April 1957 Southeastern United States tornado outbreak

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April 1957 Southeastern United States tornado outbreak
April 8, 1958 outbreak.jpg
April 7–8, 1958, outbreak
Type Tornado outbreak
Duration April 7–8, 1957
Tornadoes confirmed ≥18
Max rating1 F4 tornado
Duration of tornado outbreak2 ~21 hours
Damage Unknown
Casualties 7 deaths, 171 injuries
Areas affected Southeastern United States

1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

2Time from first tornado to last tornado

The April 1957 Southeastern United States tornado outbreak struck the southern and southeastern United States during April 7–8, 1957. This outbreak was responsible for producing 7 deaths and 171 injuries across the Southeastern United States.

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 0 3 8 5 2 0 ≥18

April 7 event[edit]

F# Location County Time (UTC) Path length Damage
F2 N of Waldron Scott 0505 4.7 miles (7.6 km) A tornado damaged three barns and many roofs.[1] The tornado is not listed as significant by tornado researcher Thomas P. Grazulis.[2]
F2 N of Red Bay Franklin 0535 0.1 miles (0.16 km) A tornado unroofed one home and ripped off the porches of several others. Barns and garages were destroyed as well.[2]
Sources: NCDC Storm Events Database, Grazulis 1993

April 8 event[edit]

F# Location County Time (UTC) Path length Damage
F2 W of Shannon to SW of Verona Lee 0910 9 miles (14 km) A tornado destroyed one home.[2]
F1 SE of Bruce Calhoun 1400 0.1 miles (0.16 km) A tornado destroyed or badly damaged two homes.[1]
F2 N of Woody Cumberland 1200 2.7 miles (4.3 km) A tornado damaged three barns, five homes, and numerous outbuildings. Trees were uprooted as well.[1] The tornado is not listed as significant by Grazulis.[2]
F2 S of Bowmantown Washington 2130 3 miles (4.8 km) A grain storage house was unroofed, and 20 large trees were blown down.[1] A barn was shifted 3 feet (1 yd) off its foundation, and flying debris damaged a home.[1]
F3 S of Hamilton to N of Piney Grove Marion, Winston, Lawrence 1546 51.4 miles (82.7 km) This long-tracked tornado was probably a tornado family. A few small houses were leveled at the end of the path.[2] Trees were damaged along a path up to 1 mi (1.6 km) in width, and a car was carried 0.25 mi (0.40 km).[2] Five people may have been injured, but are not officially counted.[1][2]
F3 NE of Battleground to N of Cottonville Morgan, Marshall 1615 38.8 miles (62.4 km) 2 deaths – A tornado hit between Florette and Oleander. Over 150 homes were damaged or destroyed in the small, rural communities of Rock Creek, Lawrence Cove, Briddle Mountain, and Cotaco Valley—all in southern Morgan County.[2] At least 90[1] (perhaps 125)[2] people were injured.
F3 S of Hulaco to NE of Warrenton Cullman, Morgan, Marshall 1630 16.3 miles (26.2 km) Numerous, small homes and barns were destroyed. The tornado followed a path similar to that of the preceding tornado.[2] The tornado is rated F2 by Grazulis.
F2 NE of Plainville to NE of Calhoun Gordon 1900 10.3 miles (16.6 km) A tornado struck a trailer park, injuring five (perhaps 20)[1][2] people. 70 buildings were damaged or destroyed.[2]
F1 SE of Chula to Douglas Tift, Irwin, Coffee 2100 41.3 miles (66.5 km) One large home lost its roof and others were "shifted."[2] A barn and a lumber mill were destroyed. The tornado is rated F2 by Grazulis.[2]
F3 N of Jacksonville Telfair 2130 14.7 miles (23.7 km) 1 death – A truck was thrown 100 ft (30 m), killing the occupant. Two homes and a church were destroyed as well. A refrigerator was thrown 250 yd (750 ft).[2]
F2 E of Benevolence to N of Brooksville Randolph 2330 5.2 miles (8.4 km) Three homes, two barns, and a church were destroyed.[2]
South Carolina
F2 Cross Keys to S of Santuc Union 2100 15.2 miles (24.5 km) A tornado struck near Cross Anchor. Three homes were destroyed and 57 others were damaged.[1][2]
F4 NE of Heath Springs to Jefferson to Roseboro, NC Lancaster, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Scotland (NC), Robeson (NC), Cumberland (NC), Sampson (NC) 2200 121.4 miles (195.4 km) 4 deaths – This was a long-lived tornado family containing at least two separate tornadoes, both of which may have been tornado families themselves. The first (F3) tornado touched down near Flat Creek and moved into the town of Jefferson, tearing apart 23 of 25 buildings on Main Street and destroying or damaging 141 homes and 156 other structures.[2] Continuous damage of F2 and F3 intensity extended from Jefferson to near Cheraw and Wallace. The tornado destroyed or damaged 25 homes in Wallace.[2] Pieces of a cotton gin were carried over 10 mi (16 km). The second (F4) tornado touched down near McColl and crossed into North Carolina near Johns and east of Maxton.[2] A gas station, small homes, and several barns were destroyed.[2] The only F4 damage occurred between Roseboro and Parkersburg, where four people died and about 20 homes were leveled.[2] Well over 397 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed along the path, including more than 100 in Sampson County alone.
F1 SW of Ocean View Norfolk 2220 1 mile (1.6 km) This tornado was originally listed as a strong wind in Storm Data. Two people were injured.[1]
North Carolina
F4 Pembroke area Robeson 0100 0.8 miles (1.3 km) 100 buildings were damaged, 25 of which were "destroyed." Some of the homes were flattened.[2] The tornado is rated F3 by Grazulis.
F3 SE of Concord Duplin 0200 8 miles (13 km) Nine homes were leveled and 12 others were damaged near Rosehill and Magnolia. Debris was strewn over many acres, and at least one home had its concrete foundation cracked "as if by heavy sledge hammer."[1][2]
Sources: NCDC Storm Events Database, Grazulis 1993

See also[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Storm Data and Unusual Weather Phenomena". Climatological Data National Summary. Asheville, North Carolina: United States Department of Commerce. 8 (4): 116–118. 1957. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x Grazulis 1993, p. 1004