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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 12.08 Miles
-- Width 200 Yards
State TENNESSEE
County/Area DEKALB
WFO OHX
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-02-29 15:46:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 0NW SMITHVILLE
Begin Lat/Lon 35.97/-85.85
End Date 2012-02-29 15:58:00.0 CST-6
End Location 3NE JOHNSONS CHAPEL
End Lat/Lon 36.01/-85.64
Deaths Direct/Indirect 1/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 500.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A strong storm system moving across the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys caused scattered strong to severe thunderstorms to develop across eastern portions of Middle Tennessee during the afternoon hours. Two supercell thunderstorms spawned four tornadoes resulting in a total of 3 fatalities and 7 injuries. Numerous other reports of wind damage and large hail were received.
Event Narrative An EF1 tornado with maximum wind speeds around 95 mph touched down about 1 mile northwest of Smithville along Highway 83, then tracked rapidly east-northeast across Center Hill Lake before ending in western White County about 7 miles northwest of Sparta. A barn was damaged near the beginning of the path, with sheet metal blown across fields and into power lines. Scattered trees were snapped or uprooted and some minor damage to homes occurred on the north side of Smithville as the tornado traveled generally along and just south of Highway 83 and Smithville Highway. A small warehouse-type building was destroyed at Smithville Highway and Pine Grove Road with debris thrown northward into fields. The roof of a barn was blown off and a few homes suffered minor roof damage at Holiday Haven Road and Scott Acres Road. The tornado increased in intensity as it moved along Alpine Drive, with hundreds of trees snapped or uprooted. One home on stilts was knocked down a hillside and destroyed, resulting in one fatality.
The tornado then crossed Center Hill Lake, blowing down hundreds of more trees along the south shore of the lake on Allen Ferry Road, Timber Lane, Back Bone Lane, and Falling Water Road. Several trees fell on homes in this area, resulting in minor to moderate roof damage. Passing just north of the Johnson Chapel Recreation Area, the tornado then continued eastward into White County.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 62 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: 3 7 1.788M 100.00K
CARTHAGE SMITH CO. TN 02/29/2012 14:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
COOKEVILLE ARPT PUTNAM CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:19 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COOKEVILLE ARPT PUTNAM CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:20 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COOKEVILLE ARPT PUTNAM CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:20 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
RICKMAN OVERTON CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:20 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RICKMAN OVERTON CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:24 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 52 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
RICKMAN OVERTON CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:24 CST-6 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LIVINGSTON OVERTON CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:25 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SMITHVILLE DEKALB CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:43 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
GRIMSLEY FENTRESS CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:46 CST-6 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SMITHVILLE DEKALB CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:46 CST-6 Tornado EF1 1 0 500.00K 0.00K
SMITHVILLE MUNI ARPT DEKALB CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:49 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 58 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BANNER SPGS FENTRESS CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 74 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
BUCKNERS DEKALB CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:51 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 61 kts. EG 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
BANNER SPGS FENTRESS CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:56 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 74 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 100.00K
CASSVILLE WHITE CO. TN 02/29/2012 15:58 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
MACEDONIA WHITE CO. TN 02/29/2012 16:02 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
PLATEAU CUMBERLAND CO. TN 02/29/2012 16:30 CST-6 Tornado EF2 2 7 1.000M 0.00K
Totals: 3 7 1.788M 100.00K