SPC Stats

Path length: 1 mile

Width:  83 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  22

Rating:  F3

County:  Harris

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates (only one point provided):  Start: 29.77 / -95.13 

Corrected coordinates based on eyewitness reports in newspapers:

Start: 29.766411/-95.101597

End: 29.789250/-95.135608

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

In today’s summary, we look at another strong tornado spawned by Hurricane Carla.  Yesterday, we explored the details of an F3 that hit Kaplan, LA.  You can find that summary here.  There was a total of 10 tornadoes in Louisiana associated with this storm.  In Texas, there were 8 tornadoes.     

At 5:50pm on September 11, an estimated F3 quickly hit Channelview outside of Houston causing $200,000 in damage, 22 injuries and 0 fatalities. 18 homes and 6 commercial buildings were destroyed.  Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, the tornado sounded “like a bunch of jets”.  Cars were thrown up to 100 yards.

Newspaper Clippings

Sources:

The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

September 1961 Storm Data Publication

newspapers.com

Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 1038.

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