An F5 tornado is the most intense tornado on the retired Fujita Scale. An F5 will have wind speeds greater than 261 mph. Some of the deadliest and costliest tornadic events in history were caused by F5 tornadoes. On the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the tornado damage scale that replaced the Fujita Scale, an F5 tornado is now an EF5 tornado. An EF5 tornado has wind speeds exceeding 201+ mph.
F5 tornadoes are a rare occurrence. Between 1950 and 2007 there have only been 50 verified F5 tornadoes. The deadliest tornado in U.S. was an F5 tornado on March 18th, 1925, the Tri-State Tornado. Below you'll find a few facts about F5 tornadoes, a list of notable F5s in tornado history, pictures of F5 tornado funnel clouds and a complete list of F5 tornadoes between 1950 and 2007.
Below is a list of all verified F5 tornadoes that occurred between 1950 and February 2007. Tornadoes after February 2007 are rated using the Enhanced Fujita Scale, an equivalent strength tornado would be an EF5 tornado.
|Occurance Number||Date Occured||Location|
|50||05-03-1999||Bridge Creek/Moore, OK|
|48||04-08-1998||Oak Grove/Pleasant Grove, AL|
|38||04-02-1982||Broken Bow, OK|
|31||04-03-1974||Mt. Hope, AL|
|30||04-03-1974||Sayler Park, OH|
|27||04-03-1974||Daisy Hill, IN|
|26||05-06-1973||Valley Mills, TX|
|21||05-15-1968||Charles City, IA|
|14||04-03-1964||Wichita Falls, TX|
|9||05-20-1957||Ruskin Heights, MO|
|8||04-03-1956||Grand Rapids, MI|
|2||05-29-1953||Ft. Rice, ND|
Below are photos of some F5 tornadoes throughout history.