What was the most violent tornado?
The fastest winds ever recorded in a tornado were 302 mph in the
Oklahoma City F5 tornado of May 3, 1999. However, few tornadoes
actually have their winds measured, so other were probably
It is difficult to say what was the most violent, but a good
candidate is the Jarrell, Texas F5 tornado of May 27, 1997.
Although this tornado never had its winds measured, the degree of
damage was the most extreme ever surveyed. The tornado completely
obliterated the Double Creek Estates subdivision on the northwest
side of the small town of Jarrell. Houses, trees, grass, streets,
driveways, and over a foot of topsoil were stripped away. Unlike
many other tornadoes this this tornado did not leave field of
debris; it left a field of mud. The debris that was found was
finely granulated. The only signs that a neighborhood once existed
there were the foundations of buildings, and the discolored earth
where roads had been.