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!
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.
It was a terrible Tuesday! On the 5th May 1964, a historic, destructive and deadly Tornado event affected a number of counties within central and eastern Nebraska.
Two particularly damaging/significant Tornadoes touched down, one was rated an F5/EF-5 and the other F4.
It’s suffice to say, the above mentioned F5/EF-5 Tornado travelled nearly seventy miles from eastern Adams County to northwestern Butler County is the last F5/EF-5 Tornado recorded in Nebraska. With that being said, let’s get into an overview of the Tornado event.
For some residents in central/eastern Nebraska, 5th May 1964, started out like any other day. However, by sunset, it would be a day of total destruction. During the afternoon, severed thunderstorms developed and quickly pushed northeast.
of these storms produced an F4/EF-4 Tornado touched down initially in
southeastern Greeley County and destroyed much of Wolbach and caused several injuries
– thankfully and fortunately no one died.
It’s safe to say, the biggest and most destructive Tornado was yet to come. By 5:00pm, a Tornado touched down just southeast of Hastings and developed into an F5/EF-5. Two people were killed by this Tornado a farm three miles northwest of Bradshaw…
…There were also numerous injuries,
including fifteen people near Shelby.
several towns along the way which were spared a direct hit, including Hampton,
Bradshaw, Benedict, Stromsburg and Shelby. Suffice to say there was complete
destruction of all farmsteads in the direct path.
It was a significant and powerful Tornado that completely destroyed at least a dozen of these farms within the first thirty miles of its track. The Tornado width was one quarter of a mile wide, sometimes two – three separate damaging funnels extended from the same cloud.
preceded, accompanied and followed the Tornado touching down. The Tornado
lifted near Bellwood in Butler County, the Tornado briefly touched the ground a
few times in the next forty miles.
Find a poster about the Tornado, produced by the National Weather Service (NWS) in the link below.
The April 2011 super Tornado outbreak was one of the biggest, deadliest and most destructive severe weather and Tornado outbreaks in the U.S. Suffice to say some of a handful of the Tornadoes that touched down during the outbreak struck heavily populated areas.
Regardless of alerts well in
advance and short term warnings, the Tornadoes/storms killed three hundred and
twenty one people and injured almost three thousand people, according to National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA – Storm prediction Center – SPC).
Nearly three hundred and fifty
Tornadoes touched down in around of the south, Midwest and northeast states of
the U.S. A majority of the Tornadoes that touched down during the April 2011 super
outbreak happened on the 27th April, according to the National
The most destructive Tornado, a multiple-vortex EF-4 Tornado, which took the lives of sixty five people and injured more than one thousand people alone swept through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama during the afternoon/evening on the 27th April.
Suffice to say, within a
matter of minutes, ten per cent of Tuscaloosa was destroyed and more than one
thousand six hundred people were left homeless – including the students of
University of Alabama. It has to be said, the above mentioned Tornado was one
point five miles wide with winds of one hundred and ninety miles per hour.
The Tornado was on the ground for more than eighty miles.
It has to be stated: The same
supercell thunderstorm that produced the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Tornado went
onto to spawn other Tornadoes that “skipped” along a three hundred and eighty
mile long path from Mississippi to North Carolina.
Three EF-5 Tornadoes, twelve EF-4
Tornadoes and twenty one EF-3 Tornadoes struck during the April 2011 super
Tornado outbreak. Some of the violent storms coincided areas that were hit with
severe weather and Tornadoes earlier in the month. April 2011 was a busy month!
A destructive and deadly
Tornado outbreak took place on the 14th – 16th April,
when one hundred and seventy eight Tornadoes touched down and resulted in the
deaths of almost fourty people across parts of the Plains, south and eastern
In closing, April 2011 saw a
record seven hundred and fifty Tornadoes strike the U.S, according to the SPC –
records go back to 1950.
We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this significant outbreak a well-balanced and detailed introduction. Now you’ve read about it, now relive the April 2011 super outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.
Find an extensive video playlist of the Hackleburg/Phil Campbell EF5 Tornado below.
Furthermore, TV coverage and documentaries in regards to this outbreak can be found below.
UPDATE: A reader brought it to our attention that Smithville, Mississippi was struck by an EF-5 Tornado on the 27th April 2011 – watch two videos of the Tornado below.
Here’s an overview on the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham EF-4 Tornado…
Tornado was spawned by a supercell thunderstorm which initiated in Newton
County, Mississippi at 2:54pm (CDT), it dissipated in Macon County, North Carolina
at around 10:18pm (CDT).
supercell thunderstorm lasted around seven hours and twenty four minutes –
travelling approximately three hundred and eighty miles producing several
significant strong/violent Tornadoes along the way.
EF-4 Tornado initially touched down in northern Greene County, Alabama (AL) and
moved northeast through southern Tuscaloosa and western Jefferson counties,
where it caused devastating damage to portions of the city of Tuscaloosa and
western suburbs of Birmingham, AL. The Tornado lifted northeast of downtown
Tornado entered Tuscaloosa County, just north of CR 60, west northwest of
Ralph, and moved northeast causing tree damage and minor building damage which
is consistent with an EF-2 Tornado.
Tornado intensified as it crossed the Black Warrior River, north of interstate
20 and approached Tuscaloosa to a violent EF-4. As the Tornado approached
interstate 359, a handful of buildings were destroyed – including Tuscaloosa
County Emergency Operations Centre.
15th street east and McFarland Blvd east, several small restaurants
and stores were destroyed, with only a wall or two standing. The Tornado
completely devastated the Cedar Crest neighbourhood just north of 15th
street, levelling many cinder block homes and killing three people.
Tornado then crossed McFarland Blvd, where is destroyed more stores and restaurants.
The EF-4 crossed McFarland Blvd in the Alberta City community. Alberta
Elementary School was almost completely destroyed, with only a few walls still
nearby apartment building was reduced to rubble. The Alberta Elementary School
suffered nearly complete destruction with no walls standing and a pile of
debris on the foundation. Cinder block construction homes in the surrounding
neighbourhood were completely destroyed.
Tornado continued northeast and struck the Chastain Manor Apartments at the
north end of 34th Ave east – completely destroying a brand new two
story apartment complex. It has to said, a small club house anchored to a
foundation was completely destroyed – swept from the foundation.
Comparable devastation to homes and businesses was eminent along both sides of CR 45 near 1st street east and locations to the northeastward. East of Holt, the Tornado path width widened from zero point five mile to one mile.
Tornado crossed Holt Peterson Road just northwest of Clinker Road, where two
homes were completely destroyed. ALMOST! All trees were blown down or snapped
in the vicinity, as well as in the bottom of a narrow ravine.
EF-4 continued to Holt Lock and Dam Road near its intersection with Recreation
Area Road where it caused significant damage to a restaurant as well as a
number of boats. Several injuries were reported in this area.
The Tornado moved northeastward and weakened an EF-3 rating. As its path narrowed to zero point five mile, the Tornado passed north of Brookwood, near the intersection of Hannah Creek Road and CR 99 and moved into western Jefferson County, four miles north of Abernant…
…With that being said, we’re going to leave our overview here. Read more about the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham EF-4 Tornado here. Below find a handful of relating facts:
Estimated maximum wind: one hundred and ninety miles per hour.
Injuries/deaths: one thousand five hundred injuries/sixty five deaths
Damage path length: eighty one miles
Maximum path width: two thousand six hundred yards (one point five miles) when crossing I-65.
Approximate start point/time: 33.0297/-87.9350 at 4:43pm
Approximate end point/time: 33.6311/-86.7436 at 6:14 pm
With that being said, relive the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham Tornado in the videos below.
Read a press release regarding this video at the bottom of
Mr & Mrs Boerjan should have stopped! In the video below, watch as a Tornado knocks the Boerjan’s car/camper off road in Arkansas.
The video was captured by Savannah
Boerjan on the day the Tornado struck. However, the video was then sold to
Subsequently, the video broker
posted the video on their official YouTube account.
Additionally, find photos below.
An Arkansas couple is crediting their seat belts for saving their lives after a run-in with a Tornado.
Savannah Boerjan and her
husband Brandon said they were driving home with their newly bought camper van
when they saw the Tornado touching down.
Savannah can be heard in the
video: “Speed up, get the f**k out of
here. Brandon, Brandon, I’m scared.”
The Boerjan’s continued to drive down the road however the
Before cracking their
windshield, blowing debris inside, Savannah shouted: “It’s right there, oh my god. Dear god, heaven please forgive me for my
sins. Brandon, we’re going to die. I love you, I love yo…”
In this post however, we’ll be focusing on the Parkersburg, Iowa EF-5 Tornado – which struck on the 25th May 2008 – find out more at the bottom of the article.
In the surveillance camera video below, watch the May 2008 Parkersburg, Iowa Tornado completely obliterate a home.
The surveillance camera footage was captured by the surveillance camera at First State Bank – bank’s drive-up ATM – in Parkersburg.
The above mentioned Tornado tore a forty three mile-long path across the counties of Butler and Black Hawk in Iowa.
The EF-5 took the lives of nine people, injuring dozens and causing several millions of dollars worth of damage.
The Tornado began near the Butler and Grundy County line, two miles south of Aplington, Iowa at 4:48pm (CDT).
The Tornado grew quickly in size and intensity over the next several minutes as it approached Parkersburg.
The Tornado was nearly three-quarters of a mile wide as it moved through the southern end of Parkersburg at 4:56 (CDT).
A third of the town experienced devastating damage with nearly two hundred homes completely destroyed.
The Tornado maintained it’s size and intensity as it moved through New Hartford, Iowa. At 5:09pm (CDT), the severe weather event moved just north of New Hartford, once again causing incredible structural and tree damage.
The Tornado weakened east of New Hartford with lesser damage as it pushed through portions of northern Black Hawk County – north of the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls.
During the weak phase of the Tornado, the parents supercell thunderstorm produced significant straight line winds from a large rear-flank downdraft (RFD) just south of the Tornado’s path.
Wind speeds of up to one hundred miles per hour were produced simply by the RFD, with a wind gust to ninety three at 5:37pm (CDT) measured at the Waterloo Airport.
The Tornado re-intensified and grew nearly one and a half miles wide north of Dunkerton, Iowa causing significant damage to a farmstead there. The Tornado dissipated just before leaving Black Hawk County at 5:50pm (CDT).