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Twenty-five Years
Fujita scale helps define historic night in Grand Island

The Independent

The Fujita scale gives an idea of the destruction of the June 3 tornadoes, that hit Grand Island and the surrounding areas.
Three had a maximum strength of F1, one tornado reached a maximum strength of F2, two tornadoes had a maximum strength of F3, and one tornado reached a maximum recorded force of F4.

That most destructive twister is the one that hit Bismark Road and South Locust Street.

In order, those tornadoes included:


The first that touched at 8:45 p.m. in a rural area northwest of town, moved into northwest Grand Island, and had a maximum strength of F3.

The second that struck at 9 p.m. near north central Grand Island, with a maximum strength of F1.

The third touched down at 9:05 p.m., striking north central Grand Island near the Nebraska Veterans Homes, Grand Island Senior High and the VA Medical Center, with a maximum strength of F3.

The fourth that hit at 9:46 p.m. on the southeast edges of the city, with a maximum strength of F2.

The fifth that touched down at 10:16 p.m. and went down Bismark Road and South Locust Street, with a maximum strength of F4.

The sixth that struck at 10:25 p.m., moving along the southeast edges of the city, with a maximum recorded strength of F2.

The seventh and final twister was in rural areas southeast of Grand Island. It had a maximum recorded strength of F1. It touched down at 10:45 and stayed on the ground until 11:30. That means Grand Island and the rural areas had experienced nearly three hours of assaults by tornadoes.