A powerful tornado touched down in Perryton, Texas, on the evening of June 16, 2023, causing widespread damage. The tornado was rated EF-3 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, with winds up to 165 mph. It was one of several tornadoes that touched down in the Texas Panhandle that day.
The tornado first touched down in the northwest corner of Perryton, near the intersection of Highway 70 and FM 257. It then tracked east-northeast across the town, causing extensive damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. The tornado also caused significant damage to the Perryton High School football stadium.
The tornado was on the ground for about 10 minutes, and it traveled a path of about 2.5 miles. At least 30 homes were destroyed or damaged, and several people were injured. There were no fatalities reported.
The tornado was the strongest to hit Perryton since 1973. The town is located in the Tornado Alley, a region of the United States that is prone to tornadoes.
The tornado caused widespread power outages in Perryton, and it took several days for power to be restored to all residents. The town also declared a state of emergency.
The Red Cross and other relief organizations provided assistance to those affected by the tornado. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also announced that it would be providing assistance to the town.
The tornado in Perryton is a reminder of the power of nature and the importance of being prepared for severe weather. If you live in an area that is prone to tornadoes, it is important to have a plan in place in case a tornado strikes. This plan should include a safe place to go, a way to receive weather alerts, and a way to communicate with family and friends.