Tennessee Tornado Facts

In Tennessee, tornado winds are increasingly fast near major cities like Nashville and Memphis. No matter where they are, Tennessee tornados are dangerous and unpredictable. Learning some Tennessee tornado facts can keep you safe and out of harm’s way.

  • Tennessee is not part of Tornado Alley but it is a part of Dixie Alley, a term coined to describe the southeastern parts of the United States that have a higher risk of developing tornados.
  • There are more deaths in Dixie Alley because these areas have a higher population living in a smaller area and the amount of mobile homes.
  • If you combine the amount of tornados that occur during the winter, fall, and summer months, it is still drastically less than the number of tornados that occur in Tennessee during the spring.
  • After the spring months, November has the highest number of tornados.
  • Almost two-thirds of tornados have happened in mid-Tennessee.
  • Since 1833, 500 tornados have been reported in the middle Tennessee region.
  • Tornados are least likely to develop during July, September, and December. Learn more about monthly tornado averages in Tennessee here.
  • The most catastrophic day in Tennessee because of tornados was in April 1974 when more than twenty tornados touched the ground leaving many injured or dead.
  • An estimated 40% of tornados take place in the Metro Nashville Economic Area that encompasses ten counties.

Knowing more about Tennessee tornados gives you the power to protect yourself. This year, contact us to order your storm shelter to ensure that you will be well- prepared for this season in the Dixie Alley.

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