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.
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.
An estimated F4 tornado moved through parts of Iron and Washington Counties in Missouri during the early AM of December 21, 1967. It began south of Viburnum. There were 3 fatalities.
The strongest tornado that occurred on December 19, 1957 was later rated F4. It moved through parts of Southern Arkansas from near Waldo and McNeil, northeast to near Stephens and ending NW of Buena Vista. The worst damage was near the beginning of the path.
A total of 25 tornadoes occurred on December 17, 1957, all in Illinois or Missouri. Two were later rated F4 and 1 was given an F5 rating. In this summary, we look at an F4 that traveled close to 30 miles through parts of Jackson, Williamson and Franklin Counties in Illinois. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, the path followed closely to a section of the great Tri-State Tornado of March 18, 1925.
24 tornadoes were confirmed on December 16, 2000. Half of those were in the state of Alabama including the strongest of the day. It was a devastating F4 that pushed 18 miles through Tuscaloosa County. 11 were killed and 144 injured.
One of the strongest tornadoes to ever hit in Southeastern Louisiana occurred on December 6, 1983. The tornado was rated F4 on the Fujita Scale. This damage was found at the Belle Pointe Subdivision. Several homes had their foundations swept clean. Per Storm Data, the tornado was not given an F5 rating, “because the walls were nailed to the foundation, not bolted.”
A devastating F4 tornado made its way across 5 North Carolina counties on November 28, 1988. The tornado began at 1am EST in Umstead National Park in the NW part of Raleigh. It ended almost 2 hours later, two miles NW of Jackson in Northampton County. An 83 mile track that was almost continuous.