03marAll DayNashville (Davidson/Wilson/Smith Counties, TN)


Start Time:  12:32 am CST 

End Time: 1:28 am CST

Rating:  EF3

Estimated Peak Winds: 165 mph

Path length: 60.23 miles

Width: 800 yards

Fatalities:  5

Injuries:  220

County: Davidson, Wilson, Smith

State:  Tennessee

Start Lat/Lon: 36.1717 / -86.9557

End Lat/Lon: 36.1524 / -85.8905

A strong long-track tornado tracked across Davidson and Wilson Counties and into Smith County early on March 3 resulting in 5 fatalities and 220 injuries.  The tornado began in far western Davidson County and rapidly intensified into EF-2 intensity as it tracked across John C. Tune Airport and into the North Nashville and Germantown areas. The tornado intensified further to EF-3 intensity as it tracked into East Nashville, with the most significant damage occuring in and around the Five Points neighborhood, where two fatalities occurred. EF-1 and EF-2 damage continued across the Cumberland River before the tornado strengthened again to EF-3 intensity in the Stanford Estates subdivision in Donelson.  EF-2 damage was observed across Hermitage and the remainder of Davidson County.

The tornado strengthened to EF-3 intensity for a third time upon entering Wilson County, with a 6-mile swath of EF-3 damage observed near the Mt. Juliet area, where three more fatalities occurred.  EF-1 and EF-2 damage continued along a path that paralleled and occasionally crossed Interstate 40 south-southeast of Lebanon. Once the tornado moved into Smith County, it weakened some but was still causing significant tree and powerline damage, as well as damage to homes. Just south of Gordonsville, the tornado caused a mobile home to flip, along with destroying several barns and outbuildings. The tornado finally lifted just south of I-40 near Highway 141/Lancaster Highway.