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Storm Surveys From Tennessee December 10th



 Public Information Statement

National Weather Service Nashville TN

340 PM CST Thu Dec 14 2023


...NWS Damage Survey for 12/09/2023 Tornado Event - Update #8...


.Update...Extended Davidson/Sumner County tornado track into

Trousdale County and added tornado for Clay/Monroe Counties. This

brings the total number of tornadoes to 7 across Middle Tennessee

for December 9th. At this time, unless additional storm damage is

reported, this will conclude our surveys from this event.


.Overview...A strong storm system moved through Middle TN on

Saturday afternoon December 9, 2023, producing 7 tornadoes in

Middle TN. Additional tornadoes occurred across West TN, southern

KY, MS, and AL.


.Indian Mound EF-1 Tornado...


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    110 mph

Path Length /statute/:  7.31 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   75 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             12/09/2023

Start Time:             01:20 PM CST

Start Location:         5 ENE Dover / Stewart County / TN

Start Lat/Lon:          36.495 / -87.7428


End Date:               12/09/2023

End Time:               01:30 PM CST

End Location:           9 N Cumberland City / Montgomery County / TN

End Lat/Lon:            36.5211 / -87.6158


Survey Summary:

The tornado first touched down just east of the Cumberland River

near Cross Creeks National Wildlife Refuge off of Commissary

Hollow Road. Minor damage was observed to trees with a home

sustaining significant roof damage.  the tornado continued east-

northeast where dozens more trees were snapped and uprooted along

Lower Cross Creek Road.  Once the tornado entered Indian Mound,

more trees were either uprooted or snapped along Highway 46.  The

tornado then intensified on Red Top Road and Gillum Hollow Road

where a church overhang awning and greenhouses were damaged.  A

few more barns and outbuildings were damaged along Gillum Hollow

Road with several instances of uprooted and snapped trees along

its path including a tree falling onto a residence. The tornado

finally began to weaken as it entered into far western portions

of Montgomery County where only a few large branches were broken.

The tornado then lifted near Indian Mound Road and Liverpool

Road.


.Clarksville EF-3 Tornado...


Rating:                 EF3

Estimated Peak Wind:    150 mph

Path Length /statute/:  43 miles total (11.31 miles in TN)

Path Width /maximum/:   600 yards

Fatalities:             3

Injuries:               62


Start Date:             12/09/2023

Start Time:             01:41 PM CST

Start Location:         5 S Fort Campbell North / Montgomery County / TN

Start Lat/Lon:          36.5746 / -87.4718


End Date:               12/09/2023

End Time:               01:56 PM CST

End Location:           5 S Trenton / Todd County / KY

End Lat/Lon:            36.6418 / -87.2867


Survey Summary:

This EF-3 tornado first touched down on Fort Campbell just north

of the Sabre Airfield with mostly minor tree damage. It quickly

intensified as crossed Walnut Grove Road and destroyed a building

next to a church. The tornado then continued northeast and

damaged dozens of homes in a neighborhood along Garrettsburg Road

near Purple Heart Highway. The tornado then went through a

heavily wooded neighborhood south of Britton Springs Road where

dozens of mobile and manufactured homes were destroyed. The

tornado crossed into another neighborhood causing heavy damage in

and near Eva Drive, with several houses shifted off their

foundations that were only attached with straight nails

(EF2/120mph). The tornado intensified to EF-3 (140 mph) as it

crossed Highway 41 and struck several commercial businesses,

including a vacant fast food restaurant and strip mall where only

the interior remained. Just east of Highway 41 north of Ringgold

Road, another neighborhood was struck with several homes

sustaining significant damage. As the tornado continued

northeast, it strengthened further to EF-3 (150mph), destroying

four two story brick and vinyl siding homes on Henry Place Blvd.

Debris was blown across the field towards West Creek Elementary

School where the school sustained roof damage. As the tornado

crossed Peachers Mill Road, two dozen brand new two story brick

apartment homes were severely damaged with roofs missing on at

least a dozen of these structures. Dozens more houses suffered

significant roof damage along and near Needmore Road and Tiny

Town Rd (EF-2). The tornado then crossed I-24 at Trenton Road

where numerous cedar trees were uprooted. Continuing across

Tylertown Road, the tornado caused EF-1 to EF-2 damage roof and

siding damage to dozens of homes across 3 neighborhoods before

moving into Kentucky. A total of nearly 1000 homes were impacted

by the tornado, including 114 homes destroyed and 268 homes with

major damage, with 3 people killed and 62 injured.


.Cumberland Furnace EF-2 Tornado...


Rating:                 EF2

Estimated Peak Wind:    125 mph

Path Length /statute/:  5.83 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               1


Start Date:             12/09/2023

Start Time:             03:29 PM CST

Start Location:         3 ESE Slayden / Dickson County / TN

Start Lat/Lon:          36.2793 / -87.4138


End Date:               12/09/2023

End Time:               03:39 PM CST

End Location:           8 N Charlotte / Dickson County / TN

End Lat/Lon:            36.3029 / -87.3137


Survey Summary:

This EF-2 tornado touched down southwest of the intersection of

Woods Valley Road and Bone Road, then moved east-northeast where

it snapped a few pine trees and caused roof damage to a home.

Continuing east-northeast, the tornado damaged a mobile home and

outbuilding on Gamble Hollow Road. The tornado intensified to EF-

2 as it crossed Highway 48, causing the most significant damage

along its path as it completely removed the top level of a home,

leaving only the lower exterior walls in place. Winds were

estimated at 125 mph in this area. The tornado maintained its

strength as it continued toward Freeman Loop, striking an A-frame

house and ripping off the top half of the home. As it continued

eastward, the tornado did substantial damage to another mobile

home and snapped and uprooted dozens of trees along Freeman Loop

before finally lifting after crossing Barton`s Creek.


.White Bluff EF-2 Tornado...


Rating:                 EF2

Estimated Peak Wind:    125 mph

Path Length /statute/:  18.76 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   500 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             12/09/2023

Start Time:             04:03 PM CST

Start Location:         4 NNW White Bluff / Dickson County / TN

Start Lat/Lon:          36.1601 / -87.2335


End Date:               12/09/2023

End Time:               04:27 PM CST

End Location:           7 WNW Nashville / Davidson County / TN

End Lat/Lon:            36.2162 / -86.9066


Survey Summary:

The tornado touched down in the Claylick community in eastern

Dickson County snapping and uprooting several trees and

destroying an outbuilding. It quickly intensified to low end EF-

2 strength as it crossed Nosegay Road and demolished a single

story manufactured home. The tornado continued to Pack Annex Road

where it did minor damage to the tops of high-tension power lines

and continued to snap large trees as it moved northeast into

Cheatham County. Uprooted trees and minor roof damage occurred in

the Griffintown area of Cheatham County. The tornado weakened and

caused sporadic tree damage as it moved into Cheatham Wildlife

Management Area. It strengthened once more, causing prolific tree

damage and structure damage to homes along Dry Creek Road south

of Ashland City. Just before leaving Cheatham county, the tornado

caused minor outbuilding damage and snapped a few trees near

River Road. At this point, the tornado crossed in Davidson county

and crossed the Cumberland River. On Pecan Valley road, some

structural damage was observed, but damage was consistent with

weakening tornado (EF-1/90 mph). The tornado lifted after

crossing Old Hickory Blvd, just north of Ashland City Highway.


.Springfield EF-2 Tornado...


Rating:                 EF2

Estimated Peak Wind:    120 mph

Path Length /statute/:  3.52 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   300 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               4


Start Date:             12/09/2023

Start Time:             04:19 PM CST

Start Location:         1 S Springfield / Robertson County / TN

Start Lat/Lon:          36.4784 / -86.883


End Date:               12/09/2023

End Time:               04:24 PM CST

End Location:           3 E Springfield / Robertson County / TN

End Lat/Lon:            36.4993 / -86.8261


Survey Summary:

This EF-2 tornado touched down near Fairway Trail and Kemper Court

in southern Springfield. Moving northeast, the tornado snapped and

uprooted trees along many residential streets and caused minor

damage to a few homes. More significant damage to homes occurred

further northeast on Rudolph Street and Brentlawn Drive. The

tornado strengthened as it crossed Highway 41 near the Kroger

shopping center, with numerous businesses damaged from high-end

EF1 to low-end EF2 intensity (110-115 mph). 25 vehicles in the

Kroger parking lot were flipped with some thrown into nearby

ditches. The tornado then crossed the railroad tracks behind

Kroger and reached its peak intensity as it entered an industrial

area, where multiple warehouse structures were heavily damaged.

With the majority of these metal building systems having Grade 5

bolts holding down the columns, winds were estimated at EF-2/120

mph in this area. The tornado then struck a fire department and

strip mall (EF-1/110 mph) and bent a steel transmission pole at a

power substation (EF-2/115 mph) on the east side of the

industrial park. As the tornado continued northeast, it

significantly weakened but still uprooted trees and caused minor

roof damage to homes on Greystone Drive and Sloan Lane. On Roy

Pitt Road, the tornado destroyed a two car garage and rolled a

trailer on its side (EF-1). The tornado finally lifted near the

intersection of Oakland Road and Highway 76E.


.Davidson/Sumner/Trousdale EF-2 Tornado...


Rating:                 EF2

Estimated Peak Wind:    130 mph

Path Length /statute/:  35.02 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   400 yards

Fatalities:             3

Injuries:               Unknown


Start Date:             12/09/2023

Start Time:             04:39 PM CST

Start Location:         5 N Nashville / Davidson County / TN

Start Lat/Lon:          36.255 / -86.7852


End Date:               12/09/2023

End Time:               05:27 PM CST

End Location:           5 NW Hartsville / Trousdale County / TN

End Lat/Lon:            36.4567 / -86.2129


Survey Summary:

This strong EF-2 tornado touched down just to the east of I-24

west of Brick Church Lane. There were a few trees down and

shingle damage to several homes in this area. The tornado

strengthened in the Madison area causing EF-2 damage with winds up

to 120-125 mph. The heaviest damage was confined to two areas,

off of East Campbell Road as well as Nesbitt Lane. Multiple mobile

homes were destroyed on Nesbitt Lane. This is where 3 fatalities

occurred. Multiple single family homes and a church off of East

Campbell Road were missing large sections of their roofs, with

some exterior walls collapsed. Several metal power poles in the

area were bent as well. Nearby, an apartment complex off Palmer

Avenue sustained damage. As the tornado moved further northeast,

substantial damage was found to houses in a cul-de-sac on Stoney

River Lane. Two buildings were toppled and several others damaged

in an industrial complex off of Myatt Drive. The tornado then

continued across the Cumberland River and Old Hickory Lake, coming

onshore again in the immediate dam vicinity. It is this location

in which the strongest winds were found, up to 130 miles per hour,

due to substantial damage to a grove of hundreds of trees in

which all of them were either snapped, uprooted, or missing major

branches. The tornado persisted into Hendersonville downing

hundreds of trees and causing roof damage to multiple homes. It

damaged many businesses along Main Street. The tornado continued

northeast into Gallatin where EF-2 (115 mph) damage was found to a

few homes in The Club at Foxland Harbor as we as the Foxland

Harbor Golf and Country Club. At this point, the tornado began to

weaken, though EF-1 damage was found as it crossed Hwy 109 and

Steam Plant Road. Several trees were still found to be uprooted,

along with minor roof and shingle damage to a couple of homes as

the tornado crossed Hartsville Pike. Scattered trees continued to

be blown down along Lauderdale Lane and Homer Scott Road before

the tornado crossed Highway 231 into Trousdale County. Trees

continued to be blown down on Browning Branch Road and a home

suffered significant roof and porch damage on Hawkins Branch Road.

Trees continued to be blown down until the tornado lifted near

Shephard Hollow Lane. Around 600 homes/businesses were damaged in

Sumner County.


.Harlan Crossroads KY EF-1 Tornado...


Rating:                 EF1

Estimated Peak Wind:    90 mph

Path Length /statute/:  2.51 miles

Path Width /maximum/:   50 yards

Fatalities:             0

Injuries:               0


Start Date:             12/09/2023

Start Time:             06:07 PM CST

Start Location:         3 SSW Harlan Crossroads / Clay County / TN

Start Lat/Lon:          36.6169 / -85.723


End Date:               12/09/2023

End Time:               06:11 PM CST

End Location:           1 WNW Boles / Monroe County / KY

End Lat/Lon:            36.6308 / -85.683


Survey Summary:

A brief EF-1 tornado touched down just south of the Kentucky

border in Clay County where it blew down a few trees on Barber

Shop Road (EF-0). The tornado intensified to EF-1 as it moved

northeast into Kentucky and caused significant roof and siding

damage to several chicken barns on Harlans Crossroads. A home

also lost its porch and part of its roof on Red Hill-Beech Grove

Road. A few more trees were blown down west of Beech Groves-Boles

Road before the tornado lifted.


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EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the

following categories:


EF0.....65 to 85 mph

EF1.....86 to 110 mph

EF2.....111 to 135 mph

EF3.....136 to 165 mph

EF4.....166 to 200 mph

EF5.....>200 mph


NOTE:

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to

change pending final review of the events and publication in

NWS Storm Data.



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