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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wichita KS
700 AM CDT Sun Mar 18 2018


In 1925, the Tri State Tornado roared into the record
books.Starting in Southeast Missouri in Reynolds County
about 60 miles west of Cape Girardeau, the tornado roared
across Southern Illinois before lifting in extreme
Southwest Indiana in Pike County, 10 miles northeast of
Princeton.  It was on the ground for 219 miles, which
remains the record for the longest continuous track.  For
about 100 miles of its track, it was a three quarters of
a mile wide.  Its greatest width reached nearly 2 and a
half miles.  The average speed was 62 mph and the top
speed of 73 mph was a record.  It also set the record for
longest time on the ground at three and a half hours.  It
remains the deadliest tornado on record with 695
fatalities and 2,027 injuries.At times the tornado was
so wide that eyewitnesses described it as a rolling fog
bank.  Not surprisingly, the tornado produced F5 damage.
Some of the worst destruction and loss of life occurred
in Murphysboro as well as DeSoto and West Frankfort

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