KANSAS KILLER TORNADOES
If you know of a killer tornado
that I have missed or would like to add some
information like damage or a story, to one of the listing please contact me
Thanks to all for the help and information you supply us, we really do
- May 30, 1879. Irving,
Ks, 66 deaths.
- April 5, 1882. Chase , Ks,
A man lost his life when a tornado destroyed his house along with most of Chase, KS.
- April 21, 1887. Prescott ,
Ks, 5:30 PM, 16 deaths.
APR 21, 1887 5:30 pm 16 dead 250 injured people from
Colony said the tornado felt like an earthquake while it past their city.
- August 4,
County was organized for administrative purposes on April 1, 1880, with
1500 inhabitants in the county and with the first county seat located at
Millbrook. Millbrook was destroyed by a
tornado on August 4, 1887, and the county seat was moved to Hill
City on March 10, 1888. Mr. J.R. Pomeroy, who assisted Mr. Hill in
developing Hill City, donated most of the tract of land on which the
courthouse was built. This site is still being used for a modern
Info supplied by Bo
Schindler Sgt/ USMC amateur storm spotter.
- May 27, 1892. Wellington ,
Ks, 17 deaths.
A powerful tornado struck, leveling 100 homes and
17 businesses.100 injured
Harper three deaths; Two died near Kellogg.
- June 21, 1893. Jefferson
County, 6:30 PM , Ks, 11 deaths.
30 injured, 6 died in one family.
- May 15, 1896. McPherson County.
Ks 4:00AM, 1 death.
An elderly man in his home was killed when the tornado hit.
- May 17, 1896. Palmer, Ks, 25
Devastated the towns of Seneca, Oneida, and Sabetha, leaving the farms in between "as
bare as the prairie." The tornado may have been almost two miles wide as it passed
near Reserve, Kansas.
- April 25, 1896. Cloud, Clay and
Washington County's 11 deaths
A half-mile-wide, violent tornado cut a swath through 27 farm homes. Newspapers reported
that "everything was leveled as if a roller had passed over it," and the body of
a dead child was reportedly carried for a half mile.
- May 5, 1905. Ellsworth/McPherson
counties, Ks, 29 deaths.
- 1913. Lawrence, Ks, 2 deaths.
A couple was killed in their house.
More info needed.
- October 9, 1914.
Rural Galena, Ks, 5 deaths.
Victoria Sills for the information.
The tornado struck in the early evening, completely destroying the home
and all out buildings, as well as killing 5 members of the family.
- November 10, 1915. Great Bend,
Ks, 11 deaths.
- May 25 1917. Sedgwick/Marion
counties, Ks, 23 deaths.
- June 1 1917. Coffeyville,
Ks, 2 deaths.
Two deaths were attributed to it. Dale McDonald and Mrs. J. A. Love. The extent of
the storm damage was set at more than a half million dollars. The full length of the city
was included in the violence of the storm from Ninth and Hall on the west to the Cleveland
school on the east side. In all more than 150 homes and businesses were damaged or
destroyed. Credit to:
- November 1917. Great Bend, Ks,
- May 20th, 1918, Codell, Ks, 10
deaths. Codell was Also hit in 1916, and 1917
To read more on it CLICK
HERE. I would like to personal thank Jackie
for the help in tracking down this information.
- October 8, 1919. Hoisington, Ks,
60 homes were destroyed and 25 people were hurt.
- May 7th, 1927. Hutchinson, Ks
Tornado made a path through central Kansas. Thank you Scott Carpenter for the
- July 4th, 1932.
Washington, Ks deaths 5
F4 Tornado made a path from
north of Hebron, Nebraska, and moved South East down into Kansas. Two
people were killed in Nebraska, five were killed in Kansas. It was said
to have tossed cars like toys. Thanks to Millicent Craig alerting
us to this tornado. Her husband Samuel Craig was in that tornado and
survived besides helping try to rescue survivors.
- April 29, 1942. Oberlin, Ks, 15
The tornado was 300 yards wide and traveled for 20 miles on the ground.
- June 08, 1950 . McPherson
County, Ks, 1 death.
- May 25, 1951. Clay County, 1
- June 23, 1951. Morton County, 1
- June 23, 1951. Stevens County, 1
- June 27, 1951. Trego County, 5
- May 25, 1955. Sumner County, 5
- May 25, 1955. Udall, 83 deaths.
More than 270 people were injured, when a large F5 tornado hit at night.
The year the Udall tornado hit marked one of the first years that the government would
allow tornado watches, this was due to the fact that they were afraid that in pervious
years that if a watch was issued that it might cause panic. There were reports that
there was a tornado watch out, but that it was canceled by the local media an hour and a
half BEFORE the tornado hit. For damage photos Click
- April 02, 1956. Elk County, 1
- July 12, 1956. Scott County, 1
- May 20, 1957. Spring Hill, 7
- June 10, 1958. El Dorado, 15
Along with 50 injuries.
- May 19, 1960. Shawnee County, 1
- April 12, 1964. Leavenworth
County, 1 death.
- June 8, 1966. Leavenworth
County, 1 death.
- June 8, 1966. Topeka, Ks 17
550 people were injures when this F5 tornado smashed into Topeka.
For damage photos Click Here
- June 9, 1967. Cloud County 1
- June 23, 1967. Finney County, 1
- May 13, 1968. Wichita County 3
- May 26, 1973. Sedgwick County 3
- September 25, 1973 Ottawa County
- September 25, 1973 Washington
County 2 death.
- June 8 1974. Emporia Ks, 6
Along with 200 injuries
- May 31, 1978 Jackson County 3
- June 17 1978. Osage County, 16
- June 19 1981. Douglas County, Ks
- March 15, 1982. Cherokee County,
Ks 1 death.
- March 15, 1982. Crawford County,
Ks 1 death.
- March 15, 1982 Montgomery
County, Ks 1 death.
- May 6, 1983. Shawnee County Ks,
- October 31 1984. Osage County, 1
- March 13, 1990. Hesston, (2
deaths Outside of town).
This was a large F5 tornado, that destroyed the town of Hesston. The only reason there
were not more deaths was because of the amount of people that took the storm serious and
- April 26, 1991. Elk County, Ks 1
- April 26, 1991. Cowley County 1
Many houses destroyed. This tornado was on the ground for about 30 miles.
- April 26, 1991. Wichita/Andover,
This F5 tornado was on the ground for about 70 miles, from Clearwater in south-central
Kansas to Cassoday in northern Butler County. It was on the ground for about 50 minutes,
and caused 302 injuries. For more information on this tornado Click Here.
For damage photos Click Here
- May 7, 1993. Russell County, Ks
- May 3, 1999. Sedgwick County 6
F4 tornado hit Haysville then Wichita. First count was 5 people killed, until 3 weeks
later when an elderly man passed away from his injuries. Bring the total to 6.
- April 21, 2001. Hoisington, Ks,
F4 tornado more info soon
- May 4, 2003killer
tornado in Crawford County F4 tornado:
from website: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/top/SWAW/swaw04.htm
Two intense supercell thunderstorms then developed further south,
portions of southeast Kansas. One produced a tornado which tore through
portions of Crawford County. This tornado touched down shortly after 4:30
p.m. in Neosho County, and it quickly intensified into a violent F4 tornado as it moved across Crawford County. This tornado narrowly
missed the city of Pittsburg as it passed northwest of that city and instead
tore through the Ringo and Franklin areas. In the wake of its 27 mile path
across Crawford County. the tornado killed three people in Crawford County
and left over $7 million in damage. The tornado also took one additional
life and produced over $5 million in damage once it crossed the state line
The last of the Kansas tornadoes on May 4th struck in Cherokee County. The
tornado touched down around 5:30 p.m. north of Chetopa in Labette County,
then quickly moved east-northeast into Cherokee County. The tornado produced
the greatest damage south of Columbus and north of Galena. All together, the
tornado took three lives in Cherokee County and left 19 injured, in addition
to producing nearly $4 million in damage. One notable miracle from the
Cherokee County tornado was a farm home with a mother and three children,
that was spared the full brunt of the tornado. The home was located about
seven miles northeast of Melrose, where the tornado produced F-2 damage. The
tornado was on a direct path to the home, but it only damaged the roof and
windows. Several large trees right next to the house were uprooted or
snapped off, indicating the power of the tornado.
Greensburg, Ks, 10 deaths.
Arial Photos of damage here 95
percent of the town of 1,500 was destroyed by an EF5 tornado
speeds of about 205 miles per hour. At least
60 people were injured in Greensburg alone. This
was probably the strongest
tornado of an outbreak that spanned several states with tornadoes reported
across Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and South Dakota. For a full listing
SPC reports of tornadoes for that day please read this archive page
is a map I created from information I found on the Dodge City NWS
website. The map shows the tornado on the ground for well over one hour
and hitting Greensburg dead on.
the left is a Doppler radar veloctiy image from NOAA National Weather Service
office in Dodge City Kansas showing the tornado as it moved in on Greensburg
NOAA forecasters in Dodge City were able to issue a Tornado Warning 39 minutes
before the 1.7 mile wide wedge tornado hit the town. Noting intensification
in radar images and a bearing directly toward Greensburg, Dodge City weather
staff updated with a Tornado Emergency message 10-12 minutes before the
urging residents to get to shelter immediately.
NOAA Magazine's full story here......
Pratt County, Ks, 2 deaths same night as Greensburg Tornado
Pratt County, Ks, 1 death
1 fatality was reported in
Ottawa County, Kansas near a county lake.
It hit an area
known as cabin row on 190th Rd. killed a woman in her camper and leveled
homes and trees. Thanks to
John Blessing for sending the
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