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The chance of earthquake damage in Monroe is lower than Tennessee average and is much lower than the national average. The risk of tornado damage in Monroe is about the same as Tennessee average and is higher than the national average.

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Earthquake Index, #436

Monroe, TN
0.07
Tennessee
0.56
U.S.
1.81

The earthquake index value is calculated based on historical earthquake events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the earthquake level in a region. A higher earthquake index value means a higher chance of an earthquake.

Volcano Index, #1

Monroe, TN
0.0000
Tennessee
0.0000
U.S.
0.0023

The volcano index value is calculated based on the currently known volcanoes using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the possibility of a region being affected by a possible volcano eruption. A higher volcano index value means a higher chance of being affected.

Tornado Index, #365

Monroe, TN
172.70
Tennessee
175.35
U.S.
136.45

The tornado index value is calculated based on historical tornado events data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the tornado level in a region. A higher tornado index value means a higher chance of tornado events.

Other Weather Extremes Events

A total of 2,623 other weather extremes events within 50 miles of Monroe, TN were recorded from 1950 to 2010. The following is a break down of these events:

TypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCountTypeCount
Avalanche:0Blizzard:0Cold:0Dense Fog:0Drought:6
Dust Storm:0Flood:334Hail:593Heat:1Heavy Snow:9
High Surf:0Hurricane:0Ice Storm:2Landslide:0Strong Wind:6
Thunderstorm Winds:1,568Tropical Storm:0Wildfire:0Winter Storm:6Winter Weather:7
Other:91 

Volcanos Nearby

No volcano is found in or near Monroe, TN.

Historical Earthquake Events

No historical earthquake events that had recorded magnitudes of 3.5 or above found in or near Monroe, TN.

No historical earthquake events found in or near Monroe, TN.

Historical Tornado Events

A total of 83 historical tornado events that had recorded magnitude of 2 or above found in or near Monroe, TN.

Distance (miles)DateMagnitudeStart Lat/LogEnd Lat/LogLengthWidthFatalitiesInjuriesProperty DamageCrop DamageAffected County
7.51998-04-16336°32'N / 85°11'W36°37'N / 85°05'W8.60 Miles880 Yards0410.0M1.0MPickett
 Brief Description: 40 homes and 22 mobile homes were destroyed from this tornado. 95% of the trees were destroyed in the path of the tornado. 45 utility poles were blown down. 100 barns were destroyed, 2 green houses were heavily damaged, and there was damage to fences and pasture land. There were 4 people injured, but they were treated and released.
8.01997-03-28236°22'N / 85°20'W36°24'N / 85°13'W5.90 Miles440 Yards02250K0Overton
 Brief Description: A trailer was overturned and destroyed. 3 people were trapped inside and 2 of them sustained minor injuries. Several homes were damaged in the Goose Creek area near Alpine. A few barns were damaged near Livingston and another barn was damaged near Alpine. Many trees and power lines were down. Path length and width are approximations.
8.81974-04-03336°21'N / 85°23'W36°26'N / 85°15'W9.40 Miles400 Yards31202.5M0Overton
9.71956-03-07236°23'N / 85°23'W36°26'N / 85°20'W4.30 Miles50 Yards0025K0Overton
10.91974-04-03436°31'N / 85°05'W36°35'N / 84°59'W7.20 Miles300 Yards562.5M0Pickett
14.61974-04-03436°39'N / 85°22'W36°43'N / 85°16'W7.10 Miles33 Yards03325K0Cumberland
17.41974-04-03436°15'N / 85°05'W36°26'N / 84°50'W18.80 Miles200 Yards71502.5M0Fentress
18.81974-04-03436°11'N / 85°16'W36°15'N / 85°08'W8.70 Miles700 Yards000K0Overton
19.01974-04-03436°37'N / 84°57'W36°38'N / 84°53'W3.80 Miles33 Yards000K0Wayne
19.61974-04-03436°43'N / 85°16'W36°49'N / 85°02'W14.60 Miles33 Yards8630K0Clinton
19.71965-04-15236°21'N / 84°55'W36°25'N / 84°51'W5.90 Miles327 Yards0025K0Fentress
21.02008-04-11236°45'N / 85°04'W36°46'N / 85°01'W3.00 Miles300 Yards0075K0KClinton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: As the storm continued eastward, several homes and outbuildings were heavily damaged by the third tornado touchdown produced by the supercell. In addition to the structural damage covering nearly 1 1/2 miles, scores of trees were downed as were utility lines. A witness at the end of this tornado's path reported seeing two tornadoes on the ground simultaneously, as the fourth tornado produced by this supercell touched down about 1/4 mile north of the ending point of the third twister. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms moved into south central Kentucky from Tennessee, including a super cell thunderstorm that produced four separate tornadoes that damaged numerous homes in Clinton County.
22.12008-04-11236°46'N / 85°02'W36°46'N / 85°00'W1.00 Mile300 Yards00200K0KClinton
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The fourth touchdown in this family of tornadoes produced by a cyclic supercell did the most damage in Clinton County as it hit several residences in a rural subdivision along Pleasure Ridge Road. After moving through uninhabited hillside for a mile, uprooting and snapping trees in a nearly quarter-mile wide path, the tornado tore the roof of a ranch-style brick home and destroyed its nearby outbuildings. Continuing along parallel to Pleasure Ridge Road, the tornado destroyed a mobile home and barn in its path, and heavily damaged at least three other homes before exiting the county. EPISODE NARRATIVE: Severe thunderstorms moved into south central Kentucky from Tennessee, including a super cell thunderstorm that produced four separate tornadoes that damaged numerous homes in Clinton County.
22.41997-01-24236°15'N / 85°32'W36°17'N / 85°29'W3.20 Miles70 Yards00500K0Jackson
 Brief Description: The tornado destroyed 4 homes and damaged 6 others. It also destroyed 6 mobile homes and damaged 2 others. Numerous barns and outbuildings were destroyed. Most of the damage occurred on Mayberry School Road and Dodson Branch Road. The tornado path length and width are approximations.
22.61974-04-03236°31'N / 84°52'W36°36'N / 84°46'W7.90 Miles400 Yards0025K0Fentress
24.51972-05-14236°22'N / 84°48'W1.00 Mile50 Yards0325K0Fentress
25.42008-04-11236°46'N / 85°00'W36°48'N / 84°53'W7.00 Miles400 Yards011.0M500KWayne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado with maximum winds near 130 mph entered Wayne County from Clinton County along Pleasant Ridge Road. The tornado maintained a continuous 7 mile track east northeast before lifting 1.5 miles southwest of Monticello near Furnace Mountain. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A slow moving cold front approached the area during the afternoon hours of April 11th. Severe thunderstorms developed along and ahead of the front. The storms first moved into Eastern Kentucky shortly before 2 PM EDT. These storms affected the areas near Monticello and Somerset. A tornado was confirmed to have touched down in Wayne County. These and other storms moved northeast across the area, causing wind damage. Numerous reports of structural damage and downed trees were reported across portions of the area. Large hail was also reported with some of the storms. Very heavy rainfall with some of the storms caused flash flooding in portions of Laurel County.
25.91974-04-03436°05'N / 85°28'W36°11'N / 85°16'W13.10 Miles700 Yards10510K0Putnam
26.01957-11-18236°16'N / 84°52'W36°25'N / 84°42'W13.90 Miles220 Yards0225K0Fentress
26.01998-04-03236°28'N / 85°46'W36°30'N / 85°36'W10.00 Miles200 Yards00100K0Jackson
 Brief Description: 3 barns were completely destroyed, several houses, a church, and other barns lost roofs.
26.91986-04-20336°50'N / 85°22'W36°53'N / 85°22'W3.00 Miles400 Yards02250K0Cumberland
27.12008-02-05336°46'N / 85°34'W36°46'N / 85°33'W1.00 Mile440 Yards001K0KCumberland
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This was the end point of a tornado that crossed into Monroe County, Kentucky from Sumner County, Tennessee. The tornado moved through a rural area of Cumberland County and lifted about three miles southwest of Marrowbone. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front along with a strong upper level low produced a squall line that crossed central Kentucky. This set off widespread severe weather, and spawned several tornadoes.
27.61974-04-03436°38'N / 84°47'W36°40'N / 84°44'W3.60 Miles33 Yards000K0Wayne
27.91957-04-08236°06'N / 85°06'W36°06'N / 85°03'W2.70 Miles10 Yards003K0Cumberland
28.51998-04-16236°37'N / 84°46'W36°39'N / 84°42'W3.60 Miles100 Yards0015K0Wayne
 Brief Description: The path of the tornado was intermittent. It first touched down in extreme southeast Wayne County, and then moved northeast across McCreary County. The tornado downed numerous trees in both Wayne and McCreary Counties. In Wayne County the tornado damaged a barn and several outbuildings, and overturned a vehicle. Before lifting the tornado hit Smithtown in McCreary County and damaged several mobile homes, houses and outbuildings.
29.71993-02-21336°10'N / 85°36'W36°06'N / 85°26'W10.00 Miles100 Yards06500K0Putnam
 Brief Description: Eight homes were destroyed and 15 others were damaged. One person was trapped in a van after a tree was knocked down on top of it.
30.31975-04-24236°03'N / 85°12'W1.50 Miles440 Yards14250K0Cumberland
31.91974-04-03436°49'N / 85°02'W36°56'N / 84°46'W16.70 Miles33 Yards2170K0Wayne
32.02008-02-05336°37'N / 85°53'W36°46'N / 85°35'W20.00 Miles440 Yards003.7M0KMonroe
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado crossed into Monroe County, Kentucky from Macon County, Tennessee. About two miles west of Gamaliel, the tornado destroyed two conventional homes and two mobile homes. Thirteen residents of the four homes took shelter in the basement of one of the homes. They escaped without injury, although they were trapped in rubble for 30 minutes. Several other homes were damaged in a subdivision a mile north of Gamaliel. The tornado ripped the roof off a brick home there. It tracked across rural Monroe County, uprooting and snapping large trees. On the north side of Tompkinsville, it destroyed a large wood frame warehouse and twisted a large steel frame metal building off its foundation. A nearby well built brick home had its roof and exterior walls swept away. It also destroyed a detached three car garage. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front along with a strong upper level low produced a squall line that crossed central Kentucky. This set off widespread severe weather, and spawned several tornadoes.
34.11974-04-03436°02'N / 85°34'W36°05'N / 85°28'W6.60 Miles700 Yards002.5M0White
34.82009-10-09236°42'N / 85°53'W36°48'N / 85°37'W16.00 Miles880 Yards000K0KMonroe
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado touched down near Flippin at the intersection of Fountain Run Rd and State Highway 678. The tornado did EF-1 damage from there to near Mud Lick before strengthening and causing EF-2 damage to homes, barns and trees. The highest concentration of damage was from Rockbridge Road and Bray School Road to North Willow Springs Road near. Near the end of the path, the tornado width was one half mile. This is a very rural area of the county and homes and buildings were sparse. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A strong storm system moved into central Kentucky during the early morning hours of October 9th bringing a round of flash flooding and even some straight line winds and a tornado to the area. Later in the afternoon across southeast portions of central Kentucky, sunny skies allow a more unstable airmass to produce more severe weather and two EF-2 tornadoes resulted.
34.91974-04-03235°57'N / 85°17'W36°01'N / 85°04'W12.90 Miles300 Yards020250K0Cumberland
34.91998-04-16236°38'N / 84°45'W36°42'N / 84°30'W15.00 Miles100 Yards0030K0Mccreary
 Brief Description: The path of the tornado was intermittent. It first touched down in extreme southeast Wayne County, and then moved northeast across McCreary County. The tornado downed numerous trees in both Wayne and McCreary Counties. In Wayne County the tornado damaged a barn and several outbuildings, and overturned a vehicle. Before lifting the tornado hit Smithtown in McCreary County and damaged several mobile homes, houses and outbuildings.
35.01974-04-03236°36'N / 84°46'W36°48'N / 84°31'W19.50 Miles33 Yards01125K0Mccreary
35.01998-04-16236°26'N / 85°50'W36°26'N / 85°51'W3.00 Miles800 Yards005K0Macon
 Brief Description: Many trees and power lines were blown down. A roof was damaged to a house and also to a barn on White Springs Road from large tree branches.
35.01997-03-28236°58'N / 85°26'W36°58'N / 85°25'W1.00 Mile200 Yards0000Adair
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado touched down 1 mile west of Summer Shade just inside the Metcalfe-Barren county boarder at the intersection of Highway 90 and the Milam-Clark road killing a 28 year old woman and injuring her husband and two children. The family was thrown from their mobile home which was completely destroyed and blown away. From there, the tornado crossed Highway 90 and Highway 640 with houses damaged and some mobile homes destroyed. Then it crossed Highway 163 just south of Goodluck where one house was completely lifted off its foundation and then set back down again. The tornado proceeded into southwestern Adair county and lifted just north of Breeding. Over 100 barns, 11 mobile homes and 8 houses saw extensive structural damage or were completely destroyed across Metcalfe county with an additional 20 houses with at least moderate damage. Many other residences, barns and outbuildings received minor damage. No major damage or injuries were reported in Adair county.
35.11974-04-03336°51'N / 84°58'W36°58'N / 84°45'W14.40 Miles33 Yards0025.0M0Wayne
35.21972-06-28236°00'N / 85°02'W0.10 Mile40 Yards0025K0Cumberland
35.31974-04-03336°15'N / 84°40'W36°17'N / 84°37'W3.60 Miles350 Yards0625K0Morgan
35.31997-03-01236°38'N / 85°52'W36°38'N / 85°47'W4.00 Miles500 Yards00100K0Monroe
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado destroyed two homes and damaged several others. A few barns were also destroyed. Many trees and power lines also down. Several residents sighted the tornado that coincided with the doppler radar indicated mesocyclone position.
35.61974-04-03436°40'N / 84°44'W36°45'N / 84°32'W12.50 Miles33 Yards000K0Mccreary
36.11974-03-29237°00'N / 85°05'W1.00 Mile100 Yards0125K0Russell
36.71959-03-26336°15'N / 85°59'W36°26'N / 85°43'W19.50 Miles440 Yards00250K0Coffee
38.11974-04-03235°56'N / 85°20'W35°57'N / 85°17'W3.30 Miles300 Yards0825K0White
38.11974-04-03336°17'N / 84°37'W36°22'N / 84°30'W8.60 Miles350 Yards050K0Scott
38.41997-03-28236°53'N / 85°43'W37°02'N / 85°27'W15.00 Miles200 Yards161.0M0Metcalfe
 Brief Description: F28MH An F2 tornado touched down 1 mile west of Summer Shade just inside the Metcalfe-Barren county boarder at the intersection of Highway 90 and the Milam-Clark road killing a 28 year old woman and injuring her husband and two children. The family was thrown from their mobile home which was completely destroyed and blown away. From there, the tornado crossed Highway 90 and Highway 640 with houses damaged and some mobile homes destroyed. Then it crossed Highway 163 just south of Goodluck where one house was completely lifted off its foundation and then set back down again. The tornado proceeded into southwestern Adair county and lifted just north of Breeding. Over 100 barns, 11 mobile homes and 8 houses saw extensive structural damage or were completely destroyed across Metcalfe county with an additional 20 houses with at least moderate damage. Many other residences, barns and outbuildings received minor damage. No major damage or injuries were reported in Adair county.
38.82010-05-02236°53'N / 84°43'W0050K0KWayne
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado touched down 1 mile south of Betsey in the Meadow Creek area. The tornado had a path length of 1/4 of a mile and a path width of 100 yards. The estimated wind speeds associated with the tornado were 110 to 120 mph. The tornado downed numerous trees. The twister also blew part of the roof off of a brick home, causing the corner of an outside wall to collapse. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A multiple lines and clusters of intense showers and strong to severe thunderstorms brought a variety of severe weather to eastern Kentucky on May 2nd and 3rd. During the late morning and late afternoon hours of May 2nd, multiple thunderstorms formed ahead of an approaching frontal boundary. These storms eventually merged into a line that stretched across the entire forecast area late in the day on the 2nd. During the overnight hours a large area of intense showers and thunderstorms dumped anywhere from 2 to over 7 inches of rainfall. Flooding was the primary issue during the overnight and early morning hours of May 3rd. Some areas felt the affects of the flooding as late in the week as May 7th.
39.31974-04-03336°47'N / 84°42'W36°53'N / 84°36'W8.80 Miles33 Yards2402.5M0Wayne
39.81974-04-03336°29'N / 84°36'W36°35'N / 84°24'W13.00 Miles400 Yards021250K0Scott
39.82006-04-07236°54'N / 85°44'W36°54'N / 85°42'W2.70 Miles200 Yards00175K0Metcalfe
 Brief Description: Several homes and barns were destroyed on Froedge-Dubree and Pitcock Roads in the Summer Shade area, as a tornado moved from Barren into Metcalfe County.
40.61980-04-08236°43'N / 84°28'W36°34'N / 84°33'W11.20 Miles200 Yards29250K0Mccreary
41.81998-04-16237°00'N / 85°42'W36°59'N / 85°34'W8.00 Miles100 Yards105.0M0Metcalfe
 Brief Description: M78PH A series of three tornadoes cut a long path of destruction across south central Kentucky during the late afternoon and early evening of April 16. Three people were killed, two in Barren county and one in Metcalfe, as the tornadoes moved through. A 78 year old man was killed by fallen debris from his house in Wisdom accounting for the Metcalfe county death. In Glasgow of Barren county, a 67 year old man was killed in his mobile home and a 47 year old man was killed by flying debris off his greenhouse. The Glasgow area of Barren county and the Pellyton area of Adair county were hardest hit sustaining F3 damage. In Glasgow, 1 house was destroyed and 45 were badly damaged. 35 mobile homes and 25 barns were also badly damaged or destroyed. Winds were estimated at around 175 mph in the Glasgow area. Another wide area area of severe destruction took place across northern Adair county from around Portland to Pellyton. There, 14 houses were destroyed or received major damage. 3 mobile homes and 27 barns were also destroyed. 146 homes and 50 barns were damaged or destroyed across Barren county, while 30 homes, 84 barns, 2 schools and 8 businesses were damaged or destroyed across Adair county. Metcalfe county also sustained minimal damage to 19 structures, major damage to 43 and destruction to 54. F2 damage was estimated across much of Metcalfe county. Many eyewitnesses across the affected counties reported two smaller sub-vortices within the parent funnels. After reviewing Doppler radar reflectivity patterns and damage patterns, it appears the first tornado moved from northern Logan county to the Barren-Metcalfe county line. Then another formed in the near Wisdom in Metcalfe county before it dissipated 2 miles east of Edmonton. A final tornado from the parent supercell formed near Portland in Adair county and moved 20 miles to Pellyton before also dissipating.
42.31967-05-30237°01'N / 84°54'W37°03'N / 84°50'W4.30 Miles33 Yards0025K0Pulaski
42.32002-11-10335°54'N / 85°06'W35°54'N / 84°54'W12.20 Miles900 Yards418500K0Cumberland
 Brief Description: An F3 tornado struck the Lake Tansi area and the southern sections of Crossville Sunday night, killing 4 people and injuring 18. 33 homes and mobile were destroyed and 128 homes and mobile homes were damaged. There was damage to one public building. The heaviest damage was along Lantana Drive, Dunbar Road, and Pigeon Ridge Road. 5 homes were damaged on U.S. Highway 127 and just south of Three Creek Road. One well built home lost an entire roof and several walls. The couple, their 3 children, and a guest, huddled under a mattress in the hallway. 50 acres of hardwoods were twisted and tangled. 100-year-old oak trees were snapped like wheat straws. Mobile homes on the Ballyhoo Campground and modular homes in Lake Tansi were destroyed. The four fatalities occurred in mobile homes. A couple was killed at 298 Lantana Drive when their mobile home was lifted off its foundation and placed on another trailer. Edward, 80 and Mary Laffer 75 were killed. Another couple died at 4040 Lone Wolf Circle. Robert, 55 and Sandy Scarbrough , 52, were killed and their bodies were found across Lake Mohawk. F75MH, M80MH, M55MH, F52MH 11 tornadoes were reported in Middle Tennessee in one of the worst tornadic outbreaks ever in November. 8 people...and possibly a ninth victim...were killed in Middle Tennessee alone. Damage estimate for the tornadoes in Tennessee was placed at $160 million. Primary losses were due to houses and cars. The toll on government owned infrastructure is about $6 million. The federal government is expected to reimburse the state and affected counties for 75% of the costs of responding to the disaster. The FEMA Public Assistance Program has obligated more than $3.6 million to assist local governments. These funds will be used to reimburse local governments for debris removal, the repair of public buildings and utilities, and overtime paid to police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel. More than 900 families across the state applied for storm aid. This was the worst tornado disaster since the April3-4 outbreak in 1974. The United States Small Business Administration has approved more than 9.7 million dollars in disaster loans to assist disaster victims with repairing their property or replacing lost personal items. The 20 counties that are eligible for disaster assistance to individuals, households, and businesses were: Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Carroll, Coffee, Crockett, Cumberland, Fentress, Gibson, Henderson, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Roane, Rutherford, Scott, Sumner and Tipton and Van Buren.
42.31964-06-15237°06'N / 85°12'W37°06'N / 85°08'W3.60 Miles400 Yards0025K0Adair
42.42006-01-02237°06'N / 85°17'W37°06'N / 85°16'W0.60 Mile200 Yards00150K0Adair
 Brief Description: The first tornado touched down near Columbia. It destroyed a mobile home and removed the roof from a house. Other homes and mobile homes were damaged. The tornado lifted and the parent cell travelled into northeast Adair County. The second tornado touched down in the Pellyton area, about 13 miles to the northeast of the first touchdown. Several homes and barns in the area were damaged before the tornado lifted again.
42.52006-04-07236°54'N / 85°49'W36°55'N / 85°44'W5.40 Miles250 Yards041.4M0Barren
 Brief Description: Fifteen to 20 homes were destroyed, mainly in the Temple Hill area. Another dozen or so homes, along with barns and outbuildings, sustained heavy damage. Four people in the area were treated for minor injuries. The tornado formed about a mile northeast of Temple Hill just south of Barbour Road. Numerous trees were topped, and several homes were damaged. Most of the structural damage occurred along Moore Road, where several mobile homes were moved considerable distances and destroyed. A large RV was flipped over, a large tractor was moved about five feet, and a horse trailer was thrown over 75 yards. The tornado reached its peak intensity near the intersection of Moore Road and Highway 839. The storm then crossed into Metcalfe County about 2.9 miles northeast of Nobob.
42.51973-03-15235°55'N / 85°30'W0.10 Mile100 Yards13250K0White
42.71995-05-18335°48'N / 85°12'W35°57'N / 85°02'W9.00 Miles100 Yards0202.0M0Cumberland
 Brief Description: The tornado first touched down in the southwest part of Cumberland County and moved northeast. Two business were destroyed. Eleven homes and 14 mobiles homes were destroyed. Many other homes were damaged. One house had a gas leak in it prompting emergency management officials to evacuate a handful of nearby residents. Other homes had roof damage. Numerous trees and power lines were knocked down.
43.01971-04-27437°05'N / 85°04'W37°05'N / 84°54'W9.20 Miles100 Yards2702.5M0Russell
43.61974-04-03336°58'N / 84°45'W37°00'N / 84°42'W3.60 Miles33 Yards050K0Pulaski
43.82008-02-06336°42'N / 85°58'W36°42'N / 85°57'W1.00 Mile440 Yards0030K200KMonroe
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: This EF3 tornado crossed into a wooded section of Monroe County from Allen County, and lifted near Highway 87 south of the town of Fountain Run. Several outbuildings were destroyed and a car was flipped on Circle D Lane. On Akersville Road, fences were downed and about 200,000 log feet of timber were knocked down. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front along with a strong upper level low produced a squall line that crossed central Kentucky. This set off widespread severe weather, and spawned several tornadoes.
44.21965-04-15335°52'N / 85°05'W35°52'N / 84°58'W6.50 Miles200 Yards10250K0Cumberland
44.91971-04-27437°05'N / 84°54'W37°04'N / 84°50'W3.80 Miles100 Yards020K0Pulaski
45.12008-02-05336°27'N / 86°10'W36°37'N / 85°53'W19.00 Miles880 Yards134414.1M1.0MMacon
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: Thirteen people were killed, and 44 folks were injured. Most of the fatalities occurred in Williams, just northwest of Lafayette. Also, 170 homes were destroyed, and 9 homes had major damage. There was one indirect fatality, a male 48 years of age, due to carbon monoxide poisoning in his home from a generator on Feb. 6, 2008. Pres. George W. Bush toured Macon County destruction on February 8th and promised relief to individuals. The logging industry in Macon County was hit hard. About a million dollars worth of trees were destroyed, which will take decades to replenish. It was estimated that the tornado outbreak did 10 million dollars worth of damage to trees in the state of Tennessee. One large brick home worth about 350 thousand dollars was poorly built. The bricks rested on cinder blocks that were not cemented. This was noticed on a storm survey. Schools were closed for over a week, and classes did not start again until Tuesday, February 19. FEMA spent 4.1 million dollars for housing displaced residents in trailers. EPISODE NARRATIVE: The Super Severe Weather Outbreak on Feb. 5, 2008 produced supercelluar thunderstorms, well in advance of a multicell line of thunderstorms. The whole episode lasted about 6 hours. This occurred ironically while many states, including Tennessee, were participating in the Super Tuesday Primary Election. Fortunately, polls had already closed in the mid state when these tornadoes struck.
45.21997-01-24236°07'N / 86°02'W36°12'N / 85°48'W14.00 Miles440 Yards061.0M0Smith
 Brief Description: 6 people were injured, none seriously, in the tornado that struck Smith county. 11 vehicles were destroyed and 7 vehicles damaged, 5 livestock killed, 22 outbuildings destroyed and one cattle trailer was destroyed. 7 houses and 7 mobile homes were destroyed and 43 buildings received some damage from the tornado. Most of the damage occurred in the Brush Creek area. Numerous trees and power lines were down in southern Smith county. Tornado path length and width are approximations.
45.32009-05-08236°21'N / 84°25'W5.00 Miles200 Yards0090K0KScott
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: An EF2 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 135 miles an hour occurred around five miles southeast of Huntsville. The tornado initially touched down just west of the Fairview community with a maximum wind speed of 90 mph (EF-1) and a width of 100 yards. The tornado continued along an east path and increased in size and intensity to an EF-2 with a maximum wind speed at 135 mph and a width of 200 yards. Several large hardwood trees were snapped off near trunk level and a free standing cell phone tower was collapsed and twisted by the tornado winds. Extensive damage occurred in a concentrated path at least 80 yards in length at the 135 mph EF-2 level. The tornado continued east and finally weakened to an EF-1 with a maximum wind speed of 100 mph as it dissipated at the foothill of Gray Mountain. At least seven homes suffered minor to moderate wind damage along the 4.5 mile path of the tornado. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A highly organized mesoscale convective vorticity maximum with strong low to mid tropospheric flow coupled with moderate instability resulted in the development of discrete supercellular thunderstorms. These storms produced a long-lived tornado across Northeast Tennessee late in the afternoon and another long duration tornado across Southwest Virginia later in the evening.
45.41971-04-27437°09'N / 85°24'W37°08'N / 85°12'W11.10 Miles100 Yards6582.5M0Adair
45.51977-03-28236°31'N / 86°02'W0.30 Mile50 Yards00250K0Macon
46.11974-04-03336°53'N / 84°36'W36°56'N / 84°32'W5.10 Miles33 Yards052.5M0Pulaski
46.41973-05-10236°40'N / 84°26'W36°40'N / 84°23'W2.70 Miles33 Yards0525K0Mccreary
46.91997-01-24235°58'N / 85°51'W36°02'N / 85°45'W7.30 Miles440 Yards00250K0De Kalb
 Brief Description: The tornado caused structural damage to 12 homes. 3 barns were also damaged along with many sheds and outbuildings. Most of the damage to homes were on Allens Ferry Rd., Cordell Love Rd. and Big Hurricane Rd. Tornado path width and length are approximations.
47.12008-02-06336°38'N / 86°06'W36°42'N / 85°58'W9.00 Miles440 Yards4111.3M0KAllen
 Brief Description: EVENT NARRATIVE: The tornado destroyed 12 homes and mobile homes, mainly in the Amos community and in the Tracy Lane area. Many other homes and buildings were damaged. Four people were killed in the Tracy Lane area, and eleven others were injured in southeast Allen County. The tornado continued through rural and wooded sections of eastern Allen County, and crossed into Monroe County, Kentucky near the town of Fountain Run. EPISODE NARRATIVE: A cold front along with a strong upper level low produced a squall line that crossed central Kentucky. This set off widespread severe weather, and spawned several tornadoes.
47.21971-04-27437°09'N / 85°27'W37°09'N / 85°24'W3.00 Miles100 Yards000K0Green
47.51998-04-16337°07'N / 85°26'W37°14'N / 85°04'W20.00 Miles100 Yards003.0M0Adair
 Brief Description: A series of three tornadoes cut a long path of destruction across south central Kentucky during the late afternoon and early evening of April 16. Three people were killed, two in Barren county and one in Metcalfe, as the tornadoes moved through. A 78 year old man was killed by fallen debris from his house in Wisdom accounting for the Metcalfe county death. In Glasgow of Barren county, a 67 year old man was killed in his mobile home and a 47 year old man was killed by flying debris off his greenhouse. The Glasgow area of Barren county and the Pellyton area of Adair county were hardest hit sustaining F3 damage. In Glasgow, 1 house was destroyed and 45 were badly damaged. 35 mobile homes and 25 barns were also badly damaged or destroyed. Winds were estimated at around 175 mph in the Glasgow area. Another wide area area of severe destruction took place across northern Adair county from around Portland to Pellyton. There, 14 houses were destroyed or received major damage. 3 mobile homes and 27 barns were also destroyed. 146 homes and 50 barns were damaged or destroyed across Barren county, while 30 homes, 84 barns, 2 schools and 8 businesses were damaged or destroyed across Adair county. Metcalfe county also sustained minimal damage to 19 structures, major damage to 43 and destruction to 54. F2 damage was estimated across much of Metcalfe county. Many eyewitnesses across the affected counties reported two smaller sub-vortices within the parent funnels. After reviewing Doppler radar reflectivity patterns and damage patterns, it appears the first tornado moved from northern Logan county to the Barren-Metcalfe county line. Then another formed in the near Wisdom in Metcalfe county before it dissipated 2 miles east of Edmonton. A final tornado from the parent supercell formed near Portland in Adair county and moved 20 miles to Pellyton before also dissipating.
47.81998-04-16336°50'N / 86°05'W36°59'N / 85°43'W22.00 Miles200 Yards2910.0M0Barren
 Brief Description: M67MH, M47OU A series of three tornadoes cut a long path of destruction across south central Kentucky during the late afternoon and early evening of April 16. Three people were killed, two in Barren county and one in Metcalfe, as the tornadoes moved through. A 78 year old man was killed by fallen debris from his house in Wisdom accounting for the Metcalfe county death. In Glasgow of Barren county, a 67 year old man was killed in his mobile home and a 47 year old man was killed by flying debris off his greenhouse. The Glasgow area of Barren county and the Pellyton area of Adair county were hardest hit sustaining F3 damage. In Glasgow, 1 house was destroyed and 45 were badly damaged. 35 mobile homes and 25 barns were also badly damaged or destroyed. Winds were estimated at around 175 mph in the Glasgow area. Another wide area area of severe destruction took place across northern Adair county from around Portland to Pellyton. There, 14 houses were destroyed or received major damage. 3 mobile homes and 27 barns were also destroyed. 146 homes and 50 barns were damaged or destroyed across Barren county, while 30 homes, 84 barns, 2 schools and 8 businesses were damaged or destroyed across Adair county. Metcalfe county also sustained minimal damage to 19 structures, major damage to 43 and destruction to 54. F2 damage was estimated across much of Metcalfe county. Many eyewitnesses across the affected counties reported two smaller sub-vortices within the parent funnels. After reviewing Doppler radar reflectivity patterns and damage patterns, it appears the first tornado moved from northern Logan county to the Barren-Metcalfe county line. Then another formed in the near Wisdom in Metcalfe county before it dissipated 2 miles east of Edmonton. A final tornado from the parent supercell formed near Portland in Adair county and moved 20 miles to Pellyton before also dissipating.
48.21967-03-12336°49'N / 84°31'W36°45'N / 84°20'W11.10 Miles100 Yards00250K0Mccreary
48.91991-04-09236°58'N / 85°52'W0.50 Mile400 Yards032.5M0Barren
49.21997-03-28337°11'N / 85°19'W37°13'N / 85°05'W10.00 Miles500 Yards073.0M0Adair
 Brief Description: A strong F3 tornado touched down in the Cane Valley area destroying 15 mobile homes, 14 homes, a business, a church and 12 barns. Also, 26 homes, 2 businesses and 2 churches were heavily damaged. 51 homes were destroyed and 50 damaged across northern Adair county. The tornado moved northeast skipping at times to Pellyton before lifting. Only 7 minor injuries were reported, however. Many people sought refugee in one of the damaged churches.
49.22002-11-10336°02'N / 84°36'W36°03'N / 84°27'W8.30 Miles300 Yards728968K0Morgan
 Brief Description: A strong F3 tornado (with wind speeds estimated around 175 mph) touched down 4.4 miles south of Wartburg in the Mossy Grove community killing 5 people and injuring 28. This tornado then struck Joyner at 8:40 P.M. killing two more people for a total of 7 dead. The tornado damaged 63 homes while destroying 24 others. In addition, 18 mobile homes were damaged and 12 others were destroyed. M47PH, F36PH, F73PH, M55VE, F1VE, M45PH, F93PH
49.41961-06-09237°12'N / 85°18'W1.00 Mile33 Yards0025K0Adair
49.41997-01-24236°59'N / 85°54'W36°59'N / 85°49'W5.00 Miles600 Yards021.8M0Barren
 Brief Description: An F2 tornado swept a 500-600 yard 7 mile path from just south of Glaskow to the small town of Wisdom, 5 miles west of Edmonton. The tornado damaged over 40 homes and several mobile homes. 2 people were injured including one seriously in a mobile home 1 mile southeast of Glaskow along Highway 90. One $275,000 home had its middle section completely destroyed. In addition, many large trees were downed in a convergent pattern. Residents and county DES said quarter to half a dollar size hail preceded the tornado by only seconds. Total damage was estimated at 2 million dollars.
49.51974-04-03236°16'N / 86°12'W36°24'N / 85°58'W15.80 Miles300 Yards002.5M0Wilson


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