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Deadly Tennessee tornado stayed on the ground for 50 miles

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Posted at 5:59 PM, Mar 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 20:59:31-05

Multiple tornadoes ripped through Middle Tennessee, devastating communities and killing 25 people. One of those tornadoes passed through three counties.

The long-track tornado passed through Davidson, Wilson and Smith counties early Tuesday morning, according to National Weather Service officials.

tornado path

It's path, which varied in intensity, stretched roughly 50.25 miles from beginning to end beginning in the area of the John C Tune area and ending 3.5 miles west of Gordonsville. Officials say survey teams are continuing to work where the tornado began.

The confirmed tornado strengths of this path are listed below:

  • Germantown/North Nashville: EF-2 (125 mph winds)
  • East Nashville/Five Points: EF-3 (136-140mph)
  • Donelson: EF-3 (160-165mph)
  • Mt. Juliet: EF-3 (155-160mph)
  • John C Tune Airport damage: (and surrounding neighborhood) EF-2, 130mph
tornado path
tornado path

It is one of the longest paths in Middle Tennessee history. However, it is not the longest tornado track to be recorded in Tennessee. NWS officials say there have been many other tornadoes with longer paths that have affected the state, particularly in west Tennessee.

This article was written by Rebekah Pewitt for WTVF .