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 and 157 mph (181 and 253 km/h). 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 (178 and 217 km/h).

An F2 tornado is weak, but still a 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 third weakest tornado on the retried Fujita Scale.
  2. An F2 tornado has wind speeds between 113 and 157 mph (181 and 253 km/h).
  3. Damage from an F2 tornado is described as significant.
  4. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 there was 7,943 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 nine 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 five deadliest F2 tornadoes between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007.

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