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May 18, 1995 map

May 18, 1995 Tornado Outbreak
# Counties Rating Time (CST) Length (miles) Width (yards) Fatalities Injuries
1 Dickson F1 1058 1.0 50 0 0
2 Davidson/Sumner F2 1130 17.0 75 0 28
3 Sumner F1 1153 0.1 25 0 0
4 Macon F1 1155 1.0 25 0 0
5 Wayne F0 1515 0.5 10 0 0
6 Lawrence/Giles F4 1552 29.0 1000 3 33
7 Rutherford F0 1555 8.0 75 0 4
8 Warren/Cannon F0 1622 5.0 25 0 0
9 Cheatham F0 1650 0.5 10 0 0
10 Bedford/Coffee F1 1700 16.0 50 0 1
11 Cumberland F3 1710 10.0 1000 0 20
12 Robertson F0 1715 0.5 10 0 0
13 Robertson/Sumner F0 1724 3.0 25 0 0
14 Coffee F0 1730 1.0 20 0 0
15 Van Buren F0 1815 0.1 10 0 0
16 Cumberland F1 2013 2.0 25 0 0

 

Reports & Outlooks
SPC Storm Reports

 

F1 Dickson County Tornado
Counties: Dickson
Time: 10:58 AM CST
EF Scale: F1
Damage Path Length: 1.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 50 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: One house was demolished (in White Bluff) when two large trees were uprooted and fell on it. Another nine houses were damaged.

 

F2 Davidson/Sumner County Tornado
Counties: Davidson/Sumner
Time: 11:30 AM CST
EF Scale: F2
Damage Path Length: 17.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 75 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 28
Damage:

STORM DATA: The tornado first touched down near Goodlettsville and moved northeast. The tornado struck near the Rivergate Mall. At least two dozen business were damaged. Nearly 500 cars were damaged beyond repair at a nearby auto dealership. In Sumner County, 35 apartments were destroyed along with three mobile homes. Several business were damaged. An elementary school in Westmoreland lost a large area of roofing above the gymnasium. The Gallatin Civic Center suffered major damage to its swimming pool. Several high tension towers were bent. Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down.

GRAZULIS: The tornado moved northeast from near Goodlettsville. It struck the Rivergate Mall, damaging at least two dozen businesses. Most of the injuries were at the mall, and included broken hands and severe cuts as part of the mall roof collapsed. Nearly 500 cars were damaged beyond repair at a nearby auto dealership. A total of 35 apartments were destroyed, as were three mobile homes. Several other businesses were damaged. An elementary school in Westmoreland lost a large area of roofing above the gymnasium.

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC and Storm Data erroneously omit the Davidson County portion of this tornado, which Goodlettsville and Rivergate Mall are located in, and Davidson County was added to this entry. In addition, the path length is listed at 5 miles by both Storm Data and Grazulis, yet both narratives describe a path of at least 17 miles as the Gallatin Civic Center is located well to the northeast of Goodlettsville. A continuous path from Rivergate Mall to the Gallatin Civic Center would pass through highly populated areas, and it seems very unlikely more damage and injuries would not have resulted. Thus, the damage to Gallatin Civic Center may have been a separate tornado. However, due to uncertainty, the total path length was corrected to 17 miles and location adjusted based on the Storm Data narrative. Storm Data and Grazulis also mention that this tornado caused damage in Westmoreland, but this area is over 30 miles northeast of Rivergate Mall and over 15 miles northeast of the Gallatin Civic Center, and clearly not part of the same tornado that hit Rivergate Mall. OHX radar data is not available prior to 11:47 am for the Goodlettsville to Gallatin area, but is available for the Westmoreland area which indicates that damage was likely a separate brief tornado. Therefore a second F1 tornado has been added to the NWS Nashville database for the damage to Westmoreland Elementary School.

 

F1 Sumner County Tornado
Counties: Sumner
Time: 11:53 AM CST
EF Scale: F1
Damage Path Length: 0.1 miles
Damage Path Width: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: ...An elementary school in Westmoreland lost a large area of roofing above the gymnasium...

GRAZULIS: ...An elementary school in Westmoreland lost a large area of roofing above the gymnasium...

SHAMBURGER (2015): Originally included in Storm Data and Grazulis as part of the tornado that hit Rivergate Mall and Gallatin, this damage was clearly caused by a separate tornado, as Westmoreland is located over 15 miles northeast of Gallatin. Radar data suggests this was a brief, weak tornado that damaged the Westmoreland Elementary School, and the path length, path width, location, and F-Scale rating have all been estimated based on the narrative in Storm Data and radar data.

 

F1 Macon County Tornado
Counties: Macon
Time: 11:55 AM CST
EF Scale: F0
Damage Path Length: 1.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: A tornado touched down near the town of Green Grove. One barn was blown entirely on the roadway while another barn was blown down. Several homes were damaged. Eighty tombstones were destroyed. Numerous trees were knocked down.

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC incorrectly lists the time and location of this tornado, which was corrected based on radar data and the narrative in Storm Data.

 

F0 Wayne County Tornado
Counties: Wayne
Time: 3:15 PM CST
EF Scale: EF1
Damage Path Length: 0.5 miles
Damage Path Width: 10 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: A tornado briefly touched down in the western part of Wayne County. Only a few trees were knocked down.

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC incorrectly lists this tornado as occurring in the eastern part of Wayne County, not the western part, and the location and time were corrected based on radar data.

 

F4 Lawrence/Giles County Tornado
Counties: Lawrence/Giles
Time: 3:52 PM CST
EF Scale: F4
Damage Path Length: 29.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 1000 yards
Fatalities: 3
Injuries 33
Damage:

STORM DATA (Lawrence County): The tornado touched down near the Lawrence/Wayne County line near Deerfield and lifted near Campbellsville in Giles County. Two people were killed while outside their trailer in the extreme western part of Lawrence County and a third person was killed while inside a house near Deerfield. Thirty-four houses, 16 mobile homes and one business were destroyed. Ninety-eight houses, three mobile homes and two other buildings were damaged. The tornado pulled corn stalks that were two feet tall out fo the ground and destroyed 6 TVA steel high-tension-wire towers. Three of these towers were never found. A cancelled check from Ethridge was found in Cannon County, some 90 miles away. Seventy-five to 100 people were evacuated in Ethridge because of downed power lines.

STORM DATA (Giles County): Over 40 building suffered structural damage to them. A few trees were knocked down. A man was injured in Liberty Hill as he sought shelter in his camp trailer. Eight power poles were blown down.

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC and Storm Data incorrectly list the path location of this massive, major tornado, which was significantly corrected based on radar data and the narrative in Storm Data. In addition, NCDC and Storm Data incorrectly include the Giles County portion of this tornado twice, as well as rate the Giles County portion as F0 despite the significant damage, and the erroneous second Storm Data entry was removed. Finally, the injured man in Giles County was not included in the total number of injuries for this tornado, and was added into this entry.

May 18, 1995 Lawrenceburg Tornado

F4 Tornado viewed from Lawrence County 911 Center just west of Lawrenceburg, looking NNE
Photo via Lawrence County EMA

 

EF0 Rutherford County Tornado
Counties: Rutherford
Time: 3:55 PM CST
EF Scale: F0
Damage Path Length: 8.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 75 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 4
Damage:

STORM DATA: The tornado first touched down in Eagleville where it ripped the roof off of one house and produced minor damage to a second house. The tornado skipped along and damaged three homes and one business in Rockvale. One person was injured in Eagleville and three others were injured in Rockvale.

SHAMBURGER (2015): Radar data clearly indicates a supercell passed south of Eagleville and Rockvale between 1500 and 1600 CST on this date, with the hail core passing over Eagleville and Rockvale. However, the location of any tornado associated with the mesocyclone of the parent supercell would have been over 8 miles south of Eagleville in Bedford County. Therefore, this damage as described in Storm Data from Eagleville to Rockvale would have been associated with severe downburst winds and large hail. This tornado was left in the database for now pending further research to see if a tornado occurred in northwest Bedford County, but will likely be removed in the future.

 

EF0 Warren/Cannon County Tornado
Counties: Warren/Cannon
Time: 4:22 PM CST
EF Scale: F0
Damage Path Length: 5.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: The tornado first touched down in southern De Kalb County and moved southeast in the northeast part of Warren County. Several trees were knocked down, particularly in the town of Pigeon Hill in Warren County.

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC and Storm Data both erroneously list this tornado as occurring in DeKalb County, when radar data clearly shows the tornado and parrent supercell moved from Cannon County into Warren County. In addition, NCDC incorrectly lists the time, path location and path length of this tornado, which have all been corrected based on radar data and the narrative in Storm Data.

 

EF0 Cheatham County Tornado
Counties: Cheatham
Time: 4:45 PM CST
EF Scale: F0
Damage Path Length: 0.5 miles
Damage Path Width: 10 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: A tornado briefly touched down knocking down a few trees (near Henrietta).

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC incorrectly places this tornado in Montgomery County instead of Cheatham County, and the location was corrected accordingly. In addition, the time of this tornado was corrected based on radar data.

 

EF0 Bedford/Coffee County Tornado
Counties: Bedford/Coffee
Time: 5:00 PM CST
EF Scale: F0
Damage Path Length: 16.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 50 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 1
Damage:

STORM DATA: The tornado first touched down on the west side of Shelbyville. The tornado continued east and eventually hit the city of Normandy and continued into the extreme western part of Coffee County. A fire hall was destroyed in Normandy. A supermarket lost its roof in Shelbyville. Several other business sustained roof damage. Four barns at a nearby animal exhibition park were damaged. A mobile home was destroyed in Normandy. A few homes were damaged. Many trees, power poles and power lines were knocked down as well. One horse was badly injured when a tree fell on it and the horse had to be destroyed.

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC erroneously lists the path location and path length of this tornado, which based on radar data began around 4 miles south-southwest of Shelbyville then moved east-northeast before lifting in western Coffee County. Of note, much of the damage in this description across Shelbyville was downburst wind damage. In addition, a line from the starting point of the tornado over into western Coffee County would be far more than the 10 miles listed in Storm Data, and 16 miles is used here.

 

F3 Cumberland County Tornado
Counties: Cumberland
Time: 5:10 PM CST
EF Scale: F3
Damage Path Length: 10.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 1000 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 20
Damage:

STORM DATA: The tornado first touched down in the southwest part of Cumberland County and moved northeast. Two business were destroyed. Eleven homes and 14 mobiles homes were destroyed. Many other homes were damaged. One house had a gas leak in it prompting emergency management officials to evacuate a handful of nearby residents. Other homes had roof damage. Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down.

GRAZULIS: The tornado first touched down in the southwest part of Cumberland County near Newton, and moved northeast to near Crossville. Eleven homes, 14 mobile homes, and two businesses were destroyed. Many other homes were damaged.

SHAMBURGER (2015): Both Storm Data and Grazulis descriptions of this massive, major tornado are erroneous, as radar data and aerial imagery from Google Earth show this tornado began along the White/Cumberland County border west of Tarkiln Ford Road and moved east-northeast across Flat Rock Road, Old Ross Road, Meadow Park Lake and City Lake Road before lifting east of Dunbar Road around halfway between Lake Tansi and Crossville. The path of damage on aerial imagery from Google Earth is also much wider than listed by Storm Data or Grazulis at up to 1000 yards wide near Meadow Lake Park, where tens of thousands of trees were blown down. Finally, the time of the tornado was corrected based on radar data.

 

F0 Robertson County Tornado
Counties: Robertson
Time: 5:15 PM CST
EF Scale: F0
Damage Path Length: 0.5 miles
Damage Path Width: 10 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: A tornado touched down near the intersection of Interstate 24 and Highway 49. Several trees were knocked down.

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC incorrectly lists the location of this tornado, which was corrected based on the narrative in Storm Data.

 

F0 Robertson/Sumner County Tornado
Counties: Robertson/Sumner
Time: 5:24 PM CST
EF Scale: F0
Damage Path Length: 3.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: Several trees were blown down (from Millersville to White House).

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC and Storm Data incorrectly list this tornado as moving north-northeast from Millersville to White House, when radar data clearly indicates this tornado began west of White House along Highway 76 in Robertson County, then moved eastward through that town before lifting northeast of White House near Highway 76 in Sumner County. In addition, radar data shows the wind damage in Millersville was clearly from downburst winds and not a tornado. The time and location of this tornado have been corrected significantly based on radar data, and Robertson County has been added to this entry. Finally, the rating for this tornado was changed to F0 from F1 as no significant damage was mentioned in Storm Data.

 

F0 Coffee County Tornado
Counties: Coffee
Time: 5:30 PM CST
EF Scale: F0
Damage Path Length: 1.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 20 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: A house trailer was overturned. Several large trees were blown down.

 

F0 Van Buren County Tornado
Counties: Van Buren
Time: 6:15 PM CST
EF Scale: F0
Damage Path Length: 0.1 miles
Damage Path Width: 10 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0

Damage:

STORM DATA: A tornado briefly touched at the Fall Creek Falls State State Park. Several power lines were knocked down.

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC incorrectly lists the time and location of this tornado, which was corrected based on radar data.

 

F1 Cumberland County Tornado
Counties: Cumberland
Time: 8:13 PM CST
EF Scale: F1
Damage Path Length: 2.0 miles
Damage Path Width: 25 yards
Fatalities: 0
Injuries 0
Damage:

STORM DATA: At least 30 homes and house trailers were damaged (in Lake Tansi).

SHAMBURGER (2015): NCDC incorrectly lists the time and location of this tornado, which was corrected based on radar data.