Twin Tornadoes sweep Eastern Nebraska. One person is reported dead while 16 others were critically wounded from the tornadoes. At least one of the tornadoes hit the town of Pilger, a community of about 350 people 75 miles northwest of Omaha, the National Weather Service reported. A member of the Stanton County Commission says:
More than half of the town is gone — absolutely gone. The co-op is gone, the grains bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It’s a complete mess.
158 fatalites and over 1000 injuries occur after a tornado tears through the Joplin, Missouri area . The tornado is regarded as the 7th deadliest in U.S. history and the deadliest since modern record keeping began in 1950. It earns an EF-5 classification with winds exceeding 200 mph.
Dubbed the deadliest tornado in U.S history by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the “Tri-State Tornado” tears through Missouri, Southern Illinois, and Indiana. The F5 tornado travels for 300 miles, leaving 695 people dead and 2,027 injured. A description of the storm from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch dated two days after the event:
All morning, before the tornado, it had rained. The day was dark and gloomy. The air was heavy. There was no wind. Then the drizzle increased. The heavens seemed to open, pouring down a flood. The day grew black…
Then the air was filled with 10,000 things. Boards, poles, cans, garments, stoves, whole sides of the little frame houses, in some cases the houses themselves, were picked up and smashed to earth. And living beings, too. A baby was blown from its mother’s arms. A cow, picked up by the wind, was hurled into the village restaurant.