Today in Weather History: Waco Tornado Kills Over 100

Photo courtesy of The Waco Tribune Journal
Photo courtesy of The Waco Tribune Journal

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Imagine this: you're just getting off work on a hot day in May.  Suddenly, the skies turn dark and a deadly twister is heading directly for you.

That's precisely what happened on this day in 1953 in Waco, TX as an F-5 tornado barreled through the downtown area during rush hour, trapping and killing dozens in their vehicles.  Thirty people were killed in one six-story furniture store alone when the building collapsed.  Many who survived were buried in the rubble for 14 hours.

The massive tornado was over two blocks wide, and destroyed 200 businesses and leveled 150 homes.

As the storm passed, it left 114 dead, and nearly 600 injured.

It remains the 11th deadliest tornado in U.S. history, and remains the single deadliest tornado ever in the state of Texas.