This summary looks back at an estimated F3 tornado from February 14, 1908. It moved 5 miles through Smith County, TX, right through Tyler during the early morning. Information for this event came from the following resources:
- Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes
- Newspaper articles via newspapers.com
Here are the stats on this event from Thomas Grazulis:
Hit at 0350 local time. There were 15 injuries and four fatalities. The path length was 5 miles and the width 50 yards. Rating: F3.
Details from Grazulis:
- Moved NE from 3 miles SW of Tyler to north edge of town.
- Approximately 14 homes “torn apart” in the SW residential area of Tyler.
- One death and many injuries in a home in this area.
- It moved diagonally across town.
- Five other small homes were destroyed.
- Three members of one family were killed in one of those homes.
- Clothes from that home were found three miles away.
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Since we don’t have official coordinates, I used the information from Thomas Grazulis to map the tornado track. He stated the tornado moved from 3 miles SW of Tyler in Smith County, through the heart of town and ended in the north edge of town. Estimated 5 path length of 5 miles.
Note: Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.
Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 712.
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