WX History: May 9th

1918: An F4 tornado moved across Floyd, Chickasaw, and Winneshiek Counties in northeast Iowa from two miles north of Pearl Rock to Calmar. Two people died just east of Calmar when the tornado was a mile wide. Losses in and near Calmar totaled $250,000. Overall, this tornado killed seven people and injured 15 others.

May 9, 1918 Nasha Tornado Damage
A photograph from May 15, 1918, Waverly Democrat shows the destruction the tornado left to a farm outside Nashua, Iowa.

Source: Waverly Newspaper.

1930: Several tornadoes struck eastern Oklahoma, resulting in 7 fatalities. 

1933: An estimated F4 tornado moved through Monroe, Cumberland, and Russell Counties in Kentucky along a 60-mile path. The town of Tompkinsville, KY was the hardest hit with 18 people killed. Overall, 36 people lost their lives.

Source: NWS Office in Louisville, Kentucky.

1966: Record snows fell in the northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, including 3.1 inches at Pittsburgh and 5.4 inches at Youngstown Ohio. Snow also extended across parts of New York State with eight inches reported in the southern Adirondacks.
May 1966 snowMay 1966 snow · Mon, May 9, 1966 – Page 1 · The Evening Times (Sayre, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

1990: The 1990 Machilipatnam Cyclone was the worst disaster to affect Southern India since the 1977 Andhra Pradesh cyclone. This category four on the Saffir-Simpson scale had a severe impact on India, with over 967 people reported having been killed. Over 100,000 animals also died in the cyclone with the total cost of damages to crops estimated at over $600 million (1990 USD).

May 9, 1990 Cyclone Machilipatnam
Super Cyclone Machilipatnam on May 8, 1990.

1995: An F3 tornado produced $10 million in damages along its 40-mile path across central Illinois. The tornado caused significant damage in Cantrall where three homes were destroyed, 10 had major damage, and 11 had minor damage. The roof and interior of a grade school suffered extensive damage. The tornado passed about 2 miles southeast of the new NWS Office in Lincoln, Illinois.

May 9, 1995 Lincoln, IL tornado
The image above is courtesy of the NWS Office in Lincoln, Illinois. The building with the white dome is for the upper air balloon launches. The other white ball is the radar.

2016: A tornado developed a mile south of Katie, Oklahoma, and travel east-northeast and east. While the tornado only tracked 9 miles, it reached EF4 strength and caused one fatality. Click HERE for more information NWS Norman, Oklahoma. Click HERE for more information from USTornadoes.com


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