03marAll DayCookeville 1 (Putnam County, TN)


Start Time:  1:49 am CST 

End Time: 1:57 am CST

Rating:  EF4

Estimated Peak Winds: 175 mph

Path length: 8.21 miles

Width: 500 yards

Fatalities:  19

Injuries:  88

County: Putnam

State:  Tennessee

Start Lat/Lon: 36.1716 / -85.6618

End Lat/Lon: 36.1705 / -85.5154

A violent tornado tracked across western and central Putman County, resulting in numerous destroyed homes, 30-35 of which were destroyed completely, and caused 88 injuries and 18 fatalities. The tornado began 2.5 miles NW of Baxter where it produced EF-0 damage for 2.7 miles as it crossed Gainesboro Highway. The tornado intensified to EF-1 and EF-2 intensity in the Prosperity Pointe subdivision just north of US 70N/Nashville Highway and further intensified to EF-3 as it crossed Bloomington Road and Clemmons Road, severely damaging several homes.  The tornado then became violent for 0.8 miles as it entered the area around McBroom Chapel Road, where it reached EF-4 intensity, completely destroyed over a dozen homes, and caused numerous fatalities with the heaviest damage concentrated on Hensley Drive.  EF-4 damage continued eastward to Echo Valley Drive, where an apartment complex was completely destroyed. EF-2 and EF-3 damage continued eastward for 2.0 miles, affecting homes along US 70N/W Broad Street, before rapidly coming to an end near N Franklin Avenue just west of Cookeville Regional Medical Center.


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