Path length: 13.1 miles
Width: 500 yards
A second F5 tornado in the state of Iowa developed at approximately the same time as one further northwest was rolling through Charles City on May 15, 1968.
This tornado tracked through parts of Fayette County. The greatest destruction was in the towns of Oelwein and Maynard. Nearly 1,000 homes were damaged, some were swept off their foundation. 5 people were killed and over 150 injured. Loss estimate approximately 21 million dollars. Per Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes, the warning sirens sounded for only 15 seconds before a power failure in Oelwein.
This tornado was a part of a larger outbreak and as I mentioned was the 2nd of 2 F5s this day. Here is the summary on the first that barreled through Charles City, IA.
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the Ma 1968 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- SPC/NCDC have a 13.1 mile path length.
- Grazulis and Storm Data have a 15 mile path length.
May 1968 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 1098.
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