SPC Stats

Path length: 3.8 miles

Width:  1000 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  4

Rating:  F2

County:  Robertson, Sumner

This was one of 3 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 1 new brick school was destroyed.  There were 4 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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