4/21/98 - You CAN teach a tornado new tricks

On Thursday evening April 16th, 1998, shortly before rush hour, residents of Nashville, TN were awakened to a cruel reality by mother nature...tornadoes can...AND DO...touch down ANYWHERE, ANYTIME! The common myth that "funnels don't touch down in urban areas" was "blown away" in an instant.

Two tornadoes ripped through Davidson County, and other areas of the Tennessee and Ohio Valley regions, causing over $100 million in damages to the city of Nashville alone. Windows were blown from skyscrapers, cranes were demolished at a stadium construction site, and hundreds of people narrowly escaped serious injury, and death. Things were bad, but they could have been much, much worse. Unfortunately, several people were not as lucky, including two residents of Barren and Metcalfe counties in Kentucky, who were killed by late night twisters from the same storm system.

So what can you do to prepare? Where can you go? Let's try to answer some of those questions:


Knowing some of these basic tips may very well save your life, or the life of someone that you know. Just is unpredictable, and there are no certainties during severe weather. Common sense is the best rule. If a watch or warning is issued, and you do not see damaging storms or tornadoes, count yourself lucky! Don't ignore the call to action. Next time there might not be any warning until it is too late.

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