Tornadoes in the Past



On this page, we list the killer tornadoes during 2007. If you want to read descriptions of the killer tornadoes of 1995 on, you will find a link to them here.



2007

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


January 4, 2007 The first killer tornado of the year cut a path across the southeast part of New Iberia, Louisiana. Two women were killed and 15 people were hospitalized as two dozen or more homes were destroyed.
February 2, 2007 Another deadly El Nino tornado outbreak struck central Florida starting at about 3:00 AM. One of five supercells became tornadic and spread a 70-mile-long path of destruction from The Villages in Sumter County to the Atlantic coast at New Smyra Beach in Volusia County. About 1500 homes were damaged or destroyed.
The 20 deaths were in Lake County, at two locations 20 miles apart. Two separate tornadoes were involved. The first one at the west edge of the county caused seven deaths in the rural south end of Lady Lake. The second tornado, at the eastern end of the county, killed 13 in the Paisley-Lake Mack area. A third tornado produced F1 damage in Volusia County.
Each strong El Nino year seems to reduce the number of hurricanes that reach the United States, but it also brings one or more winter-time tornado outbreaks to Florida.
Final survey details will be posted at the NWS Melbourne web site. http://www.srh.weather.gov/mlb/
February 13, 2007 At about 3:00 AM on Tuesday morning a tornado hit the Gentilly section of New Orleans causing one death and 29 injuries. The EF2 tornado destroyed many homes that were were being rebuilt after having been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At least 50 FEMA trailers were destroyed. An 85-year-old woman died in a FEMA trailer parked outside her home that was almost completely rebuilt. Both the trailer and house were "obliterated".
March 1, 2007 Yet another deadly tornado outbreak occurred along the south edge of the "Dixie Alley" of tornado activity. At least 18 people died in five separate tornadoes. In Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama, five boys and three girls were killed in the destruction of Enterprise High School. With ample warnings, all were in a hallway, following safety procedures. The EF3 tornado blew apart the building and buried them in an avalanche of glass, steel, and brick. At Americus, Georgia, a tornado cut an EF3 swath across the east side of town. Two people died seeking shelter in a friend's home. One person died in a mobile home near Potterville in Taylor County, Georgia . Six people were killed as mobile homes were obliterated just north of Newton, Baker County, Georgia A seven-year-old-girl died in the destruction of a rural mobile home near Caulfield, Howell County, Missouri.
March 23, 2007 An EF-2 tornado damaged about 500 buildings in southern and eastern parts of Clovis, New Mexico. Two elderly people were killed... the first New Mexico tornado-related fatalities in 33 years.
March 28, 2007 A well-forecast outbreak brought storm chasers out early this year. About 50 tornadoes touched down from western Nebraska to the Texas Panhandle. One of them destroyed a house 2 miles southeast of Elmwood, Beaver County, Oklahoma and killed a 59-year couple. It was the only house destroyed there. One man died in an overturned mobile home in Hemphill County, Texas. That death and the damage may have been the result of straight line winds. In Colorado, a tornado destroyed much of the small town of Holly, Prowers County. About 70 homes were either damaged or destroyed. A 29-year-old woman died when her house was blown apart and she was thrown into a tree.
April 15, 2007 An EF-3 tornado destroyed seven mobile homes and severerly damaged nine frame homes near Pinewood, Sumter County, South Carolina. About 60 other homes had lesser damage. The death was in amobile home.
April 24, 2007 Two separate killer tornadoes struck the area around Eagle Pass, Maverick County, Texas. The first, at about 6:00 PM damaged or destroyed 300 homes in Piedras Negras, Mexico, just across the Rio Grande River. Three people were killed and about 80 injured.
At 7:00 PM, a tornado cut through an area of low income housing on the southeast side of Eagle Pass. Five people in one family were killed as their double-wide mobile home tumbled across the street and slammed into an elementary school. Two others died in separate homes. About 80 people were hospitalized.
May 4, 2007 A mile-wide night-time (9:45 PM) tornado devastated the town of Greensburg, Kansas, killing at least ten people. This is the type of tornado that would have killed 50 to 100 people in the past. Watches, warnings, and awareness kept the toll to a minumum. About 95% of the town of 1500-1800 people was damaged or destroyed, including all churches, schools and downtown businesses. The bare foundations and stark, debarked trees are typical of what would have received an F5 rating in the past. The Wichita Eagle has an aerial survey and path map and ground survey.
August 26, 2007 A large EF-4 tornado with multiple vortices engulfed the small town of Northwood, Grand Forks County, North Dakota. About 90% of the 460 homes in town were damaged. The one death was in a mobile home at the north edge of town. Losses totalled $50,000,000
October 17, 2007 A man and woman ran for cover to a mobile home as a tornado passed near Paris, Missouri. Their bodies were thrown 400 feet. Large pieces of the trailer were thrown a third of a mile. Smaller pieces were carried for two miles.
October 18, 2007 A 29-year-old man died as a house collapased on him in a tornado near Kalkaskia, Michigan.
October 18, 2007 A tornado near Williamson, Michigan threw a modular home into a new pond. The couple who drowned were spending their first night in their new home.
December 15, 2007 A tornado touched down southwest of Ashburn, Georgia, destroying four mobile homes and damaging 39 frame homes. As the EF-1 funnel crossed I-75, it threw an 18-wheel tractor-trailer down a 50-foot embankment, killing the driver.

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