2003 Tornadoes and severe storms
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Severe storms and Tornadoes
May 3rd-11 The May 2003 Tornado outbreak sequence in the United States was a series of tornado outbreaks that occurred from May 3 to May 11. There was over 401 tornado reports in 19 states and one Canadian province, 1,587 reports of large hail, and 740 reports of wind damage. There were 48 people killed by the tornadoes, and damages totaled nearly $1 billion.
May 4, 2003 - States affected: KS,MO Tornado outbreak in southwest Missouri and a F3 tornado near Columbus KS.
May 6, 2003- States affected: MO,IL,KY Tornado outbreak for MO/IL/KY with several tornadoes reported. The strongest tornado was in southern IL and rated a F4. This tornado tracked 33 miles with peak winds at 210 MPH. 2 people died and a dozen more injured. A F3 tore through the town of Jackson MO causing over 10 million dollars in damage to this city. The rest of the tornadoes were rated as F2 or lower.
May 10, 2003 - States affected: MO,IL Large tornado outbreak in MO/IL.
June 22, 2003 Record Hail- States affected: NE Hail to the size of volleyballs fell in Aroura, NE on this day with another storm to the south producing tornadoes. 1 person died from a tornado and another died the next night due to a tornado. The largest hailstone ever measured, 17.8 cm (7.0 in) in diameter with a 47.6 cm (18.75 in) circumference.
June 24, 2003- States affected: SD Many tornadoes touched down in SD. Day of Tim Samaras lowest direct pressure reading in a tornado that struck Manchester SD. The F4 tornado that destroyed most of Manchester, SD turned the town into a ghost town.