Jarrell Strom May 28th 1997





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Published on Jun 17, 2008

Strom Row into Jarrell, Texas. Pulled News Clips from 1997

Comments • 39

That chuck tonn is a man I'd like to buy a beer. True honest strong American right there.
I've seen that still several times. You know, I'd think it was an urban legend too, but this is the one storm that I can buy it as actually happening. 
Well said. The destruction there is the most haunting I've ever seen. It was just a strange setup. The tornado moved southwest at a very slow speed, the tornado was a thin tornado until it rapidly intensified to a monster before hitting Jarrell, then weakened once moving through, and it didn't give a hook signature on radar. Those poor folks had no chance of surviving. 
I agree. If you weren't underground, you were dying. My God, all that was left was concrete slabs and mud!! No debris, no grass, no vegetation, and in some places, no asphalt. In fact, there are still to this day around a dozen vehicles that have never been found. Why this tornado hasn't gotten more media attention is beyond me, because what happened in the Double Creek subdivision is unrivaled. In fact, it isn't even close.
A LOT of tornadoes have been slow movers, but I've never seen anything like the devastation in the Double Creek community. Nothing even close in fact, so that makes me wonder if the wind speeds could've rivaled the May 3rd Moore/Bridge Creek tornado.
Michael Wiley
I've often thought the same thing, that while it was over Double Creek it had to rival the wind speeds from Bridge Creek. and also I'm like u, I don't buy it when people say "oh Jarrell just did so much damage cuz it moved slow". bullshit, plenty of funnels move slow and don't do 1/10 the damage this one did
Quite simply the most destructive tornado this country has ever seen. The devastation in the Double Creek subdivision is far worse than any damage from Moore, Joplin, Tuscaloosa, etc. Absolutely catastrophic.
Richard Schultz
No tornado since has caused this much damage in my opinion.Whether it was moving slowly or not.Do you think this is the only F5 tornado to move this slow.Since when do tornadoes have to move 15 to 20 mph to be even considered of if not the most violent tornado?Tell me where it says a tornado has to move an x mph to be lumped in the 5 or 10 most violent tornadoes,geez
Richard Schultz
A few people on here continue to propose the idea " well because it moved like 1 or 5 miles per hour thats what did the most damage"Well let me ask you this,this must be the only F3or F4 tornado to move that slow and still causing more damage than the Moore or OKC tornadoes.Yes the tornado moved slowly but that doesnt discount the fact that it probably had winds in excess of 315 or higher.
John Smith
It was May 27, not 28
Aurora Dash
Same here oWo
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