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1926 Gilbert-Mesa, Arizona Tornado
F5 tornado
1913 Omaha Tornado

The Gilbert-Mesa, Arizona F5 near peak strength.
Date April 19, 1926
Times 1857-2153
Touchdown location 6:57 PM MST
Highest winds

>261 mph (>420 km/h)

Injuries 341
Fatalities 13
Damage $20 million (1926 USD)
Areas affected Areas in and around Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona
Part of the
Tornadoes of 1926 (Hitman)
Tornado Outbreak of April 19, 1926
The 1926 Gilbert-Mesa, Arizona Tornado was a violent and destructive, F5-rated tornado that struck Gilbert and Mesa, Arizona in the evening hours of April 19, 1926. In all, 13 people were killed, along with 341 injuries, and $20 million (1926 USD) in damages.

A system that was charged by a powerful jet stream created a robust series of thunderstorms that charged a supercell to spawn 7 violent tornadoes that were rated F4 or F5. The third and last F5 of the violent outbreak formed less than 5 minutes before 7 PM local time. F0 damage was documented to numerous saplings.

Gradual strengthening transpired, and the storm was causing F1 to F2 damage on East Elliot Road. Damage rated F4 transpired on East Baseline Road at the meeting of Gilbert and Mesa city limits. Rapid intesification then transpired and less than 5 minutes after entering Mesa city limits, the first occurence of F5 damage transpired to a local bodega where 4 perished and over 50 were injured, over a dozen critically.

Further F5 damage transpired on East Broadway where multiple structures were blown away by the intense winds. A further 3 perished and over 50 were injured, multiple extremely critical. Causing F3 to F5 damage from central Mesa all the way to northeast Mesa, another 5 perished and up to 100 persons were injured. The final fatality occurred in the block of eastern East McDowell Road and more injuries transpired in this area as well. A steady weakening by the tornado transpired and the tornado became a weak stovepipe by 9:50 PM local time.

Between 3 and 5 minutes later, the tornado then dissipated immediately north of the shoreline of the Salt RIver. 13 casaulties transpired, with a further 341 injuries, and $20 million in 1926 USD, or $292.7 million in 2020 USD. Most of the information known about the third and final F5 tornado of the violent outbreak is by the way of reports given by witnesses and emergency responders.

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