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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wichita KS
600 AM CDT Mon Mar 27 2017


In 1994, the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak struck the
southeastern United States from Alabama to North
Carolina.  Consisting of 29 tornadoes of which 2 were
violent F4s and 7 were strong F3s, the outbreak killed 40
and injured 491.  The first F4 tornado raced 50 miles
across Northeast Alabama from just south southwest of
Ragland (47 miles northeast of Birmingham), to the very
small town of Rock Run located very close to the Georgia
border.  The tornado struck late in the morning.  Of the
22 deaths, 20 were in Piedmont, where the massive three
quarter mile wide vortex leveled the Goshen United
Methodist Church.  This was an eerie coincidence.  The
Palm Sunday outbreak of April 11th, 1965 included a pair
of F4s that tore through Goshen Indiana.  The second F4
struck Northwest Georgia.  It also had a 50 mile track
and reached a mile wide! The F4 damage occurred 15 miles
northwest of Canton (40 miles north of Atlanta), where
two of the three people were killed.   In 1890, an
outbreak of 23 tornadoes tore through the Ohio Valley of
which six were violent.  Hardest hit was Louisville
Kentucky, where 76 people were killed, 200 were injured,
and $2.5 million damage resulted.  In 1984, the
temperature at Brownsville Texas soared to 106 degrees,
and Cotulla Texas, reached 108 degrees.  The 108 degree
torching at Cotulla equaled the March record for the
United States at that time.


In 1977, dense fog played but one major factor in the
worst disaster in aviation history when two Boeing 747s
collided on the runway at Tenerife Airport in the Canary
Islands.  In all, 583 people were killed when a KLM 747,
attempting to take off, collided with a Pan Am 747 as it
was taxiing down the same runway.  Both aircraft were
among 5 aircraft that had been diverted to Tenerife after
a terrorist detonated a bomb at Gran Canaria
International Airport on the island of Las Palmas, which
had been the original destination for both flights.
Miraculously, 61 survived, all of whom were aboard the
Pan Am flight.

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