Tornado outbreak of April 8–9, 1999

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April 8–9, 1999 tornado outbreak
Type Tornado outbreak
Duration April 8–9, 1999
Tornadoes confirmed 54 confirmed
Max rating1 F4 tornado
Duration of tornado outbreak2 30 hours
Damage $82 million
Casualties 6 fatalities, 100 injuries
Areas affected Midwest, South Carolina, Virginia

1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

2Time from first tornado to last tornado

The April 8–9, 1999 tornado outbreak was a widespread tornado outbreak that affected the United States in early April 1999. It is best known for producing an F4 that killed four people in the Blue Ash and Montgomery, Ohio areas.

Tornado table[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 14 25 8 4 3 0 54

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

April 8 event[edit]

F# Location County Time (UTC) Path length Damage
Nebraska
F1 NW of Aurora Hamilton 1600 4 miles (6.4 km) A grain dryer was destroyed while several center pivots and a few outbuildings were damaged.
F1 NE of Clarks Merrick 1654 3 miles (4.8 km) Five sheds were destroyed and several center pivots were damaged.
F0 S of Belgrade Nance 1656 1 miles (1.6 km) A chemical applicator, a barn, and fencing were damaged.
F0 N of St. Edward Boone 1722 1 miles (1.6 km) Caused heavy damage to barns and outbuildings.
F1 NW of Schuyler Colfax 1806 4 miles (6.4 km) Caused damage to ten farmsteads and a church.
F1 W of Morse Bluff Saunders, Dodge 1807 1.5 miles (2.4 km) 10 buildings were damaged, including a business that was nearly destroyed. 14 homes were also damaged.
F0 W of Yutan Saunders 1812 3.5 miles (5.6 km) Caused damage to outbuildings, center pivots, and a grain bin.
F0 SW of Orum Washington 1848 0.1 miles (0.16 km) 4 outbuildings were damaged.
Iowa
F1 SE of Slater Story 1833 2 miles (3.2 km) 44 homes and businesses were damaged, including one destroyed.
F0 E of Hamburg Fremont 1908 unknown Brief touchdown with no damage.
F0 N of Honey Creek Pottawattamie 1918 0.3 miles (0.5 km) Brief touchdown with no damage.
F1 Shenandoah area Page 1922 5 miles (8 km) Minimal damage occurred.
F1 S of Clarinda Page 1936 8 miles (12.8 km) A workhorse was destroyed and several homes were damaged.
F1 Red Oak area Montgomery 1938 8 miles (12.8 km) Several metal buildings at a pig farm were destroyed, and an RV was overturned and tossed into a frame house, destroying it.
F1 NE of Clarinda Page 1948 9 miles (14.4 km) Minimal damage occurred.
F0 Villisca area Montgomery 1954 5 miles (8 km) Caused damage to trees and outbuildings.
F4 NW of Guss to SE of Casey Taylor, Adams, Cass, Adair 1954 49 miles (78.4 km) This was a mile-wide wedge tornado. Farmsteads were swept clean by the tornado and checks and papers were carried several dozen miles from their original locations. One horse was thrown by a tornado and sustained severe injuries. 2 people were injured by the storm and damage amounts were pegged a $1 million in both Adair and Adams Counties.
F4 SE of Creston to NW of Granger Union, Madison, Dallas 2048 56 miles (89.6 km) Damage amounts in Union County were pegged at $2 million, and at $350 000 in Madison County. One person was injured by the tornado. One car with its occupant was thrown 250 feet away by the tornado but was uninjured. Five coal cars were also knocked off a track
F0 Des Moines area Polk 2200 0.2 miles (0.32 km) One house and several trees were damaged west of downtown Des Moines.
F2 W of New Virginia to SE of Rising Sun Warren, Polk 2213 32 miles (51.2 km) Tornado traveled mostly through rural areas with minor property damage.
F3 SW of Norwood to Colfax Lucas, Warren, Marion, Jasper 2218 39 miles (62.4 km) Three homes and a business were damaged or destroyed. 5 people were injured, and damage was pegged at around $1 million in Jasper County.
F3 Bloomfield to NE of Eldon Davis, Wapello 2315 16 miles (25.6 km) 64 homes and businesses in the Bloomfield area were damaged. A farmstead and outbuildings were also damaged or destroyed outside of town. In total, 178 homes and businesses were affected and 5 people were injured.
F0 NW of Batavia Jefferson 2325 0.1 miles (0.16 km) Brief touchdown with no damage.
F0 SW of Richland Jefferson 2325 0.1 miles (0.16 km) Brief touchdown with no damage.
Missouri
F1 SW of Pumpkin Center Andrew, Nodaway 1930 13.5 miles (21.6 km) 6 homes were destroyed, and two mobile homes, barns, outbuildings, and a grain bin were damaged.
F2 W of Bosworth to W of Atlanta Carroll, Chariton, Macon 2120 53.5 miles (85.6 km) 14 homes and 9 mobile homes were destroyed, and several outbuildings were either damaged or destroyed. Also, another 40 homes and five mobile homes were damaged. A total of 85 agricultural outbuildings were destroyed and another 37 were damaged.
F1 N of Wheeling Livingston 2120 7 miles (11.2 km) A machine shed, a pole barn, a grain bin, and a garage were destroyed.
F2 S of Atlanta to SW of Novelty Macon, Knox 2225 17 miles (27.2 km) 5 homes, 4 barns, 2 grain bins, and 3 mobile homes were destroyed. Six other homes and several outbuildings being damaged - some of the outbuildings were destroyed.
F1 NE of Billingsville Cooper 2230 4 miles (6.4 km) A church was damaged and three tractor trailers overturned.
F2 N of Midway Boone 2255 4 miles (6.4 km) A mobile home, seven outbuildings, a farm, and two pieces of farm equipment were destroyed. Five homes were damaged as well.
F2 S of La Belle to W of Derrahs Lewis 2305 16 miles (25.6 km) A modular home, 3 regular homes, and several sheds, barns, and outbuildings were destroyed. Three homes were also damaged.
F2 S of Hallsville Boone 2305 10 miles (16 km) A few farm equipment storage buildings, one barn, five grain bins, and a garage were destroyed. 4 homes were damaged as well.
F1 N of Mexico Audrain 2330 10 miles (16 km) Damage to an industrial complex, including a factory which lost parts of its roof. Several sheet metal buildings were destroyed. A barn, two equipment buildings, and two grain bins were destroyed while a barn and two homes were damaged.
F1 S of Osage Bluff Cole 2330 12 miles (19.2 km) Two barns were destroyed and 28 homes were damaged.
F1 NE of Linn Osage 0000 8 miles (12.8 km) One mobile home was destroyed while 79 permanent homes and several businesses were damaged.
F0 S of High Prairie Webster 0015 0.1 miles (0.16 km) A shed was destroyed.
F2 Louisiana, MO to NW of Florence, IL Pike, MO, Pike, IL, Scott 0034 27.3 miles (43.7 km) There was minor roof damage in Missouri. In Illinois, five barns and a grain bin were destroyed while other farm buildings, two grain bins, an equipment building, two houses, and a boat dock were damaged.
Illinois
F3 Hamilton, Illinois/ Warsaw, Illinois Hancock 2335 7.5 miles (12 km) 176 structures, including homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed including two destroyed homes in Warsaw, with many businesses and neighborhoods destroyed in Hamilton. KHQA-TV and KOKX towers were destroyed. 4 people were injured.
F0 E of Disco to NE of Berwick Hancock, Henderson, Warren 0035 20 miles (32 km) A farm shed lost parts of its roof.
F1 W of Exeter Scott 0110 4 miles (6.4 km) One barn and three grain bins were destroyed, and several other barns were damaged. The roof of a trailer was also removed, and silos were damaged as well.
F1 W of Joy Prairie Morgan 0127 9.5 miles (15.2 km) Several outbuildings and a barn were destroyed, while several homes, a barn, an airplane hangar and a garage were damaged. A boat was thrown off a trailer into a pond a quarter-mile away.
F1 Ashland area Morgan, Cass 0145 9.3 miles (14.9 km) 1 death - One home, two outbuildings, 17 trailers, a shed, a barn, a hog shelter, and a mobile home were destroyed. 17 houses, 20 trailers, a church, a laundromat, a city garage and brick buildings were also damaged.
F1 SW of Tallula Sangamon, Menard 0153 9.3 miles (14.9 km)
F1 SW of New Douglas Madison 0318 1 miles (1.6 km) 3 farms, outbuildings, one home and a garage were damaged.
F1 N of Cisco Piatt 0335 3.5 miles (5.6 km) 1 death - A mobile home and two garages were destroyed, killing 1 and injuring 3 others.
F0 N of Janesville Cumberland, Coles 0432 0.3 miles (0.5 km) Three homes were damaged, with a front porch and a swimming pool being destroyed.
Indiana
F3 E of Dupont to S of Olean Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley 0756 18 miles (28.8 km) Several homes and barns were damaged, including one severely in Jefferson County. In Jennings County, 4 barns were destroyed and two homes damaged. Two metal power line towers were toppled as well. In Ripley County, four mobile homes, one house, 21 barns, 17 outbuildings, and 5 pieces of farm equipment were destroyed, while 4 mobile homes, 28 houses, 20 barns, 15 outbuildings, 7 vehicles, and 4 pieces of farm equipment were damaged. 2 livestock were killed.
Sources:

Tornado History Project Storm Data - April 8, 1999

April 9 event[edit]

F# Location County Time (UTC) Path length Damage
Indiana
F0 NE of Wilmington Dearborn 0844 1 miles (1.6 km) A barn was destroyed, while a silo and four homes were damaged.
Ohio
F1 Addyston area (SW Cincinnati) Hamilton 0855 0.8 miles (1.3 km) One house was destroyed and the roof of a garage was removed.
F1 Tipp City area Miami 0900 3.5 miles (5.6 km) Several campers and RVs were destroyed, while homes and storage buildings were damaged.
F4 Montgomery/Blue Ash (NE Cincinnati) to NE of Loveland Hamilton, Warren 0912 10 miles (16 km) 4 deaths - In Hamilton County, 91 homes and apartments and 37 businesses were destroyed. 674 homes and apartments and 44 businesses were damaged. Two fatalities occurred in a home, and two others occurred in vehicles that were thrown. Hundreds of trees were snapped and uprooted along the path. Width of the tornado was a quarter-mile wide. Several homes, garages and barns were damaged in Warren County.
F2 S of South Lebanon Warren 0933 1.5 miles (2.4 km) Two homes and a barn were damaged, including one structure that was twisted from its foundation.
F1 S of Middletown Champaign 1000 0.5 miles (0.8 km) Caused damage to houses and mobile homes.
Virginia
F1 N of Porter Spotsylvania 2217 3.5 miles (5.6 km) Several sheds were destroyed and homes were damaged.
Sources:

Tornado History Project Storm Data - April 9, 1999

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