Maximum Rated Tornado by State

(all categories to 1950, all F4 to 1900 and all F5 to 1880)

Alabama: F5 Waco, Franklin County (April 20, 1920); Tanner, Limestone County (April 3, 1974); Hazel Green, Madison County (April 3, 1974); Guin, Marion County (April 3, 1974); Birmingham, Jefferson County (April 4, 1977); Oak Grove, Jefferson County (April 8, 1998); Hackleburg, Marion County (April 27, 2011); Rainsville, DeKalb County (April 27, 2011)

Alaska: F0 Kayak Island, Valdez-Cordova Census Area (November 4, 1959); 12 mi NW of Akiakchak, Unorganized Borough (June 14, 2004); Baird Inlet, Unorganized Borough (June 18, 2004); Sand Point, Aleutians East Borough (July 25, 2005)

Arizona: F3 Sentinel, Maricopa County (August 4, 1957); Chino Valley, Yavapai County (August 10, 1972); 12 mi SE of Moenkopi, Coconino County (October 6, 2010)

Arkansas: F5 Sneed, Jackson County (April 10, 1929) [*town not rebuilt]

California: F3 Blythe, Riverside County (August 16, 1973); Chiriaco Summit, Riverside County (February 9, 1978)

Colorado: F4 4 mi NE of Thurman, Washington County (August 10, 1924); near Campo, Baca County (June 8, 1928); Elwell, Weld County (June 29, 1928); near Keesee, Kiowa County (April 30, 1942); Leroy, Logan County (June 8, 1947)

Connecticut: F4 Wallingford, New Haven County (August 9, 1878); Windsor Locks, Hartford County (October 3, 1979); Hamden, New Haven County (July 10, 1989)

Delaware: F3 New Castle, New Castle County (April 28, 1961)

District of Columbia: F0 Rock Creek Park (April 5, 1923); Dupont Park (November 17, 1927); National Arboretum (May 18, 1995); Lincoln Memorial (September 24, 2001)

Florida: F4 Verna, Manatee County (April 15, 1958); Tampa, Hillsborough County (April 4, 1966)

Georgia: F4 Milledgeville, Baldwin County (March 20, 1875); Camak, Warren County (March 20, 1875); Wrightsville, Johnson County (March 20, 1875); Ellerslie, Harris County (March 20, 1875); near Gibson, Glascock County (March 20, 1875); near Pineville, Marion County (March 20, 1875); Hephzibah, Richmond County (February 7, 1878); Tate, Pickens County (February 19, 1884); near Monticello, Jasper County (February 19, 1884); Sargent, Coweta County (February 19, 1884); Greenville, Meriweather County (March 3, 1893); Gainesville, Hall County (June 1, 1903); Newborn, Newton County (April 22, 1912); Rosedale, Floyd County (March 13, 1913); West Point, Troup County (March 28, 1920); Gardner, Washington County (February 10, 1921); Chipley, Harris County (April 29, 1924) [*now Pine Mountain]; Macon, Bibb County (April 30, 1924); Dexter, Laurens County (April 25, 1929); Deerfield, Bulloch County (April 25, 1929); Tignall, Wilkes County (April 1, 1936); Cordele, Crisp County (April 2, 1936); Gainesville, Hall County (April 6, 1936); Albany, Dougherty County (February 10, 1940); Royston, Franklin County (April 16, 1944); Cartersville, Bartow County (March 27, 1948); Warner Robbins, Houston County (April 30, 1953); Resaca, Gordon County (April 3, 1974); Juno, Dawson County (April 3, 1974); Kennesaw, Cobb County (November 22, 1992); Rockville, Putnam County (November 22, 1992); Cartersville, Bartow County (March 27, 1994); Darien, McIntosh County (May 11, 2008); Ringgold, Catoosa County (April 27, 2011)

Hawaii: F2 Luana Hills, Honolulu County (February 11, 1982); Waimanalo, Honolulu County (February 11, 1982); Wahiawa, Honolulu County (March 18, 1982)

Idaho: F2 Plano, Madison County (September 26, 1959); Lapwai, Nez Perce County (May 8, 1962); 3 mi S of Kimama Butte, Minidoka County (September 11, 1968); Idaho Falls, Bonneville County (April 7, 1978); Jerome, Jerome County (June 9, 1990); American Falls, Power County (August 17, 1990); Priest River, Bonner County (April 9, 1991); Rupert, Minidoka County (May 18, 1991); 3 mi SE of Athol, Kootenai County (May 31, 1997); Bear, Adams County (June 4, 2006)

Illinois: F5 Langleyville, Christian County (April 24, 1880); Murphysboro, Jackson County (March 18, 1925) [the “Tri-State Tornado”]; Lacon, Marshall County (March 16, 1942); Sunfield, Perry County (December 18, 1957); Plainfield, Will County (August 28, 1990)

Indiana: F5 Oakville, Delaware County (April 1, 1884); Griffin, Posey County (March 18, 1925) [*the “Tri-State Tornado”]; Dunlap, Elkhart County (April 11, 1965); Depauw, Harrison County (April 3, 1974)

Iowa: F5 Grinnell, Poweshiek County (June 17, 1882); Pomeroy, Calhoun County (July 6, 1893); Plum Creek, Kossuth County (September 24, 1894); Carmel, Sioux County (May 3, 1895); near Carroll, Carroll County (May 21, 1918); Yorkshire, Harrison County (June 3, 1925); near Anita, Adair County (June 27, 1953); Belmond, Wright County (October 14, 1966) [*rating questioned]; Charles City, Floyd County (May 15, 1968); Oelwein, Fayette County (May 15, 1968); Jordan, Boone County (June 13, 1976); Parkersburg, Butler County (May 25, 2008)

Kansas: F5 Halstead, Harvey County (May 1, 1895); Seneca, Nemaha County (May 17, 1896); Mullinville, Kiowa County (June 11, 1915); Sedgwick, Sedgwick County (May 25, 1917); Hutchinson, Reno County (May 7, 1927); Oberlin, Decatur County (April 29, 1942); Udall, Cowley County (May 25, 1955); El Dorado, Butler County (June 10, 1958); Rossville, Shawnee County (May 19, 1960); Topeka, Shawnee County (June 8, 1966); Hesston, Harvey County (March 13, 1990); Goessel, Marion County (March 13, 1990); Andover, Butler County (April 26, 1991); Franklin, Crawford County (May 4, 2003); Greensburg, Kiowa County (May 4, 2007)

Kentucky: F5 Brandenburg, Meade County (April 3, 1974)

Louisiana: F4 Vidalia, Concordia Parish (April 24, 1908); Amite, Tangipahoa Parish (April 24, 1908); Gilliam, Caddo Parish (May 13, 1908); Alexandria, Rapides Parish (April 4, 1923); Minden, Webster Parish (May 1, 1933); Rodessa, Caddo Parish (February 17, 1938); Cotton Valley, Bossier Parish (December 31, 1947); Shreveport, Caddo Parish (February 12, 1950); Leander, Vernon Parish (December 3, 1953); Larose, Lafourche Parish (October 3, 1964); Waverly, Madison Parish (February 21, 1971) [*F5 in Mississippi]; Bossier City, Bossier Parish (December 3, 1978); Collinston, Morehouse Parish (April 1, 1983); Reserve, St. John the Baptist Parish (December 6, 1983); Dukedale, Bossier Parish (April 3, 1999); Atlanta, Winn Parish (November 29, 2010)

Maine: F2 Connor, Aroostook County (August 11, 1954) [*possibly an F3]; Monarda, Aroostook County (September 16, 1957); Winterville, Aroostook County (August 15, 1958); Cardville, Penobscot County (August 16, 1959); Malbons Mills, Somerset County (September 4, 1961); Roque Bluffs, Washington County (September 15, 1961); Wellington, Piscataquis County (August 20, 1962); Sanford, York County (October 10, 1966); Sherman, Penobscot County (June 30, 1971); Jay, Androscoggin County (July 31, 1971); Stricklands, Androscoggin County (July 31, 1971); Kents Hill, Kennebec County (July 31, 1971); Skowhegan, Somerset County (November 7, 1971); Chester, Penobscot County (November 7, 1971); Springfield, Penobscot County (November 7, 1971); Purgatory, Kennebec County (July 8, 1996); Cornville, Somerset County (August 9, 2000)

Maryland: F4 La Plata, Charles County (November 9, 1926) [*rating questioned]; Frostburg, Allegany County (June 2, 1998); La Plata, Charles County (April 28, 2002)

Massachusetts: F5 Worcester, Worcester County (June 9, 1953)
[Only 2 F4s: State Line, Berkshire County (August 28, 1973); Great Barrington, Berkshire County (May 29, 1995)]

Michigan: F5 Ortonville, Oakland County (May 25, 1896); Shabbona, Sanilac County (June 5, 1905); Beecher, Genesee County (June 8, 1953); Hudsonville, Ottawa County (April 3, 1956)

Minnesota: F5 Rochester, Olmsted County (August 21, 1883); Easton, Faribault County (June 15, 1892); Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County (June 22, 1919); Anoka, Anoka County (June 18, 1939); Tracy, Lyon County (June 13, 1968); Chandler, Murray County (June 16, 1992)

Mississippi: F5 Tupelo, Lee County (April 5, 1936); Vicksburg, Warren County (December 5, 1953) [*rating questioned]; Jackson, Hinds County (March 3, 1966); Inverness, Sunflower County (February 21, 1971); Coy, Kemper County (April 27, 2011); Smithville, Monroe County (April 27, 2011)

Missouri: F5 Hopkins, Nodaway County (June 12, 1881); Creighton, Bates County (June 15, 1912); Ruskin Heights, Jackson County (May 20, 1957); Joplin, Jasper County (May 22, 2011)

Montana: F3 6 mi E of Froid, Roosevelt County (June 7, 1946); Wibaux, Wibaux County (July 19, 1952); Iliad, Chouteau County (July 5, 1988); Eagleton, Chouteau County (July 5, 1988); Ryan Butte, Chouteau County (July 5, 1988); 9 mi W of Reserve, Sheriden County (July 26, 2010)

Nebraska: F5 Pender, Thurston County (April 23, 1908); Carleton, Thayer County (June 5, 1908); Tryon, McPherson County (May 22, 1933); Oshkosh, Garden County (April 26, 1938); Gates, Custer County (May 30, 1961); Bradshaw, York County (May 5, 1964); Primrose, Boone County (May 8, 1965)

Nevada: F2 Spanish Springs, Washoe County (April 18, 1949)

New Hampshire: F3 Exeter, Rockingham County (June 9, 1953); Weare, Hillsborough County (August 20, 1968) [*rating questioned]

New Jersey: F3 Cherry Hill, Bergen County (July 13, 1895); Paterson, Passaic County (July 22, 1903); Morristown, Morris County (May 28, 1973); Flanders, Morris County (May 28, 1973); Staffordville, Ocean County (July 21, 1983); Cloverhill, Hunterdon/ Somerset Counties (October 18, 1990)

New Mexico: F3 Sedan, Union County (June 5, 1931); Lovington, Lea County (May 17, 1954); Grant County Airport, Hurley, Grant County (October 12, 1957); Maxwell, Colfax County (May 29, 1964); Solano, Harding County (May 14, 1977)

New York: F4 Shongo, Allegany County (September 28, 1884); Schoharie, Schoharie County (July 10, 1989)

North Carolina: F4 Rockingham, Richmond County (February 19, 1884); Unionville, Union County (April 12, 1920); Greensboro, Guilford County (April 2, 1936); Whiteville, Columbus County (May 26, 1943); Roseboro, Sampson County (April 8, 1957); Pembroke, Robeson County (April 8, 1957); Murphy, Cherokee County (April 3, 1974); Red Springs, Robeson County (March 28, 1984); Mount Olive, Wayne County (March 28, 1984); Greenville, Pitt County (March 28, 1984); Wake Forest, Wake County (November 27, 1988); Belwood, Cleveland County (May 5, 1989); Indian Trail, Union County (May 5, 1989); Dudley Shoals, Caldwell County (May 7, 1998)

North Dakota: F5 Fort Rice, Morton County (May 29, 1953); Fargo, Cass County (June 20, 1957)

Ohio: F5 Strongsville, Lorain County (April 11, 1965); Wheelersburg, Scioto County (April 23, 1968); Xenia, Greene County (April 3, 1974); Sayler Park [Cincinnati], Hamilton County (April 3, 1974); Niles, Trumbull County (May 31, 1985) [*same as the Wheatland, PA tornado]

Oklahoma: F5 Snyder, Kiowa County (May 10, 1905); Capron, Woods County (April 14, 1939); Antlers, Pushmataha County (April 12, 1945); Woodward, Woodward County (April 9, 1947); Leedey, Dewey County (May 31, 1947); Blackwell, Kay County (May 25, 1955); Prague, Lincoln County (May 5, 1960); Spiro, Le Flore County (March 26, 1976); Broken Bow, McCurtain County (April 2, 1982); Red Rock, Noble County (April 26, 1991); Moore, Cleveland County (May 3, 1999); El Reno, Canadian County (May 24, 2011); Moore, Cleveland County (May 20, 2013); El Reno, Canadian County (May 31, 2013)

Oregon: F2 4 mi S of Flora, Wallowa County (June 11, 1968); Portland, Multnomah County (April 5, 1972) [*F3 in Vancouver, WA]; Newberg, Yamhill County (December 8, 1993)

Pennsylvania: F5 Wheatland, Mercer County (May 31, 1985)

Rhode Island: F2 Providence, Providence County (August 7, 1986)

South Carolina: F4 Anderson, Anderson County (April 30, 1924); Horrell Hill, Richland County (April 30, 1924); Belton, Anderson County (May 5, 1933); Jefferson, Chesterfield County (April 8, 1957) [*same as the Roseboro, NC tornado]; Abbeville, Abbeville County (March 31, 1973); Ninety-Six, Greenwood County (December 13, 1973); Winnsboro, Fairfield County (March 28, 1984); Kershaw, Lancaster County (March 28, 1984); Cash, Chesterfield County (March 28, 1984); McColl, Marlboro County (March 28, 1984); Chesnee, Spartanburg County (May 5, 1989); Penderboro, Marion County (November 7, 1995)

South Dakota: F5 Wilmot, Roberts County (June 17, 1944); Colome, Tripp County (May 8, 1965)

Tennessee: F5 Pinson, Madison County (March 11, 1923); Deerfield, Lawrence County (April 16, 1998)

Texas: F5 Sherman, Grayson County (May 15, 1896); Colorado City, Mitchell County (May 14, 1923); Rocksprings, Edwards County (April 12, 1927); Clyde, Callahan County (June 10, 1938); Crowell, Foard County (April 28, 1942); Waco, McLennan County (May 11, 1953); Vernon, Wilbarger County (May 1, 1954); Wichita Falls, Wichita County (April 3, 1964); Lubbock, Lubbock County (May 11, 1970); Valley Mills, McLennan County (May 6, 1973); Brownwood, Brown County (April 19, 1976); Kellerville, Wheeler County (June 8, 1995); Jarrell, Williamson County (May 27, 1997)

Utah: F3 Upalco, Duchesne County (August 11, 1993)

Vermont: F2 Shaftsbury, Bennington County (March 22, 1955); Perkinsville, Windsor County (October 24, 1955); Lake Carmi, Franklin County (June 18, 1957); Cambridge, Lamoille County (June 24, 1960); Highgate, Franklin County (June 13, 1961); Bakersfield, Franklin County (May 20, 1962); North Springfield, Windsor County (July 9, 1962); Springfield, Windsor County (July 9, 1962); Weathersfield, Windsor County (August 11, 1966); Beartown, Bennington County (May 29, 1969); St. Albans, Franklin County (August 3, 1970); Colchester, Chittenden County (August 8, 1983); North Bennington, Bennington County (May 31, 1998) [*F3 in New York]; Windham, Windham County (June 5, 2002)

Virginia: F4 Petersburg, City of Petersburg (August 6, 1993); Rixeyville, Culpeper County (September 24, 2001)

Washington: F3 Seattle, King County (December 12, 1969); Vancouver, Clark County (April 5, 1972); Creston, Lincoln County (April 5, 1972)

West Virginia: F4 Shinnston, Harrison County (June 23, 1944)
[Only 5 known F3s: Neal, Wayne County (April 8, 1965); Coal City, Raleigh County (April 4, 1974); Meadow Bridge, Fayette County (April 4, 1974); Kingwood, Preston County (June 3, 1980); West Union, Doddridge County (October 1, 1986)]

Wisconsin: F5 Darlington, Lafayette County (May 22, 1893); Rietbrock, Marathon County (May 18, 1898); New Richmond, St. Croix County (June 12, 1899); Thorp, Clark County (September 21, 1924); Colfax, Dunn County (June 4, 1958); Barneveld, Iowa County (June 7, 1984); Oakfield, Fond du Lac County (July 18, 1996)

Wyoming: F4 Gravel Ridge, Teton County (July 21, 1987)

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