This tornado was one of at least 20 that occurred during the Central Texas Tornado Outbreak of May 27, 1997. This is the same outbreak that produced the Jarrell F5. This tornado traveled 5.6 miles in a general westerly direction through the Pedernales Valley area in Travis County. There was one fatality. A 25-year-old male died when he was either blown from his mobile home or from his pickup truck as he attempted to flee the storm. Read our full summary here!
Highlighting a Tornado Before 1950
from Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis!
May 27, 1917: Grazulis denotes what was possibly two separate tornadoes that moved through Jefferson and Blount Counties in Alabama. He assigned an F4 rating. The family moved from Sayre and through Bradford. There was a total of 27 fatalities.
On this day in 2019, a 1/2 mile wide EF3 tornado tracked for 14 miles through parts of Miami and Fulton Counties in Indiana, near Akron. A few homes were damaged or destroyed, and metal truss towers collapsed. Source.
Tornado and Other Weather Events From On This Day
On this day in 1997, one of the most violent tornadoes to ever strike the US wiped out the Double Creek Estates Subdivision in Jarrell, Texas. 27 people lost their lives as homes simply vanished. Cars were thrown far distances and stripped down, trees were debarked, and all of the grass at the core of the vortex was removed, leaving a barren landscape. Source.
Hubert Humphrey was born May 27, 1911, in Wallace, South Dakota. He was 38th vice president of the United States (1965–69) in the Democratic administration of Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson and presidential candidate of the Democratic Party in 1968. A liberal leader in the United States Senate (1949–65; 1971–78), he built his political base on a Democrat–Farmer-Labor coalition reminiscent of the Populist Movement. He died in 1978. Source: Britannica.
On this day in 1977: The Sex Pistols single ‘God Save The Queen’ was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart’s ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’. There have been persistent rumours, (never confirmed or denied), that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the No.1 slot. Get into the groove with more music trivia at thisdayinmusic.com!
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