SPC Stats

Path length: 1 mile

Width:  33 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  4

Rating:  F3

County:  Randolph

A total of 9 tornadoes are found in the SPC Database for October 7, 1965. The strongest is listed as an F3 in Randolph County, NC.  When I looked up this event in Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis, I immediately saw a difference.  He has this event listed as an F1.  

The Storm Data Narrative denotes this was a “small tornado”.  The width is listed at 25 yards in their entry.  The main damage occurred to the Cricket Chair Company in South Asheboro.  The roof caved in and one wall collapsed. One workman, Mr. Claude Whatley, was killed.  Three other people in the building were injured as well as a fireman.

Storm Data Entry

Storm Data denotes this as a “small tornado”.  

Summary:  Storm connected with passing squall line demolished a small brick and cement block factory building in South Asheboro, killing one workman and injuring four others.  N other damage in area except a few trees blown down or broken off along a NE-SW line.

Tornado Path

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Only starting point in SPC Database:  Start: 35.65 / -79.83

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Newspaper Clippings


We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the October 1965 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • Grazulis has no path length listed.
  • Remaining sources have a 1 mile path.


  • SPC/NCDC have a width of 33 yards.
  • Storm Data and Grazulis have a 25 yard width.

Start Time:

  • SPC/NCDC have the start time as 1215 CT/115ET.
  • Storm Data and Grazulis have a start time of 1205 CT/105 ET.


  • SPC/NCDC list a rating of F3.
  • Grazulis has a rating of F1.


      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      October 1965 Storm Data Publication


      Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1078.

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