A devastating F5 tornado crossed through parts of Lubbock, TX during the late evening of May 11, 1970. It was actually the 2nd tornado of two that hit the Lubbock area that evening. Per the NWS Lubbock, “Dr. Theodore “Ted” Fujita later determined that all but one of the deaths (96%) occurred along the path of suction spots (also know as suction swaths and suction marks).”
This F5 tornado traveled 10 miles through parts of McLennan and Bosque Counties in Texas. It formed 5 miles south of Valley Mills and moved due north. The max width was 100 yards. There were no injuries or fatalities reported with this event.
This massive twister tracked 65 miles through parts of Swisher, Briscoe, Armstrong, Donley and Gray Counties. This tornado had a max width of 880 yards. 42 injuries and 16 fatalities were reported.
The Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak, one of the most significant outbreaks on record for this region, occurred on April 10, 1979. Per the SPC Database, 25 tornadoes occurred mainly in TX and OK with one lone tornado in KS. The focus of this summary will be on one of the tornadoes that occurred during this outbreak and one of the most devastating tornadoes in history: The Wichita Falls F4 Tornado.
Eight F3 tornadoes have occurred on April 6 (1950-2016). We are looking at one of those in this summary from 1955. This tornado is officially listed in the SPC database having a length close to 30 miles moving through Grayson and Fannin Counties.
The deadliest tornado of the April 2, 1982 outbreak was an F4 that traveled 23 miles through parts of Lamar and Red River County, TX. Ten people died in the town of Paris. There were 170 injuries reported along the tornado’s path.