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Event Tornado
-- Scale EF4
-- Length 23.25 Miles
-- Width 750 Yards
State TENNESSEE
County/Area RUTHERFORD
WFO OHX
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-04-10 11:19:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 7W ALLISONA
Begin Lat/Lon 35.76/-86.85
End Date 2009-04-10 11:55:00.0 CST-6
End Location 1S LOFTON
End Lat/Lon 35.91/-86.28
Deaths Direct/Indirect 2/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 58/0
Property Damage 100.00M
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative A strong upper level storm system moved across Middle Tennessee triggering early morning severe thunderstorms along with a line of severe thunderstorms that moved west to east across the entire mid state from the late morning hours through mid afternoon. This resulted in 10 tornadoes across the mid state, with one being an EF4 Tornado in Murfreesboro in Rutherford County.
Event Narrative An EF-4 Tornado...with maximum estimated wind speed around 170 mph, was reached in the Highland Park Drive Neighborhood as well as the Tomahawk Trace Area. Several well constructed homes were destroyed in those areas, hardwood trees were debarked, and vehicles were tossed considerable distances. There were two fatalities, a 30 year old women and her 9 week old daughter, and 58 injuries per newspaper reports, of which at least 7 were serious. Path length was 23.25 miles and maximum width was 750 yards.
Gound surveys of the Murfreesboro tornado indicate that the actual initial touchdown was just north of the Eagleville Community in far Southwestern Rutherford County. Intermittent tree and roof damage was noted beginning at a residence near the intersection of Kelly Road and Highway 41A. Intermittent tree damage continued northeast, with the path becoming continuous along Rocky Grove Road between the Cedar Grove and Pleasant Hill Communities. The survey team then inspected continuous damage from Rocky Grove Road northeast to a residence on Newman Road approximately 2 miles north of the Windrow Community. Extensive tree damage was noted along the path...along with multiple instances of roof damage to homes.
The most significant damage was on Patterson Road 1/2 mile west of Windrow. A brick home was completely destroyed and thrown almost completely off its foundation.
Additional areas between Stones River Battlefield and Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro were surveyed. Two homes on Wilkinson Pike and two homes on Highland Park Drive were completely destroyed. One of the homes did appear to be properly anchored to it's foundation while three were not. Per a newspaper report, at Stones River Battlefield, a quarter mile swath of fallen and damaged trees streched one mile across the battlefield, along with numerous fences being destroyed, closing parts of the park to tourists. One particular fallen tree damaged a 60 foot section of the national cemetary wall and a cannon display.
Additional information about the tornado included it tracked due northeast for the first 9 miles then began a steady turn to the right. By the time the tornado lifted it was moving to the east-southeast. Additionally, videos of the tornado indicated a multiple vortex appearance to the tornado and the aerial survey was able to detect focused areas of damage within the larger path.
The aeriel survey revealed 12 to 15 homes which were completely destroyed and dozens others which suffered significant damage. A 2-story office building had the complete upper floor removed. Numerous large vehicles were picked up and tossed, including several semi trailers which wound up piled together near the intersection of Thompson Lane and Broad Street. Significant roof damage and some wall collapse on homes were also noted. Several well built homes suffered significant exterior and interior wall failure.
Three other areas received significant damage. The first area was along Bushnell Drive just north of Compton Road. A well built 2-storty brick home was almost completely destroyed with just part of the kitchen wall remaining standing. The second area was near the intersection of Haynes Drive and Sulphur Springs Road. Three homes on Cornwall Court were completely destroyed and thrown clear of their slab foundations, however it did not appear any of the homes was properly anchored.
The third area of enhanced damage was along Battleground Drive between D`Ann Drive and Tomahawk Trace. The National Weather Service Assessment team was joined by a Murfreesboro Code who assisted with assessing construction quality at this location. Three homes were completely blown clear of their foundations and destroyed. One home was not anchored/fastened to the foundation, however, the other 2 were very well constructed. Several trees were also debarked at this location.
Additional information provided by the Rutherford County EMA through a newspaper report stated that over 845 homes were damaged, of these 117 were destroyed, 298 had major damage, 175 had minor damage, and another 255 were affected in some way. 519 Structures were also affected, including 77 destroyed, with an additional 300 plus homes and structures impacted in some way just outside of the city limits. Newspaper also reported an overturned truck caused traffic backup on Interstate 24 and multiple power lines down across the entire city. Power lines being down resulted in as many as 18,000 homes being without power after the storm.
Newspaper also reported that two people were seriously injured and multiple homes were destroyed when the tornado passed through the Wilkinson Pike/Thompson Lane Areas. Large trees were also uprooted and utility poles were blown over. Multiple businesses in the Thompson Lane/Broad Street area were significantly damaged, including a Shell convenience store and Huddleston-Steele Engineering.
Newspaper also reported continuous damage, detail of damage not provided, between Esquire Court and Wigan Drive and Tomahawk Trace to Highway 231 and then into the Compton Road area.
Newspaper also reported that Murfreesboro Waste Department had gathered in excess of more the 2.7 million pounds of debris. And that total tonnage associated with the storm gathered at the Rutherford County Landfill was 5,071 tons.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 1 Female Permanent Home
Death 30 Female Permanent Home


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 2 58 101.329M 0.00K
VOORHIES LEWIS CO. TN 04/10/2009 02:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
GLENDALE MAURY CO. TN 04/10/2009 03:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
MURFREESBORO RUTHERFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 05:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
WAY BENTON CO. TN 04/10/2009 09:41 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
PIGEON ROOST HUMPHREYS CO. TN 04/10/2009 09:50 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
CONCORD HUMPHREYS CO. TN 04/10/2009 09:59 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
WAYNESBORO WAYNE CO. TN 04/10/2009 10:00 CST-6 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
TENNESSEE RIDGE HOUSTON CO. TN 04/10/2009 10:04 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LINDEN PERRY CO. TN 04/10/2009 10:15 CST-6 Hail 3.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SLAYDEN DICKSON CO. TN 04/10/2009 10:27 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
FOREST HILL HUMPHREYS CO. TN 04/10/2009 10:28 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COLUMBIA MAURY CO. TN 04/10/2009 10:34 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRIARWOOD MONTGOMERY CO. TN 04/10/2009 10:44 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PINEWOOD HICKMAN CO. TN 04/10/2009 10:50 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOHENWALD BAKER ARPT LEWIS CO. TN 04/10/2009 10:52 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FRIERSON TOWN MAURY CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:08 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ERIN HOUSTON CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:10 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ALLISONA RUTHERFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:19 CST-6 Tornado EF4 2 58 100.000M 0.00K
RUDDERVILLE WILLIAMSON CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:22 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WOODLAWN WAYNE CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:22 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOOVERS GAP RUTHERFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:25 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAKERS DAVIDSON CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:26 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SMYRNA RUTHERFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:26 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALES GILES CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:28 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WAYNESBORO WAYNE CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:29 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAMDEN BENTON CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:30 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUFORDS GILES CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:35 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MT LEBANON LAWRENCE CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:35 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MURFREESBORO RUTHERFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:44 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DUNCANVILLE MARSHALL CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:45 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOORESVILLE MARSHALL CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:46 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JOHNSONS XRDS SUMNER CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:49 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
NASHVILLE DAVIDSON CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:49 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHELBYVILLE BEDFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:50 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RUCKER RUTHERFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:58 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
COLUMBIA MAURY CO. TN 04/10/2009 11:59 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PLEASANT VIEW RUTHERFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:01 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 60.00K 0.00K
MURFREESBORO RUTHERFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:02 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COLUMBIA MAURY CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:03 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MURFREESBORO RUTHERFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:03 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WESTMORELAND SUMNER CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:05 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PULASKI GILES CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:15 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
READYVILLE CANNON CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:19 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
CLAY HILL MARSHALL CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:20 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARTRACE BEDFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:20 CST-6 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LEWISBURG MARSHALL CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:25 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BELL BUCKLE BEDFORD CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:27 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SMITHVILLE DEKALB CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:52 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SMITHVILLE DEKALB CO. TN 04/10/2009 12:52 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
KEY WHITE CO. TN 04/10/2009 13:05 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
MANCHESTER COFFEE CO. TN 04/10/2009 13:05 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MANCHESTER COFFEE CO. TN 04/10/2009 13:10 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LIVINGSTON OVERTON CO. TN 04/10/2009 13:15 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
MT LEO WARREN CO. TN 04/10/2009 13:15 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
HILLSBORO COFFEE CO. TN 04/10/2009 13:18 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CALFKILLER PUTNAM CO. TN 04/10/2009 13:22 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 100.00K 0.00K
JAMESTOWN FENTRESS CO. TN 04/10/2009 13:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
Totals: 2 58 101.329M 0.00K