Downtown Tornadoes

The tornado that hit downtown Atlanta has been the top news story this weekend. The incedent brings to mind the question, “…how often do tornadoes strike the central business districts of large cities?”

Jay Kendrick did a little digging and found that the National Weather Service has compiled a partial list that identifies two dozen such incidents since the late 1800s.

Downtown St. Louis seems to be the most vulnerable with tornadoes recorded in 1871, 1896, 1927 and 1959. The 1896 storm was an F4 on the Fujita scale and resulted in 255 fatalities. The 1959 storm was also an F4 and took 21 lives.

For a look at the complete list check out:

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/downtown.html

John Collins

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