This tornado event may or may NOT have been a tornado event. This was another head-scratcher as there are some discrepancies in the record.
SPC Stats Path length: 22.2 miles Width: 400 yards Fatalities: 4 Injuries: 247 Rating: F3 County: Hamilton, Clermont A significant tornado struck parts of the Cincinnati metro area during the evening time of August 9, 1969. It was one of 10 tornadoes confirmed this day and 1 of 2 F3s. The other Read more…
The path length was only 1/2 mile. It struck the Stewart subdivision in the SW edge of town. 10 homes were destroyed, 7 damaged. The tornado skipped to the downtown area causing damage to several buildings.
The F3 that crossed through parts of Allen County, OH on July 19, 1950 was the strongest of the 6 twisters that occurred that day. Hundreds of homes were damaged, 3 were destroyed. There were 30 injuries and no fatalities.
This was an interesting event to explore. There is a rating difference. SPC lists a rating of F1 while Grazulis has a rating of F2. I found a newspaper report from The News-Messenger (Fremont, Ohio) with a headline that reads, “It wasn’t a tornado, but it hurt.” So, not only a rating difference but a question at one point on whether this was a tornado at all?
An EF4 tornado with estimated wind speeds of 170-175 mph traveled close to 9 miles across parts of Wood and Ottawa Counties in Ohio on June 5, 2010.
14 tornadoes occurred on April 23, 1968. Per the SPC, 2 hold a rating of F4 and one was rated F5. That twister is the topic of our summary.
9 tornadoes were confirmed on April 9, 1999. Most were in Indiana and Ohio but there was an F1 in Spotsylvania County, VA. The strongest tornado for the day is the subject of this summary. It was an F4 that traveled 10 miles through parts of Hamilton and Warren Counties in OH. There were 65 injuries and 4 fatalities reported.
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.”
In this summary, we look at a significant, quick-hitting tornado that hit in Van Wert County, OH.