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F3 Tornado

An F3 tornado is the third most intense tornado on the retired Fujita Scale. An F3 will have wind speeds between 158 to 206 mph. F3 tornadoes can cause severe damage. On the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the tornado damage scale that replaced the Fujita Scale, an F3 tornado is now an EF3 tornado. An EF3 tornado has wind speeds between 136 and 165 mph.

An F3 is a very strong tornado. It has wind speeds strong enough to tear the roof off a modern, well-constructed home. An entire train can be overturned. Most vegetation, including large trees, can be completely unrooted. Heavy vehicles, such as SUVs, can be lifted off the ground and tossed around.


F3 Tornado Facts

  1. An F3 tornado is the strongest tornado on the retried Fujita Scale.
  2. An F3 tornado has winds speeds between 158 to 206 mph.
  3. Damage from a F3 tornado is described as "severe".
  4. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 there was 2,143 confirmed F3 tornadoes.
  5. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 there was 1,055 confirmed fatalities from F3 tornadoes.
  6. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 there was 19,991 confirmed injuries from F3 tornadoes.
  7. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 the deadliest F3 tornado was on 2/22/1998 and killed 25 people in Florida.
  8. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 the F3 tornado to cause the most injuries was on 4/18/1953 and injured 495 people.
  9. In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007 the year with the most F3 tornadoes was 1974 with 99.
  10. On the current Enhanced Fujita Scale, an F3 tornado is now called an EF3 tornado.

Notable F3 Tornadoes

Below is a list of the top 5 deadliest F3 tornadoes between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007.

  • On February 22nd, 1998 in Florida an F3 tornado killed 25 people.
  • On November 6th, 2005 in Kentucky and Indiana an F3 tornado killed 24 people.
  • On March 31st, 1962 in Florida an F3 tornado killed 17 people
  • On April 2nd, 2006 in Tennessee an F3 tornado killed 16 people.
  • On April 21st, 1984 in Mississippi an F3 tornado killed 15 people.