List of tornadoes in the 1974 Super Outbreak

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Tracks of the 1974 Super Outbreak's 147 known tornadoes in the United States and fatalities by county.

This is the list of tornadoes confirmed that occurred during the record-breaking 1974 Super Outbreak tornado event that occurred on April 3–4, 1974 across the eastern half of the United States and in Ontario, Canada.

Tornadoes confirmed[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 11 37 30 35 23 7 143*
  • Note: Some tornadoes are not included in this table. The official total is 148.

April 3 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - April 3, 1974
Time (UTC)
Path length
F2 Ellijay to Blue Ridge Gilmer, Fannin 1800 15.6 miles (25.1 km) Tornado unroofed or destroyed several homes.
F4 W of Calhoun to E of Chatsworth Gordon, Whitfield, Murray 2240 29.5 miles (47.5 km) 9 deaths – Homes destroyed in Sugar Valley and on the northwest side of Resaca. Tornado killed more than 50,000 chickens in Gordon County alone. Seven of the nine deaths occurred at Sugar Valley.
F4 NW of Dawsonville Cherokee, Pickens, Dawson, Lumpkin 0030 17.7 miles (28.5 km) 6 deaths – Deaths were at Yellow Creek and Juno. Tornado destroyed nine homes along its path. 17 injuries were reported from Pickens County.
F4 W of Pleasant Hill to NE of Murphy, NC Fannin, Cherokee (NC) 0120 24 miles (39 km) 4 deaths – Crossed into North Carolina. Storm traversed rugged terrain. $13 million (1974 USD) in damage, with massive timber damage. Tornado destroyed utilities and 45 homes in a neighborhood at Murphy.
F0 Morris area Grundy 1810 0.1 miles (160 m)
F0 E of Carlock McLean 1907 0.1 miles (160 m)
F1 SE of Lincoln Logan, McLean 1908 16.7 miles (26.9 km)
F3 N of Blue Mound to NE Decatur Macon 1930 20.9 miles (33.6 km) 1 death – Tornado struck northwest side of Decatur, destroying 35 homes and damaging 120. Some homes were leveled, but were not well-built enough to warrant an F4 rating. Figure of 26 injuries only represent patients hospitalized.
F3 S of Anchor McLean 1930 7.4 miles (11.9 km) Tornado destroyed buildings and equipment on eight separate farms, with two homes destroyed and a third removed from its foundation. Multiple vortices caused cycloidal marks in farm fields. Debris was carried up to 10 miles away.
F1 E of Taylorville Christian 1945 8.5 miles (13.7 km)
F1 E of Farmer City Piatt, Champaign 2010 10.9 miles (17.5 km)
F0 NW of Pierson Piatt 2025 3.3 miles (5.3 km)
F3 E of Tolono Champaign 2048 5.9 miles (9.5 km) 1 death – Tornado killed a man in a trailer and destroyed farms near Philo. Worst damage occurred west of Philo, where numerous buildings were destroyed.
F3 NE of Bongard to Fithian Champaign, Vermilion 2055 14.9 miles (24.0 km) Tornado destroyed homes and a park headquarters near Homer Lake. Three trucks were blown off of Interstate 74, near Ogden, and trailers were obliterated. Part of a house was thrown into a lake.
F2 N of Bismarck Vermilion 2125 7.8 miles (12.6 km) Tornado hit and damaged a local high school. Also heavily damaged homes in western Bismarck.
F1 S of Mattoon to NE of Charleston Coles 2130 14.8 miles (23.8 km)
F3 Cleveland area (1st tornado) Bradley, Polk 1905 18.1 miles (29.1 km) 1 death – Tornado hit two subdivisions near Blue Springs and destroyed 19 out of 20 trailers in a trailer park. One woman died in the trailer park.
F2 NE of Maryville Blount 2000 0.5 miles (0.80 km) Not listed as F2 tornado by some authorities.
F1 Etowah area (1st tornado) McMinn 2030 3.6 miles (5.8 km) 1 death – Tornado produced minor property damage.
F1 NW of Hopewell Hamilton 2050 5.9 miles (9.5 km)
F1 NW of Springfield Robertson 2100 4.3 miles (6.9 km)
F2 N of Greenback Loudon 2200 0.1 miles (160 m) Tornado unroofed a home and damaged six others at Greenback.
F2 E of Madisonville Monroe 2200 1 mile (1.6 km)
F3 Cleveland to Etowah (2nd tornado) Bradley, Polk, McMinn 2215 21.2 miles (34.1 km) 3 deaths – Tornado passed through southern Etowah, destroying 23 homes and killing two people in trailers. One additional death elsewhere. Tornado damaged or destroyed 37 homes in McMinn County alone.
F2 Nashville area Davidson 2218 4.7 miles (7.6 km) Tornado hit southeastern Nashville, causing significant damage to large homes, trailers, and businesses. May have been an F3 rather than an F2 tornado due to severity of damage.
F1 E of Columbia Maury, Marshall 2230 7.9 miles (12.7 km)
F2 NE of Lebanon to Cato Wilson, Trousdale, Smith 2300 15.8 miles (25.4 km) Tornado destroyed six homes at Dixon Springs. Produced damage of at least F3 and possibly F4 intensity at Dixon Springs according to Grazulis.
F1 NE of Lewisburg to Rover Marshall, Bedford 2300 12.9 miles (20.8 km)
F3 Murfreesboro to E of Cainsville Rutherford, Wilson 2310 15.9 miles (25.6 km) Tornado produced high-end F3 damage to three homes, which were completely destroyed.
F1 NW of Lewisburg to N of Deason Marshall, Bedford 2315 26.1 miles (42.0 km)
F2 NE of Jamestown to W of Flat Rock, KY Fentress, Pickett, McCreary (KY) 0015 27.4 miles (44.1 km) Tornado mostly hit forested land but caused F2 damage.
F1 Livingston area (1st tornado) Overton 0030 4.3 miles (6.9 km)
F3 SW of Gassaway to NE of Dowelltown Cannon, DeKalb, 0030 14.6 miles (23.5 km) 1 death – Tornado killed a woman in a trailer at Sycamore. Destroyed one factory, a post office, and 18 homes in Dowelltown.
F4 SE of Fayetteville to SE of Tullahoma Lincoln, Franklin 0045 27.5 miles (44.3 km) 11 deaths – Intense tornado swept away homes at Harmony Hill, Pleasant Ridge (northwest of Huntland), and Broadview. Destroyed roughly 46 homes and 90 barns in Franklin County alone. Developed from the same thunderstorm that produced the first F5 Tanner tornado.
F1 SE of Gainesboro Jackson, Overton 0100 8.6 miles (13.8 km)
F4 SE of Cookeville to S of Windletown White, Putnam, Overton 0115 28.4 miles (45.7 km) 10 deaths – Tornado destroyed as many as 50 homes near Cookeville, killing 10 people in the vicinity. One person injured in the tornado died a month later.
F4 S of Moodyville to SE of Jimtown, KY Pickett, Wayne (KY) 0130 11 miles (18 km) 5 deaths – Tornado caused all five deaths and destroyed homes at Moodyville before crossing the Tennessee-Kentucky border.
F4 NE of Obey City/E of Jamestown areas Fentress 0150 18.8 miles (30.3 km) 7 deaths – Tornado injured 150 people and destroyed 48 homes in four separate subdivisions near Jamestown. All seven deaths occurred in the four subdivisions.
F3 NW of Providence Franklin, Coffee 0200 7.1 miles (11.4 km) Tornado destroyed just one home and a trailer west of Altamont.
F2 E of Viola Warren 0215 8.7 miles (14.0 km) 1 death – Tornado destroyed two trailers and two frame homes near Viola-Shiloh. Swept a pickup truck off of a road, killing the driver, and transported another vehicle 500 yards (457 m).
F0 SE of Bridgeport Cocke 0300 0.5 miles (0.80 km)
F1 N of Beech Hill to SW of Shelbyville Giles, Marshall, Bedford 0300 27.5 miles (44.3 km)
F3 Livingston area (2nd tornado) Overton 0430 9.4 miles (15.1 km) 3 deaths – Tornado destroyed two subdivisions in northwest Livingston. Damaged more than 275 homes and destroyed 50 homes and trailers each. All three deaths occurred in trailers.
F1 N of McMinnville Warren 0445 7.2 miles (11.6 km)
F1 N of Board Valley White 0445 3 miles (4.8 km)
F3 NE of Sunbright to W of Winona Morgan, Scott 0450 12.2 miles (19.6 km) Tornado tore apart two trailers and other buildings. Also damaged or destroyed a dozen additional homes.
F3 Oneida area Scott 0450 13 miles (21 km) Tornado tore apart 10 homes at Black Oak and destroyed numerous trailers.
F2 W of Clarktown to NW of Crossville White, Cumberland 0530 16.2 miles (26.1 km) Tornado destroyed 11 or more homes along with three businesses, 16 barns, and 18 trailers. Was an F3 tornado according to Grazulis.
F1 SW of Blaine Knox 0530 1 mile (1.6 km) 2 deaths – Tornado struck a mobile home park, damaging or destroying multiple homes. May have been an F2 according to Grazulis.
F0 W of Andersonville Anderson, Union 0630 8.7 miles (14.0 km)
F0 NW of Jefferson City Jefferson 0700 4.5 miles (7.2 km)
F0 W of Rogersville Hawkins 0730 0.5 miles (0.80 km)
F1 SE of Orangeville to NE of Orleans Orange, Lawrence 1915 14 miles (23 km)
F5 E of New Boston to Depauw to NE of Underwood Perry, Crawford, Harrison, Washington, Clark, Scott 1920 68 miles (109 km) 6 deathsSee section on this tornado – One in a series of five F4-F5 tornadoes that travelled from Perry County to northeast of Cincinnati. The tornado lacked a defined condensation funnel and was almost invisible while at F5 intensity.
F3 E of Tunnelton to SE of Elizabethtown Lawrence, Jackson, Bartholomew, Jennings 1930 35.8 miles (57.6 km) 1 death – Tornado killed one woman as it destroyed a home. Majority of damage was reported on farms. Parent thunderstorm later produced the F4 Hamburg tornado.
F3 Fairland to NE of Greenfield Shelby, Hancock 1945 20.7 miles (33.3 km) 1 death – 11 homes were destroyed at Fountaintown.
F4 Westland to NE of Kennard Hancock, Rush, Henry 2000 18.9 miles (30.4 km) 1 death – Multiple-vortex tornado damaged or destroyed 70% of Kennard, including the school which had its second story torn off. Destroyed 48 homes there and 11 in nearby Grant City. F4 damage was reported at Kennard.
F4 E of Elizabethtown to NE of Hamburg Bartholomew, Decatur, Franklin 2001 35.6 miles (57.3 km) 4 deaths – Tornado damaged or destroyed 90% of Hamburg and produced near-F5 damage to a farm near New Point. Rural homes and barns destroyed in Decatur County.
F4 NE of Henryville to Madison to NE of Barbersville area Clark, Scott, Jefferson, Ripley 2019 35.6 miles (57.3 km) 11 deathsSee section on this tornado
F4 W of Blountsville to NE of Parker City Henry, Delaware, Randolph, Jay 2035 18 miles (29 km) 1 death – This large multiple-vortex tornado was widely photographed. It destroyed the steel-reinforced Monroe Central School and leveled homes near Parker City. Numerous homes were destroyed and a forest suffered significant loss of trees.
F4 E of Madison to E of Cochran Jefferson, Switzerland, Ohio, Dearborn 2040 27.1 miles (43.6 km) The tornado formed immediately as the Madison/Hanover was dissipating. Homes were leveled near the Fairview area with a church also being leveled near Bear Branch.
F5 N of Rising Sun to Cincinnati/Sayler Park, OH to W of White Oak, OH Ohio, Boone (KY), Hamilton (OH) 2120 20.8 miles (33.5 km) 3 deathsSee section on this tornado – Crossed three states (Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio) before reaching full strength in Sayler Park.
F3 W of Williamsport to NE of Templeton Warren, Benton 2130 25.9 miles (41.7 km) Tornado damaged all of the 20 homes in the community of Rainsville.
F4 N of Otterbein to Monticello to W of Valentine Vermilion Benton, Tippecanoe, White, Cass, Pulaski, Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko, Elkhart, Noble 2145 108.7 miles (174.9 km) 18 deathsSee section on this tornado – May have been a tornado family of three separate F4 tornadoes linked by downbursts. The tornado path was 121 miles (195 km) long according to some sources.
F1 E of North Manchester Wabash, Huntington 2335 7.1 miles (11.4 km)
F2 N of Windfall City to N of Marion area Howard, Grant 2345 19 miles (31 km) Numerous homes and mobile homes heavily damaged in Swayzee.
F3 NW of Albion to NE of Angola Noble, LaGrange, Steuben 2350 36.2 miles (58.3 km) 5 deaths – Two of the victims were in mobile homes, while two others drowned in Turkey Lake. Tornado ended in a downburst near Angola.
F1 E of LaGrange Lagrange 2355 8.8 miles (14.2 km)
F2 N of Warren Huntington, Wells 0010 11.5 miles (18.5 km) 16 buildings were heavily damaged or destroyed in Plum Tree.
F1 NE of Bluffton Wells, Adams 0015 14.4 miles (23.2 km) Eight homes suffered extensive damage and two mobile homes were destroyed.
F1 W of Decatur Wells, Adams 0145 10.9 miles (17.5 km)
F5 SW of Xenia to E of Springfield Greene, Clark 1930 31.3 miles (50.4 km) 32 deathsSee section on this tornado – The tornado caused more than 1,150 injuries, the most of any tornado in the outbreak. Believed to be among the strongest of the seven F5 tornadoes this day.[1]
F2 London area Clark, Madison 2055 15.7 miles (25.3 km) Destroyed one warehouse, grain bins, and trailers.
F4 Cincinnati to N of Mason Hamilton, Warren 2128 19.8 miles (31.9 km) 2 deaths – Formed from the same thunderstorm that spawned the Sayler Park tornado, with the first damage seen in northern Cincinnati. Some homes in Mason were completely leveled. Was the last in a series of five violent F4‑F5 tornadoes spawned by the same storm, beginning in southwest Indiana.
F2 Lebanon area Warren 2200 9.8 miles (15.8 km) Destroyed barns and mobile homes.
F2 NE of New Albany Franklin 2205 5.1 miles (8.2 km) Caused damage to 20 homes and destroyed a home along with three barns.
F1 W of Circleville Pickaway 2218 1 mile (1.6 km)
F2 Continental area Paulding, Putnam 2330 9.2 miles (14.8 km) Destroyed one home, a garage, and two barns.
F3 SW of Peebles Adams 0000 15.5 miles (24.9 km) 1 death – Tornado destroyed 5 homes, a barn, and some small buildings. One woman killed as she attempted to seek cover in her basement.
F1 W of Manchester Adams 0000 9.1 miles (14.6 km)
F3 E of Paulding Paulding 0045 8.7 miles (14.0 km) Destroyed five mobile homes and a barn.
F1 W of Melrose Paulding 0100 1.3 miles (2.1 km) Destroyed two barns and a mobile home.
F1 SW of Paulding Paulding 0100 6.4 miles (10.3 km)
F1 NE of Aberdeen Brown 0130 4.1 miles (6.6 km)
F5 SW of Hardinsburg to Brandenburg to N of Laconia, IN Breckinridge, Meade, Harrison (IN) 2020 32 miles (51 km) 31 deathsSee section on this tornado – Devastating F5 damage in Brandenburg as the town was destroyed. Same storm later produced the Louisville tornado.
F4 S of Caneyville to Leitchfield Grayson 2100 14 miles (23 km) F4 damage was noted to a home south of Caneyville.
F4 Louisville to NE of Brownsboro Jefferson, Oldham 2137 18.5 miles (29.8 km) 3 deathsSee section on this tornado
F4 Elizabethtown to N of Wakefield Hardin, Nelson, Spencer 2145 37.9 miles (61.0 km) 3 deaths – Businesses just northwest of Elizabethtown were leveled, killing two people in that area. Damage also noted near Cox's Creek where a third person was killed. 52 homes and 100 barns destroyed in Nelson County alone. Tornado lifted near Bullitt County.
F3 Franklin to Railton Simpson, Warren, Barren 2145 31.1 miles (50.1 km) 3 deaths – Seven homes and 40 barns were destroyed in Temperance, where one person was killed. Fatalities also occurred in Three Forks and Rocky Springs.
F1 N of Ballardsville to SE of Bromley Henry, Owen 2215 31.7 miles (51.0 km) This is a secondary storm that followed the Louisville storm. 18 were injured and the path width was similar to that of the first event.
F4 S of Greensburg to Mannsville Green, Taylor 2240 20.2 miles (32.5 km) Most of Mannsville was heavily damaged or destroyed. A total of 50 homes and 60 barns destroyed along the entire track, including 40 homes in Mannsville. 56 people injured.
F4 N of Gee to Frankfort to S of Sadieville Anderson, Franklin, Scott 2250 79.4 miles (127.8 km) 4 deaths – One of the largest recorded tornadoes in the outbreak, over 1 mi (1.6 km) wide. A total of 120 homes as well as businesses and factories damaged or destroyed in the southern sections of Frankfort. 12 homes destroyed in the Alton area. Over 120 people injured.
F3 S of Ellisburg to NE of Danville Casey, Lincoln, Boyle 2335 21.1 miles (34.0 km) 1 death – Over 100 homes were heavily damaged or destroyed in Junction City. Damage figures were estimated at $5 million in Lincoln County alone. 98 people were also injured.
F4 NE of Peytonsburg to NE of Monticello Cumberland, Clinton, Wayne 2340 38.4 miles (61.8 km) 10 deaths – Tornado struck several communities in Clinton County. Eight of the 10 fatalities occurred in that county. Over 50 homes damaged or destroyed.
F3 SW of Cynthiana to E of Claysville Harrison, Robertson 2355 19.3 miles (31.1 km) 40 homes and 75 barns were destroyed. 27 people were injured.
F3 SW of Parnelli to W of Bronston Wayne, Pulaski 0005 18 miles (29 km) Some sources list up to two deaths, but none is listed officially.
F2 Harrodsburg area Boyle, Mercer 0012 16.2 miles (26.1 km) In Mercer County four homes were destroyed and 60 homes were damaged.
F4 Richmond to E of Winchester Garrard, Madison, Clark 0020 31.9 miles (51.3 km) 7 deaths – Tornado narrowly missed the central sections of Richmond. Produced F4 damage near Richmond. Affected Hackley, Cottonburg, and Mt. Sterling, destroying 30 homes.
F2 E of Cuzick Madison, Fayette 0030 9 miles (14 km) Several buildings were destroyed in southern Fayette County.
F3 E of Somerset to E of Livingston Pulaski, Laurel, Rockcastle 0055 22.3 miles (35.9 km) 7 deaths – Tornado caused 40 injuries. Tornado dissipated near Elgin. May have caused one death in Rockcastle County, but this is not listed officially.
F3 E of Camargo Montgomery 0105 4.9 miles (7.9 km) Listed as an F1 tornado by some sources.
F2 N of Georgetown Scott 0115 10 miles (16 km) Over 130 homes were left uninhabitable.
F1 NW of Maysville Mason 0125 0.1 miles (160 m)
F3 NE of Monticello Wayne, Pulaski 0150 13.9 miles (22.4 km) 2 deaths – Tornado caused 16 injuries. Some sources indicate three deaths rather than two.
F3 N of Corbin to Fogertown Laurel, Clay 0155 19.8 miles (31.9 km) 1 death – Tornado caused 22 injuries. The Quality Inn Motel at the I-75 interchange and 12 homes were destroyed. Some sources do not list the death.
F4 SW of Whitley City Wayne, McCreary 0300 16.1 miles (25.9 km) Passed near Mount Pisgah and north of Greenwood. Destroyed homes along with 10,000,000 board feet (23,597 m3) of timber in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
F2 NE of Whitley City McCreary, Whitley 0330 8 miles (13 km) Tornado damaged 20 homes and unroofed a motel near Whitley City.
F3 NE of Jabez to W of Plato Russell, Pulaski, Rockcastle 0430 28.8 miles (46.3 km) Tornado destroyed at least a dozen homes along its path.
North Carolina
F1 S of Rosman Transylvania 2100 1 mile (1.6 km)
F1 N of Brasstown Cherokee 2200 0.1 miles (160 m)
F2 SW of Robbinsville to NW of Almond Graham, Swain 0005 24.1 miles (38.8 km) 2 deaths – Widespread damage centered around the community of Stecoah, in rugged areas south of Fontana Lake. Tornado later dissipated in the southern part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.[2]
F2 Concord area Jefferson 2130 1 mile (1.6 km) A trailer and a house were damaged, and an outbuilding was completely destroyed.
F1 NW of Jacksonville Calhoun 2221 1 mile (1.6 km) Damage to trees and power lines west of Jacksonville.
F2 W of Macedonia to NE of Acworth, GA Cleburne, Haralson (GA), Paulding (GA), Cobb (GA), Bartow (GA), Cherokee (GA) 2250 65.9 miles (106.1 km) 1 death – Crossed into Georgia where numerous homes were destroyed.
F5 W of Moulton to Tanner to Harvest (1st tornado) Lawrence, Limestone, Morgan, Madison 2315 52 miles (84 km) 28 deathsSee section on this tornado – First of the two F5 tornadoes to hit Tanner. The structures destroyed were again struck just 30 minutes after this tornado. An EF5 tornado also struck the Moulton‑Tanner‑Harvest area on April 27, 2011.
F2 E of Phil Campbell Franklin 2330 12.8 miles (20.6 km) One home and one mobile home factory were heavily damaged. An EF5 tornado later struck Phil Campbell in 2011.
F4 W of Carrollton to Jasper to NE of Cullman Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Walker, 2335 110.6 miles (178.0 km) 3 deathsSee section on this tornado – Officially the longest continuous tornado of the outbreak, though unofficial sources say either the Guin, Alabama, or Monticello, Indiana, tornado lasted longer. Path paralleled that of an EF4 tornado in 2011 that affected nearby Cordova.
F3 NE of Gadsden to W of Kirks Grove Cherokee 0000 20.9 miles (33.6 km) 20 people were injured in the storm while numerous trailers and mobile homes were destroyed.
F5 SW of Tanner to SE of Manchester, TN (2nd tornado) Limestone, Madison, Lincoln (TN), Franklin (TN), Coffee (TN) 0035 83.3 miles (134.1 km) 22 deathsSee section on this tornado – Originally disputed but ranked F5 in latest official data,[3][4] bringing the number of F5 tornadoes in the Super Outbreak to seven and second F5 tornado to strike Tanner in 30 minutes.[5] No effort made to determine the exact number of buildings destroyed by the two F5 tornadoes in Tanner.
F5 N of Vernon to Guin to S of Basham Lamar, Marion, Winston, Lawrence, Morgan 0150 79.5 miles (127.9 km) 28 deathsSee section on this tornado – Possibly the most intense tornado in Alabama history. May have begun in Monroe County, Mississippi, near Columbus, which would make the total path length 102 miles (164 km).
F3 SE of Decatur to NE of Huntsville Morgan, Limestone, Madison, Jackson 0324 46.5 miles (74.8 km) See section on this tornado – Developed after the F5 Guin tornado. 50 people were injured.
F3 S of Laurel Jones 2200 12 miles (19 km) Only tornado of the outbreak in Mississippi. Destroyed a home and 30 farm buildings, killing 15,000 chickens. Also damaged 33 other homes and a trailer.
F2 S of Rockwood Monroe 0030 2 miles (3.2 km)
F2 Hillsdale to NE of Liberty Hillsdale, Jackson 0044 19.3 miles (31.1 km) 2 deaths – Continuous damage from west of Hillsdale to Clark's Lake. Both deaths were inside mobile homes. Over 160 structures were heavily damaged or destroyed, including homes and trailers.
F3 Flat Rock/Windsor, ON areas Wayne, Essex (ON) 0050 6 miles (9.7 km) 9 deaths – This intermittent tornado was first sighted in Michigan. All nine deaths occurred at the Windsor Curling Club, which sustained total collapse of a large wall, and lost its roof as well. An addition to a mall that was undergoing construction was severely damaged, and a Chrysler plant lost a section of its roof.
F2 S of Hudson Hillsdale, Lenawee 0115 9.9 miles (15.9 km) Tornado unroofed one home, destroyed a mobile home, and damaged a barn in the Prattville area, causing three injuries.
F2 SW of Hudson area Hillsdale, Lenawee 0115 5.4 miles (8.7 km)
F3 SW of Monroe area Monroe 0156 0.3 miles (480 m) Tornado destroyed a home and damaged another near Erie. Some sources say this was only an F2 tornado.
New York
F1 Frewsburg area Chautauqua 0300 0.2 miles (0.32 km) Minor damage to the business district of the town.
F1 N of Bartlick Dickenson, Buchanan 0720 7.3 miles (11.7 km)
F0 E of Jonesville Lee 0721 8.6 miles (13.8 km)
Sources:Storm Data for April 3, 1974, Grazulis (1974), National Weather Service[4]

April 4 event[edit]

List of confirmed tornadoes - April 4, 1974
Time (UTC)
Path length
F0 SE of Kingsport to Bristol, VA Sullivan, City of Bristol (VA) 0800 18 miles (29 km) Crossed into Virginia and had a width of 1 mi (1.61 km).
F3 W of Saltville Washington, Smyth 0900 8.4 miles (13.5 km) 1 death – Destroyed four mobile homes, two frame homes, three barns and damaged 42 houses. Caused a death in a mobile home.
F1 N of Staunton Augusta 1040 15.2 miles (24.5 km)
F2 Salem/Roanoke to Bosnack area Roanoke County 1100 6.5 miles (10.5 km) Up to 1 mi (1.61 km) wide as it entered the city of Salem, but narrower near the end of the path. Two apartment buildings were severely damaged with 30 homes sustaining roof damage.
West Virginia
F1 E of Wilcoe McDowell 0805 0.1 miles (160 m)
F1 W of Mullens Wyoming 0816 4.9 miles (7.9 km)
F3 W of Shady Spring Raleigh 0820 9.2 miles (14.8 km) Destroyed homes while passing south of Beckley.
F3 W of Bragg to Friars Hill Raleigh, Fayette, Greenbrier, 0826 32.2 miles (51.8 km) 1 death – Struck the town of Meadow Bridge. Caused near-F4 damage to frame homes, and killed a child when her mobile home was thrown 75 yards onto railroad tracks.
F0 NW of Hinton Summers 0900 0.1 miles (160 m)
F1 Beckley area Raleigh 0925 0.1 miles (160 m)
North Carolina
F2 NW of Granite Falls area Caldwell 1300 5.7 miles (9.2 km) Tornado removed roofs from homes and flipped trailers.
F0 W of Brasstown Cherokee 1300 9.7 miles (15.6 km)
Sources: Storm Data for April 4, 1974

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "April 3, 1974 Xenia Tornado Memorial Marker". Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  2. ^ Danville Register, Danville, Virginia. April 5, 1974, page 1.
  3. ^ "Alabama Tornado Database—Year 1974 Tornadoes". Alabama Tornado Database. Birmingham, Alabama: National Weather Service. 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b "National Weather Service Huntsville, AL - Tornado Database". 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2012-09-03.
  5. ^ Roger, Edwards (23 March 2012). "What was the biggest outbreak of tornadoes?". The Online Tornado FAQ (by Roger Edwards, SPC). Storm Prediction Center. Retrieved 19 January 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • Deitz, Robert E., et al. (editor) (1974). April 3, 1974: Tornado!. The Courier-Journal and The Louisville Times. Library of Congress Catalog Number 74-80806.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Hartsfield, Ray J. with Robin Garr, Phyllis Morrisette, Jay Harris, Dave Knapp, Tom Scott, Terry Cowan, Mary Ann Woosley, Allen Hammer (editorial staff) (1974). April 3, 1974: The Kentucky Tornadoes. C. F. Boone.
  • Butler, William S. (editor) (2004). Tornado: A look back at Louisville's dark day, April 3, 1974. A 30th Anniversary Publication. Butler Books. ISBN 1-884532-58-6.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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