Path length: 12.1 miles
Width: 100 yards
A tornado, given a rating of F4, traveled 12.1 miles through parts of Texas County, MO, on this day in 1954. The maximum 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 farmhouse 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.
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:
- SPC/NCDC have the length at 12.1miles.
- Storm Data has a 15 mile path.
- Grazulis lists a 12 mile path.
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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