SPC Stats

Path length: 1 mile

Width:  333 yards

Fatalities:  18

Injuries:  300

Rating:  F4

County:  Houston

Per the Storm Prediction Center (SPC), 6 tornadoes moved through parts of Central GA on April 30, 1953.  All of them had short path lengths, around 5 miles or less.  In his book Significant Tornadoes, Thomas Grazulis describes a family of tornadoes that covered 50 miles across parts of Peach, Houston, Twiggs and Wilkinson Counties causing widespread damage.  The majority of this damage was in the Warner Robins Area (southern part) in Houston County.  The SPC has listings for Peach, Houston and Twiggs Counties but nothing for Wilkinson.  I also found small summaries in the Climatological Data National Summary from April 1953 for all but Wilkinson County.  I have all of that information attached below the map.

The focus of our summary will be on the tornado that went through the Warner Robins Area.  The official stats from the SPC is that the tornado had a path length of only 1 mile.  The max width was 333 yards.  There were 300 injuries and 18 fatalities reported.  Per Grazulis, most of the 18 deaths were in families of Air Force personnel living on two housing projects.  The tornado was given a rating of F4.

Narratives from the April 1953 Climatological Data National Summary

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates (only one point given):  Start: 32.60 / -83.60  

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Tornado Image via Significant Tornadoes by Thomas Grazulis


Newspaper Clippings


The Storm Prediction Center

NCDC Storm Events Database

April 1953 Climatological Data National Summary


Grazulis, Thomas P. (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. Page 968-969.

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