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It's official: this thread has hit 200 pages. More than double the old one (I think it only got to 70-80 pages). Amazing to think that this thread didn't really take off until May of 2020 (not long after I made a comment about the Xenia tornado #humblebrag) , amazing how far things have come. Hopefully we don't run out of tornado events to discuss. Lol.
Seriously though, all of you deserve credit for getting this thread back to what it used to be before the old went down years ago. Really awesome.
 

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I thought that this view of the Greensboro - Brent - Centreville EF3 from March 25th, 2021 shortly after it touched down was very, very interesting. I am certain that this tornado was violent.

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There were two instances in particular where I believe that an intensity of EF4 may have been reached. First, the tornado touched down large and intense. It immediately began doing at least EF3 damage within seconds of touchdown. Just north-northeast of touchdown, the tornado leveled a poorly-built home and produced some tree debarking nearby. This debarking is consistent with some of the other lower-bound EF4's that I have seen.

A photo from this area

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The next area of likely violent-intensity damage was reached in the rural forests of Bibb County, about 15 miles from Brent - Centreville. where remote sensing detected an area of nearly 100% treefall. Some photos I found online from this area show many of the trees snapped very close to the ground over a very wide swath.

Satellite imagery of the affected area. The area with total blowdown is on bottom left.

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Some ground photos from this area

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Some additional finds from this outbreak I found very, very cool:

The Ohatchee EF3 Tornado (the one that killed 5) crossing the Coosa River

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This ring video of the Eagle Point area EF3 (the tornado before Ohatchee) is absolutely insane
 
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I also found this image of tree damage from the Chapman Tornado of 2016 View attachment 9480
This Chapman photo, wow you can scoured grass and partially scoured hillside topsoil, reminds me somewhat of Andover.
The tree debarking here reminds me of quite a bit Dixie events, but no single one in particular.
Yet more proof Chapman should have been rated EF5.
 
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locomusic01

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Well, ended up taking an extra day because I got an email from someone I really wanted to talk to/include in the article. Anyway, it's done now. And only two days late!

 

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Well, ended up taking an extra day because I got an email from someone I really wanted to talk to/include in the article. Anyway, it's done now. And only two days late!

Woah Bridge Creek was an extremely violent tornado. That damage is comparable or maybe even exceeds that of the 2011 El Reno tornado.
 

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Well, ended up taking an extra day because I got an email from someone I really wanted to talk to/include in the article. Anyway, it's done now. And only two days late!

Exemplary as usual, also soundly puts to rest the rumbling that this tornado was anything less than well into the F5 category (or EF5 today).
 

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Well, ended up taking an extra day because I got an email from someone I really wanted to talk to/include in the article. Anyway, it's done now. And only two days late!

Absolutely stunning! Incredible!
 

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Exemplary as usual, also soundly puts to rest the rumbling that this tornado was anything less than well into the F5 category (or EF5 today).
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locomusic01

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Woah Bridge Creek was an extremely violent tornado. That damage is comparable or maybe even exceeds that of the 2011 El Reno tornado.
I came into the article like a lot of people probably - I knew it was really intense, but maybe not historically so. I definitely had to reevaluate my opinion on that lol. For my money, I'd say it's as violent as any tornado I've ever researched.

Jim LaDue was involved in the survey and he said that it's still the most violent he's ever seen. I don't think he's alone in that assessment, either.

FWIW, I didn't hear back from Tim Marshall in time for the article, but I remember listening to a podcast a while back - maybe WeatherBrains? - where he named Jarrell as the most violent he'd ever surveyed. Some of the damage in Bridge Creek is pretty comparable to Jarrell though (which is saying a LOT), and at a pretty brisk forward speed.

Should also add that the damage in parts of Moore is super impressive as well, especially for a densely populated area where you'd expect near-surface winds to be slowed somewhat. Also thought it was interesting that, much like Joplin, it sucked out a number of manhole covers in tightly packed subdivisions.
 
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locomusic01

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Going through some of the stuff I didn't end up using - the LA Times reported that this bus was thrown about a mile near Bridge Creek. I couldn't find confirmation anywhere else, which is why it doesn't appear in the article, but two different people I talked to who lived in BC at the time independently said they'd heard that. No doubt the tornado was capable of it, though to me it seems like it'd be a lot more damaged than it is if it were true.

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locomusic01

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The damage Mulhall did was more impressive than I thought. The foundation being reportedly dislodged and a large tractor being torn apart are pretty impressive.
Mulhall was so frustrating because it's like some kind of urban legend or something - I talked to several people who'd heard different things or whatever, but I only ended up finding two people who were actually impacted by it (the farmer and one person in town). I'm sure there are photos out there somewhere from the hardest-hit areas, but I had pretty much no luck.

To me, it's basically El Reno 2013. Anything that had the misfortune of being directly in the path of a subvortex (especially on the tornado's right side) was in for a very, very bad time. Outside of that, it's almost like a fun-sized major hurricane.

It's a shame that so little of the tornado's path (relatively speaking) was documented by the DOW, though. I don't think they even captured it at peak intensity.
 

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Sorry to take over the whole thread, but I figured I'd post some more of the stuff that didn't make it into the article.

A before/after from Bridge Creek, but somehow I lost the person's info and couldn't check exactly where the property was located lol




The tiny trees and shrubs being stripped totally bare reminds me so much of El Reno 2011:





A muddy tangle of debris in Bridge Creek:



In a past life, this was a Ford Aerostar van parked along I-44 near the 16th Street overpass:



Same area - not even sure if this engine block is from the same van:

 

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Another tree damage pic north of Solomon KS ten months later.
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A Case IH400 tractor weighs 50000 pounds was thrown nearly a quarter mile.
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That second picture is actually the mangled remains of a pickup truck. Apparently those were the largest pieces that remained. The rest of the truck was granulated into even smaller pieces or simply never found.

I used to have a picture of what the truck looked like before the tornado... but unfortunately I can't seem to find that anymore.
 

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