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REMEMBERING THE “FORGOTTEN F-5” 15 YEARS LATER
TUESDAY MARKED THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE APRIL 16TH, 1998 F-5 TORNADO IN LAWRENCE AND WAYNE COUNTIES.  STILL REGARDED AS TENNESSEE'S SINGLE, MOST POWERFUL TORNADO, THE STORM, WITH WINDS OVER 261 MILES PER HOUR, BEGAN ITS NEAR 20 MILE TRACK AROUND 4:30 P-M EAST OF COLLINWOOD BEFORE LIFTING EAST OF SUMMERTOWN 30 MINUTES LATER.  BASED ON A RECENT RE-EVALUATION OF ARCHIVED DATA, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS NOW BELIEVE A SEPARATE F-4 TWISTER TOUCHED DOWN AT THE LAWRENCE-GILES COUNTY LINE AND TRACKED 18 MILES TO CULLEOKA.  PRIOR TO THE RE-EVALUATION, IT WAS CONSIDERED THAT DAMAGE WAS CAUSED BY A SINGLE, LONG TRACK TWISTER AS OPPOSED TO MULTIPLE TOUCHDOWNS.  AN ESTIMATED 13 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE RESULTED FROM THE STORM'S PATH THRU FIVE COUNTIES THAT INJURED 36 AND KILLED 2. TO COMMEMORATE THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE F-5 TORNADO, WLX SAT DOWN WITH SOME OF THOSE CLOSEST TO THE EVENT AND THE RESPONSE AND RECOVERY THAT FOLLOWED.  NWS NASHVILLE HAS MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE.
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BILL PHILLIPS
EMA INFO OFFICER
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JACK GRINNELL
AMERICAN RED CROSS
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JOE BAXTER
EMA DIRECTOR
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SHELTON BARNETT
LAWRENCE SKYWARN
PHOTOS BY ROGER WRIGHT
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TIM TROUTMAN
WEATHER SERVICE
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NANCY VAN CAMP
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