Path length: 3.6 miles
Width: 73 yards
County: Fort Bend
There were 2 Texas tornadoes confirmed on September 13, 1974. The strongest is in the SPC Database as an F3. Thomas Grazulis lists the rating as F2. The tornado traveled 3-3.5 miles through parts of Fort Bend County hitting the Rosenberg and Richmond areas. The Polly Ryon Memorial Hospital sustained damage. Newspaper articles reported that there were no injuries at the hospital and many of the patients were transferred to a nearby nursing home. Per an article on the 13th in the Odessa American, a sheriff’s deputy said that in the business area of Richmond, the tornado “stacked up cars like cordwood.” The Old Calvary Episcopal Church which was built in 1878 was flattened.
Per Storm Data, primary damage was to the hospital, a chapel and 3 homes. “The tornado appeared to dip up and down with 5 distinctive points. Distance between points of touchdown vaired from 1 1/2 miles to 200 yards.”
We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the September 1974 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:
- SPC/NCDC have a 3.6 mile path length.
- Grazulis and Storm Data have a length at 3 miles.
- SPC/NCDC have a 73 yard width.
- Grazulis and Storm Data have a width at 75 yards.
- SPC/NCDC have this tornado rating at F3.
- Grazulis has an F2 rating.
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