This summary looks back at an estimated F4 tornado from October 26, 1941. It crossed through parts of Ashley County, AR the town of Hamburg. Information for this event came from the following resources:

  • Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes
  • Newspaper articles via newspapers.com

Here are the stats on this event from Thomas Grazulis:

Hit at 2315 local time.  There were 75 injuries and 15 fatalities.  The path length was 10 miles and the width 100 yards.  Rating given:  F4.  

Details from Grazulis:

  • About 53 homes destroyed.
  • Tornado moved NE through the southern part of Hamburg.
  • Several leveled homes were “the best in town”.
  • Most of the deaths were in larger homes.

Additional Details from newspapers:

Per an article from The Delta-Democrat-Times (Greenville, MS) from October 27, 1941, doctors converted a hotel into an emergency hospital.  Camp Livingston soldiers who were on a bus heading to Louisiana after furloughs, were passing through the town of Hamburg after the tornado hit.  Per the article, “the soldiers ordered the bus to stop and took over police duties.” More from the article followed by an article from October 29 about a commendation for the soldiers.

Tornado Path

Approximate coordinates based on damage reports:

Start: 33.211783/-91.803104        End: 33.236944/-91.782148.

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

Newspaper Clippings

Sources:

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 896.

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