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Interesting bit of history here. The deadliest F1 (and deadliest weak) tornado in history, the 1978 Whippoorwill tornado. 16 fatalities were recorded when the boat it hit was capsized on Lake Pomona. Despite being very narrow and weak, eyewitnesses saw 3 funnels rotating within it, indicating it had a multivortex structure. This event is an important reminder that all tornadoes, even weak ones are deadly and should be taken seriously.


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I seem to recall Grazulis writing about an event wherein a poorly supported wall was blown in (perhaps at a school?) and caused a building collapse and numerous fatalities. Supposedly it was still in the books as a weak tornado although the evidence strongly suggests it was a straight-line wind event. I want to say it was in New York?
 

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I seem to recall Grazulis writing about an event wherein a poorly supported wall was blown in (perhaps at a school?) and caused a building collapse and numerous fatalities. Supposedly it was still in the books as a weak tornado although the evidence strongly suggests it was a straight-line wind event. I want to say it was in New York?
I believe this is the event you are referring to. Same outbreak as the November 1989 Huntsville F4. Also, I think it was Fujita who made the analysis.
 
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I seem to recall Grazulis writing about an event wherein a poorly supported wall was blown in (perhaps at a school?) and caused a building collapse and numerous fatalities. Supposedly it was still in the books as a weak tornado although the evidence strongly suggests it was a straight-line wind event. I want to say it was in New York?
It'd be interesting to figure out the deadliest tornado by ranking. Deadliest F0, F1, F2, etc.
Also, is this the event you're thinking of?

 

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Interesting bit of history here. The deadliest F1 (and deadliest weak) tornado in history, the 1978 Whippoorwill tornado. 16 fatalities were recorded when the boat it hit was capsized on Lake Pomona. Despite being very narrow and weak, eyewitnesses saw 3 funnels rotating within it, indicating it had a multivortex structure. This event is an important reminder that all tornadoes, even weak ones are deadly and should be taken seriously.


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This reminded me about the tragedy of Oriental Star in Jianli, China on June 1, 2015. Only 12 person survived within the 454 on the ship. Like the storm hit the unlucky N.Y. elementary school in 1989, it was first offically reported as a tornadic event. Later researches showed that the ship was actually knocked down by an EF1 downburst. There is actually tornadic wind damage nearby but it did not threat the ship.
https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11434-016-1005-2.pdf
 

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It'd be interesting to figure out the deadliest tornado by ranking. Deadliest F0, F1, F2, etc.
Also, is this the event you're thinking of?

There is also a mysterious event. On May 19, 2003, a man in Lebanon, Maine was killed after a nasty dust devil lifted the roof of a two-story building.
 
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I haven't been able to find many damage photos from this tornado, aside from ground spirals and some general destruction to the town.
These two pics were taken near where the probe was placed, you can also notice the mangled white car mentioned by pohnpei.
There is a two-story white house near this location which was completely obliterated.
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The moment the tornado hit the house and the probe, a violent drillbit-like tornado
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Following pics were photographed between 2011 and 2013 in the center of the once-stood small town Manchester. Though it's already been ten years, these completely debarked and twisted hardwood trees were still visble
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A wide angle view of the whole meso
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These two pics were taken near where the probe was placed, you can also notice the mangled white car mentioned by pohnpei.
There is a two-story white house near this location which was completely obliterated.
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The moment the tornado hit the house and the probe, a violent drillbit-like tornado
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Following pics were photographed between 2011 and 2013 in the center of the once-stood small town Manchester. Though it's already been ten years, these completely debarked and twisted hardwood trees were still visble
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A wide angle view of the whole meso
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Wow that thing has a gorgeous mesocyclone and wall cloud structure, looks like a mushroom. Also, do you know if there's any photographs of the scoured asphalt?
 
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These two pics were taken near where the probe was placed, you can also notice the mangled white car mentioned by pohnpei.
There is a two-story white house near this location which was completely obliterated.
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The moment the tornado hit the house and the probe, a violent drillbit-like tornado
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Following pics were photographed between 2011 and 2013 in the center of the once-stood small town Manchester. Though it's already been ten years, these completely debarked and twisted hardwood trees were still visble
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A wide angle view of the whole meso
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Interesting article on tornado ghost towns, Manchester is the first mentioned.

 
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Today's the twenty-second anniversary of the deadly 1999 Bridge Creek-Moore tornado. It was this event that really got me interested in weather especially tornadoes, I even did a school science project on it.


This home video is in my opinion the best of the storm in it's wedge phase as it moved through Bridge Creek and along the I-44 turnpike towards Moore and OKC. You can see the complete structure of the supercell and wall cloud as well as debris floating in air.
 

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Does anyone here know of any photographs involving the Clyde, TX tornado of 1938? It seems very intense but I haven't had luck finding much in the way of visual documentation on it.
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Well, this sucks. Tried really hard to get my article done in time for today's anniversary, but apparently I actually need to work if I wanna do cool stuff like pay bills and whatnot. I'm close now, but I've been working on it since 6 and my brain's getting mushy. I will have it posted at some point tomorrow, though.

I suppose the outbreak technically didn't end until May 5 anyway, so I'm still in the ballpark lol

In the meantime, one of my favorite anecdotes I came across in my research: I spoke to a guy whose home in Midwest City was destroyed. He was thrown through the air and thought for sure he was going to die, and then.. he landed (relatively) safely in a swimming pool about a block away. Sometimes tornadoes make no sense. Bummed that he didn't have any pictures of the pool though.
 
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A drillbit, likely violent tornado occurred on rural farmlands in Williamson IA on 8/2/2015, this tornado was only rated EF1 for causing minor damage to heavy-loaded silos and flipped farm equipments. However, much alike Dalton and Wilkin EF4, this one left some deep ground scars in cornfields and even maybe some ground scouring, centerline was highly visble as well. Hardwood trees close to the damage site were snapped off from the base and suffered some slight debarking. Though the tornado had some low-quality video, the violent motion was quiet evident. Imagine this one would have got more attention nowadays since there're more chasers and it might have become the "tornado of the year".
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I'll recommend this video
 

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