June 30th, 1950, a date that is still puzzling meteorologists and the survivors nearly a century later. Known to be the quickest developing tornado outbreak prior to the introduction of the Fujita Scale in 1977. Lasting only 5 hours, these tornadoes decimated a majority of townships and cities across the Southern United States. The first tornado was a rumored F2, that struck Augusta, Georgia at 12:13, killing 5 and injuring close to 600 people, the damage was the leveling of several city blocks and the imploding of a multitude of suburban houses. Around 30 minutes later, another tornado, a mild F1, struck the outskirts of Montgomery, Alabama, killing 180 and injuring 60. For several decades, people were confused how so many died in a breezy wind storm, but it's believed to be linked to poor housing materials and the lack of proper knowledge, thus many died and ended one investigation. Around 1:12 P.M, three escalating tornadoes were spotted in the fields around Batesville, Arkansas, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Topeka, Kansas, ranging between F3 to F4.
Each tornado struck their targets, but not directly, causing far less casualties than expected. Only Batesville was questioned for several decades if it had been struck head on or not, not too many eyewitness accounts existed, but it was squared down to 1300 deaths and 6 injuries. The other targets, sustained close to 1500-500 casualties per and around 1400 injuries. The biggest disaster zone was around Jackson, Mississippi, known to have been struck head on by an F4 (possibly F5). Over 13,000 people died when Jackson was nearly flattened and over 66,060 injures reported. For close to 6 hours, four tornado's struck several different states, causing immense damages, injuries and deaths in the southern United States. For close to 20 years, very little could be brought to light about the June 30th outbreak, eyewitnesses stemmed between far and few, nobody was outside during the touchdowns and the survivors wouldn't bring fourth their accounts.
The June 30th Outbreak that struck 5 states, killing over 16,000 people and injuring 68,000 people was shrouded, no tracking information nor any manner of understanding these vortexes existed, leaving it directly to the survivors. On the 60th anniversary (2010), it's been noted that only a third of the total survivors remain and by now, only 600 people are still alive. None have given accounts and possibly won't, leaving the June 30th, 1950 Tornado Outbreak as one of the most mysterious outbreaks currently known.