It's frustrating that the 1971 Delta outbreak is so poorly documented. I'm sure a concerted search could turn up plenty of stuff, but it's a bit surprising that there's not more floating around. Also a little bit surprised that Lubbock doesn't get mentioned more often, although part of that is probably because the worst of the damage was confined to a couple narrow subvortex swaths. The TTU studies on Lubbock are good reading for nerds - really impressively comprehensive.I've recently dug into the AP Archive and newspapers.com and have found a few older tornado damage photographs that I've found worthy of sharing here.
The Lubbock Tornado caused 27 deaths along its 9 mile path of death and destruction, but no place suffered harder than this subdivision not far from the airport. 8 lives were lost including a family of four.
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This image from the Delhi, Louisiana area on February 21st, 1971 shows the remains of a home where 14 people were killed by an F5 tornado, the first of the big three on that date. The home was picked off of its foundation and thrown into the river. Note the major tree debarking, which makes me believe that this tornado was an F5 after all.
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This is an aerial of San Justo after it was hit by the southern hemisphere's deadliest tornado on January 10th, 1973
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The area north of Grand Rapids, MI suffered terribly at the hands of an F4 tornado during Palm Sunday 1965
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This is a close-up of a home that was destroyed by the 1953 Worcester Tornado
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An aerial of the Colfax, Wisconsin area after the tornado of June 4th, 1958
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Tree absolutely shredded by the Plainfield Tornado of 1990
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A home that was completely destroyed by the Zephyr, Texas Tornado of May 29th, 1909
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