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NWS confirms 15 tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee

24 tornadoes hit Tennessee overall
Kingston Springs damage
Posted at 4:16 PM, Dec 12, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Teams with the National Weather Service confirmed 15 tornadoes touched down in Middle Tennessee over the weekend. Including the entire state, NWS said there were 24 tornadoes in Tennessee between December 10 and December 11.

Middle Tennessee has had 20 tornadoes during December 2021.

Stewart County

A tornado passed through Stewart County as an EF2 from 11:54 to 11:59 p.m. The NWS said this tornado will likely be a continuation of a tornado that began in West Tennessee and moved through the northwest corner of Stewart County.

This tornado, with wind speeds topping out at 125 mph, crossed the Tennessee River west of Land Between the Lakes and caused massive tree damage to the heavily wooded areas. The tornado took off the roof and top story of a brick home near Bear Creek and lifted the roofs of single and double-wide homes.

The tornado then continued northeast onto the Fort Campbell Army base.

Perry County/Humphreys County

Perry County saw an EF1 touch down at 2:15 a.m. moving through Humphreys County before dissipating at 2:26 a.m. just before the Hickman County line.

It uprooted trees, overturned an RV and tore the roof off a barn. The tornado had maximum wind speeds of 100 mph, a path of 12.2 miles and was 250 yards wide.

Hickman County

An EF0 tornado with wind speeds up to 85 mph touched down in Hickman County at 2:34 a.m. It began just west of Interstate 40 near mile marker 147 and lasted for 4.66 miles, dissipating between I-40 and Highway 48 at 2:38 a.m.

Dickson County

Dickson County saw two tornadoes, one classified as an EF2 reaching 135 mph, and the other reaching 110 mph as an EF1 in the Burns area.

The first moved into the county at 2:43 a.m. just north of Interstate 40 until 2:51 a.m. Homes on Murrell Road were damaged, with some shifting off their foundations. There was extensive roof damage and some exterior walls collapsed.

The second tornado developed just southeast of the first at 2:49 a.m. in Burns. It moved into White Bluff before ending near Bakers Work Road at 2:54 a.m.

Dickson County/Cheatham County

An EF2 touched down at 2:56 a.m. near Highway 70 between White Bluff and Kingston Springs causing heavy damage and reaching wind speeds of 125 mph. It stayed north of the highway, damaging homes on Sneed Road and other businesses in the area. It moved northeast, damaging several trees, then dissipating at 3:07 a.m. before reaching the Davidson County line.

Davidson County

The NWS confirmed an EF0 tracked for 9.6 miles starting at 3:12 a.m. near Cub Creek Road. It moved eastward across Bells Bend and Cockrill Bend, north of John C Tune Airport. Then, it crossed the Cumberland River three times as it moved into the Bordeaux area. Here it caused major roof damage to a church, damaged a nursery and damaged the roofs of several homes. The tornado lifted at 3:20 a.m. near Whites Creek Pike.

It was 100 yards wide and had maximum wind speeds of 85 mph.

Davidson County/Sumner County/Wilson County

An EF1 touched down in Old Hickory on Orchard Drive at 3:31 a.m. It uprooted several large trees and caused roof damage to homes. The tornado path lasted 6.24 miles as it moved across Old Hickory Lake into Hendersonville. The tornado then moved east crossing Old Hickory Lake for a second time moving into north Mt. Juliet before lifting at 3:37 a.m. near Crosswinds Drive.

The tornado downed power lines and caused the heaviest damage in the Cumberland Hills Drive and Lake Valley Road area. It had maximum wind speeds of 95 mph and was 150 yards wide.

Davidson County/Wilson County

An EF0 tornado touched down on the east side of Percy Priest Lake at 3:31 a.m. It moved north-northwest along New Hope Road, before strengthening to an EF1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. It crossed into Wilson County, causing damage to numerous homes in the Cobblestone Landing and Eagle Trace Subdivisions.

The most significant damage was found in the Willoughby Station subdivision.

The tornado eventually lifted after crossing Lebanon Road, west of Mt. Juliet Road at 3:39 a.m.

Davidson County


From 3:33 a.m. to 3:35 a.m. an EF0 tornado briefly touched down near the Stones River at Interstate 40 in Hermitage. It moved northwest for 1.4 miles before lifting.

This tornado, which had maximum wind speeds of 85 mph and was 50 yards wide, caused damage to numerous homes in the Riverbrook and Fleetwood subdivisions. It also damaged homes and buildings on Seville Drive, Cherry Creek and the Canyon Ridge Apartments. A medical building on Central Pike and Old Hickory Boulevard was also damaged.

Sumner County


An EF0 touched down in Gallatin at 3:42 a.m. on Lindsey Hollow Road and moved northeast toward Phosphate Lane. The tornado stayed on the ground for 6.4 miles into Bethpage before lifting at Highway 31E near Hinton Road at 3:47 a.m.

It had maximum wind speeds of 85 mph and was 50 yards wide. The NWS said a few trees were snapped or uprooted, an outbuilding was destroyed and the roof of a home was damaged.

Smith County/Jackson County

An EF0 tornado began at 4:05 a.m. on Upper Ferry Road in Carthage, moved northeast, crossing the Cumberland River and Sullivan Bend before lifting at 4:10 a.m. on Waynick Road in Jackson County. It max wind speeds of 80 mph, uprooting several small trees and causing moderate roof damage to a home on McClures Bend Lane. The path was 75 yards wide and stayed on the ground for 6.86 miles.

Clay County

An EF1 tornado passed through Clay County for 5.8 miles. It first touched down at 4:20 a.m. in Hermitage Springs, just south of Highway 52. It then moved parallel with Highway 52, continuing into Monroe County, Kentucky. The tornado had maximum wind speeds of 105 mph and was at its largest 75 yards wide.

The worst damage was caused along the north side of the highway, where four large agricultural buildings were destroyed. The tornado also damaged the roof of a home and uprooted trees.

Giles County

An EF0 with peak wind speeds of 70 mph touched down in Elkton near the intersection of Witt Road and Beasley Branch Road at 6:17 a.m. It traveled parallel with the Elk River, uprooting trees, and blowing a semi truck off Interstate 65 before lifting east of the roadway at 6:19 a.m.

The tornado path was 2.1 miles and 30 yards wide.

Grundy County

An EF1 tornado with maximum wind speeds of 90 mph landed in Coalmont at 7:36 a.m. It uprooted many trees, blew out the walls of a metal building as it moved northeast. It weakened as it crossed the highway before lifting near Cullen Savage Road north of Barkertown Road at 7:45 a.m.

This tornado was on the ground for 8.8 miles and was 100 yards wide.


According to a report from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee remains in a Level 3 State of Emergency as officials assess the damage in approximately 20 counties.