2020 McPherson, Kansas tornado
EF5 tornado
The McPherson, Kansas EF5 near peak strength.

The McPherson, Kansas EF5 near peak strength.
Date May 9, 2020
Times 23:15-01:01
Touchdown location 11:15 PM CDT
Highest winds

297 mph (477 km/h)

Injuries 386
Fatalities 37
Damage $1.8 billion (2020 USD)
Areas affected Areas in and around McPherson, Kansas
Part of the
Tornadoes of 2020 (Hitman)
Super Outbreak of 2020

Tornadoes of 2020 (crowe2003)

The 2020 McPherson, Kansas Tornado was a destructive and violent, EF5-rated tornado that struck McPherson, Kansas in the early evening hours of May 9, 2020. It was the 55th tornado to strike the area since 1950, and the first since 2014. It was the first EF5 rated tornado to strike McPherson County in history.

In all, 37 people died, along with 386 injuries, and $1.8 billion (2020 USD) in damages. Making it the fifth costliest tornado in history, behind the 2013 Moore tornado, the 2020 Lexington, Kentucky tornado, and the 2011 tornadoes that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri.

Meteorological synopsis

On May 9, 2020, a prominent central upper trough moved eastward toward the central United States, with a lead upper low pivoting over the Dakotas and Upper Midwest region. The SPC issued a rare High-Risk for parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. It was the 2nd time in history, first being April 14, 2012 that the SPC had issued a day 2 High-Risk. WIP

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