May 1995 tornado outbreak sequence

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May 1995 tornado outbreak sequence
May 9 1995, Central Illinois Tornado.jpg
An F3 tornado that occurred near Lincoln, Illinois on May 9.
Type Tornado outbreak
Duration May 6, 1995 - May 27, 1995
Tornadoes confirmed 279
Max rating1 F4 tornado
Duration of tornado outbreak2 3 weeks
Damage >$135 million (1995 figures)
Total fatalities 13 fatalities, >500 injuries
Areas affected Great Plains, Midwestern United States, Eastern United States

1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

2Time from first tornado to last tornado

The May 1995 tornado outbreak sequence was a series of tornado outbreaks that occurred from May 6 through May 27, 1995. Thirteen deaths occurred due to the outbreak. Nearly 300 tornadoes occurred during this period from the Central US through the Southeast and into the Mid-Atlantic. The main event days were May 6 - May 7, May 9, May 13, May 18, and May 27.

May 13 tornadoes in the Midwest[edit]

Another tornado outbreak which the National Weather Service issued a high risk for occurred in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. The tornadoes that occurred on this day resulted in three deaths all from the same tornado that moved through Montgomery and Boone Counties in Indiana just west of Indianapolis. A tornado also hit the eastern sections of the Indianapolis area causing damage to dozens of structures but no injuries.[1] Several destructive tornadoes also touched down south and west of the Peoria, Illinois Metro Area including two F4s that resulted in 50 injuries.[2][3]

May 18 tornado outbreak[edit]

This is the tornado outbreak responsible for the Anderson Hills Tornado which killed one person. In southern Middle Tennessee, an F4 tornado in Lawrence County, TN and Giles County, TN struck the town of Ethridge and killed three people. The National Weather Service weather forecast office in Nashville, TN said that May 18, 1995 was the 3rd worst tornado outbreak to hit middle Tennessee. Nearly 80 tornadoes touched down during that day. In addition to the two killer tornadoes, three tornadoes touched down in and around the Bowling Green, Kentucky area destroying numerous structures including inside the city limits.[4] Other tornadoes struck the Knoxville and northeastern Nashville areas. Nearly 30 people were injured in Sumner County, TN northeast of Nashville.[5][6]

Confirmed tornadoes[edit]

Confirmed tornadoes by Fujita rating
FU F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 Total
0 137 84 39 14 4 0 279

See also[edit]