Path length: 5 miles

Width:  660 yards

Fatalities:  1

Injuries:  28

Rating:  F4

County:  Barton

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 38.50 / -98.78   End:  38.57 / -98.77      

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

Below is the path from the NWS Summary.  Note the differences between the map of the SPC coordinates and this one.  

NWS Wichita Path Map


A tornado given a rating of F4 crossed 5 miles through parts of Barton County, KS.  The tornado developed 1 mile SW of Hoisington.  It rapidly intensified as it entered the west side of town climbing to F4 intensity within minutes.  Per the NWS summary, “while crossing northwest Hoisington, the tornado inflicted a path about 2 miles long and about 2 blocks wide of almost complete destruction.”  

182 homes were destroyed, 52 with major damage.  12 businesses were destroyed.  The roof was torn off the hospital.  Power was lost to most of the northwest and north side of town.

After leaving this area, the tornado weakened.  It produced F1/F2 damage near Deception Creek.  After crossing the creek, the tornado suddenly turned to the northwest and damaged 2 farmsteads.

There were 28 injuries, 3 were critical.  One man was killed when a minivan fell on him.  

The only discrepancy I have found is in the coordinates for the path.  I have plotted below what SPC has for the beginning and end coordinates.  Starts south town and pretty much moves just east of north.  In a summary from the NWS Wichita, they included a track map and it looks much different.  Starts SW of town, moves ENE and then jaunts NE.  The summary states that the tornado began 1 mile SW of Hoisington. I have attached the NWS track map for comparison purposes.

Radar and Damage Photos via NWS Wichita

Destruction in Hoisington, photo via NWS Wichita.

FEMA Damage Photos

Hoisington, Kan., April 21, 2001 -- Weather data and evidence of the damage caused by the tornado helped the National Weather Service rate the tornado that struck the central Kansas town of Hoisington, Kansas, on Apr. 21 as an F4. Photo by Linda Winkler/FEMA News
Hoisington, Kan., April 26, 2001 -- Crews clean up the remains of the town's only grocery store. Many businesses were damaged by the tornado. Photo By Dave Saville/FEMA News.
Hoisington, Kan., April 26, 2001 -- The tornado tore a large hole in the roof of the high school auditorium. Fortunately the tornado came at night while the school was empty. Photo By Dave Saville/FEMA News
Hoisington, Kan., April 21, 2001 -- Clean-up efforts and damage assessments in Hoisington, Kansas, were in full swing just two days after the tornado struck on April 21, 2001. Photo by Linda Winkler/FEMA News


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