the 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville Tornado Outbreak


The 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak was an outbreak of at least 12 tornadoes that struck the Southeastern United States from April 5–6, 1936.

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that rotates while in contact with both the surface of the Earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud.

The Southeastern United States is the eastern portion of the Southern United States, and the southern portion of the Eastern United States.

1936 Gainesville GA Tornado by quincannon40


Approximately 454 people were killed by these tornadoes—419 by two tornadoes alone.

The Most Violent Outbreak of Tornadoes in History by Valentina Venetskaya


This outbreak is the second deadliest ever recorded in US history.


Although the outbreak was centered on Tupelo, Mississippi, and Gainesville, Georgia, where the fourth and fifth deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history respectively occurred, other destructive tornadoes associated with the outbreak struck Columbia, Tennessee; Anderson, South Carolina; and Acworth, Georgia.

Mississippi is a state located in the southern region of the United States, with part of its southern border formed by the Gulf of Mexico.

Tupelo, genus Nyssa, is a small genus of deciduous trees with alternate, simple leaves.

Tupelo is a city in, and the county seat of, Lee County, Mississippi, United States.


This is the only continuous tornado outbreak in the United States history to produce more than one tornado with triple digit death tolls.


Severe flash floods from the associated storms produced millions of dollars in damage across the region.

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of geomorphic low-lying areas: washes, rivers, dry lakes and basins.

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