Tornadoes in the Past

On this page, we list the killer tornadoes during 2001. If you want to read descriptions of the killer tornadoes of 1995 on, you will find a link to them here.

The format of descriptions below list the date, time of day, and Fujita Scale Intensity Rating

Feb 16, 2001 12:09PM
Near Durant, Mississippi, a woman saw the tornado approaching. She abandoned her vehicle to hide downwind of the car in a nearby ditch. The tornado passed over the car, rolled it over onto her, and crushed her to death.

Feb 24, 2001 10:25 PM F2
Early indications are that a tornado cut a devastating 23-mile-long intermittent path across Pontotoc County, Mississippi, from south of Randolph to the south and east edges of Pontotoc at about 10:05 PM.
This tornado was one of a family of tornadoes that began in the Big Creek area of Calhoun County, and ended at Baldwyn in Prentiss County. This Saturday night tornado killed 5 people outright, and fatally injured one other who died 10 days later. At least thirty other people were injured. One of the fatalities was a 10-year-old boy who was killed during his birthday sleep-over. Fifteen homes were destroyed in the Pontotoc area. At least one of the injuries was considered serious.

Feb 24, 2001 5:00PM
A two-year-boy was killed and three other members of his family were injured at Byron, Fulton County, Arkansas. Their mobile home was airborne for 60 feet before flipping upside down and slamming into the ground. A dairy farm outside of town was also damaged. This was one of 7 F1 or F2 tornadoes in Arkansas that day.

Mar 12, 2001 12:50 PM
Two people were killed as an F1 tornado destroyed a trailer at Red Level, Alabama.

Mar 15, 2001 3:38 AM
An early morning tornado struck a residential area on the edge of Wassau, Washington County, Florida, killing one person and injuring 11 others, one severely. Nine homes were destroyed, and 14 were damaged. The homes were a mixture of trailers, "manufactured," and frame houses. The death and critical injury occurred as trailer was lifted and "smashed to the ground." Other injuries occurred as a manufactured home was "thrown a hundred feet and exploded into hundreds of pieces of contorted metal and twisted wood." The path was initially estimated at 10 miles long, 300 yards wide, and F2 in intensity.

April 9, 2001 7:25 PM
One of the largest HP(high precipitation) supercells ever seen on radar crossed the state of Missouri and spawned at least 5 small tornadoes. Just west of Fulton, Callaway County, an F1 tornado touched down, destroyed a mobile home, and damaged a Dollar Warehouse. One of the three persons injured in the mobile home died later from his injuries.

April 10, 2001 5:10 AM
One or more tornadoes moved northeast from near Wapanuka to Wardville, Oklahoma. As it passed 3 miles east of Coalgate, Coal County, it blew a double-wide mobile home 1000 feet, killing one man and seriously injuring his son.

April 11, 2001 3:00 PM
At about 3:00 PM, a tornado ripped apart the town of Agency in Wapello County, Iowa. Two homes were destroyed, and 56 others were damaged. Clothing and insulation littered trees all across the town. Two women were killed and three injured as a community center was destroyed. The women were volunteers doing food distribution work.

April 21, 2001 9:15 PM
About one fifth of the town of Hoisington, Barton County, Kansas, was destroyed by a violent of a family of large tornadoes. As many as 100 people may have been injured, 26 of whom were hospitalized. One elderly man was killed in the debris of his home. His wife just barely made it to the cellar. He was a few steps behind, and did not make it. About two blocks in the northwest part of town had F4 damage. Students huddled in the basement of the Knights of Columbus hall on a prom night that they won't soon forget. Three people were killed in the destruction of a large part of Hoisington on October 8, 1919. Three people died on a farm southwest of Hoisington on May 14, 1909. Our new book, The Tornado--Nature's Ultimate Windstorm details the most oddity-filled tornado, which occurred in this same county.

May 31, 2001 7:10 PM
An F2 tornado destroyed two homes at Auburntown, Cannon County, Tennessee. One man was killed after being swept from his home, carried a quarter of a mile, and slammed into a silo. His wife, who had taken shelter in a closet, had only minor injuries. The man's daughter was critically injured in her home, across the street. She was airlifted to a Nashville hospital.

June 6, 2001 5:24 AM
A weak tornado damaged trees and homes three miles northwest of Zachary, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. One man was fatally injured when a tree fell on his pickup truck. This tornado might be considered to be part of the remains of Tropical Storm Allison.

June 18, 2001 8:00 PM
A massive tornado cut a half-mile-wide, 30-mile-long path across rural Burnett and Washburn Counties in northwestern Wisconsin. The tornado was rated at F3, although some damage to poorly constructed homes had F4 appearance. The tornado passed near Alpha and Falun before devastating the town of Siren. About 120 homes and businesses were destroyed. The tornado completely destroyed the tourist-oriented economy of the town right at the beginning of the tourist season. The warning sirens in Siren were inoperative, having been knocked out by previous lightning storms. The police chief warned the town with loudspeakers, traveling up and down streets in his cruiser. No one died in the tornado in Siren. Deaths occurred 15 miles to the east at Dewey. An elderly man and an elderly woman were killed in the destruction of two separate homes. A third person died during the rescue efforts, but is not counted as a tornado fatality. He was electrocuted when his ATV came in contact with a downed power line. The tornado was alternately described as "a massive rotating column" and "funny little smoke clouds that didn't look like a tornado." We suspect that the "funny little smoke clouds" were multiple vortices.

September 24, 2001
A family of tornadoes cut a destructive path from Culpeper, VA, to Laurel, MD. One of the tornadoes killed two sisters, ages 23 and 20, as it cut a swath across the University of Maryland campus. The women died as their parked car was picked up and thrown about 200 yards, landing in a wooded area. They had just visited their father at the Maryland Firefighters Training Institute on the university campus. Both were students. About 50 people were injured and damage totalled many millions to the university, to the National Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, to Laurel High School, and to hundreds of homes. The F-Scale rating was probably F3. You can read more about it here

October 24, 2001
A 50-year-old woman was carried 200 yards to her death when an F2 tornado swept away her poorly anchored modular home at Mill Creek, LaPorte County, Indiana. The funnel touched down southeast of LaPorte and moved to the northeast, destroying many barns and sheds before hitting Mill Creek, and continuing into St Joseph County. Several other homes were damaged.

November 23, 2001 8:00 PM CST
An outbreak of about 20 tornadoes in the southeastern United States began with a killer tornado in Johnson County, Arkansas. About one mile northwest of Hunt, the funnel ripped apart a double-wide mobile home, killing one woman. Other homes and poultry houses were damaged.

November 23, 2001 11:00 PM CST
Two died in a mobile home just west of Wilmot, Ashley County, Arkansas.

November 24, 2001 3:00 AM CST
In Mississippi, three people were killed as a tornado passed across Quitman and Panola Counties. One person died and at least 15 others were hospitalized as much of Sledge, Quitman County, was destroyed. Further to the northeast, near Crenshaw, an elderly woman died as her small rural home collapsed onto her. Further along the path, in Panola County, a 10-year-old girl died in the destruction of a home.

November 24, 2001 5:20 AM CST
A violent tornado(F4) destroyed about 50 homes in the Fairfield subdivision of Madison, in Madison County, Mississippi. Madison is a suburb of Jackson. Two people were killed, and at least 21 injured, several critically. A 25-year-old woman, visiting her parents for Thanksgiving, was killed in the destruction of a frame home. In another home, a pregnant woman was critically injured. Her infant son was delivered by emergency c-section, but the newborn infant died soon after.

November 24, 2001 11:30 AM CST
A mother and daughter died in the destruction of their home at Kennedy, Lamar County, Alabama.

November 24, 2001 early afternoon
Seven homes were damaged or destroyed at Sand Rock, Cherokee County, Alabama. A mother and her son were killed when their mobile home was ripped apart and blown into a nearby pond. The pond was drained to recover the bodies.

November 26, 2001 11:29 PM CST
An intense tornado struck just southeast of Paris, Henry County, Tennessee just before midnight. At least a dozen homes were destroyed. One woman was killed when her mobile home was ripped apart. Seven other people were injured in other homes, both frame and mobile.

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