Clarksville Experiences Weekend Tornadoes
Over the weekend, Clarksville and its surrounding areas experienced damage from two tornadoes that ripped through Tennessee. Homes were destroyed and countless others suffered extensive damage from the storm. These tornadoes devastated Clarksville-area neighborhoods Saturday night and were 150 and 300 yards wide, stretching a total of 9 miles according to The Leaf Chronicle, a local newspaper.
Here’s a little background on tornadoes:
- A tornado is a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud with winds that can reach up to 300 mph
- Damage paths can be extensive, being over one mile wide and 50 miles long
- Tornadoes sometimes are brought in with tropical storms and hurricanes
- They can be predicted by tracking rotating thunderstorms
- Tornadoes often bring hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, and lightening to the area they affect
- When a warm front meets a cold front, tornadoes are formed
- Most move from southwest to northeast
- Tornadoes usually only last ten minutes or less
- They’re most likely to occur between 3 - 9pm
- Tornado Alley is the part of the United States that sees the most twisters, and this area ranges from western Texas to North Dakota
- Southern states see a peak in tornado activity between March and May, while northern states see the most twisters between June and August
Because of the state’s geography and early spring season, Tennessee often sees strong storms blow through the area. This time in Montgomery County, there have been 78 houses and duplexes damaged or destroyed by these tornadoes, with the estimate still being anticipated to increase.
Being prepared for a storm is important, so when the National Weather Authority releases information about an anticipated storm (or one that has been verified), it’s best to heed their warnings. Getting to safety is the most important in the event of a storm – you can leave the damage restoration to us.