Historic Palm Sunday Tornadoes: Pictures and Videos

April 01, 2012; 10:00 AM
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Tornadoes frequently occur on Palm Sunday in the U.S. Three notable tornadoes happened in the years 1994, 1965 and 1920.

1994 Tornado Outbreak

On March 27, 1994, two F4 tornadoes touched down. One was in Piedmont, Ala., and the other was in Cartersville, Ga.

Tornado damage from the Palm Sunday tornado of 1994 courtesy of NOAA.

Photo courtesy of NOAA.

One of the 1994 Palm Sunday tornadoes. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

1965 Tornado Outbreak

A total of 47 tornadoes were confirmed during the Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of April 11, 1965. An F4 tornado that touched down in Clinton county, Ind., was the first reported tornado of the day.

Double tornado picture courtesy of NOAA.

A tornado ripped down a tree and uplifted a garage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on April 11, 1965. Photograph courtesy of flickr user justj0000lie.

1920 Tornado Outbreak

Palm Sunday, March 28, 1920 was marked with a tornado outbreak that impacted eight states leaving about 400 people dead and at least 1,215 injured.

The following pictures are all courtesy of flickr user Wilmette Library History.

Tornado damage to the Wilmette Village Hall.

John Schopen's barn was damaged by the Palm Sunday tornado that hit Wilmette, Ill. on March 28, 1920

The roof of the Wilmette Village Hall landed on this house.

The tornado's path at Wilmette Ave. and Lake Ave.

Tornado damage in the central business district of Wilmette, Ill.

By Vickie Frantz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer


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