One of the most devastating tornadoes to ever hit the state of Virginia was spawned by Hurricane Gracie on September 30, 1959. The twister tracked through a part of Albemarle County west of Charlottesville and east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This summary provides a detailed analysis of discrepancies in the path and the number of tornadoes to hit this day. It also focuses on the tragedy near Ivy. In mere seconds, ten members of one family lost their lives.
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.
There was one tornado on September 29, 1966: An estimated F3 that moved through parts of the Cleveland, OH area. 22 people had minor injuries. Approximately 248 structures were damaged or destroyed.
Seven tornadoes were confirmed on September 8, 1986. 4 of the 7 were in the state of Iowa and this strongest of the day was this F4 that travels through parts of Polk and Jasper Counties. The Storm Data entry states, “the devastation might have been much greater, but the storm missed hitting any towns.”
In today’s summary, we are looking at an F4 that made a trek over 20 miles from Craig County in Oklahoma into Southeast KS. There is a little confusion on how this tornado tracked and which counties should be included in the track.
A violent tornado moved through parts of Portage and Waupaca Counties in Wisconsin on September 26, 1951. It was 1 of 3 tornadoes confirmed on this date and 1 of 2 given a rating of F4. Most of the time, the tornado was in Waupaca County.
Going WAY back with this tornado summary: September 25, 1900. Per Thomas Grazulis, the path length was 6 miles. He gave this a rating of F3. There were 11 injuries and 2 fatalities.
This summary looks at a significant tornado that moved through Princes George’s and Howard Counties in Maryland. It hit parts of the University of Maryland Campus and resulted in 2 fatalities.