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Nashville Tornadoes Test Contingency Plans in Dowtown Area

Written by  Janette Ballman Thursday, 15 November 2007 22:03

When tornadoes touched down in Nashville on April 16, 1998, they left behind shattered businesses and homes and disrupted the lives of many who live and work in the area. Two tornadoes, which spawned from one severe storm, hit the downtown and eastern areas of Nashville on a Thursday afternoon, when many citizens were at work, school or on the roads. The first tornado touched down at around 3:30 p.m. in the downtown area. A local television station captured the tornado on its skycamera as the storm cell roared into the downtown area. Tornado warning sirens wailed, alerting those in the storm's path to take shelter. The second tornado touched down around 4:30 p.m. in East Nashville, damaging residential areas, churches, and The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson's historic estate. Both tornadoes were estimated to be between F-3 and F-4 on the Fujita scale, which measures the severity of tornadoes. An F-4 tornado has winds


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