SPC Stats

Path length: 38 miles

Width:  880 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  22

Rating:  F3

County:  Wayne, Lawrence (TN) / Lauderdale (AL)

Forty tornadoes were confirmed on June 26, 1994 per the Storm Prediction Center Tornado Database.  One of the strongest pressed through parts of Southern Tennessee into Northern AL.  

The tornado spend most of its time in Tennessee.  The total path length was 38 miles, 35 of which was in TN.  It began near the town of Lutts in Wayne County and moved southeast into Lawrence County.  It tracked through through Iron City and the St. Joseph area.  Approx. 75% of the buildings in Iron City were damaged and 19 people were injured.  

The tornado moved into Alabama causing significant damage to more than 14 homes in the Mary’s Chapel area.  

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 35.15 / -87.95   End:  34.95 / -87.38      

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

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the June 1994 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Max Width:

  • Grazulis has a width of 800 yards.
  • Remaining sources list the width at 880 yards.

Counties:

  • NCDC does not have an entry for Wayne County.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      June 1994 Storm Data Publication

      newspapers.com

      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1366.

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