SPC Stats

Path length: 12.1 miles

Width:  100 yards

Fatalities:  2

Injuries:  0

Rating:  F4

County:  Texas

A tornado, given a rating of F4, traveled 12.1 miles through parts of Texas County, MO on this day in 1954.  The max width was 100 yards.  This is the only F4 on record for March 25 (1950-2016).  Per a Natural Hazard Risk Assessment Information For Texas County Missouri from the NWS, this is the strongest tornado on record for the county.  Details on the event from the March 1954 Climatological Data National Summary and Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis.

This tornado moved to the NNE from 2 miles NW of Bendavis to near Huggins, Upton, Bucyrus and Success.  Buildings were damaged/destroyed on over 20 farms.  One truck was “damaged beyond repair.”  A farm house was “blown to bits”, killing an elderly woman and her son.  Their bodies were scattered for 150 yards.  Pieces of the home were found 2 miles away.

Tornado Path

Click Map To Enlarge SPC coordinates:  Start: 37.32 / -92.23   End:  37.45 / -92.08       Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the March 1954 Climatological Data National Summary and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have the length at 12.1miles.  
  • Storm Data has a 15 mile path.
  • Grazulis lists a 12 mile path.

    Sources:

    The Storm Prediction Center

    NCDC Storm Events Database

    March 1954 Climatological Data National Summary

    Natural Hazard Risk Assessment Information For Texas County Missouri

    newspapers.com

    Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 977.

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