SPC Stats

Path length: 5.4 miles

Width:  250 yards

Fatalities:  7

Injuries:  51

Rating:  F4

County:  Bradley

Per the SPC Database, 7 tornadoes occurred on March 28, 1975.  The strongest, given a rating of F4, is the topic of this summary.  It developed just SW of Warren, AR and moved to the northeast through the center of town before dissipating.  The path length was 5.4 miles.  151 buildings were destroyed and 100 buildings sustained major damage.  Another 200 had minor damage.  The city’s major employer, “The Potlach Corporation” sustained extensive damage.  There were 7 fatalities and 50 injuries.

Tornado Path

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SPC coordinates:  Start: 33.55 / -92.12   End:  33.62 / -92.07      

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 1975 Storm Data Publication and Thomas Grazulis in Significant Tornadoes and found the following differences:

Path Length:

  • SPC/NCDC have the length at 5.4 miles.  
  • Storm Data and Grazulis have a 4 mile path.

Counties:

  • SPC and NCDC list the tornado in Bradley County.  The city of Warren is in this county and was hit by the tornado.
  • When you plot the lat/lon, the path lies completely in Bradley County.
  • Storm Data and Grazulis list the county as Union.

Injury County:

  • Storm Data list 50 injuries for the event.
  • Remaining sources list 51 injuries.

      Sources:

      The Storm Prediction Center

      NCDC Storm Events Database

      March 1975 Storm Data Publication

      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 1173.

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