Tornadoes of 2023
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This page documents notable tornadoes and tornado outbreaks worldwide in 2023. Strong and destructive tornadoes form most frequently in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Bangladesh, and Eastern India, but can occur almost anywhere under the right conditions. Tornadoes also develop occasionally in southern Canada during the Northern Hemisphere's summer and somewhat regularly at other times of the year across Europe, Asia, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Tornadic events are often accompanied by other forms of severe weather, including strong thunderstorms, strong winds, and hail.
There have been 143 preliminary filtered reported tornadoes and 124 confirmed tornadoes in the United States in 2023. Worldwide, eight tornado-related deaths have been confirmed, all of them in the United States.
United States yearly total
There have been 124 confirmed tornadoes in the United States in the month of January.
In early January, a three-day severe weather outbreak brought damaging winds, large hail, and numerous tornadoes to the Southern United States, and impacted the Midwestern United States to a lesser extent. On January 2, the Storm Prediction Center issued an enhanced risk for all of Arkansas and parts of surrounding states, with a 10% hatched risk for tornadoes.
An EF1 tornado damaged homes and the high school in Jessieville, Arkansas, injuring two people. A large 1.1 mi (1.8 km) wide EF2 tornado caused severe damage near Jonesboro, Louisiana, snapping many large trees, inflicting significant damage to several residences, and injuring three people. Another strong EF2 tornado knocked down metal truss electrical transmission towers near Haile and destroyed an outbuilding. A third large, long-tracked EF2 tornado damaged or destroyed multiple houses, vehicles, and a mobile home in Montrose, Arkansas, and snapped or uprooted countless trees and many power poles along its path. The next day, another enhanced risk was issued farther east in the Gulf Coast region, with a 10% hatched risk area for tornadoes in place for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. An EF2 tornado downed many large trees, tore most of the roof off a house, caused roof damage to other homes, and destroyed boathouses and outbuildings at the Jordan Lake Reservoir near Deatsville, Alabama. Several tornadoes touched down as far north as Illinois, including two separate EF0 and EF1 tornadoes that caused damage to outbuildings and farm equipment near Maroa. Another pair of EF1 and EF0 tornadoes also briefly touched down in Decatur, with the EF1 tornado damaging a vacant bowling alley and the EF0 tornado causing minor damage at Richland Community College. Tornadoes continued touching down into the morning of January 4, including a high-end EF1 tornado that damaged several homes, flipped cars, and severely injured a person on the eastern side of Montgomery, Alabama. In Georgia, an EF1 tornado struck the small community of Roosterville, where a barn and a mobile home were destroyed. An EF1 tornado also struck Sandersville, where homes and a warehouse were damaged and many trees were downed, some of which landed on structures. A semi-truck was overturned in Sandersville, injuring the driver.
Additional weak tornadoes touched down across parts of the Carolinas later that day before the outbreak came to an end. Widespread flooding also occurred as a result of the storm system, with 8.55 in (21.7 cm) of rain in DeWitt, Arkansas and 4.99 in (12.7 cm) of rain in Greenville, Kentucky. Cane Creek State Park recorded 7.30 in (18.5 cm) of rain, their largest 24-hour total on record. Daily rainfall records were also established in Memphis, Tennessee and Jackson, Mississippi with Amtrak's northbound City of New Orleans being delayed due to flooding and debris on the tracks between the two cities. Overall, a total of 58 tornadoes were confirmed.
January 4 (Indonesia)
A significant tornado outbreak impacted the Southeastern United States with several strong and long-tracked tornadoes touching down. One long-lived supercell produced a large high-end EF2 tornado that caused extensive damage in Selma, Alabama. In Selma, a daycare with 70 children plus workers was destroyed, but only one minor injury occurred. The same storm quickly produced a long-tracked EF3 tornado that prompted tornado emergencies for Autauga, Elmore, Chilton, Coosa, and northern Tallapoosa counties causing seven fatalities in the Old Kingston community of Autauga County. It also produced another EF2 tornado that crossed the state line into Georgia. Once into Georgia, the storm produced three additional EF1 tornadoes, three more EF2 tornadoes and another EF3 tornado with the cities of LaGrange, Griffin, and Experiment being especially hard hit. There tornadoes caused a direct death, an indirect death, and at least 28 injuries. Other strong tornadoes caused damage in Winston, Sumter and Mobile counties in Alabama, while weaker tornadoes caused damage in Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and the Carolinas. Overall, 39 tornadoes were confirmed.
January 13 (Brazil)
January 17 (Italy)
A brief but strong tornado struck Valmontone, which is part of the Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, causing damage all across the comune. The tornado was "from a comma head", which was captured by a surveillance camera. The tornado caused roof damage to multiple structures, with the upper floor of one structure sustaining severe damage, and two people were injured. The European Severe Storms Laboratory rated the tornado F2 on the Fujita scale, with a path length of just 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) and a maximum width of 150 metres (160 yd). After the tornado, Valmontone declared a state of disaster.
A line of severe storms produced damaging straight-line winds and multiple tornadoes in the Florida Panhandle and Southeast Georgia throughout January 22, including two low-end EF2 tornadoes. The first one struck the Turquoise Beach, Florida northwest of Santa Rosa Beach, damaging trees and several homes, including three houses that suffered significant roof damage. The other strong tornado struck Northern Adel, Georgia, shifting multiple buildings off their foundations and lofting debris as far as 100 yards (91 m). It also destroyed a motorhome, knocked over a series of centerline irrigation pivots, and damaged trees, some of which fell on homes. Three EF1 tornadoes also touched down that day, bringing the final tornado tally to five.
A severe weather event impacted the Southeastern United States, primarily the Gulf Coast from Southeast Texas to the Florida Panhandle, during the afternoon of January 24 through January 25. Multiple tornadoes were confirmed, including a destructive EF3 tornado that struck Deer Park in the Houston metropolitan area. This prompted the issuance of a tornado emergency, the first ever issued by the National Weather Service's forecast office in Houston. Other tornadoes were reported across Southeast Texas, southern Louisiana, and the Florida Panhandle, although most were rated EF0 to EF1. Three people were injured in Ventress, Louisiana when an EF1 tornado flipped a mobile home, and an EF2 tornado damaged numerous homes in the Gaytine community of Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, resulting in three more injuries. In addition to tornadoes, a daily record for rainfall was set in Houston, at 4.05 in (10.3 cm).
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- "Tweet See new Tweets Conversation Amtrak Alerts @AmtrakAlerts Official City of New Orleans Train 59, which departed Chicago (CHI) on 1/2, is being delayed between Fulton (FTN) and Memphis (MEM) due to flash flood warnings". Twitter. Retrieved 17 January 2023."UPDATE: City of New Orleans Train 59, which departed Chicago (CHI) on 1/2 continues to be delayed north of Fulton (FTN) due to flash flooding and debris on the tracks". Twitter. Retrieved 17 January 2023."UPDATE: City of New Orleans Train 59 which departed Chicago (CHI) on 1/2 has arrived into Fulton (FTN) 3hrs 40mins late. Further delays are expected due to a flood warning in the area. Updates to follow as more information becomes available". Twitter. Retrieved 17 January 2023.
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- "TIMELINE: Seven dead, dozen missing in Autauga County after tornado hits central Alabama". Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved 12 January 2023.
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- "Tornado hits Selma, Alabama; 7 deaths reported across South". KOLD News13. Retrieved January 13, 2023.
- 𝑪𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒍𝒂35 [@QuakeChaser35] (January 14, 2023). "#Brasil 🇧🇷 | Un tornado tocó tierra la tarde del viernes 13 de enero y causó daños en el municipio de #Sangão, estado de Santa Catarina. El meteorólogo Piter Sheuer, confirmó que se trató de un tornado F1 con vientos de hasta 70 km/h. Crédito: @Piter_Scheuer t.co/sdGfqlGahC" [#Brasil 🇧🇷 | A tornado touched down on the afternoon of Friday, January 13, causing damage in the municipality of #Sangão, state of Santa Catarina. Meteorologist Piter Sheuer confirmed that it was an F1 tornado with winds of up to 70 km/h. Credit: @Piter_Scheuer] (Tweet) (in Spanish). Archived from the original on January 14, 2023. Retrieved January 16, 2023 – via Twitter.
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- NWS Houston [@NWSHouston] (January 25, 2023). "NWS Houston can now confirm that the Deer Park/Pasadena tornado will be preliminarily rated EF3, with an estimated maximum path length of 18 mi, maximum path width of 0.66 mi, and maximum wind speed of 140 mph. We will provide a full summary later this evening" (Tweet). Retrieved January 25, 2023 – via Twitter.
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- "Three injured, hospitalized in Louisiana after mobile homes were hit by tornado, sheriff says". The Advocate. Retrieved 25 January 2023.
- Here are the preliminary rainfall totals over the past 24 hours. A record rainfall of 4.05" was set at the City of Houston yesterday. This breaks the old record of 1.94" set in 2011. More detailed rainfall totals across SETX 👉bit.ly/2rWJc19, NWS Houston, Twitter, January 25, 2022
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