SPC Stats

Path length: 3.8 miles

Width:  60 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  15

Rating:  F3

County:  Stearns

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 

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

Newspaper Clippings


We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the January 1956 Climatological Data National Summary (CDNS) and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 23 mile path.
  • CDNS and Grazulis have a 29 mile path.


    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    September 1961 Storm Data Publication


    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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