The Early-May 1933 tornado outbreak sequence[nb 1][nb 2] was a
severe weather event that occurred from May 4–10, 1933, and produced at least 27
tornadoes. Among them was the Beaty Swamps tornado, a
violent F4 that struck shortly after midnight
CST on May 11, 1933, in
Overton County, Tennessee, killing 35 people and devastating the unincorporated community of
Beaty Swamps (also known as Bethsaida). The storm was the second-deadliest tornado in the history of
Middle Tennessee, even though it struck a sparsely populated, rural area. There were $100,000 in damages from the tornado ($1.5 million in 2005 when adjusted for inflation). The community of Beaty Swamps ceased to exist and does not appear on any current maps. The only landmark that alludes to the former community is Beaty Swamp Road, whichs intersects
Highway 111 in the northeast corner of Overton County.
36 deaths — A major
tornado family killed 18 people and destroyed 60 homes in Tompkinsville. It may have lifted in Cumberland County before reforming in Adair County. 14 more people died near Russell Springs as the tornado was said to be 1 mile (1.6 km) wide. It was the third-deadliest Kentucky tornado on record following one in
1917 (65 deaths) and another in
1890 (76 deaths). The
1974Brandenburg tornado (28 deaths in-state) was the fourth deadliest.
2 deaths — Three homes were leveled and "swept away" with two people killed. Their bodies were moved 300 yd (900 ft). Other residents survived in underground
storm shelters that had been built after tornadoes on
35 deaths — Every home in Beaty Swamps was destroyed with little debris left. 33 of the deaths occurred there, including an entire family of nine. "Much of the area was swept clean of debris," a
reaper-binder was thrown 500 yards (1,500 ft), and cars were moved hundreds of feet. Another violent tornado did not hit the area until April 3, 1974.
outbreak is generally defined as a group of at least six tornadoes (the number sometimes varies slightly according to local climatology) with no more than a six-hour gap between individual tornadoes. An
outbreak sequence, prior to (after) modern records that began in 1950, is defined as, at most, two (one) consecutive days without at least one
significant (F2 or stronger) tornado.