Lincoln County Tornado Rated EF-3

Posted on: 7:49 pm, April 29, 2014, by , updated on: 05:25pm, May 1, 2014

Aerial Photos of Lincoln County Storm Damage: WHNT.com

This was taken before the tornado touched down in the South Lincoln school area. This was taken on S. King Rd. Just a few miles from South Lincoln school, in the Lincoln/Vantown community. We had no power during this time therefore the only warning we had was from a car radio while we were taking shelter at a friends home. We were watching the clouds form and begin their rotations. This was the scariest sky I have seen in many many years. Thank you for providing everyone with accurate weather coverage.  Blessings to you all,  Lana Dempsey

This was taken before the tornado touched down in the South Lincoln school area. This was taken on S. King Rd. Just a few miles from South Lincoln school, in the Lincoln/Vantown community. We had no power during this time therefore the only warning we had was from a car radio while we were taking shelter at a friends home. We were watching the clouds form and begin their rotations. This was the scariest sky I have seen in many many years. Thank you for providing everyone with accurate weather coverage.
Blessings to you all,
Lana Dempsey

.LINCOLN/MOORE COUNTY TORNADO...

RATING:                 EF-3
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND:    160 MPH
PATH LENGTH /STATUTE/:  20.1 MILES
PATH WIDTH /MAXIMUM/:   500 YARDS
FATALITIES:             2
INJURIES:               UNKNOWN

START DATE:             APR 28 2014
START TIME:             809 PM CDT
START LOCATION:         5 N HAZEL GREEN AL
START LAT/LON:          35.0066/-86.5497

END DATE:               APR 28 2014
END TIME:               838 PM CDT 
END LOCATION:           3 SE LYNCHBURG TN
END LAT/LON:            35.2540/-86.3366

SURVEY SUMMARY: A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN EXTREME SOUTHERN LINCOLN
COUNTY...JUST NORTH OF THE STATE LINE...NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF
JEANS ROAD AND OLD QUICK ROAD. THE TORNADO PRODUCED MAINLY TREE
DAMAGE AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS LINCOLN ROAD...BUT TORE OFF
PORTIONS OF THE ROOFS OF HOUSES ALONG SMITH MILL ROAD. IT CONTINUED
MOVING NORTHEAST AND INTENSIFIED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF OLD LINCOLN
ROAD AND TIPTON LANE WHERE IT PRODUCED ITS MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.
THREE HOUSES WERE ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED...LEAVING ONLY A FEW
INTERIOR WALLS STANDING. THIS IS ALSO THE AREA WHERE TWO FATALITIES
OCCURRED...AS THEIR MOBILE HOME WAS FLIPPED AND DESTROYED...WITH ITS
FRAME HAVING BEEN THROWN APPROXIMATELY 125 YARDS ACROSS THE STREET.
AT ANOTHER NEARBY HOUSE ALONG SMITH MILL ROAD...EVEN INTERIOR WALLS
WERE COLLAPSED AND PUSHED /THOUGH LEFT PARTIALLY INTACT/...THE CARS
IN THE ATTACHED GARAGE WERE PUSHED 10 TO 15 FEET...A NEARBY BARN WAS
COMPLETELY DESTROYED...AND A NEARBY RV WAS ROLLED APPROXIMATELY 10
YARDS. THE TORNADO TORE OFF MUCH OF THE ROOF FROM SOUTH LINCOLN
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL...DRAGGED A SCHOOL BUS APPROXIMATELY 75 YARDS AND
CAUSED IT TO IMPACT THE FRONT WALL OF THE SCHOOL. ADDITIONAL DAMAGE
WAS INCURRED TO HOMES JUST NORTHEAST OF THE SCHOOL...WHERE LARGE
SECTIONS OF ROOFING WERE REMOVED. SOME OF THE MOST WIDESPREAD DAMAGE
OCCURRED ALONG PRICE LANE...WHERE MULTIPLE MOBILE HOMES WERE ROLLED
AS MUCH AS 50 YARDS AND COMPLETELY DESTROYED...SINGLE FAMILY HOMES
HAD THEIR EXTERIOR WALLS COLLAPSED AND ROOFS REMOVED...AND ELECTRICAL
TRANSMISSION TOWERS WERE COMPLETELY TOPPLED. THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO
PRODUCE TREE AND ROOF DAMAGE AS IT MOVED NORTHEAST ACROSS CORDERS
CROSSROADS AND CRYSTAL SPRINGS ROADS. HOUSES WERE PUSHED OFF THEIR
FOUNDATIONS NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HOWELL MILL ROAD AND CRYSTAL
SPRINGS ROAD...AND NEARBY TRUSS ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION TOWERS WERE
CRUMPLED.

THE TORNADO APPEARED TO WEAKEN SOMEWHAT NORTHEAST OF THIS
LOCATION...AS IT CONTINUED TO SNAP MULTIPLE TREES AND PRODUCE MINOR
ROOF DAMAGE. IT BROADENED UPON CROSSING HIGHWAY 64 AND MOVING ALONG
SMITHLAND ROAD...WHERE IT SNAPPED HUNDREDS MORE TREES AND A FEW POWER
POLES. THE TORNADO CROSSED THE ELK RIVER...TOPPLED MORE TREES...AND 
PRODUCED MINOR ROOF DAMAGE IN THE CHAMP COMMUNITY. 

THE TORNADO CONTINUED INTO SOUTHERN MOORE COUNTY...WHERE IT SNAPPED 
AND UPROOTED HUNDREDS...POSSIBLY THOUSANDS MORE TREES AS IT CROSSED 
THE HILLS NEAR OAK GROVE ROAD...RISING MOON ROAD...WET PRONG/FERRIS 
CREEK ROAD...AND SHORT CREEK ROAD. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS 
LIMITED...ASIDE FROM A FEW LARGE SHEDS OR BARNS BEING DESTROYED... 
MINOR DAMAGE TO SEVERAL SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES...AND MORE SUBSTANTIAL 
ROOF...WINDOW...AND PORCH DAMAGE TO A HOUSE ALONG WET PRONG ROAD 
NEAR ALEXANDER LANE. THE DAMAGE IN MOORE COUNTY WAS DEEMED TO BE 
EF-1 INTENSITY WITH PEAK WINDS OF 110 MPH. THE TORNADO APPEARED 
TO DISSIPATE NORTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF WINCHESTER HWY AND 
COFFEE CREEK ROAD IN CENTRAL MOORE COUNTY. 

NOTE: ADDITIONAL SURVEYING ON THURSDAY MAY 1 CHANGED THE END POINT 
TO AN AREA DEEPER INTO MOORE COUNTY. HOWEVER...IT DID NOT TRACK INTO 
FRANKLIN COUNTY. THE WRITE UP ABOVE HAS BEEN ADJUSTED TO REFLECT 
THIS.

SURVEYED BY: DARDEN/CARCIONE/SMITH/SCHULTZ