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NOUS43 KICT 181200

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wichita KS
600 AM CST Mon Dec 18 2017


In 1957, an outbreak of 23 tornadoes, of which 14 were F3
or stronger, tore through eastern Missouri and much of
Illinois.  In South Central Illinois, a violent F5
tornado that had a track only 6 miles long and around 200
yards wide, struck the town of Sunfield with such
ferocity that the town literally vanished.  It is the
latest occurrence of an F5 tornado in any given year on
record.  Remarkably, only one person was killed and only
6 were injured.  Ten minutes later, a vicious F4 tornado
developed that would closely parallel the track of the
infamous Tri State Tornado of March 18, 1925.  Sprinting
east northeast around 60 MPH, the twister roared across 3
counties, possessed a track 30 miles long and around 300
yards wide, killed 11 and injured around 200.  The most
serious damage occurred in Murphysboro, where 10 of the
fatalities occurred and power was lost for 3 days.


In 1944, the ships of United States Navy Task Force 38,
consisting of 7 fleet and 6 light aircraft carriers, 8
battleships, 15 cruisers, and around 150 destroyers were
operating around 300 miles east of Luzon in the
Philippine Sea when a small, but violent, typhoon
overtook the task force with little warning.  Many of the
ships were caught near the center of the typhoon and
rocked by extreme seas and winds that briefly reached 145
mph.  Three destroyers capsized and sank with nearly all
crew, while a cruiser, 5 aircraft carriers, and 3
destroyers were seriously damaged.  Approximately 790 men
were killed.  Fires occurred on 3 carriers when planes
broke loose in their hangars and 146 planes on various
ships were lost or damaged beyond repair, some of which
were swept overboard.

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