MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - February 5 marks the tenth anniversary of the Super Tuesday Outbreak of 2008 as primary elections were being held in many states, including Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee.
A total of 85 tornadoes touched down in the southeast and Ohio Valley with 25 confirmed tornadoes right here in the Mid-South, including two in Memphis and Shelby County.
The outbreak lasted a total of 15 hours with storms moving through the Mid-South from 4 to 8 p.m. At the end of the day, four tornadoes touched down in Arkansas, 13 in Tennessee, and eight in Mississippi.
There was extensive damage in Shelby County as a result of the storms but the hardest hit area was in Jackson, TN where an EF-4 tornado tore through the campus of Union University.
Luckily there were no fatalities there but nine Mid-Southerners did lose their lives that day and more than 100 others were injured. A total of 55 people died that day from the outbreak.
Earlier in the day, the Storm Prediction Center had placed a High Risk for severe weather right over the Mid-South with Memphis in the middle of the greatest threat.
It is a day that many Mid-Southerners will long remember and it is still one of the deadliest weather-related days in American history.