Update: According to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth, Texas, the damage caused in the town of Greenville was caused by straight-line-winds and not a Tornado.
Original post: There is extensive damage in the town of Greenville, Texas following a reported strong Tornado that struck last night. It’s also been reported that it was rain-wrapped.
The reported Tornado swept through the town just before
6:00pm, causing extensive damage to buildings (churches1), leaving a
trail of downed trees and power lines.
1: It’s suffice to suggest a number of churches were having services or bible study last night. This was the situation at Highland Terrace Baptist Church on the outskirts of the town. Families were gathered with their pastors in the church when a portion of the roof was ripped off by the reported Tornado.
Photo gallery of damage caused can be found below.
As the photo gallery above illustrates, multiple buildings downtown Greenville suffered extensive damage. Initial reports suggested the downtown area was the hardest hit.
Video of the damage caused by this reported Tornado in the downtown area can be found below.
Multiple law enforcement agencies have been working together to keep some areas of the town blocked off that have downed power lines and polls.
The roof of one business was completely ripped off, ending up
crumpled in the street. A classic car business had its glass windows blown out.
The initial call for first responders was significant, due to
damage affecting such a densely populated area. There were no reports of
serious injuries thankfully.
Should photos or video of the reported emerge, we will post them. Find more of our articles on Tornadoes that have struck the state of Texas here.
El Reno, Oklahoma mayor Matt White said during a press conference that “there have been two fatalities at this point,” adding that officials are working to let relatives know.
White said search and rescue efforts are continuing – even when we’re writing this.
National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologist Rick Smith told The Associated Press that the likely Tornado hit last night as a significant storm swept through the state. Survey crews are expected on scene to determine the severity of the damage to the town.
The roadside hotel, American Budget Value Inn was destroyed by the Tornado. Photos that emerged shortly after the event showed emergency crews going through rubble after an element of the roadside hotel’s second story collapsed into a pie of debris – scattered about the first floor and parking area.
Mobile homes at the Skyview Estates adjacent to the roadside hotel suffered significant damage, as was a part of a car dealership which is nearby.
A survey conducted recently of the southeastern United States illustrates that nearly half of residents that live in mobile homes don’t know where to shelter during a Tornado and many are not getting the resources they need to survive one.
illustrates that residents across the southeastern United States, where mobile
homes make up almost twenty per cent of house, don’t have the resources or
information they need to safely respond to a Tornado. That’s frightening!
More than half
of mobile home occupants don’t know the best place to take shelter. A number don’t
have a community shelter to get to. Mobile home residents “don’t perceive”
Tornadoes as any worse a danger than their neighbours in permanent homes.
indicates that nationwide, they are nearly twice as likely to die in a Tornado.
Talking to Earth & Space Science News (EOS), University of Maryland risk
communications researcher, Brooke Liu said:
“We know a lot about how corporations can protect their reputations, but we know comparably a lot less about how governments can help protect the public during extreme events.”
Brooke Liu, University of Maryland risk communications researcher
colleagues, Liu conducted a survey of Tornado awareness among about three thousand
mobile and permanent home residents in twelve states throughout the southeast.
The findings of the survey were published on
the 29th March in Weather,
Climate and Society, indicate that the current communications strategies
have a lot of room for improvement.
Liu spoke to EOS in an interview, which you can read here. We highly recommend that you do have a read, it’s a fascinating!
On the 13th May 1980, A F3/EF3 Tornado struck the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Tornado first touched down at 4:00pm eight miles of the city limits, it steadly moved eastward through downtown Kalamazoo.
dissipated east of the city at around 4:25pm. So essentially, the Tornado was
on the ground for twenty five minutes.Twenty five minutes
had passed by, however the devastation left in the wake of this Tornado was substantial.
Five people died, seventy nine injured and over fifty million dollars in property damage. William Milliken walked through the area hours later, and suggested the following: “It reminds me of a bombed
recommend you read the Kalamazoo public library’s dedicated webpage on the
Tornado, click here
to take a read…
…We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this Tornado a substantial introduction.
Now you’ve read about it, now relive the Kalamazoo, Michigan Tornado of May 13th 1980 thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.
Find an incredible gallery of photos of damage caused by this Tornado here.
years ago yesterday this photogenic Tornado/Waterspout struck the Florida city.
On the 12th May 1997, at around 2:00pm, am F1/EF-1 Tornado produced substantial
amount of damage as it swept through the downtown area of Miami.
The Tornado developed southwest of the city and first
touched down in the Silver Bluff Estates area. Find out more about the Tornado’s
produced roof damage to an apartment complex and a number of houses in the area
of Little Havana. In the Miami downtown, windows were blown out of several
buildings including nearly every south facing window on the first three floors
of The Citadel Building.
were damaged by flying debris in the WTVJ-NBC parking lot. Other cars were
overturned or blown several yards when the Tornado moved through the parking
lot of the Bell South office building.
A Metro Mover
vehicle on Miami’s public transportation elevated rail system was derailed as
the Tornado neared the Government Center in downtown Miami. Around a dozen
injuries were attributed to the Tornado.
With that being said, let’s move onto the next part of this article. In the videos below, relive the F1/EF-1 Miami, Florida Tornado that struck on the 12th May 1997.
It was reported that this Tornado/Waterspout killed hundreds of wild chickens… We thought to add that!
The featured photo (which can be seen above) was captured by Chad Vandever.
According to the National Weather Service storm (damage) survey team, preliminary (prelim) results indicate at least an EF-2 hit a small town in Washita County, Oklahoma (OK) – Rocky to be precise – on Tuesday.
The Tornado was on the ground for almost
thirteen miles – starting in Hobart and ending in Cordell. The cone Tornado had a width of four hundred
yards. The Tornado had a (peak) wind speed estimated at one hundred and fifteen
miles per hour to one hundred and twenty miles per hour.
No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with this Tornado, thankfully. However, at least five mobile homes and several outbuildings were damaged. Trees and utility poles were also damaged.
This Tornado was one of many that struck during the Red River Valley Tornado
outbreak of the 10th April 1979…
will be producing a separate article on this outbreak in due course. You can
find more out on the Wichita Falls, Texas (TX) storm itself here.
F4/EF-4 Tornado that struck Wichita Falls, TX formed several miles southwest of
the city in Archer County, travelling over mostly open land.
the Tornado turned east-northeast, it entered Wichita County – damaging a
handful of rural homes, string of high voltage towers.
into the city of Wichita Falls, the Tornado first struck Memorial Stadium and
McNiel Junior High School, severely damaging both buildings (#1 on the damage
path diagram below).
The Tornado’s formation and its movement towards the stadium and high school was captured on camera by Wolfgang Lange from the front of his apartment complex (#2 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.
capturing the last photo of the Tornado, Lange retreated to the complex’s
laundry room and hid between heavy commercial washers and dryers. Luckily, he only
suffered minor injuries.
Northeast of Lange’s apartment complex, on the first street of houses, a man by the name of Robert Molet also captured the Tornado on camera as it approached (#3 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.
Lange’s view, as you can see in the above photos, Molet did not have an unhindered
view of the Tornado – did not immediately recognise the F4/EF-4 wedge.
stood in his backyard driveway and captured the destruction of the above
mentioned apartment complex and the beginning of his neighbourhood being destroyed.
carried on taking photos until the wind blew him into his garage. Although, his
house was completely destroyed, Molet escaped with only minor injuries –
protecting him from the worst of the winds and debris.
first deaths caused by Tornado were recorded at the already mentioned apartment
complex and adjoining housing area.
east-northeast, the Tornado severely damaged commercial buildings along
Southwest Parkway, including total devastation of the Southwest National Bank Building
except its vault (#4 on the damage path diagram).
of Southwest Parkway, the F4/EF-4 wedge destroyed many homes in the Western Hills
(DR). Further eastward, many houses in the Faith Village were destroyed, Ben
Milam Elementary School was severely damaged (#6 on the damage path diagram).
The Tornado was captured on camera from the south of the city by Pat Blacklock – see in the photos below (#5 on the damage path diagram).
As you can see in the last few photos above,
the gust front/strong west winds to the south of the Tornado can be seen
producing waves on Lake Wichita – kicking up spray from the lake.
As the F4/EF-4 wedge crossed Kemp Boulevard, a number of commercial business were destroyed – resulting in several deaths. The Tornado’s most destructive winds missed the Sikes Senter Shopping Mall to the south, but a handful of stores were damaged.
the above mentioned shopping mall, the Tornado crossed a greenbelt area, “skirted”
Midwestern State University on the south side – severely damaging more housing
From the Ligon Coliseum of the University, Professor Joe Henderson captured the Tornado on camera (#7 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photos below.
The F4/EF-4 wedge was also captured on camera by Troy Glover from the roof of the Bethania hospital (#8 on the damage path diagram) – see in the photo below.
number of people tried to outrun the Tornado as it crossed the south side of
the city by getting in vehicles and driving east of Southwest Parkway – north on
US Highway 281 and east on US Highway 287.
Tornado blew many of those vehicles off the above mentioned highways, resulting
in numerous deaths.
F4/EF-4 wedge took the lives of forty two people in Wichita Falls, twenty five
deaths were vehicle related and sixteen of the twenty five deaths got in vehicles
to outrun the Tornado.
leaving the east side of the city, the Tornado destroyed the Sun Valley housing
area, the Sunnyside Heights Mobile Home Park and several large commercial
businesses including the Levi Strauss Plant – iconic jean maker.
of Wichita Falls, the Tornado trekked into Clay County. Not only did it enter a
different county, it changed its appearance.
As seen in the photos below, captured by Winston Wells, the Tornado became multivortex (#10 on the damage path diagram). At one time, the F4/EF-4 wedge displayed as many as five satellite vortices.
this stage of its life, the Tornado did extensive damage just south of Dean and
near Byars, destroying a significant number of rural homes, but thankfully
causing no deaths.
The grief and devastation caused by this Tornado is almost unthinkable
particular type of Tornado event is unheard of! A violent Tornado tearing
through an eight mile section of a city.
addition to the forty two deaths caused directly by the F4/EF-4 wedge, three
more people died of heart attacks/illnesses during the stress of the Tornado’s
life. The number of reported injuries approached almost eighteen hundred
however additional injuries were never recorded.
In 1979 dollars, total property damage
in the city was estimated at four hundred million.
three thousand homes were destroyed and another were damaged. One thousand
apartment units/condominiums were destroyed and another one hundred and thirty
Around one hundred and forty mobile homes were destroyed, two schools were obliterated and eleven others suffered significant damage. Over one hundred commercial businesses were destroyed, some of which were large businesses/manufacturing – including Levi.
That concludes our in-depth overview of the Tornado. Now, relive the Tornado in videos below.