On November 7, 1995, an outbreak of 40 tornadoes affected the Southeast. 28 of these tornadoes occurred in the state of South Carolina. This summary looks at what is officially the strongest, an F4 that hit near the town of Marion. The F4 rating is based on a 150-200 pound church bell that was moved 400-yards. Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes believes this an F2 tornado.
In this summary, we look at an obscure F4 tornado that moved through portions of northern Virginia. It is one of the most powerful tornadoes in the Baltimore-Washington area, and officially one of only two F4s in the state.
38 tornadoes tore across parts of Virginia on September 17, 2004 – the largest outbreak in state history. This was the result of Hurricane Ivan. While officially an F2, the Stanardsville tornado was likely the strongest and widest not just that day but ever in its immediate region. It also traversed mountains over 2,000 feet in elevation.
Three tornadoes were reported on September 3, 1963. This summary looks at the strongest, an F3 that hit St. Marys in Central PA. The rating is disputed, Thomas Grazulis rates it F2. 20 people were injured as the tornado damaged or destroyed 100-150 buildings across the Lynchville neighborhood in St. Marys.
11 tornadoes struck parts of the High Plains on August 26, 2007. The strongest was a deadly EF4 that tore through the town of Northwood. In this summary, we look at the three significant tornadoes of the outbreak and the damage they caused.
It was one for the record books! A large, unexpected tornado outbreak occurred on August 24, 2016. 22 tornadoes were confirmed across parts of IN and OH. We look at five of them that hit in Howard County, IN including one of the strongest of the day.
At least three significant tornadoes occurred on August 21, 1883. By far the most damaging of the trio and the topic of this summary was a horrific F5 that tore through the Minnesota town of Rochester. Yet from the aftermath of this devastating tragedy, something wonderful would be created – the Mayo Clinic.
On August 20, 1914, an F3 tornado ripped through the eastern edge of Wilke-Barre. 7 people were killed and over 70 were killed as 25 homes were leveled and over 100 others were damaged. Four of the fatalities occurred in a silk mill that was demolished.
On the afternoon of August 19, 1890, four tornadoes occurred in Pennsylvania. The focus of the summary looks at the two most impactful. An F3/borderline F4 tornado crossed through parts of Columbia and Luzerne County. 4 people were killed as it swept away several homes. As that tornado dissipated another tornado formed and plowed into Wilkes-Barre. 16 people were killed as this tornado damaged or destroyed over 400 buildings in the city.