Mother Nature can be quite vicious at certain times. There are modern technologies to counter these natural disasters. But some natural disasters, like tornadoes wreak havoc and destruction. Despite of the varied technology, tornadoes lead to many deaths. So you should know about the top most vicious tornadoes.
Millions of people have lost their lives at the hands of tornadoes. In the U.S. alone, tornadoes have led to many deaths. But tornadoes aren’t just limited to the U.S.; they are everywhere. However, their magnitudes are different in different places. Anyways, here is the list of the top 10 most vicious tornadoes:
10. Waco and Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
These tornadoes debunk the myth that tornadoes don’t just strike larger cities. The Waco Tornado made a 1/3 mile path in the heart of the city with an F5 intensity. More than 600 business, 850 homes and 2,000 cars were damaged due to the tornado. Many people waited for about 6 hours to be rescued from the rubble.
The Wichita tornado was one of the thirteen tornadoes to cause destruction on different parts of north Texas. The tornado moved through this place of just over 100,000 people. About 3100 homes were destroyed as a result of the tornado. Despite of the assurances from the television stations and the warnings by the Weather Department, about 42 people lost their lives.
9. Ivanovo and Balino, Russia
The details of this tornado aren’t easy to know because it occurred at the time of Soviet Union. Research has indicated that a few tornadoes, each of F5 strength, hit Western Russia. About 400 people died in the tornado but the death estimates go as high as 700. The area covered by the tornado was about 400,000 square miles.
The Ivanova tornado was one of the worst ones in history and claimed the lives of about 95 people. Many concrete structures were completely destroyed and many homes were leveled due to the half mile wide twister.
8. The 1964 Narail-Magura Tornado
The whole world started mourning over this disaster which struck Bangladesh. About 400 or 500 people went missing or completely perished because of the disaster that hit the cities of Narail and Magura in Bangladesh.
About seven villages were destroyed due to the tornado. Around 400 people from the village of Bhabanipur weren’t found and considered dead. The other details were quite vague and just estimates were given. However, one thing was definitely quite clear which was that it was one of the most vicious tornadoes in history.
7. Smithville, Mississippi, USA
This tornado certainly deserves to be one of the most vicious tornadoes in history and it touched down about 3 miles Southwest of Smithville. The tornado was powerful enough to disembark large pine trees. The inner core of the storm swept a whole field away as it traveled parallel to Smithville. About seven deaths occurred in the North side.
About 50 frame houses and a dozen of businesses were completely destroyed and about 16 people were killed. The death toll would have been much higher if the tornado wouldn’t have occurred during the work hours. The tornado didn’t weaken after tearing the town down and continued for an additional 35 minutes. The whole tornado caused about 24 deaths.
6. The 1851 Sicily Tornado
This tornado struck Sicily as a water sprout. The tornado occurred in 1851, when there was limited technology. So the exact details aren’t clear, although it is assumed that about 500 people died as a result of the tornado.
There were different theories regarding the tornado. The first one was that two water sprouts merged at the site on the shore into a massive tornado. The second one was that a powerful multiple-vortex tornado was caused which destroyed many things in its path.
5. Worcester, Mass
Destructive tornadoes don’t just occur in the South and Midwest. This next tornado is arguably one of the most vicious tornadoes in the history of New England. After exactly one day, 115 people were killed in a Flint and this deadly tornado wreaked havoc in the North side of the city of Worcester.
A lot of destruction was caused in many buildings. One building was destroyed very badly which was a Community College. The school’s tower lost about three stories. All in all, about 400 buildings were either damaged or destroyed. An F4 damage was recorded in Massachusetts. Some debris was swept miles away including a frozen mattress found near Weymouth and books and clothing found at Blue Hill.
4. St. Louis, USA
This Tornado occurred in Sep 1927 and carved a long path of destruction at the heart of St. Louis. A story in the Associated Press (AP) described the Tornado as “four terrible minutes of ripping and roaring tornado”.
The National Weather Service reported that due to the tornado, some non-residential areas were blown away and some multi-story buildings were completely destroyed. The same AP story also mentioned: “Some of the finest houses of the area were laid to waste”. This tornado ranked among the U.S. third costliest tornado.
3. Bridge Creek, Oklahoma
There isn’t a single doubt of the fact that the Bridge Creek tornado was exceptionally violent. Although it was measured at the lower side of F5 scale, but still it did its damage. Most of the media was focused on the damage caused in the Oklahoma City but severe damage was caused several miles Southwest in the Grady County.
Well-anchored homes were swept away, the tracks were stripped from the roads and many people were injured. About a dozen people lost their lives. Around 24 more deaths occurred after the tornado due to poor rescue facilities.
The tornado was quite well-covered in the media, so almost everyone had appropriate time to seek shelter. Due to this, the death toll was only 36, which was quite less considering the large amount of area the tornado had covered. A detailed overview of the tornado showed that that more than one third of the people were in the recommended place for tornado, for example, in an interior room with no exterior walls.
2. The Tri State 1925 Tornado
Although many tornadoes occurred in United States in the past several decades, the Tri state tornado certainly deserves to be at the top of the most vicious tornadoes. It had the highest rating on Fujita scale of 5. What happens only in movies, this dangerous tornado lasted for about 3.5 hours and generated eight more tornadoes. The main tornado caused a lot of deaths in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana whereas the smaller ones hit Alabama, Kentucky and Kansas. This whole episode of tornado claimed the lives of about 750 people.
This record was more than double the previous horrific tornado, the 1840 Great Natchez Tornado which killed about 317 people.
1. The 1989 Daulatpur – Salturia Tornado
This 1989 tornado certainly deserves to be at the top of this list of most vicious tornadoes in history. This area is found in Bangladesh. The already drought suffering areas were smacked by this huge natural disaster.
Some sources claim that the area of the tornado was 1 mile wide and it was just a matter of minutes that the tornado claimed the lives of 1300 people and left 12,000 people injured. The towns were completely destroyed and 80,000 people became homeless.
These are the top most vicious tornadoes in history. All these tornadoes caused a lot of death and destruction. These tornadoes truly show the power of Mother Nature. However, these tornadoes are unavoidable. The only thing that you can do is to take the necessary precautionary measures in order to minimize the damage.