SPC Stats

Path length: 10.4 miles

Width:  1760 yards

Fatalities:  6

Injuries:  31

Rating:  F4

County:  Hill

Nine tornadoes occurred on March 31, 1959. 6 were in Oklahoma, 2 in Texas, and 1 in Arkansas. One of the strongest, and the deadliest, was given a rating of F4.  It moved 10.4 miles through parts of Hill County, TX.  There were 6 fatalities.  There may have been a seventh death.  I did find newspaper articles that state a woman died from her injuries from this tornado, making that the 7th person killed.  I have attached one of those articles in the newspaper section below.

Summary information from Storm Data and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes:

This tornado moved from the SE edge of Vaughan to about 8 miles north of Bynum.  Per Storm Data, “Vaughan was almost completely destroyed.”  100+ buildings were damaged or destroyed.  Per Grazulis, “five deaths were in four homes that were leveled to the ground.”  Several homes and a tourist court were badly damaged at Lake Whitney.  As the tornado moved across the Waco-Hillsboro Highway 5, five miles south of Hillsboro, a car was picked up and thrown 100 yards.  The occupant was killed, and 2 others were injured.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 31.85 / -97.22   End:  31.98 / -97.13

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 March 1959 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have the length at 10.4 miles.  
  • Storm Data has a 20 mile path.
  • Grazulis lists the path at 15 miles.


  • SPC/NCDC have a width of 1760 yards.
  • Storm Data lists a width of 1320 yards.
  • Grazulis has a 1000 yard width.


  • All sources list 6 fatalities from this tornado.
  • I did find newspaper articles that state a woman died from her injuries from this tornado making that the 7th person killed.  I have attached one of those articles below.


The city of Bynum is mentioned as having damage per Storm Data and newspaper articles.  Grazulis mentions that path moved to about 8 miles north of Bynum.   The official plot though has the path west of Bynum.   The ending point may be incorrect.


    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    March 1959 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 1019.

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