Atmospheric Archive: April 16th (tornado link included!)

April 16, 2002: Four tornadoes in Tarrant County (Fort Worth)
Three small tornadoes formed and dissipated between 4:42 and 4:54 p.m. There was some tree damage and a few partially damaged roofs on mobile homes.  4:59-5:06p.m. The fourth and most intense tornado developed in east Fort Worth just south of Ramey Avenue (east of Loop 820), moved north and dissipated between Forest and Haynie streets. Damage occurred to a strip mall, with heavy damage to a duplex. Several homes were partially unroofed, two businesses suffered heavy damage, and roof damage occurred to the sanctuary of a church.

April 16, 2001: Harris County, TX (Houston area)
An intense thunderstorm dumped hail to golfball size and raked the city with 60-70 mph (estimated) winds. Fifty million in damage was done around the metro. Many trees and power lines were blown down.

April 16, 1998: Nashville, TN: ***Downtown EF-3 tornado***
A ¾-mile wide EF-3 tornado went right through downtown, killing one, injuring 60, and doing a great deal of damage. It wracked downtown, filling the streets with a whirling cloud of broken glass and debris. The storm continued east, damaging 30 aircraft at a nearby airport and 300 homes in a residential area before weakening.  Thirty-five downtown buildings were deemed unsafe afterwards. Total damage was $100 million. Check out the video here:

April 16, 1998: Bowling Green, KY
Further north, but as part of the same storm complex, an unbelievable hailstorm pummeled Bowling Green, Kentucky with baseball hail. Over 4,000 vehicles were severely damaged including every car at every dealership in town.  The Police Department lost all of their cruisers to smashed windshields and tormented sheet metal. Western Kentucky University fared badly under the icy onslaught, along with nearly 10,000 area homes.

The dollar damage total came to a half a billion ($500 million) dollars! Amazingly, no one was hurt in this “apocalyptic” hailstorm, one of the top 10 most expensive hail events in U.S. history. The Fort Worth hailstorm of May 1995 still stands as #1 in America with $1 billion in losses.


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