SPC Stats

Path length: 3.8 miles

Width:  1000 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  4

Rating:  F2

County:  Robertson, Sumner

This was one of three tornadoes confirmed on March 4, 1955.  It moved to the ENE on the south side of Mitchellville.  20-30 homes damaged or destroyed.  50 head of livestock and 4,000 chickens were killed.  20 barns and one new brick school were destroyed.  There were four injuries and no fatalities.  Per an article in The Leaf-Chronicle from March 5, 1955, Bobby Hinton received the most serious injury. “He was hit by a brick from a disintegrating garage.”

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 36.62 / -86.60   End:  36.63 / -86.52      

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 March 1955 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have the length at 3.8 miles.
  • Grazulis & CDNS put the length at 5 miles.

    Sources:

    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    March 1955 Climatological Data National Summary

    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 985.

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