An F5 tornado is the most intense tornado on the retired Fujita Scale. An F5 will have wind speeds greater than 261 mph (419 km/h). Some of the deadliest and costliest tornadic events in world 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 (322+ km/h).
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 jaw-dropping 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.
F5 Tornado Facts
- An F5 tornado is the strongest tornado on the retried Fujita Scale.
- An F5 tornado has wind speeds equal or greater than 261 mph (419 km/h).
- Damage from an F5 tornado is described as incredible.
- In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007, there was 50 confirmed F5 tornadoes.
- In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007, there was 1,103 confirmed fatalities from F5 tornadoes.
- In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007, there was 10,992 confirmed injuries from F5 tornadoes.
- In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007, there has been an average of one F5 tornado per year in the United States.
- In the United States, between 1950 and Jan 31st, 2007, the U.S. state of Texas had the most F5 tornadoes.
- 1974 was the year with the most F5 tornadoes.
- April is the month most likely to produce an F5 tornado.
- The earliest tornado in world history to be rated an F5 was on June 29th, 1764, in Woldegk, MV in Germany.
- On the current Enhanced Fujita Scale, an F5 tornado is now called an EF5 tornado.
Notable F5 Tornadoes
- 1999 Bridge Creek-Moore Tornado – An F5 tornado that occurred on May 3rd, 1999. It killed 36 people.
- 1989 Daulatpur-Saturia Tornado – A potential F5 tornado that occurred on April 26th, 1989. It killed an estimated 1,300+ people.
- 1925 Tri-State Tornado – An F5 tornado that occurred on March 18th, 1925. It killed 695 people.
- 1896 St. Louis-East St. Louis Tornado – An F5 tornado that occurred on May 27th, 1896. It killed 255 people.
- 1840 Great Natchez Tornado – An estimated F5 tornado that occurred on May 7th, 1840. It killed 317 people.
List of all F5 Tornadoes (1950 to February 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|
Pictures of F5 Tornadoes
Below are photos of some F5 tornadoes throughout history.