The April 1957 Southeastern United States tornado outbreak
beginning April 8, 1957 was one of a handful of notable severe weather and tornado outbreaks to strike the southern and southeastern United States
during April, 1957. This outbreak was responsible for producing 7 deaths and 207 injuries in Alabama
, North Carolina
, South Carolina
The outbreak began with weak tornadoes confirmed during the early morning near Tupelo, MS
and Cookeville, TN
. Stronger tornadoes formed during the late morning and mid-day hours along a path crossing northern Alabama
, with F3
tornadoes crossing 8 counties, and causing 90 injuries north of Cullman
. These storms dissipated shortly after crossing into northwestern Georgia.
Two hours later, additional tornadoes families developed simultaneously along two paths - the first was a series of weak, but long-duration tornadoes that crossed parts of 5 counties southern Georgia.
The second series began in Union County, SC
, moving along an eastern extension of the path carved by the earlier Alabama tornadoes. This series of storms swiftly became the most destructive produced by this outbreak, with a trio of F3
tornadoes moving along a nearly continuous path more than 120 miles long from Lancaster County, SC
to Sampson County, NC
, with some of the most severe damage seen in Jefferson, SC
and Salemburg, NC
. An additional, short-lived F4
tornado was reported just south of this main path in Robeson......