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Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF4
-- Length 7.61 Miles
-- Width 125 Yards
State TENNESSEE
County/Area MADISON
WFO MEG
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-02-05 18:59:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 3W GILMORE
Begin Lat/Lon 35.68/-88.86
End Date 2008-02-05 19:07:00.0 CST-6
End Location 3ENE OAKFIELD
End Lat/Lon 35.73/-88.75
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 51/0
Property Damage 100.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A strong low pressure system tracked from Northern Arkansas into Southern Missouri during the evening hours of February 5th, 2008. Supercells developed out ahead of the system during the late afternoon into the early evening. The storms produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. As the supercells moved east during the evening, a cold front moved into West Tennessee. A squall line developed along the front and produced another round of large hail and damaging winds. The front continued to push east into the overnight hours.
Event Narrative The tornado touched down at the Union University Campus near the U.S. Highway 45 Bypass in Jackson producing tremendous damage. Fifty one people were injured at Union University as two dormitories collapsed during the passage of the violent tornado. Eighty percent of the dorms were severely damaged or destroyed. Three academic buildings received major damage and 14 other campus buildings were damaged. Several hundred vehicles in the campus parking lots were also damaged or destroyed. The damage in the University area was rated EF-4 with maximum winds of 170 mph. The track was 125 yards wide. The damage at the university alone was estimated at $40,000,000. The tornado then tracked across the U.S. Highway 45 Bypass damaging several banks and businesses before hitting the Regional Hospital and adjacent doctors' offices. The tornado then moved across North Jackson inflicting significant damage to many subdivisions and businesses. The Chapel Creek, Indian Hills and Wyndhurst subdivisions were all struck by the tornado. The tornado also damaged the Jackson Oaks Senior Living Complex. The tornado continued to track northeast striking the Northside High School in the Oak Hill area. The tornado then moved through the Walnut Trace subdivision before crossing Old Medina Road and damaging more houses. The tornado then continued northeast causing EF-3 damage near the intersection of Christmasville Road and Ashport Road in Northeast Madison County before lifting. The Madison County Fire Station No. 11 was destroyed. The station's fire engine and pumper, water and brush trucks were all damaged. Several homes in the area were also damaged. The maximum winds were 145 mph in this area and the track was 100 yards wide. Along the track of this tornado over 70 structures were destroyed with over 500 more damaged.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 9 84 230.735M 0.00K
GILDFIELD SHELBY CO. TN 02/05/2008 16:50 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
BOLTON SHELBY CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:00 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 1 1.000M 0.00K
GAINESVILLE TIPTON CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:09 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
CANAAN GROVE TIPTON CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:18 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 7.00K 0.00K
CHARLESTON TIPTON CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:23 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
KENTON GIBSON CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
ANTIOCH TIPTON CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:32 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
WHITEHAVEN SHELBY CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:34 CST-6 Tornado EF2 3 13 100.000M 0.00K
(MEM)MEMPHIS INTL AR SHELBY CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:36 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 73 kts. MG 0 0 500.00K 0.00K
PALMERSVILLE WEAKLEY CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:55 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
CENTER HENRY CO. TN 02/05/2008 17:57 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
EADS SHELBY CO. TN 02/05/2008 18:02 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
HICKORY WITHE FAYETTE CO. TN 02/05/2008 18:06 CST-6 Tornado EF0 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
YUM YUM FAYETTE CO. TN 02/05/2008 18:21 CST-6 Tornado EF3 1 0 100.00K 0.00K
DANCYVILLE HAYWOOD CO. TN 02/05/2008 18:27 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
LEIGHTON MADISON CO. TN 02/05/2008 18:44 CST-6 Tornado EF3 2 14 10.000M 0.00K
HUNTERSVILLE MADISON CO. TN 02/05/2008 18:45 CST-6 Hail 4.00 in. 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
WINDY CITY MADISON CO. TN 02/05/2008 18:55 CST-6 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
GILMORE MADISON CO. TN 02/05/2008 18:59 CST-6 Tornado EF4 0 51 100.000M 0.00K
MIDDLETON HARDEMAN CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:00 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
MIDDLETON HARDEMAN CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:00 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
MEDINA GIBSON CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:11 CST-6 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
RAMER MCNAIRY CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:12 CST-6 Hail 2.75 in. 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
RAMER MCNAIRY CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:13 CST-6 Tornado EF1 0 0 250.00K 0.00K
SPRING CREEK MADISON CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:13 CST-6 Tornado EF2 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
CEDAR GROVE CARROLL CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:20 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MORRIS CHAPEL HARDIN CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:33 CST-6 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
TOONE HARDEMAN CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:35 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
HUNTINGDON CARROLL CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:36 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
BOX ELDER HARDIN CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:40 CST-6 Tornado EF4 3 5 17.600M 0.00K
HUNTINGDON CARROLL CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:42 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
BATH SPGS DECATUR CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:52 CST-6 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 7.50K 0.00K
SHILOH DECATUR CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:52 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
JACKSON MADISON CO. TN 02/05/2008 19:55 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
SPRINGVILLE HENRY CO. TN 02/05/2008 20:08 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
SPRINGVILLE HENRY CO. TN 02/05/2008 20:08 CST-6 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 1.50K 0.00K
LEXINGTON HENDERSON CO. TN 02/05/2008 20:20 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
RIPLEY LAUDERDALE CO. TN 02/05/2008 21:50 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
LENOX DYER CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
TROY OBION CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:00 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 20.00K 0.00K
UNION CITY OBION CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:00 CST-6 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
TRENTON GIBSON CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:15 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 150.00K 0.00K
DANCYVILLE HAYWOOD CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:20 CST-6 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 6.00K 0.00K
DYER GIBSON CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:21 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 55.00K 0.00K
CORDOVA SHELBY CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:22 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
BRADFORD GIBSON CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:26 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 75.00K 0.00K
GREENFIELD WEAKLEY CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:30 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
PILLOWVILLE WEAKLEY CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:34 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 2.00K 0.00K
PILLOWVILLE WEAKLEY CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:36 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
LATHAM WEAKLEY CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:40 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 12.00K 0.00K
MASSEYVILLE CHESTER CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:40 CST-6 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
FINGER MCNAIRY CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:44 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 8.00K 0.00K
MC KENZIE CARROLL CO. TN 02/05/2008 22:45 CST-6 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 12.00K 0.00K
Totals: 9 84 230.735M 0.00K