It was deemed “The Night of the Tornadoes” – The most deadly tornado outbreak in Florida history occurred during the nighttime hours of February 22-23, 1998. A total of seven tornadoes swept through the central parts of the state between 1055pm EST and 230am EST. The tornadoes were unusually extreme. Three of the seven were rated F3. 42 people were killed, and over 260 were injured. Read the full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
February 22, 1945: A possible F2 tornado “skipped” through parts of Fulton County, GA. It moved through the Fairburn-Union City area. Four small homes were demolished and many more were damaged. A woman was killed when the roof of her home was ripped off and a collapsing wall fell on her.
An intense tornado and microbrust struck near Evans, GA, on February 22, 2003. They produced F2 damage when four homes were ripped apart. 34 others homes had minor damage. Debris from a destroyed barn was found one mile away. Source.
There is more weather phenomenon than just tornadoes?
On This Day in OTHER weather history!
On this day in 1732, George Washington, American general and commander in chief of the colonial armies in the American Revolution (1775–83) and subsequently first president of the United States (1789–97), was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He died in 1799. Source: Britannica.
Film & TV
On this day in 1935, “The Little Colonel” premieres starring Shirley Temple, Lionel Barrymore and Bill Robinson, featuring famous stair dance with Hollywood’s first interracial dance couple! Get more daily history at onthisday.com!
On this day in 1976, Florence Ballard of The Supremes died of cardiac arrest, aged 32. Ballard had left the group in 1967, lost an $8 million (£4.7 million) lawsuit against Motown records and was living on welfare when she died. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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