Linden F4 Tornado of May 5, 1999

At approximately 7:20 p.m. on May 5, 1999, an F4 tornado struck the town of Linden, located about 70 miles southwest of Nashville. The tornado damaged many homes, schools, businesses, and churches. There were 3 fatalities. A 14-year-old girl was sucked out of her home by the tornado as she, her father, and her mother were headed to the basement. Her dad was also sucked out of the home, but was found unharmed in the yard. The 14-year-old girl was found 5 hours later in the rubble of their home. Hollis Hinson, 47-year-old male and Perry County Trustee, was killed in his home. His girlfriend, 47-year-old school teacher Patti Haston, was also killed in Mr. Hinson's house. The home was lifted off the foundation and flung into the woods and down a nearby hill. Both had gone to the bathroom to escape the tornado's fury. Ms. Hinson was found dead in a bathtub. The tornado traveled 6 miles and was 580 yards wide. Damages were estimated at $295,000.


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