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Texas always has the most interesting violent tornadoes, with deviant storm motion, juicy CAPE, boundary interactions, but when it goes wrong down there, my oh my it goes REALLY wrong. Events like Bakersfield 1990, Saragosa 1987, Laguna Park 2000, Jarrell 1997, and this one come to mind. That region also gets the LLJ driven tornadoes, such as the early morning May 1989 Brackettville, TX F4, the one that got rated as such based on extreme crop damage, and the March 22, 2000 Mexico Tornado, which actually left a pretty significant scar behind.

Radar scan of the Mexico Tornado

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In the official Weather Bureau report on the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, it is reported that the Rockaway tornado tore up a section of a railroad right of way. I wonder if there are any photos of this damage?
Way back in the thread an F1 tornado from Palm Sunday was shown having damaged railroad tracks, but I don't think it's the one you mentioned. Nonetheless, it's worthy of mention here as it's one of the few clear photos of rail damage I've found.

 

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In the official Weather Bureau report on the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak, it is reported that the Rockaway tornado tore up a section of a railroad right of way. I wonder if there are any photos of this damage?
I wasn't able to find photos back when I wrote my article years ago (which is one of the reasons Rockaway is high on my list to revisit), but I did find multiple independent accounts that mentioned a section of track being torn up, so it at least lends some credence to it. Of course, "torn up" is pretty subjective.

There were a number of really impressive accounts from that tornado. There was a truck carrying a ton of heavy equipment (the combined weight was something crazy like 80,000 lbs IIRC) that was apparently picked up and thrown across a highway. Several brick homes, apparently built recently by fairly well-off residents, were said to have been swept clean from their foundations. In at least one place, concrete jersey barriers were picked up and rolled/tossed around.

Here are the few photos I have on hand. This was a farm south of Rockaway where a bunch of machinery was thrown and "twisted beyond recognition":



This is the home where a woman was killed - the only fatality according to some sources, while others list four:



This is the crossroads at the center of town:



Concrete bridge railings ripped up - the remains of a house were apparently blown into the creek below:



A home south of Republic that was demolished:

 

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Whoops, I missed a group of photos from around the Tiffin area, near the start of the path. These are all from the same property.

A before and after of the family's home:





Two of the family cars destroyed:





Their barn and other assorted wreckage:









 

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Whoops, I missed a group of photos from around the Tiffin area, near the start of the path. These are all from the same property.

A before and after of the family's home:





Two of the family cars destroyed:





Their barn and other assorted wreckage:









Wow, that vehicle damage, those concrete pillars ripped up, and that debris granulation is very impressive. And of course, this tornado only has an F3 rating in the official database. Many of the Palm Sunday outbreak tornadoes are very underrated.
 

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Pretty impressive video from Palm Sunday in Elkhart County. I've seen it posted on a couple different Youtube accounts but I didn't see it in this thread:


Similarly impressive video from the Rainbow Lake tornado, shot immediately south of Shipshewana:


Not a ton here, but this is from Shelby County, OH (the Swanders-Maplewood F4):


6 Mile Rd in Comstock Park:


Also just noticed I had this one saved but tbh I don't think I've actually watched it yet lol. Doesn't say where it's from; if it's any good I may try to find out:


The Crystal Lake Historical Society has several videos as well:

 

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Wow, that vehicle damage, those concrete pillars ripped up, and that debris granulation is very impressive. And of course, this tornado only has an F3 rating in the official database. Many of the Palm Sunday outbreak tornadoes are very underrated.
Yeah, it's amazing how many of the Palm Sunday tornadoes were underrated, overshadowed or both. I've really gotta revisit it eventually.
 
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Don't feel like going back through every previous post on it, so I'll just hope I'm not reposting anything. Just looking through my Flint-Beecher folder and a few caught my eye, especially the vehicle damage:

























Way back in the thread Flint was discussed and I posted this YouTube video. The sheer amount of mangled cars is crazy:



My previous post on it:



Another poster's previous post on it, with more vehicle damage. The car with the engine removed impaled/wrapped around a tree is the standout:

 
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While on the topic of violent Michigan tornadoes I might as well bring up Hudsonville 1956 as somehow it hasn't come up on this thread. This thing was surprisingly well-documented for its time by numerous magazines.

1. The remains of a home where a man and his young son were killed. Vegetation around the bare foundation was scoured from the ground and the fallen tree trunk behind the home was debarked and stripped of branches. Much of the furniture and debris from the home was found more than a quarter mile away. Amazingly, the homeowner’s wife and daughter survived the tornado, though both were critically injured. (Image by Thelma Bakker)

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2. Extreme damage to cars near Port Sheldon Street. The mangled car at right originated from a home where four fatalities occurred. (Images by Thelma Bakker)

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3. Aerial view of F5 damage to two homes along 40th Avenue. The tornado’s narrow path was made visible by streaks of pronounced wind rowing, an indication of extreme intensity. Similar wind rowing was photographed throughout the tornado’s damage path.
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1. https://extremeplanet.wordpress.com...est-tornadoes-ever-recorded-pre-1970-part-ii/

2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
 

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Some more Hudsonville photographs. Note the extreme ground scouring and debris granulation from this thing.

Also in the last picture you can see how narrow and defined the core from this thing was, note the obliterated building near the road in the center right of the photo with a granary tower still standing. Hud_4.jpg Hud_5.jpg Hud_6.jpg Hud_7.jpg Hud_8.jpg Hud_9.jpg Hud_10.jpg
 
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While on the topic of violent Michigan tornadoes I might as well bring up Hudsonville 1956 as somehow it hasn't come up on this thread. This thing was surprisingly well-documented for its time by numerous magazines.

1. The remains of a home where a man and his young son were killed. Vegetation around the bare foundation was scoured from the ground and the fallen tree trunk behind the home was debarked and stripped of branches. Much of the furniture and debris from the home was found more than a quarter mile away. Amazingly, the homeowner’s wife and daughter survived the tornado, though both were critically injured. (Image by Thelma Bakker)

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2. Extreme damage to cars near Port Sheldon Street. The mangled car at right originated from a home where four fatalities occurred. (Images by Thelma Bakker)

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3. Aerial view of F5 damage to two homes along 40th Avenue. The tornado’s narrow path was made visible by streaks of pronounced wind rowing, an indication of extreme intensity. Similar wind rowing was photographed throughout the tornado’s damage path.
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Sources:

1. https://extremeplanet.wordpress.com...est-tornadoes-ever-recorded-pre-1970-part-ii/

2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
That first pic is still one of the cleanest sweeps I’ve ever seen. Wind-rowing and total obliteration of a structure is one thing, but a total lack of debris pattern at all is something that is rarely seen. Even the tile flooring was apparently gone at that residence.
 

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I've often wondered why powerful tornadoes used to be a fairly common occurrence here in Michigan, and then they just stopped happening in the 70s. Not that I'm disappointed, of course, it's great not having a Beecher 2.0 or another Palm Sunday Outbreak. Just interesting how violent tornadoes were fairly common around here for a while, and then they basically just stopped happening in the late 70's (I believe the last F4s were in 1977, IIRC). Occasionally an F3/EF3, but even those we haven't seen in 9 years now.
 

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Damage from the 2006 Westminster TX tornado. The wheel axles are from a trailer that was tossed around 530 yards.
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Damage from the 2006 Westminster TX tornado. The wheel axles are from a trailer that was tossed around 530 yards.
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Might as well toot my own horn here and link to my previous post on this beast from another long since dead thread:


The ground scouring from this thing was phenomenal, somehow it got slapped with an F3 rating.
 

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More Westminster photos that I find extremely impressive. If this is F3 damage then please shoot me.
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Assorted vehicle parts with completely shredded and debarked vegetation.

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Well-built house swept completely away. Reminds me of Bridge Creek

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Tremendous ground scouring. No grass left and clumps of dirt pulled up.

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Clumps of dirt (closer view)
 

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