Iowa 1976 Tornado

Jordan, Iowa and Lemonte, Illinois Tornadoes in 1976

These tornadoes were both very powerful and destructive, and the Jordan, Iowa tornado was category 5. It was a tornado studied by Dr. Fujita himself. The F5 had destroyed every building in the town, but there were no casualties.

Pennsylvania 1985 Tornado

F5 Tornado in Wheatland, Pennsylvania in March 1985

This tornado was among one of the more damaging tornado outbreaks in our history. Out of 43 tornadoes that day, this one was the only F5… It’s also the only F5 to occur in Pennsylvania. It first passed through Newton falls damaging approximately 400 homes, but nobody was severely injured due to storm awareness. After […]

Michigan 1986 Tornado

Fridley, Minnesota Tornado Strikes Nature Preserve in 1986

On the ground for around 16 minutes, and had an F1-F2 rating. The KARE11 TV station made weather history when helicopter pilot Max Messmer was flying out to cover an unrelated story and noticed a funnel cloud forming over the Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley. Photojournalist Tom Empey was on board the chopper and shot […]

Kansas 1990 Tornado

Supercell Storm Spawns Two F5 Tornadoes in Kansas in 1990

There was a large outbreak of tornados in March 1990 which spawned multiple tornadoes that touched ground including two F5 tornadoes. The first tornado went straight through Hesston, Kansas destroying many homes and businesses but only killing one person. This same family of storms created another F5 Tornado that hit Goessel, Kansas, where more homes […]

Illinois 1990 Tornado

Plainfield Illinois is Destroyed by an F5 Tornado on August 28, 1990

The supercell storm that spawned this F5 started in Wisconsin and eventually moved into Illinois. This tornado had hit Plainfield with little to no warnings, and first smashed into the high school which still had students practicing and extracurricular clubs were attending. The cyclone killed three people at the high school including a science teacher […]

Kansas 1991 Tornado

F5 Tornado in Andover Kansas on April 26, 1991

This F5 Tornado is a very notorious and highly studied specimen. The Andover Tornado’s first hit was the McConnel Air Force Base in Kansas. When it hit the base it had wind speeds of an F2 or F3 classification, and still caused 62 million dollars in damage. Luckily they had sufficient warnings and nobody was […]

Minnesota 1992 Tornado

Chandler, Minnesota Tornado in 1992

This tornado was a part of the third largest outbreak of tornadoes to occur in the United States. It topped off at a total of 170 confirmed tornadoes. This tornado was an F5 and ran straight into the residential area of Chandler taking out 75 homes, and damaging 90 houses, 10 businesses, a church and […]

Wisconsin 1996 Tornado

F5 Tornado in Oakfield, Wisconsin on July 18, 1996

This tornado is the only F5 to hit the United States in the year 1996. It started South of Oakfield, Wisconsin and moved directly into town causing approximately 40 million dollars worth of damage. This tornado was reported only 100 yards wide… being one of the skinniest F5’s recorded.

Kansas 2007 Tornado

EF5 Tornado in Greensburg, Kansas on May 4, 2007

This tornado was a category EF5, the highest possible ranking. It destroyed 95% of the community of Greensburg, Kansas. This tornado reached 1.7 miles wide and had wind speeds of over 203 mph. In the end this tornado outbreak killed 20 people.

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