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Hubbard (Hill County) Tornado
1973

By Marlene Bradford

The day began with ominous weather. Shortly after midnight on March 10, 1973, a brief tornado killed one and injured seven near San Angelo (Tom Green County). Under cover of the darkness of the early morning hours, the storm front approached the Hill Country. At 6:24 the town of Hubbard was awakened by the deadliest tornado of the four that occurred in Texas that day. The twister had already destroyed a home and injured two near Mart (McLennan County) and demolished several structures at Watt (Limestone County) before attacking the community of about fifteen hundred people in far northeast Hill County. As it cut a diagonal path through the town, the tornado demolished thirty homes and damaged half of the buildings in town. Six people lost their lives, and one hundred sustained injuries. Among those killed was a six-year old boy who died when the tornado destroyed his trailer home and three farm workers from Houston who were pinned inside a trailer on a ranch outside town.

Stories of the storm abounded. Several described the sound like a jet plane taking off while others said it sounded like the proverbial freight train. Another victim said the storm was like "rocks pounding the house and then there was a big bang and the house exploded." One resident explained that a small aquarium with a gold fish swimming around remained untouched although the storm had badly damaged his home. Another man pointed out his glass rain gauge that had survived the onslaught of the winds and debris while his house was in shambles. The National Weather Service retroactively rated this tornado an F4, with winds exceeding 200 miles per hour.

© Marlene Bradford
August 23 , 2014

See Texas Tornadoes: The Lone Star State’s Deadliest Twisters
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Hill County Texas 1907 Postal map
Hill County 1907 postal map showing Hubbard
( SE corner of Hill County)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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