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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
600 AM CDT Wed May 4 2016

...ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...

IN 2007...TRAGEDY STRUCK GREENSBURG WHEN AN APPALLING EF5
TORNADO...A MONSTROSITY WITH A TRACK 26 MILES LONG AND
BETWEEN ONE AND A HALF AND 2 MILES WIDE...LEVELED THE
TOWN OF AROUND 1,500 PEOPLE.  THE HIDEOUS VORTEX KILLED
11...INJURED 63...AND CAUSED AROUND $250 MILLION DAMAGE.
WHEN THE TORNADO NEARED THE SOUTH SIDE OF TOWN...A ROW OF
7 ADJACENT RESIDENCES VANISHED AND AS IT TORE THROUGH
TOWN...NUMEROUS HOMES AND BUSINESSES WERE LEVELED OR
DESTROYED...AMONG THEM WERE THE CITY HALL AND 2 SCHOOLS.
ACROSS FROM GREENSBURG HIGH SCHOOL...WHICH WAS MOSTLY
DESTROYED...NUMEROUS HOMES VANISHED OR WERE SWEPT FROM
THEIR FOUNDATIONS.  JUST AFTER THE GREENSBURG TORNADO
DISSIPATED...ANOTHER...AND EVEN LARGER...TORNADO FORMED
ABOUT 5 MILES NORTH OF GREENSBURG.  THE MASSIVE VORTEX
QUICKLY GREW TO AROUND 2 MILES WIDE AS IT BEGAN A 23-MILE
RUN.  THE TITANIC TWISTER DESTROYED 2 FARMS AND THREW A
COMBINE ABOUT A QUARTER OF A MILE.  ITS LIKELY THE
TORNADO WAS MORE POWERFUL THAN ITS "HIGH END" EF3 RATING
AS IT REMAINED IN RURAL AREAS.TWO MORE EF3 TORNADOES
WOULD STRIKE NEARBY.  BOTH WOULD PROVE FATAL...KILLING
ONE APIECE.  IN 1922...TWO TORNADOES STRUCK AUSTIN TEXAS
JUST 5 MINUTES APART.  THE SECOND TWISTER...A VIOLENT
F4...KILLED 12...INJURED 50...AND CAUSED $500,000 DAMAGE.
THE FIRST TORNADO...AN F2 THAT INJURED 5...NEARLY STRUCK
THE CAPITOL BUILDING.

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