Tornado outbreak of April 30 – May 2, 2010
|Duration||April 30-May 2, 2010|
|Tornadoes confirmed||60 confirmed|
|Max rating1||EF3 tornado|
|Duration of tornado outbreak2||~48 hours|
|Total fatalities||5 + 31 non-tornadic|
1Most severe tornado damage; see Enhanced Fujita scale2Time from first tornado to last tornado
The April–May 2010 tornado outbreak is a multi-day tornado outbreak across a large portion of the Southern United States occurring at the end of April and the beginning of May 2010. Five people were killed from the tornadoes - one in Arkansas, one in Tennessee and three in Mississippi.
A moderate risk of severe weather was issued on April 30 for a large swath from northern Illinois to southern Arkansas. Late that afternoon, tornadoes began to develop across the Ozarks and multiple tornado warnings were issued. also, in less than a week, another PDS Tornado Watch was issued for Arkansas, Oklahoma, The Missouri Bootheel, and Texas. That evening in central Arkansas, the moderate risk was upgraded to a high risk for the second time in less than a week. Significant damage was reported in several areas. KARK coverage reported that a tornado touched down in Scotland, Arkansas and major damage, at least 25 injuries and 3 fatalities were reported there. In East End, Arkansas, major damage was also reported with several injuries.
Another high risk was issued for May 1 for Arkansas, northern Mississippi, West Tennessee, southwestern Kentucky and southeastern Missouri, the first occurrence of back-to-back high risk days since 2006. Activity began in the afternoon on the warm front, where a destructive tornado touched down in northeastern Mississippi with severe damage near Ripley. Yet again, another PDS Tornado watch was issued for Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. The activity, however, was confirmed primarily to areas closer to the Mississippi River.
The same system also produced copious amounts of rain over much of the Mid-South, with widespread flooding reported in Tennessee. Interstates 40 and 24 had to be shut down in the Nashville area due to water covering those major highways. The flooding was so bad on those two Interstate highways, stranded motorists were rescued in boats.
Flooding from thunderstorms in the areas affected was also common, with some places experiencing record flooding. At least 13 inches (0.33 m) of rain fell in Nashville, Tennessee, breaking the old two-day total record of 6.68 inches (17.0 cm) set in 1979 by the remnants of Hurricane Frederic.
April 30 event
|List of reported tornadoes - Friday, April 30, 2010|
|EF1||SE of Pontiac||Marion, Ozark (MO)||2249||16 miles (26 km)||Tornado developed along Bull Shoals Lake. Long track of mostly tree damage.|
|EF3||Scotland area||Conway, Van Buren||2356||20.3 miles (32.7 km)||1 death - Severe damage in the area with at least 13 houses or mobile homes destroyed and about 20 others damaged. The community center in Scotland was also destroyed. Thousands of trees were also snapped or uprooted. At least 15 others were injured.|
|EF1||W of Belfast||Grant||0046||2.8 miles (4.5 km)||A house and a church were damaged and a barn lost part of its roof.|
|EF1||Fox area||Van Buren, Stone||0048||8.7 miles (14.0 km)||Several mobile homes and sheds were destroyed. Extensive tree damage along the path.|
|EF2||Center Ridge area||Conway, Van Buren||0055||11.7 miles (18.8 km)||12 houses and two mobile homes were destroyed, and at least 30 other houses were damaged, some heavily. Three churches were also damaged.|
|EF1||East End area||Saline, Grant||0059||17.8 miles (28.6 km)||Significant damage in the area with seven houses, a fire station and 17 mobile homes were destroyed. At least 130 other houses, a church and several businesses were damaged, some severely, Eight people were injured.|
|EF2||NE of Sweet Home||Pulaski, Lonoke, White||0135||35 miles (56 km)||Long track tornado with significant damage. Several buildings were damaged at the Little Rock River Port. At least 40 houses or mobile homes were destroyed and about 140 others were damaged. Extensive damage also to trees and power lines.|
|EF2||Dierks||Howard||0137||2 miles (3.2 km)||Numerous houses and businesses were damaged, including a laundromat and a storage building which were destroyed.|
|EF1||SE of Kensett||White||0255||2.4 miles (3.9 km)||Several houses lost their roofs and outbuildings were damaged.|
|EF0||SE of Dierks||Howard||0324||1 mile (1.6 km)||A barn and an outbuilding were damaged.|
|EF3||N of Weldon||Jackson||0340||7.5 miles (12.1 km)||A church and power substation were destroyed and several houses were damaged by the tornado.|
|EF1||N of Carthage||Dallas||0352||1.8 miles (2.9 km)||A mobile home was blown off its foundation and numerous trees were damaged.|
|EF1||S of Hardensville||Ozark||2312||4 miles (6.4 km)||Numerous outbuildings and trees were damaged.|
|EF0||E of Hardensville||Ozark||2314||1 mile (1.6 km)||Minor damage limited to a few trees.|
|EF1||N of Tecumseh||Ozark||2324||11 miles (18 km)||Three houses sustained significant damage and about 30 others sustained minor damage by a large wedge tornado. Extensive damage to trees.|
|EF1||W of Cook Station||Crawford||2350||2 miles (3.2 km)||Damage to several trees.|
|EF1||S of Willow Springs||Howell||0005||3 miles (4.8 km)||Large wedge tornado heavily damaged several houses, a store and a water treatment plant. Many trees were also damaged.|
|EF1||NW of Fletcher to SW of Otto||Washington, Jefferson||0108||19 miles (31 km)||Tornado uprooted many trees and damaged several houses. A church was also heavily damaged.|
|EF0||SSW of Annapolis||Iron||0205||unknown||Several trees were knocked down by the brief tornado, damaging a shed.|
|EF2||SW of Merrimac||Monroe||2050||7 miles (11 km)||Several houses were damaged. A large hangar at Jacobs Field was heavily damaged. Upgrated from EF1 to EF2 in later analysis.|
|EF0||NW of Waterloo||Monroe||2057||250 yards (230 m)||A few large trees and several large tree limbs were downed, damaging one house.|
|EF0||NW of Iron River||Iron||2250||0.4 miles (640 m)||A few outbuildings were damaged, and many trees were knocked down in the path.|
|EF1||SE of Berlin||Green Lake||0000||2.2 miles (3.5 km)||Minor damage to a house and a barn. Many trees, several power poles and an antenna were snapped.|
|EF1||W of Larson||Winnebago||0010||1 mile (1.6 km)||A barn was destroyed and a gazebo was thrown into a house. Numerous pine trees were snapped.|
|EF0||SW of Larson||Winnebago||0013||3.3 miles (5.3 km)||A house sustained roof damage and a shed was destroyed. A garage and a camper trailer were also damaged.|
|EF0||E of Glen Oak||Marquette, Green Lake||0015||3 miles (4.8 km)||Intermittent tornado touchdown damaged numerous trees.|
|EF0||NW of Marquette||Marquette, Green Lake||0015||7.5 miles (12.1 km)||Damage limited to a few trees.|
May 1 event
|EF#||Location||County / Parish||State||Start Coord.||Time (UTC)||Path length||Max width||Damage[note 2]||Summary||Refs|
|EF0||N of Hamlin||Calloway||KY||0802 – 0812||6.04 mi (9.72 km)||75 yd (69 m)||$20,000||Approximately 50 trees were snapped or uprooted.|||
|EF1||SE of Cotton Plant to NNW of Dumas||Union, Tippah||MS||1834 – 1847||10.34 mi (16.64 km)||200 yd (180 m)||$135,000||The tornado touched down in Union County, inflicting minor damage to an outbuilding. In Tippah County, six homes sustained minor to moderate damage, a roof was peeled off a mobile home, a barn, a few vehicles, and a church were damaged, and many trees were felled.|||
|EF0||NE of Loretto||Lawrence||TN||2123 – 2126||3.11 mi (5.01 km)||100 yd (91 m)||$11,000||A couple dozen trees were uprooted, a few trees were snapped, and a home suffered minor roof damage.|||
|EF1||SE of Artesian||Calhoun, Bradley||AR||2341 – 2345||2.82 mi (4.54 km)||35 yd (32 m)||$30,000||The tornado began in Calhoun County before entering Bradley County. Trees and tree limbs were blown down on timber lands in both counties.|||
|EF1||S of Herbine||Cleveland||AR||0027 – 0028||0.46 mi (0.74 km)||50 yd (46 m)||$25,000||Numerous trees were felled.|||
|EF0||W of Bivins||Cass||TX||0129 – 0131||0.91 mi (1.46 km)||150 yd (140 m)||$50,000||Many trees were uprooted, numerous tree limbs were downed, about seven homes sustained minor roof and siding damage, and a church sustained minor roof damage.|||
|EF1||Primrose area||Woodruff, Cross||AR||0155 – 0205||8.66 mi (13.94 km)||200 yd (180 m)||$400,000||The tornado began in Woodruff County, removing a portion of a roof from a flying service hangar and causing a wall to cave in. Portions of two walls were removed from a home and its roof was partially removed. In Cross County, three homes sustained various degrees of damage, several outbuildings were damaged, and a two-story barn was completely collapsed. Trees, power poles, and power lines were snapped or felled in both counties.|||
|EF1||E of Harrisburg||Poinsett||AR||0236 – 0240||6.21 mi (9.99 km)||400 yd (370 m)||$75,000||A tractor disc was moved, and several transmission lines, trees, and power poles were damaged. An office trailer was destroyed, a crop duster hangar and a home were damaged, and a barn was destroyed.|||
|EF0||N of Prescott||Nevada||AR||0247 – 0248||1.68 mi (2.70 km)||75 yd (69 m)||$0||Several tree limbs were snapped, and a tree top was twisted off.|||
|EF0||W of Caraway||Craighead||AR||0258 – 0259||0.03 mi (0.048 km)||25 yd (23 m)||$0||A tornado was photographed by an eyewitness.|||
|EF0||WSW of Hendrickson||Butler||MO||0300 – 0301||0.47 mi (0.76 km)||175 yd (160 m)||$1,000||Several large trees were downed.|||
|EF1||Millington||Shelby||TN||0347 – 0348||0.61 mi (0.98 km)||100 yd (91 m)||$10,000||Several trees and a couple of wooden poles were downed and twisted.|||
May 2 event
|EF#||Location||County / Parish||State||Start Coord.||Time (UTC)||Path length||Max width||Damage[note 2]||Summary||Refs|
|EF2||NW of Jordan to SE of Clinton||Fulton, Hickman||KY||0605 – 0625||12.46 mi (20.05 km)||600 yd (550 m)||$335,000||In Fulton County, trees and limbs were downed, houses and outbuildings sustained minor damage, and a mobile home was moved a few feet with its roof peeled back. A boat on a trailer was flipped over, and anchored television antennae were pulled from the ground and bent. In Hickman County, several pole barns were damaged or destroyed, large trees were snapped or uprooted, several homes and their attendant carports sustained various degrees of damage, and a two-story garage was destroyed.|||
|EF0||W of Nesbit||DeSoto||MS||0610 – 0612||1.08 mi (1.74 km)||100 yd (91 m)||$10,000||Several large trees were downed, including a couple that were snapped, and shingle damage was observed.|||
|EF1||ENE of Pope||Panola||MS||0642 – 0643||0.11 mi (0.18 km)||30 yd (27 m)||$50,000||Trees were snapped, power lines were downed, a dumpster was overturned, and bolted-down playground equipment was tossed.|||
|EF0||NE of Mayfield||Graves||KY||0647 – 0650||2.35 mi (3.78 km)||40 yd (37 m)||$15,000||A small wooden shed was demolished, with debris tossed outward up to 90 yd (82 m). Trees and tree limbs were snapped, downed, or uprooted.|||
|EF0||SE of Gadsden||Crockett||TN||0714 – 0715||0.02 mi (0.032 km)||25 yd (23 m)||$5,000||Many trees were snapped.|||
|EF2||E of Humboldt||Gibson||TN||0720 – 0725||3.04 mi (4.89 km)||200 yd (180 m)||$500,000||Numerous trees were damaged, snapped, or uprooted, and several power poles and power lines were downed. Numerous homes sustained various degrees of damage, and a carport, two medal sheds, and a wooden swing set were all completely destroyed. A tour bus was lifted and turned, and a semi-trailer was flipped over.|||
|EF3||SSW of Ashland to E of Pocahontas||Benton, Tipah, Hardeman, McNairy||MS, TN||0748 – 0818||29.58 mi (47.60 km)||880 yd (800 m)||$1,760,000||3 deaths – a long-lived and significant tornado began in Benton County, Mississippi, inflicting minor damage to 23 homes, causing major damage to 6 homes, and completely destroying 11 homes. A transmission tower collapsed and was severely twisted. In Tippah County, Mississippi, numerous homes were damaged and five were destroyed. After crossing the state line into Hardeman County, Tennessee, the tornado completely destroyed 2 mobile homes and a house, inflicted major damage to 13 homes, and caused minor damage to 5 houses and 2 mobile homes. It dissipated in McNairy County. In all four counties, numerous trees were snapped, downed, or debarked, and numerous power poles were downed. The tornado resulted in three fatalities, two in Benton County and a third in Hardeman County; all were occupants in destroyed mobile homes.|||
|EF2||NW of Crofton||Christian||KY||0749 – 0800||9.54 mi (15.35 km)||300 yd (270 m)||$300,000||The tornado leveled a garage, severely damaged or destroyed three mobile homes, and inflicted moderate to major damage to two mobile homes. Several barns received minor to moderate damage, and hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted.|||
|EF0||White Plains area||Hopkins||KY||0804 – 0805||0.53 mi (0.85 km)||75 yd (69 m)||$70,000||A barn was blown down, a mobile home was moved slightly with a portion of its roof removed, and several trees and tree limbs were felled.|||
|EF0||W of Ramer||Tennessee||TN||0820 – 0821||0.16 mi (0.26 km)||50 yd (46 m)||$15,000||Several trees were felled, and a mobile home sustained minor roof damage.|||
|EF2||SW of Selmer to W of Lebanon||Tennessee, Hardin||TN||0824 – 0858||25.74 mi (41.42 km)||880 yd (800 m)||$7,400,000||The tornado began in McNairy County, Tennessee, moving a large house and a mobile home off their foundations, destroying a trailer, collapsing several buildings, and destroying a barn and two churches. Overall, 22 houses and 15 mobile homes were completely destroyed, 59 houses and 11 mobile homes sustained major damage, and 219 houses and 12 mobile homes experienced minor damage. Several other buildings or outbuildings were damaged or destroyed. In Hardin County, a house sustained major damage while roof damage was inflicted to a second, and a shed sustained minor damage. In both counties, numerous trees were downed, some of which caused damage to structures.|||
|EF2||Abbeville||Lafayette||MS||0827 – 0829||1.43 mi (2.30 km)||75 yd (69 m)||$250,000||1 death – A single family home was destroyed, killing an occupant, a mobile home was destroyed, three other homes sustained major damage, and numerous trees were uprooted.|||
|EF0||N of Cedar Grove||Henderson, Decatur||TN||0913 – 0922||5.7 mi (9.2 km)||100 yd (91 m)||$110,000||The tornado began in Henderson County, Tennessee before dissipating in Decatur County. An outbuilding and building sustained roof damage, five homes were damaged, and several trees were knocked down.|||
|EF1||S of Lobelville||Perry||TN||0945 – 0956||6.93 mi (11.15 km)||250 yd (230 m)||$160,000||Hundreds of trees were snapped or uprooted, a home sustained minor roof damage, and a few outbuildings were destroyed.|||
|EF2||WNW of Centerville||Hickman||TN||1000 – 1012||9.15 mi (14.73 km)||600 yd (550 m)||$610,000||Thousands of trees were snapped or uprooted, a brick home sustained considerable structural damage, and several barns were destroyed.|||
|EF2||W of Wrigley||Hickman||TN||1017 – 1022||3.89 mi (6.26 km)||250 yd (230 m)||$210,000||Hundreds of trees were snapped, a brick home sustained significant roof damage, and several barns were destroyed.|||
|EF1||N of Nashville||Davidson||TN||1107 – 1112||3.64 mi (5.86 km)||300 yd (270 m)||$500,000||Several trailers sustained roof and underpinning damage, an old building and other structures had their roofs uplifted or removed, power poles and business signs were blown over, and hundreds of trees were snapped. Several large projectiles impacted the Rivergate Mall, leaving craters in the facade.|||
|EF1||NNW of Hendersonville||Sumner||TN||1117 – 1127||5.05 mi (8.13 km)||400 yd (370 m)||$465,000||Hundreds of trees were snapped and several structures sustained roof damage, including an old home that was lifted partially off its foundation.|||
|EF1||NW of Primm Springs||Hickman||TN||1145 – 1147||2.73 mi (4.39 km)||50 yd (46 m)||$15,000||Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted.|||
|EF0||Tompkinsville||Monroe||KY||1335 – 1337||5.7 mi (9.2 km)||50 yd (46 m)||$5,000||A tobacco barn and several trees were damaged.|||
|EF2||WNW of Delta||Wayne||KY||2025 – 2030||0.25 mi (0.40 km)||100 yd (91 m)||$50,000||Numerous trees were felled and the roof was blown off a brick home, resulting in the collapse of an outside wall corner.|||
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