Oak Grove, AL F5 Tornado – April 8, 1998

In this summary, we explore the F5 that began in rural sections of Eastern Tuscaloosa County, 1.5 miles east of the Warrior River. The tornado moved through mainly unpopulated areas in Eastern Tuscaloosa County and into extreme SW Jefferson County. The first major area hit was the Oak Grove Community. 3 deaths occurred in a mobile home and the Oak Grove School was destroyed.

The Xenia, OH F5 Tornado – April 3, 1974

The deadliest tornado of the April 3-4, 1974 outbreak was the F5 that hit Xenia, OH. Per the SPC, it continues to be in the top 10 of costliest tornadoes on record. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, “This was the most publicized tornado of the day and perhaps the most well-studied tornado in history, from a wind-engineering perspective.”

Spiro, OK F5 Tornado – March 26, 1976

Per the SPC database, 17 tornadoes occurred on March 26, 1976. Two were rated F4 (1 in OK, 1 in MS). At 328pm CT, a tornado that would be rated officially F5 traveled 11.9 miles through parts of LeFlore County, OK. There were 64 injuries and 2 fatalities reported. Tremendous damage occurred in and around the town of Spiro.

The Mississippi Delta Tornadoes

The Mississippi Delta Tornado Outbreak occurred February 21-22, 1971. There was a total of 19 tornadoes across 9 states. 123 people were killed with most of those occurring on the 21st. Nearly 1600 injuries were reported. Three significant tornadoes occurred on the 21st. Two were given an F4 rating and 1 was rated F5.

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