Friday, July 31, 2009

Cordova, TN tornado upgraded to EF-1 with 100 mph wind

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NWS-MEMPHIS TN / MEMPHISWEATHER.NET
718 PM CDT FRI JUL 31 2009

...EF-1 TORNADO DAMAGE IN SHELBY COUNTY TENNESSEE...

A COUPLE OF NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAMS SURVEYED THE DAMAGE FROM A TORNADO IN CORDOVA TENNESSEE... FROM THURSDAY /JULY 30/. THE TORNADO IS RATED AS AN EF-1 WITH WINDS AROUND 100 MPH.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST EAST OF INTERSTATE 40 AND APPLING ROAD. IT DAMAGED A COUPLE OF BASEBALL FIELDS [AT BELLEVUE BAPTIST CHURCH] AND THEN PROCEEDED INTO THE WOODS DAMAGING TREES. IT THEN MOVED NORTHEAST JUST SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 40 INTO A SHOPPING AREA [WHERE KOHL'S DEPARTMENT STORE IS LOCATED] AND DAMAGED SEVERAL BUSINESSES. THE TORNADO CROSSED GERMANTOWN PARKWAY DAMAGING A MOTEL [QUALITY SUITES]... RESTAURANT [SHOGUN] AND GAS STATION [SHELL] BEFORE MOVING INTO A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD [COUNTRYWOOD SUBDIVISION]. DAMAGE TO SOME HOMES WAS ALSO OBSERVED ALONG WITH UPROOTED AND SNAPPED TREES. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE NORTHEAST INTO A GOLF COURSE [COLONIAL COUNTRY CLUB]. THE COURSE HAD DAMAGE TO NUMEROUS TREES... FENCES.. AND ONE SMALL BUILDING. THE TORNADO ENDED NEAR THE CENTER OF THE GOLF COURSE.

THE PATH WAS 2.1 MILES LONG AND THE MAXIMUM WIDTH OF THE TORNADO WAS 250 YARDS. THE MAXIMUM WIND SPEED WAS BETWEEN 90 AND 100 MPH.

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2 comments:

Rose said...

I don't know where else to write this, but I wanted to thank the people of MLGW for getting our power back on in the shortest amount of time possible. Thank you, MLWG. Keep up the good, safe work.

MWN/Erik said...

Thank you for your comment Rose. I have sent MLGW a message with your comment to ensure that they receive it. They have done a tremendous job the past 6 weeks handling the severe weather remnants of June 12 and this storm. Kudos to them!

--Erik, MemphisWeather.net