Christmas 2017 Midwest Tornado Outbreak
Stockton KS Tornado 3.jpg
One of Four EF4s that took place during the outbreak, this one was near Louisville, KY
Date of tornado outbreak: December 24th-25th, 2015
Duration1: 1 Day, 13 hours and 45 minutes
Maximum rated tornado2: EF5 tornado
Tornadoes caused: 58
Damages: $2.2 billion (2016 USD)
Fatalities: 319
Areas affected: Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Illinois

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see wikipedia:Enhanced Fujita Scale

The Christmas 2017 Midwest Tornado Outbreak was a Significant Tornado Outbreak that lasted from December 24th to December 25th, 2017.

And was considered one of the Worst Tornado outbreaks in December.

The Event

  • The Bartlesville, OK EF2
  • EF1 Damage near Evansville, IN
  • A shot of an EF5 South of Lexington, KY at it's Peak Intensity. (205 mph)
  • Damage caused by the Southern Lexington, KY EF5
  • An EF3 and an EF2 near Columbus, OH
  • An Anticyclonic EF1 near Knoxville, TN
  • EF1 damage caused by the Knoxville, TN Tornado
  • Another shot of the Louisville, KY EF4
  • Damage caused by the Louisville, KY EF4
  • EF3 damage south of Chicago, IL
  • Some Storms dropped hail that saw a maximum Diameter of 2.6 inches
  • A Bank Camera caught the Outer Edge of the Half Mile Wide Indianapolis, IN EF2 causing Damage
  • In addition to Tornadoes, a few Microbursts were Reported
  • Many Storms dumped Very Heavy Rain
  • Certain Storms caused Flooding during the Event
  • The Storms that caused the Christmas outbreak on Satellite
  • The Kentucky Storm on Radar
  • The Indianapolis Storm on Radar
  • While the SPC Issued a "Greatest Severe Risk" for the Event, Severe Weather still happened outside the Map
  • On a 1984 - 2013 Average, December typically sees the least Tornadoes out of the Whole Year
  • A Map of the Yearly Tornado Average per State

Tornado count

58 11 16 14 10 5 2

Notable Tornadoes

Radio Tower Camera Shot of Tornado

Radio Tower Camera Shot of Tornado

This video was shot VIA a Radio Tower Camera, filming the Southeastern Louisville, KY EF4

List of confirmed tornadoes - December 25th, 2015
Time (EST)
Path length
EF4 SSE of Louisville 3:25 PM 24 Miles 10 Deaths, 35 Injuries - A Large Tornado came close to Louisville, causing major damages to homes and Businesses.
EF1 Louisville 3:32 PM 2.3 miles 0 deaths, 1 injury - A skinny cone tornado co-existed with the Louisville EF4.
EF2 Bartlesville 3:31 PM 10.5 Miles 1 Fatality, 3 injuries - Skinny cone tornado affected parts of Bartlesville.