Veterans Day Tornado Outbreak 10 Year Anniversary
November 10, 2002

 


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Overview

November 10, 2012 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Veterans Day Tornado Outbreak, one of the worst Fall tornado outbreaks in Tennessee history.  At least eight tornadoes struck Middle Tennessee on November 10, 2002, first in the early morning hours, and then again in the late afternoon and evening.  In total, these tornadoes caused 8 fatalities and 51 injuries in Middle Tennessee, along with millions of dollars in damage. Dozens of other fatalities and injuries also occurred in East Tennessee, as well as other states stretching from Ohio to Alabama.

This 10 year anniversary webpage takes a look back at the historic Veterans Day Tornado Outbreak.  Shown above is an interactive Google Map highlighting the approximate paths of the eight tornadoes across Middle Tennessee that day.  Listed below are statistics about each of the eight tornadoes, along with photos from the storm damage surveys conducted by NWS personnel.

Tornado Statistics

Tornado Name Counties Rating Time
(CST)
Length
(miles)
Width
(yds)
Fatalities Injuries
Port Royal Montgomery/Robertson F1 0050 5.1 400 2 0
Portland Robertson/Sumner F2 0148 4.4 900 0 6
Fredonia Coffee F1 1728 4.1 50 0 0
Bugscuffle/New Union Bedford/Coffee F2 1840 15.5 500 2 27
Crab Orchard Cumberland F1 1857 3.4 400 0 0
Spencer Van Buren F2 2006 2.9 100 0 0
Big Lick Cumberland F0 2035 0.1 20 0 0
Lake Tansi Cumberland F3 2134 12.2 900 4 18

Photos

Port Royal F1 Tornado
Port Royal F1 Tornado Damage Port Royal F1 Tornado Damage

Portland F2 Tornado
Portland F2 Tornado Portland F2 Tornado Damage

Bugscuffle/New Union F2 Tornado
Bugscuffle/New Union F2 Tornado Damage Bugscuffle/New Union F2 Tornado Damage Bugscuffle/New Union F2 Tornado Damage

Lake Tansi F3 Tornado
Lake Tansi F3 Tornado Damage Lake Tansi F3 F2 Tornado Damage Lake Tansi F3 F2 Tornado Damage


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