Nashville Remember Trail of Tornadoes 10 Years Later
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On April 16, 1998, a tornado touched down in Nashville. According to the National Weather Service, and F3 tornado touched down at 3:30 p.m. one mile west of Charlotte Pike and Interstate 440.
The tornado went through downtown Nashville at 3:40 p.m. and on to hit East Nashville, Donelson and Hermitage.
The tornado did take one life. An ROTC student died from his injuries when a tree fell on him in Centennial Park. The student died on May 4.
Structures suffered the most damage from the 1998 tornado. Many offices had their windows blown out. Thirty-five buildings in downtown Nashville were "red tagged," due to the fact that they were structurally unsound. Thirty private airplanes were damaged at Cornelia Fort Airport. The estimated damage to airplanes was $3 million.
The tornado even blew down three out 10 cranes on the construction site of LP Field before destroying at least 300 homes in East Nashville.
According to the National Weather Service, some of the hardest hit buildings were the Nations Bank Office Towers, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Tennessee Towers, St. Ann's Episcopal Church and about half the trees were blown down at Andrew Jackson's home, the Hermitage.
Mayor Phil Bredsen closed downtown Nashville on Friday, April 17.
Nashville Electric Service reported 75,000 customers were without power.