The 10 Most Disaster Tornadoes in US History


LiveScience has made a list of the 10 killer tornadoes, the most disastrous in the history of the United States, which in the past claimed hundreds of lives. The List is as follows, according to the least violent to the most, taking the first position:

10. On May 11, 1953: The Waco Tornado in Texas destroyed 200 business buildings and damaged another 400, including a six-story furniture store that collapsed.

9. June 8, 1953: Flint Tornado destroyed homes on both sides of Coldwater Road and killed multiple family members of at least 20 families in Michigan.

8. June 12, 1899: The New Richmond Tornado in Wisconsin began as a spout (a waterspout) over Lake St. Croix, then moved northeast in the direction of New Richmond. Massive amounts of blown up ruins cause multiple deaths and a 3,000 pound safe was blown a block away by the winds. More than 300 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

7. April 24, 1908: Amite/Pine/Purvis Tornado hits Louisiana, Mississippi. It was reported to be two miles wide. Only seven of 150 homes in Purvis County were reported in the left category.

6. April 9, 1947: Forester Tornado hits Grey, Roberts, Hemphill, Lipscomb counties in Texas, Ellis, Forester and Forest counties in Oklahoma and Barber and Kingman counties in Kansas. Along most of its path, the tornado was reportedly one to two miles wide. The entire town of Glazier and most of Higgins was destroyed.

5. April 6, 1936: The Gainesville Tornado, actually a pair of tornadoes, strikes at the beginning of the work day. The funnel clouds took different paths in the city, but converged on a four block area that was destroyed. Ruins filled the streets up to 10 feet deep and approximately 750 houses were destroyed. The Cooper Pants Factory, a high-rise building, collapsed and caught fire, killing some 70 workers.

Four. April 5, 1936: The Tupelo Tornado started near Coffeeville, Yalobusha County. This leveled hundreds of houses and killed entire families. A movie theater was converted into a hospital with the popcorn machine used to sterilize instruments. One hundred and five box cars were brought into the city to serve as temporary housing.

3. May 27, 1896: St. Louis Tornado touched down six miles west of Eads Bridge. Buildings and houses along the river were swept away or damaged, although the steel span bridge was largely intact.

2. May 7, 1840: The Natchez Tornado touched down in Concordia Parish, Louisiana, and Adams County, Mississippi. Most of the deaths occurred over the Mississippi River, since the tornado tracked for some time directly over the waterway. The number of deaths from the tornado is certainly higher than officially listed, so many slave deaths were probably not included in general.

1. March 18, 1925: The Tri-State Tornado was by far the worst in American history. This wreaked havoc for over three hours. Records were set for both path length and speed. Tornado damage stretched from Reynolds, Iron, Madison, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, and Perry counties in Missouri, through Jackson, Williamson, Franklin, Hamilton, and White counties in Illinois, and Posey, Gibson, and Pike counties in Indiana. The worst devastation was in Illinois, where the town of Gorham was destroyed. In Murphysboro, 25 deaths occurred at three schools, with students crushing brick and stone walls in the fall.