Last year, many of us watched as storms tore apart lives and communities across Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois, and Kentucky. After events of this magnitude, images depicting seas of wreckage where homes and businesses once stood can blind us to the true nature of the loss at hand. Ranging from six days to 98 years of age, a total of 92 people lost their lives during the tornado event. They were cherished as friends or family by thousands. This article details the stories of every one of those people, as well as all of the 23 significant tornadoes that formed during this event.
The state of Missouri was hit by 17 tornadoes on December 31, 2010. Three were given a rating of EF-3. We look at one of those in this summary. It tracked 7.5 miles over Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County.
There were 28 tornadoes on New Year’s Eve of 2010. Four were in the state of Mississippi. The strongest for the state was given an EF-2 rating. That is the topic of this summary!
For the second day in a row, Fort Rucker, AL was hit by a tornado. The first occurred at 425pm CT on December 29, 1973. The second tornado which occurred just before 5pm CT on December 30, 1973 caused greater damage to Ft. Rucker than the one the day before.
A large winter outbreak occurred across the state of Texas on December 29, 2006. Officially, the SPC Database lists 27 tornadoes. The max rating was F2 and there were four tornadoes given that rating. We look at one of the F2 twisters in this summary.
An estimated F3 tornado moved northeast through parts of Jones County and the town of Laurel during the evening of December 28, 1954. It had a path of about 10 miles per the Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and a width of 250 yards. 25 people were injured.
Three tornadoes occurred on December 27, 1997 in the state of Florida. The strongest was given an F2 rating. It developed in the Lake Region Mobile Home Park along US Highway 27 and County Road 544 in Polk County. Several residents remarked that the tornado sounded like “a high-pitched whine”. Many mobile homes had major to severe damage.
A very strong storm system produced 12 tornadoes across parts of North and Central Texas on December 26, 2015. The strongest that day was rated EF-4. There were 10 fatalities, 9 of which were in vehicles.
A total of 30 tornadoes occurred on Christmas Day of 2012. Two of the tornadoes were rated EF3 and we look at one of those that traveled through parts of Southern MS. It was a long-tracked twister. The SPC has a length of 60.34 miles.
There has been two F4/EF4 tornadoes on Christmas Eve since records began in 1950. We look at one of those in this summary. This tornado began at 604am in the northwest part of Franklin, TN.