DETERMINED THIS TORNADO WAS RATED AN EF-1 WITH WINDS NEAR 110 MPH.
THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES WEST OF LIEPERS FORK
NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF PINEWOOD ROAD AND HARGROVE ROAD...AND
CONTINUED ALONG HARGROVE ROAD FOR ABOUT ONE MILE. THIS TORNADO
CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO TREES AND MINOR DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES
IN ITS PATH. THE TORNADO WAS APPROXIMATELY 300 YARDS WIDE.

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DAVIS/LAROSA

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
338 PM CST TUE FEB 12 2008

...SURVEY OF TORNADOES THAT STRUCK PERRY...HICKMAN...DICKSON...
DAVIDSON AND SUMNER COUNTIES...

OFFICIALS OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A TWO DAY GROUND
SURVEY OF MULTIPLE TORNADOES THAT OCCURRED IN PERRY...HICKMAN...
DICKSON...DAVIDSON AND SUMNER COUNTIES DURING THE EVENING OF
FEBRUARY 5TH AND MORNING OF FEBRUARY 6TH, 2008.

BASED ON THE OBSERVED DAMAGE IN PERRY...HICKMAN...DICKSON...AND
DAVIDSON COUNTIES...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DETERMINED THAT
THE TORNADOES WERE RATED AN EF-0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA INTENSITY
SCALE, HAVING WINDS NEAR 85 MPH.

IN SUMNER COUNTY...THERE WERE TWO TORNADOES NOTED. THE FIRST TORNADO
STRUCK WESTERN SUMNER COUNTY AND WAS DETERMINED TO BE AN EF-0...AND
THE SECOND TORNADO WAS DETERMINED AS AN EF-1 WITH WINDS NEAR 110 MPH.

THE EF-1 TORNADO IN SUMNER COUNTY TOUCHED DOWN APPROXIMATELY 5 MILES
NORTHWEST OF GALLATIN...NEAR LIBERTY...AND CONTINUED FOR ABOUT 10
MILES TO 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF GALLATIN...NEAR GRABALL. THIS TORNADO
CAUSED EXTENSIVE DAMAGE TO TREES AND MINOR ROOF DAMAGE TO HOMES IN
ITS PATH. THE TORNADO WAS APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS WIDE AT ITS PEAK
INTENSITY.

THE EF-0 TORNADOES IN PERRY...HICKMAN...DICKSON...DAVIDSON...AND
WESTERN SUMNER COUNTIES PRODUCED MAINLY MINOR TREE DAMAGE.

THIS DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY SUPERCELL NUMBER THREE THAT PRODUCED SIX
SEPARATE TORNADO TOUCHDOWNS ALONG ITS TRACK.

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DAVIS/LAROSA

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
644 PM CST SAT FEB 9 2008

...SURVEY OF TORNADO THAT STRUCK BENTON AND HOUSTON COUNTIES IN
NORTHWEST MIDDLE TENNESSEE...

OFFICIALS OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONDUCTED A GROUND SURVEY
OF A TORNADO THAT OCCURRED IN BENTON AND HOUSTON COUNTIES DURING THE
EVENING OF FEBRUARY 5TH, 2008.

BASED ON THE OBSERVED DAMAGE, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS
DETERMINED THAT THE TORNADO WAS RATED ON THE HIGH END OF AN EF-1 ON
THE ENHANCED FUJITA INTENSITY SCALE, HAVING WINDS NEAR 110 MPH. THE
ENHANCED FUJITA INTENSITY SCALE RANGES FROM EF-0, WITH WINDS AS LOW
AS 65 MPH TO EF-5, WITH WINDS OVER 200 MPH.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ALONG DANVILLE ROAD ABOUT 4.3 MILES EAST
NORTHEAST OF BIG SANDY IN THE NORTHERN PART OF BENTON COUNTY. THE
TORNADO WAS ABOUT 50 YARDS WIDE WHERE IT FIRST TOUCHED DOWN.

THE TORNADO THEN INCREASED TO ONE QUARTER MILE WIDE AS IT MOVED
RAPIDLY NORTHEAST ALONG OR CLOSE TO DANVILLE ROAD, DAMAGING HOMES
AND SNAPPING AND UPROOTING MANY TREES.

IT THEN CROSSED THE TENNESSEE RIVER AND INTO WESTERN HOUSTON COUNTY
ALONG COUNTY HIGHWAY 147, WHERE IT DAMAGED HOMES AND UPROOTED AND
SNAPPED MORE TREES. THE TORNADO THEN LIFTED ABOUT ONE HALF MILE WEST
NORTHWEST OF MCKINNON.

THE TORNADO TRAVELLED 4.6 MILES IN BENTON COUNTY AND 2.6 MILES IN
HOUSTON COUNTY, FOR A TOTAL PATH LENGTH OF 7.2 MILES.

THE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM THAT GENERATED THE TORNADO CONTINUED
MOVING RAPIDLY NORTHEAST AND INTO MONTGOMERY COUNTY. DAMAGE CAUSED
FROM STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS ESTIMATED AT 80 TO 100 MPH, OCCURRED FOR
NEARLY A MILE ALONG INDIAN MOUND ROAD, AND AT A FEW LOCATIONS NEARBY
ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 79 BETWEEN OAKWOOD AND WOODLAWN.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
445 PM CST FRI FEB 8 2008

...RESULTS OF TORNADO SURVEYS...
...UPDATED TO INCLUDE INTENSITY RATING FOR SUMNER TROUSDALE AND
MACON COUNTIES...

AFTER SURVEYING DAMAGE FROM THE FEBRUARY 5TH STORMS THAT STRUCK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT FOUR INDIVIDUAL
TORNADOES OCCURRED ALONG A PATH EXTENDING FROM CLIFTON IN WAYNE
COUNTY TO NORTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE IN MACON COUNTY.

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN OVER NORTHEAST HARDIN COUNTY, MOVED
NEAR CLIFTON, AND LIFTED NEAR FLATWOODS IN NORTHERN WAYNE COUNTY.
A SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN EXTREME SOUTHEAST PERRY COUNTY, A
FEW MILES NORTHEAST OF THE END OF THE PREVIOUS TORNADO TRACK. THIS
TORNADO REMAINED ON THE GROUND AS THE STORM MOVED ACROSS NORTHWEST
LEWIS COUNTY AND INTO HICKMAN COUNTY. THE TORNADO STRUCK THE BRUSHY
COMMUNITY, THEN TURNED TOWARD THE LEFT JUST EAST OF CENTERVILLE
BEFORE DISSIPATING.

THE FIRST TWO TORNADOES HAVE BEEN RATED AS EITHER EF-O OR EF-1.

A THIRD TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE END OF THE PREVIOUS TORNADO
TRACK EAST OF CENTERVILLE, AND PASSED THROUGH FAIRVIEW, IN
NORTHWEST WILLIAMSON COUNTY, BEFORE LIFTING NEAR THE DAVIDSON
COUNTY LINE. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED AS EITHER EF-1 OR EF-2.

THE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD, ACROSS
NASHVILLE, BEFORE SPAWNING A FOURTH TORNADO, WHICH DROPPED DOWN ON
THE SOUTH SIDE OF GALLATIN, NEAR THE CUMBERLAND RIVER. THIS
TORNADO MOVED THROUGH CASTALIAN SPRINGS, EXTREME NORTHERN
TROUSDALE COUNTY, ACROSS MACON COUNTY, STRIKING THE NORTHWEST SIDE
OF LAFAYETTE, BEFORE MOVING INTO KENTUCKY, WHERE IT FINALLY LIFTED
NORTHEAST OF TOMPKINSVILLE. THE PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS
APPROXIMATELY 51 MILES. MUCH OF THE DAMAGE ALONG THIS PATH WAS
RATED EF-2 ALTHOUGH SOME AREAS RECEIVED EF-3 DAMAGE. THIS LONG
TRACK TORNADO HAD WINDS IN THE 110 TO 140 MPH RANGE AND CAUSED
DAMAGE THREE QUARTERS OF A MILE WIDE.


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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
1225 PM CST FRI FEB 8 2008

...RESULTS OF TORNADO SURVEYS...

AFTER SURVEYING DAMAGE FROM TUESDAY NIGHT`S TORNADOES THAT STRUCK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT FOUR INDIVIDUAL
TORNADOES OCCURRED ALONG A PATH EXTENDING FROM CLIFTON TO
NORTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE.

THE FIRST TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN OVER NORTHEAST HARDIN COUNTY, MOVED
NEAR CLIFTON, AND LIFTED NEAR FLATWOODS IN NORTHERN WAYNE COUNTY.
A SECOND TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN EXTREME SOUTHEAST PERRY COUNTY, A
FEW MILES NORTHEAST OF THE END OF THE PREVIOUS TORNADO TRACK. THIS
TORNADO REMAINED ON THE GROUND AS THE STORM MOVED ACROSS
NORTHWEST LEWIS COUNTY, AND INTO HICKMAN COUNTY. THE TORNADO
STRUCK THE BRUSHY COMMUNITY, THEN TURNED TOWARD THE LEFT JUST EAST
OF CENTERVILLE BEFORE DISSIPATING.

THE FIRST TWO TORNADOES HAVE BEEN RATED AS EITHER EF-O OR EF-1.

A THIRD TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR THE END OF THE PREVIOUS TORNADO
TRACK EAST OF CENTERVILLE, AND PASSED THROUGH FAIRVIEW, IN
NORTHWEST WILLIAMSON COUNTY, BEFORE LIFTING NEAR THE DAVIDSON
COUNTY LINE. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN RATED AS EITHER EF-1 OR EF-2.

THE SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEASTWARD, ACROSS
NASHVILLE, BEFORE SPAWNING A FOURTH TORNADO, WHICH DROPPED DOWN ON
THE SOUTH SIDE OF GALLATIN, NEAR THE CUMBERLAND RIVER. THIS
TORNADO MOVED THROUGH CASTALIAN SPRINGS, EXTREME NORTHERN
TROUSDALE COUNTY, ACROSS MACON COUNTY, STRIKING THE NORTHWEST SIDE
OF LAFAYETTE, BEFORE MOVING INTO KENTUCKY, WHERE IT FINALLY LIFTED
NORTHEAST OF TOMPKINSVILLE. THE PATH LENGTH OF THIS TORNADO WAS
APPROXIMATELY 51 MILES.

A TOTAL OF 24 FATALITIES HAVE SO FAR BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO THIS
TORNADO: 7 IN SUMNER COUNTY, 3 IN TROUSDALE COUNTY, AND 14 IN
MACON COUNTY.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
553 PM CST WED FEB 6 2008

...UPDATED PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

PRELIMINARY FINDINGS FROM THE STORM SURVEY TEAM.

STORM SURVEY FOR SUMNER COUNTY...THE TORNADO SET DOWN SOUTHEAST
OF GALLATIN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HARSH LANE AND HILTON LANE.
AS IT TOUCH DOWNED THE DAMAGE PATH WAS 300 YARDS WIDE AND
INCREASED TO A 1/2 MILE WIDE DAMAGE PATH AS IT MOVED THROUGH THE
COMMUNITY OF CASTALIAN SPRINGS IN EASTERN SUMNER COUNTY. THIS
TORNADO THEN MOVED THROUGH NORTHWEST TROUSDALE COUNTY AND CROSSED
HIGHWAY 141 NEAR THE GAS PLANT BEFORE MOVING INTO MACON COUNTY.
STORM STRENGTH WAS AT LEAST AN EF 2.

STORM SURVEY INDICATED THE TORNADO THEN ENTERED MACON COUNTY FROM
THE SOUTHWEST AND TRAVELED NORTHEAST. THE NORTHWEST TO NORTH SIDE
OF THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE RECEIVED DAMAGED WITH MULTIPLE
FATALITIES. DAMAGE PATH OF THE TORNADO THROUGH THE CITY WAS NEAR
3/4 MILE WIDE AND INCREASED TO WIDER THAN 3/4 OF A MILE AS IT
MOVED NORTHEAST OF THE CITY. STORM STRENGTH WAS AT LEAST AN EF 2.

PREVIOUS PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT ISSUED AT 10 AM.

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO SURVEY TORNADO DAMAGE...

BASED ON DOPPLER RADAR IMAGES AND DAMAGE REPORTS FROM AROUND
MIDDLE TENNESSEE LAST NIGHT, IT APPEARS THAT AT LEAST TWO
SIGNIFICANT LONG LIVED SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS THE
AREA. BOTH OF THEM ENTERED MIDDLE TENNESSEE FROM THE WEST AT
ABOUT 800 PM AND THEN MOVED RAPIDLY NORTHEASTWARD. ONE PRODUCED
DAMAGE IN NORTHWESTERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE, BETWEEN THE TOWNS OF BIG
SANDY AND OAKWOOD. ANOTHER TRAVELED FROM NEAR THE TOWN OF CLIFTON,
IN NORTHWESTERN WAYNE COUNTY, ALL THE WAY TO THE KENTUCKY BORDER
NORTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT THIS
TORNADO WAS NOT ON THE GROUND ALONG ITS ENTIRE PATH, THERE ARE
INTERMITTENT DAMAGE REPORTS EXTENDING ALONG THE ENTIRE 140 MILE
PATH OF THE SUPERCELL.

FOLLOWING ARE THE PRELIMINARY DAMAGE REPORTS FOR EACH SUPERCELL
TRACK.

SUPERCELL 1 ENTERED EXTREME NORTHWESTERN WAYNE COUNTY AT
APPROXIMATELY 800 PM AND DAMAGED SEVERAL HOUSES 4 MILES EAST OF
CLIFTON. THE STORM THEN TRAVELED ACROSS SOUTHERN PERRY COUNTY,
BLOWING TREES DOWN AND DAMAGING A HOME ALONG HURRICANE CREEK ROAD,
6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LINDEN. THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS EXTREME
NORTHWESTERN LEWIS COUNTY, DAMAGING HOMES AND TRAILERS, BLOWING
DOWN TREES, BARNS, AND OUTBUILDINGS, AND CAUSING SOME OF THE FIRST
INJURIES OF THE NIGHT. THE STORM RACED ACROSS SOUTHERN AND EASTERN
HICKMAN COUNTY, PRODUCING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE 7 MILES SOUTH OF
CENTERVILLE IN THE BRUSHY COMMUNITY.

THE TORNADO CLIPPED NORTHWESTERN WILLIAMSON COUNTY, HITTING THE
TOWN OF FAIRVIEW, WHERE DAMAGE OCCURRED, ALONG WITH 13 ADDITIONAL
INJURIES.

THE TORNADO APPEARS TO HAVE LIFTED AS IT CROSSED INTO DAVIDSON
COUNTY, AND THERE WERE NO FURTHER REPORTS OF WIND DAMAGE UNTIL IT
TOUCHED BACK DOWN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OLD HICKORY LAKE IN
SOUTHERN SUMNER COUNTY. THE TORNADO APPEARS TO HAVE INCREASED
MARKEDLY IN INTENSITY. WIDESPREAD DAMAGE WAS REPORTED IN THE TOWN
OF CASTALIAN SPRINGS, WHERE THE FIRST DEATHS FROM THE TORNADO
OCCURRED. IT THEN MOVED ACROSS EXTREME NORTHERN TROUSDALE COUNTY,
KILLING AN ELDERLY COUPLE, AND CAUSING DAMAGE TO A NATURAL GAS
PLANT THAT RESULTED IN A LARGE FIRE, BEFORE PRODUCING ITS MOST
WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION IN MACON COUNTY. AS OF EARLY THIS MORNING,
THE TENNESSEE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY REPORTED THAT THERE WERE
5 DEATHS IN SUMNER COUNTY, 2 IN TROUSDALE COUNTY, AND 10 IN MACON
COUNTY.

THE 17 FATALITIES WOULD MAKE LAST NIGHT`S TORNADO THE DEADLIEST
SINGLE STORM TO STRIKE MIDDLE TENNESSEE IN NEARLY 75 YEARS, SINCE
AN F4 TORNADO HIT OVERTON AND PICKETT COUNTIES ON MAY 10, 1933,
CLAIMING 35 LIVES.

THE SECOND SUPERCELL PRODUCED A TORNADO IN NORTHERN BENTON COUNTY
THAT CAUSED WIDESPREAD DAMAGE BETWEEN BIG SANDY, FAXON, AND
GRANNY`S BRANCH. ONE HOME WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY, WITH OTHER
HOUSES DAMAGED AND NUMEROUS POWER LINES TORN DOWN. FIRE AND RESCUE
COMMUNICATIONS WERE DEALT A HARSH BLOW WHEN THE TORNADO LIFTED THE
COMMUNICATIONS BUILDING AND SLAMMED IT AGAINST A WATER TOWER,
TEMPORARILY HALTING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INTO THE NORTHERN
RURAL PARTS OF BENTON COUNTY. OTHER DAMAGE OCCURRED BETWEEN
STEWART AND MCKINNON, IN WESTERN HOUSTON COUNTY, WITH ADDITIONAL
DAMAGE REPORTED IN WESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AT THE TOWN OF
OAKWOOD. AS OF EARLY THIS MORNING, NO DEATHS OR INJURIES HAD BEEN
REPORTED AS A RESULT OF THIS SUPERCELL.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS SENT THREE SURVEY TEAMS TO ASSESS
THE DAMAGE ALONG THE FIRST SUPERCELL TRACK. ONE TEAM HAS BEEN SENT
TO MACON COUNTY. A SECOND TEAM WILL SURVEY THE DAMAGE IN SUMNER
AND TROUSDALE COUNTIES. AND THE THIRD TEAM WILL BEGIN IN BELLEVUE
AND WORK SOUTHWARD ALONG THE REMAINDER OF THE STORM TRACK.

FINALLY, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EXPRESSES ITS SINCERE
CONDOLENCES TO THOSE WHO LOST FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS IN LAST
EVENING`S STORMS.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED SPELLING IN 7TH PARAGRAPH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
1040 AM CST WED FEB 6 2008

...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO SURVEY TORNADO DAMAGE...

BASED ON DOPPLER RADAR IMAGES AND DAMAGE REPORTS FROM AROUND
MIDDLE TENNESSEE LAST NIGHT, IT APPEARS THAT AT LEAST TWO
SIGNIFICANT LONG LIVED SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORMS MOVED ACROSS THE
AREA. BOTH OF THEM ENTERED MIDDLE TENNESSEE FROM THE WEST AT
ABOUT 800 PM AND THEN MOVED RAPIDLY NORTHEASTWARD. ONE PRODUCED
DAMAGE IN NORTHWESTERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE, BETWEEN THE TOWNS OF BIG
SANDY AND OAKWOOD. ANOTHER TRAVELED FROM NEAR THE TOWN OF CLIFTON,
IN NORTHWESTERN WAYNE COUNTY, ALL THE WAY TO THE KENTUCKY BORDER
NORTHEAST OF LAFAYETTE. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT THIS
TORNADO WAS NOT ON THE GROUND ALONG ITS ENTIRE PATH, THERE ARE
INTERMITTENT DAMAGE REPORTS EXTENDING ALONG THE ENTIRE 140 MILE
PATH OF THE SUPERCELL.

FOLLOWING ARE THE PRELIMINARY DAMAGE REPORTS FOR EACH SUPERCELL
TRACK.

SUPERCELL 1 ENTERED EXTREME NORTHWESTERN WAYNE COUNTY AT
APPROXIMATELY 800 PM AND DAMAGED SEVERAL HOUSES 4 MILES EAST OF
CLIFTON. THE STORM THEN TRAVELED ACROSS SOUTHERN PERRY COUNTY,
BLOWING TREES DOWN AND DAMAGING A HOME ALONG HURRICANE CREEK ROAD,
6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LINDEN. THE TORNADO MOVED ACROSS EXTREME
NORTHWESTERN LEWIS COUNTY, DAMAGING HOMES AND TRAILERS, BLOWING
DOWN TREES, BARNS, AND OUTBUILDINGS, AND CAUSING SOME OF THE FIRST
INJURIES OF THE NIGHT. THE STORM RACED ACROSS SOUTHERN AND EASTERN
HICKMAN COUNTY, PRODUCING EXTENSIVE DAMAGE 7 MILES SOUTH OF
CENTERVILLE IN THE BRUSHY COMMUNITY.

THE TORNADO CLIPPED NORTHWESTERN WILLIAMSON COUNTY, HITTING THE
TOWN OF FAIRVIEW, WHERE DAMAGE OCCURRED, ALONG WITH 13 ADDITIONAL
INJURIES.

THE TORNADO APPEARS TO HAVE LIFTED AS IT CROSSED INTO DAVIDSON
COUNTY, AND THERE WERE NO FURTHER REPORTS OF WIND DAMAGE UNTIL IT
TOUCHED BACK DOWN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OLD HICKORY LAKE IN
SOUTHERN SUMNER COUNTY. THE TORNADO APPEARS TO HAVE INCREASED
MARKEDLY IN INTENSITY. WIDESPREAD DAMAGE WAS REPORTED IN THE TOWN
OF CASTALIAN SPRINGS, WHERE THE FIRST DEATHS FROM THE TORNADO
OCCURRED. IT THEN MOVED ACROSS EXTREME NORTHERN TROUSDALE COUNTY,
KILLING AN ELDERLY COUPLE, AND CAUSING DAMAGE TO A NATURAL GAS
PLANT THAT RESULTED IN A LARGE FIRE, BEFORE PRODUCING ITS MOST
WIDESPREAD DEVASTATION IN MACON COUNTY. AS OF EARLY THIS MORNING,
THE TENNESSEE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY REPORTED THAT THERE WERE
5 DEATHS IN SUMNER COUNTY, 2 IN TROUSDALE COUNTY, AND 10 IN MACON
COUNTY.

THE 17 FATALITIES WOULD MAKE LAST NIGHT`S TORNADO THE DEADLIEST
SINGLE STORM TO STRIKE MIDDLE TENNESSEE IN NEARLY 75 YEARS, SINCE
AN F4 TORNADO HIT OVERTON AND PICKETT COUNTIES ON MAY 10, 1933,
CLAIMING 35 LIVES.

THE SECOND SUPERCELL PRODUCED A TORNADO IN NORTHERN BENTON COUNTY
THAT CAUSED WIDESPREAD DAMAGE BETWEEN BIG SANDY, FAXON, AND
GRANNY`S BRANCH. ONE HOME WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY, WITH OTHER
HOUSES DAMAGED AND NUMEROUS POWER LINES TORN DOWN. FIRE AND RESCUE
COMMUNICATIONS WERE DEALT A HARSH BLOW WHEN THE TORNADO LIFTED THE
COMMUNICATIONS BUILDING AND SLAMMED IT AGAINST A WATER TOWER,
TEMPORARILY HALTING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INTO THE NORTHERN
RURAL PARTS OF BENTON COUNTY. OTHER DAMAGE OCCURRED BETWEEN
STEWART AND MCKINNON, IN WESTERN HOUSTON COUNTY, WITH ADDITIONAL
DAMAGE REPORTED IN WESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AT THE TOWN OF
OAKWOOD. AS OF EARLY THIS MORNING, NO DEATHS OR INJURIES HAD BEEN
REPORTED AS A RESULT OF THIS SUPERCELL.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS SENT THREE SURVEY TEAMS TO ASSESS
THE DAMAGE ALONG THE FIRST SUPERCELL TRACK. ONE TEAM HAS BEEN SENT
TO MACON COUNTY. A SECOND TEAM WILL SURVEY THE DAMAGE IN SUMNER
AND TROUSDALE COUNTIES. AND THE THIRD TEAM WILL BEGIN IN BELLEVUE
AND WORK SOUTHWARD ALONG THE REMAINDER OF THE STORM TRACK.

FINALLY, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EXPRESSES ITS SINCERE
CONDOLENCES TO THOSE WHO LOST FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS IN LAST
EVENING`S STORMS.

$$

ROSE

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