Wicked Twister

On May 22nd, 2004 an outbreak of 56 tornadoes, hit the Midwestern states. A majority of these tornado’s occurred in Iowa and Nebraska. One person was killed with an additional 38 injured. The damage was estimated to be 175 million. The biggest of these 56 tornadoes was one that registered as a category 4 on the Fujita Scale [rvd: see page 479 in textbook]. This tornado traveled 54 miles and was on the ground for 100 minutes. The town of Hallam was hit at 8:33 pm and 95% of the buildings in the town were destroyed or damaged. School buses were tossed like they were weightless, roofs of houses were getting blown off and a freight train was even blown 20 feet to the east. Luckily for the tornado sirens, few deaths occurred.

Ryan B

Sources: tornadochaser.net | thebyte.com

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