Wayne County Storm Damage
November 15, 2005

THE NWS OFFICE IN NASHVILLE AND THE WAYNE COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF THE DAMAGE PRODUCED BY STORMS THAT OCCURRED ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

THE SURVEY FOUND THAT A TORNADO FIRST TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF COLLINWOOD ALONG HIGHWAY 13 NEAR SHACKELFORD FUNERAL HOME. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEAST AND DAMAGED SEVERAL HOMES AND SNAPPED OFF NUMEROUS LARGE TREES ALONG AYERS ROAD. A BARN WAS DESTROYED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF AYERS ROAD AND MILLROCK. SEVERAL HOMES NEAR THE INTERSECTION RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. TWO TRAILER HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND MOVED OFF THEIR FOUNDATIONS. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST AND DID SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO THE MILLROCK BAPTIST CHURCH. ALONG SHAWNETTEE ROAD, MORE HOMES WERE DAMAGED AND NUMEROUS TRESS WERE DOWNED. BETWEEN LITTLE SHAWNETTEE ROAD AND DOUBLE BRANCH ROAD, A HOME WAS NEARLY DESTROYED. THIS WAS THE LAST EVIDENCE OF DAMAGE FROM THIS STORM IN WAYNE COUNTY.

ONLY ONE INJURY WAS REPORTED. A WOMEN WAS INJURED WHILE INSIDE HER HOUSE ON SHAWNETTEE ROAD WHEN THE TORNADO MOVED THE HOUSE OFF THE FOUNDATION.

THE PATH OF THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE 6 MILES IN LENGTH AND ABOUT 100 YARDS WIDE. THE INTENSITY OF THE TORNADO WAS ESTIMATED TO BE F2 (WINDS (113-157 MPH) ON THE FUJITA TORNADO INTENSITY SCALE. EXACT TIMES OF OCCURANCE ARE YET TO BE DETERMINED BUT APPEAR TO BE BETWEEN 6:00 AND 7:00 PM.

DAMAGE IN WESTERN WAYNE COUNTY NEAR LUTTS AND HOUSTON WAS REPORTED EARLIER IN THE DAY, AROUND 4:30 TO 5:00 PM. THE ASSESSMENT OF DAMAGE FROM THIS AREA WAS THAT STRAIGHT LINE WINDS BLEW DOWN AN OUT BUILDING NEAR LUTTS AND SEVERAL TRESS NEAR LUTTS AND HOUSTON.

Photographs by Mike Murphy.


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