Path length: 14 miles

Width:  1000 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F2

County:  Robertson, Sumner

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 36.6 / -86.63   End:  36.57 / -86.38    

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.


This summary looks at a tornado that zipped through parts of Robertson and Sumner Counties in Tennessee.  It moved ESE from east of Orlinda to Fountain Head.  Approximately 500 buildings were hit with varying degrees of damage.  The heaviest damage was north of Main Street in Portland.  Utility poles were snapped.  Heads of cattle were killed.  Railroad signals with large concrete footings were pulled from the ground and blown away.  Although the SPC lists no injuries, Storm Data does have two injuries recorded.  A husband and wife were injured when their house trailer was blown over.

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We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the March 1963 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have the length at 14 miles.  
  • Storm Data and Grazulis have a 15 miles path.


  • All sources have the width at 1000 yards.
  • Storm Data does list of range of 1000-6000 yards which has to be an error.


  • NCDC only has an entry for Robertson County.
  • All other sources lists Robertson and Sumner in the path.


  • SPC/NCDC have the rating at F2.
  • Grazulis lists an F3 rating.

Injury Count:

  • SPC/NCDC have no injuries from this event.
  • Storm Data and Grazulis list 2 injuries.


    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    March 1963 Storm Data Publication

    Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1045.

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