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Significant Tornado Events (3 Viewers)


eric11

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Who has the photos of the damage of Franklin F4 tornado in Kansas in 2003? Some people say it's a tornado F5. Because of this, I've always been fascinated by it
Some of the following damage photos cited from a talk started by@buckeye05 on Americanwx
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David Lewison had some other nice damage photos
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dismembered tractors and severe ground scouring
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Brick-stone house completely leveled with stone step remaining
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Farm completely destroyed
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Many sources thought this should be an F5 and I have seen some stories behind it, well from my perspective it could either go to a high end F4 or low end F5 while in the EF system it may only deserve a moderate EF4 rating, not very clear how those houses anchored
 

buckeye05

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Some of the following damage photos cited from a talk started by@buckeye05 on Americanwx
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David Lewison had some other nice damage photos
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dismembered tractors and severe ground scouring
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Brick-stone house completely leveled with stone step remaining
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Farm completely destroyed
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Many sources thought this should be an F5 and I have seen some stories behind it, well from my perspective it could either go to a high end F4 or low end F5 while in the EF system it may only deserve a moderate EF4 rating, not very clear how those houses anchored
According to Tim Marshall it wasn’t well anchored. The speculation about this one deserving an F5 rating wasn’t based on much solid evidence,
 

Robinson lee

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据说是1985年5月31日的Niles-Wheatland F5龙卷风投掷了3个75,000磅的巨型堆积罐,这应该是那些照片
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I've nerver seen any Winfield F4 damage photos,thx for that.Seems like its damage can fits in with its gigantic,dark appearance in the video.I remember the tornado was called Skiatook F4 as well?If it does,here's some interesting description about the tornado that I found in an old chaser's journal:

If i remember correctly the Skiatook tornado was an F4,gigantic and fairly short tracked.There was a large branch deposited about 150 yards down the road and phone poles deposited about 1/2 mile away.Where the tornado crossed,it wiped out an old farm house(stone basement,no anchoring),barn and garage.I remember seeing a live chicken with half its feathers missing(regretted not taking a picture).
Skiatook actually had a path length of 32 miles. The short-lived F4 you're thinking of is Oologah, OK. That thing had a path length of only 4 miles but managed to do $12.5 million in damage to the community of Oologah.

Some pics from Skiatook:

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Damage pics from Oologah:

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I'm trying to find pics of the schoolbuses thrown 3/4 of a mile into a creek nearby, pretty crazy considering the path length is only 4 miles.
 

eric11

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Skiatook actually had a path length of 32 miles. The short-lived F4 you're thinking of is Oologah, OK. That thing had a path length of only 4 miles but managed to do $12.5 million in damage to the community of Oologah.

Some pics from Skiatook:

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Damage pics from Oologah:

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I'm trying to find pics of the schoolbuses thrown 3/4 of a mile into a creek nearby, pretty crazy considering the path length is only 4 miles.
Wow those house got leveled, looks like Skiatook was another F5 candidate that day.Finally managed to find some damage pics in Skiatook,judging its immense appearance near winfield, I can assume that this tornado kept its strength for a long time.
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The tornado also did some remarkable damage near westport.Some violent ground scouring and dragging marks can be found on the slope which faced the wind on nearby highway.
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NWS Tulsa did a quite detailed review for the event,some photo you'd like to find can be found in this link
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Wow those house got leveled, looks like Skiatook was another F5 candidate that day.Finally managed to find some damage pics in Skiatook,judging its immense appearance near winfield, I can assume that this tornado kept its strength for a long time.
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The tornado also did some remarkable damage near westport.Some violent ground scouring and dragging marks can be found on the slope which faced the wind on nearby highway.
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NWS Tulsa did a quite detailed review for the event,some photo you'd like to find can be found in this link
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Oh wow, so Oologah did 15 million in damage, and 12 million of it was at the school complex, insane. For some reason the photos won't load for me.
Also, there's no doubt in my mind that Red Rock, Winfield, and Skiatook undoubtedly had F5 potential, and possibly Oologah, if it didn't abruptly dissipate. Really, this outbreak is surprisingly underrated outside of Andover.
 

eric11

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Oh wow, so Oologah did 15 million in damage, and 12 million of it was at the school complex, insane. For some reason the photos won't load for me.
Also, there's no doubt in my mind that Red Rock, Winfield, and Skiatook undoubtedly had F5 potential, and possibly Oologah, if it didn't abruptly dissipate. Really, this outbreak is surprisingly underrated outside of Andover.
Yeah,the photos won't load for me either, only the track and description available.There's no doubt the potential F5 strength for Red rock and Skiatook,Winfield lacks damage photos but judging its video appearance,some high end F4 or borderline F5 could be imagine.Oologah reminds me of the Northwood ND EF4,both short tracked, throw school bus/propane tank for long distance,but Oologah may be a little stronger,I prefer a high end F4 rating.Besides these, I also heard that Enid F3 was capable of doing F4 damage and didn't know much about those F3s occurred in KS that day.4/26/91 surely to be one of the largest and most violent single day outbreak on Great Plains,How I wish it could repeat in my lifetime.
 

Robinson lee

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Did anyone notice the Atlantic tornado on May 31, 1985. The tornado, which killed 23 people, may have been overshadowed by the brilliance of the Niles Wheatland tornado, is said to have knocked down a 200 mile per hour communications tower, dismembered the trailer into a frame, flattened and destroyed many houses and caused land erosion. Here are some pictures of the tornadoAtlanticDamage.jpeg397904_3140988330561_2128111493_n.jpg13198456_10207655188635602_7074967609280130849_o.jpg截图_2020_0817_092342.png2DL5NT54SFDLHOZHUHBXWP6TTI(2).jpg
 
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Honestly, the
Did anyone notice the Atlantic tornado on May 31, 1985. The tornado, which killed 23 people, may have been overshadowed by the brilliance of the Niles Wheatland tornado, is said to have knocked down a 200 mile per hour communications tower, dismembered the trailer into a frame, flattened and destroyed many houses and caused land erosion. Here are some pictures of the tornadoView attachment 4373View attachment 4376View attachment 4377View attachment 4378View attachment 4379
Honestly, the most impressive tornado of that day was the Moshannon State Forest one, the 2.25 mile wide monster that uprooted around 100,000 trees, traveled for 70 miles and climbed mountains. That said, Niles/Wheatland undoubtedly takes the cake in terms of most extreme damage. Example pics below:

Extreme wind-rowing near Lordstown, Ohio:

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Wind-rowing in Niles, Ohio
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These next two pics are of the 75,000 pound propane tanks being crumpled like soda cans, one of them was actually thrown onto Warren Avenue, blocking rescuers.
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This last pic is the remains of the Yourga Trucking Company in Wheatland, PA. The tornado completely destroyed the building, stripping away the sheet metal roofing and brick walls, only the mangled steel frame was left. Sections of asphalt were found scoured in the parking lots at and around the business.

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Honestly, the


Honestly, the most impressive tornado of that day was the Moshannon State Forest one, the 2.25 mile wide monster that uprooted around 100,000 trees, traveled for 70 miles and climbed mountains. That said, Niles/Wheatland undoubtedly takes the cake in terms of most extreme damage. Example pics below:

Extreme wind-rowing near Lordstown, Ohio:

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Wind-rowing in Niles, Ohio
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These next two pics are of the 75,000 pound propane tanks being crumpled like soda cans, one of them was actually thrown onto Warren Avenue, blocking rescuers.
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最后一张照片是宾夕法尼亚州惠特兰的Youga Trucking Company的遗骸。龙卷风完全摧毁了这座建筑,剥去了金属屋顶和砖墙,只剩下了残缺不全的钢框架。在该公司及其附近的停车场中发现有柏油碎片。

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Yes, that monster is unbelievable. It is said that seismographs at the University of Pennsylvania responded to this, but only one person was injured in the tornado, which is very lucky. When it comes to Niles Wheatland, I think it's absolutely violent, it's probably the best candidate for the strongest tornado of the 1980s
 
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Two other pics involving Niles/Wheatland:

The destroyed WWIZ Radio Station in Greenfeild Township, east of Hermitage:

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Photo of the tornado tearing through Wheatland. Remarkable how narrow it was, one of the most impressive drill bit tornadoes:

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The gas station at Newton Falls was in ruins after the tornadoScreenshot_2020_0818_171659.png
This piece of paper was inserted into the asphalt after the tornado, incredible damage
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Today' s the 15th anniversary of the Stoughton WI F3 occurred on 8/18/2005.Another potential violent tornado, narrow but andover-like violent motion was evident as it went into downtown Stoughton.Numerous FR12 got completely destroyed or leveled though a close inspection shows the missing of some anchors in some houses.Ground scouring can be clearly seen outside town.Would like to go a 165—170mph rating
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This may be the best illustration I've ever seen of just how invisible and dangerous rain-wrapped tornadoes can be. Scary stuff.

Also that photo you posted of the tree damage from the Agua Doce tornado is some of the most intense I've ever seen outside of the United States. Has a rating been assigned?
 
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