Thursday, March 09, 2017

Lauderdale County Killer Tornado 3/9/64

53 years ago today an F3 tornado killed two and injured five people in Lauderdale County.

According to the NWS, "a concrete block cafe was demolished along Highway 72. At Whitehead, two homes were totally destroyed killing a person in each one. Several other homes and automobiles were damaged. Trees and power lines were downed along the path." 

This tornado has been rated F3, was on the ground 15 miles, and was estimated to be 100 yards wide.

Another tornado, also rated F3, was on the ground over 10 miles in Franklin County according to the NWS. "Several trees were blown down and barns were damaged on Spruce Pine Mountain. At Tharptown, at least 2 homes were destroyed. A store and several homes were unroofed. Several automobiles were heavily damaged. Numerous trees were blown down along the path."

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