Grand Harbour of Malta tornado

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Grand Harbour tornado
F3 tornado
The Grand Harbour as it looked in the siege of 1565.
Formed23 September 1551 or 1556
Max. rating1F3 tornado
Casualties600 fatalities (estimated)
Areas affectedGrand Harbour, Malta
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

The Grand Harbour of Malta tornado was a tornado that hit the Grand Harbour of Malta on 23 September 1551 or 1556 with very intense strength. It began as a waterspout killing at least 600 people.[1] At least four of the Order's galleys, named Santa Fè, San Michele, San Filippo and San Claudio, capsized in the tornado.[2]

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  1. ^ "British & European Tornado Extremes". The Tornado and storm Research Organisation. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  2. ^ Abela, Joe. "Claude de la Sengle (1494 - 1557)". Senglea Local Council. Retrieved 5 October 2014.