Breakdown: The severity behind Super Tuesday tornadoes, 11 years ago

Breakdown: The severity behind Super Tuesday, 11 years ago

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - On February 5, 2008, there was a huge and deadly tornado outbreak not only for the Mid-South, but also for much of the southern United States. This outbreak is known as the “Super Tuesday Outbreak." That day was the primary election for our country.

A cold front and strong area of low pressure moved through the Mid-South and was the main trigger for the event.

Ahead of the front, we felt temperatures in the 70s, and it was muggy too, with dewpoints in the mid to upper 60s. In fact, we hit a record high in Memphis of 79 that afternoon and lows only fell to the 60s.

Days ahead of this event, The Storm Prediction Center placed Memphis under a high risk for severe weather, which is fairly rare. A high risk means widespread severe weather and long-lived, intense tornadoes are expected.

The tornado outbreak started around 4:30 p.m. and lasted about four hours. There were a total of 25 tornadoes were surveyed by the National Weather Service in Memphis. The results were four tornadoes in Arkansas, eight in Mississippi, and 13 in Tennessee.

In the aftermath of the storms there was lots of damage especially from an EF-4 that touched down in Jackson, TN.

Damage across Shelby County
Damage across Shelby County

Damage in Hickory Hill:

Sadly there were 9 fatalities and 106 injuries across the Mid-South. Half of the injuries were due to the EF-4 which touched down at Union University, north of Jackson, TN according to the NWS.

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