SPC Stats

Path length: 3.3 miles

Width:  60 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F2

County:  Hartford

This F2 tornado hit during the late morning of September 6, 1973.  All sources have the entire path in Hartford County.  When you plot the SPC track coordinates though, it begins in Hartford County and ends in Tolland County.  See our map below the Storm Data entry.  The town of Manchester, Vernon and Talcottville area mentioned in Storm Data.  Manchester is in Hartford County but Vernon and Talcottville are both in Tolland County.  So, it would seem Tolland should be included for this event.  Most of the damage was to roofs and there were garages that were destroyed.  There were no injuries and no fatalities.  

Storm Data Entry

Tornado struck the Manchester, Vernon and Talcottville areas, causing damage to a number of buildings.  The twister ripped roofs off of several homes, wall and roof off garage, cement bloc wall blown outward, numerous dwellings damaged by wind or felled trees.  Considerable power outages. No hail reported.  

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 41.80 / -72.53   End:  41.82 / -72.45      

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

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the September 1973 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have a 3.3 mile path length.
  • Storm Data as a 3 to 5 mile path.
  • Grazulis has a 4 mile path.

Width:

  • SPC has a 10 yard width.
  • NCDC has a 33 yard width.
  • Storm Data lists width of 1 mile.
  • Grazulis as no listing for width.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      September 1973 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 1144.

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