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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Wichita KS
700 AM CDT Tue Apr 24 2018

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

In 1908, the Dixie Tornado Outbreak overwhelmed 6 states,
causing a tremendous loss of life.  Comprised of 16
killer tornadoes, the outbreak killed 320.  Hardest hit
were Louisiana Mississippi and Alabama.  Three of the
twisters were huge F4s with incredibly long tracks.  The
worst F4 tore through Eastern Louisiana and Southern
Mississippi.  It killed 143 and injured 770 along a
155-mile track and was around 2 MILES WIDE.  Putting that
into perspective, the distance from Wichita to Oklahoma
City is around 160 miles.  The monstrous vortex leveled
Purvis, MS where 55 died.  Early that morning, an F4 with
a 90-mile track that averaged one half mile wide killed
91 and injured around 400 as it tore through Northeast
Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi.  The third F4 that
roared across Northern Alabama killed 35 and injured 108.
It had a 105-mile track and was nearly one half mile
wide.

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