EF-1 tornado confirmed in Nashville

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 2:20pm
Staff reports

A tornado that touched down Monday night near Brick Church Pike and Westchester Drive in north Nashville was on the ground less than one minute, the National Weather Service said.

Officials have classified the storm as an EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, a system used to rate the strength of a tornado based on the damage it causes. With winds estimated at 105-110 mph, the Nashville storm was at the high end of the EF-1 range, which typically includes moderate damage and winds from 86-110 mph.

The twister was on the ground from 7:05 to 7:06 p.m. and left a path of damage that was 50 yards wide and a half-mile in length.

Wrecked homes along Westchester Drive included a dozen brick houses that suffered heavy roof damage, one of which had a large section of roof torn off. Two buildings were impaled by wooden planks and a couple dozen windows were blown out.

The damage pattern in this area was characterized by obvious rotation consistent with a tornado, the National Weather Service said.

Other more widespread damage was the result of microburst winds, the NWS said.
This included damage on Trail Hollow Lane and in communities along Brick Church Pike from Northbrook Drive South to Briley Parkway.

The severe weather was from string of storms that popped up across Davidson County just after 7 p.m. Monday. A tornado warning was in effect for less than an hour and most of the storms weakened before causing any additional damage.

The Metro Office of Emergency Management was partially activated to respond to the storm.