SPC Stats

Path length: 1 mile

Width:  83 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  22

Rating:  F3

County:  Harris

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.

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.

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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