April 16 marks anniversary of infamous 1998 tornado - WKRN News 2

April 16 marks anniversary of infamous 1998 tornado

Posted: Updated: April 16, 2013 04:51 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Tuesday marks the 15th anniversary of the infamous 1998 Nashville tornado.

It touched the lives of people not only in music city, but all over Middle Tennessee as well.

The tornado hit Broadway in downtown Nashville around 3:45 on April 16, 1998.

Electrical power flashes came down Charlotte Avenue, as well as flying debris.

Windows were blown out of many high-rise buildings and roofs were torn off of others as the twister pushed through downtown.

It crossed the Cumberland River into the area where the Titans stadium was being built at the time, damaging the construction site.

The tornado then moved into east Nashville where it became classified as an F-3, with winds as strong as 158 to 207 miles per hour.

Around 300 homes were damaged in east Nashville and many trees were uprooted. St. Ann's Episcopal Church on the corner of Woodland and 5th Avenue suffered extensive damage.

The tornado then continued through Donelson and Hermitage where more than 1,000 trees were toppled at the home of Andrew Jackson.

It finally dissipated around Highway 109 in Mt. Juliet.

The Nashville tornado was not the only one that day. There were 13 tornadoes total on April 16, 1998 starting at 4 a.m. and lasting into the evening.

One of those tornados is the only F-5 tornado in Middle Tennessee's history and it went through Hardin, Wayne and Lawrence counties, killing three people.

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