A Picture of an F2 Tornado Funnel

F2 Tornado

An F2 tornado is the third weakest tornado on the retired Fujita Scale. An F2 will have wind speeds between 113 to 157 mph. F2 tornadoes can cause considerable damage. On the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the tornado damage scale that replaced the Fujita Scale, an F2 tornado is now an EF2 tornado. An EF2 tornado has wind speeds between 111 and 135 mph.

A F2 tornado is weak, but still deadly tornado. It has wind speeds strong enough to tear the roof off a framed home. Most mobile homes are destroyed. Single train cars can be overturned. Large trees can be snapped and, in some cases, uprooted. Smaller objects can become flying missiles.


F2 Tornado Facts

  1. An F2 tornado is the strongest tornado on the retried Fujita Scale.
  2. An F2 tornado has winds speeds between 113 to 157 mph.
  3. Damage from a F2 tornado is described as "significant".
  4. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 there was 7,7943 confirmed F2 tornadoes.
  5. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 there was 481 confirmed fatalities from F2 tornadoes.
  6. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 there was 13,942 confirmed injuries from F2 tornadoes.
  7. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 the deadliest F2 tornado was on 2/13/1950 and killed 9 people in Tennessee.
  8. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 the F2 tornado to cause the most injuries was on 5/6/1965 and injured 175 people.
  9. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 the year with the most F2 tornadoes was 1973 with 303.
  10. On the current Enhanced Fujita Scale, an F2 tornado is now called an EF2 tornado.

Notable F2 Tornadoes

Below is a list of the top 5 deadliest F2 tornadoes between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007.

  • On February 13th, 1950 in Tennessee an F2 tornado killed 9 people.
  • On February 4th, 1971 in Mississippi an F2 tornado killed 7 people.
  • On May 10th, 1953 in Minnesota an F2 tornado killed 6 people. (Tied for 3rd)
  • On March 2nd, 2012 in Kentucky an F2 tornado killed 6 people. (Tied for 3rd)
  • On February 12th, 1950 in Louisiana an F2 tornado killed 5 people. (Tied for 4th)
  • On March 21st, 1952 in Arkansas an F2 tornado killed 5 people. (Tied for 4th)
  • On November 15th, 1988 in Arkansas an F2 tornado killed 5 people. (Tied for 4th)
  • On April 4th, 1952 in Louisiana an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On May 10th, 1953 in Wisconsin an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On June 8th, 1953 in Michigan an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On August 20th, 1962 in Ohio an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On April 11th, 1965 in Ohio an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On January 13th, 1972 in Alabama an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On July 5th, 1978 in Minnesota an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On April 9th, 1998 in Georgia an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On September 15th, 2004 in Florida an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On April 25th, 2011 in Arkansas an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On April 27th, 2011 in Tennessee an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)
  • On July 8th, 2014 in New York an F2 tornado killed 4 people. (Tied for 5th)