The Tri-state Tornado: The Story of America's Greatest Tornado Disaster

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iUniverse, 2004 - Nature - 144 pages
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The Tri-State Tornado is a gripping account of the worst tornado disaster in American history. Claiming 689 lives during a three-hour rampage across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana on March 18, 1925, the storm had one of the longest uninterrupted paths (219 miles) and one of the widest (up to one mile) of any recorded tornado. Its continuous energy was so extreme that it completely obliterated several small towns in its path. Although the fatality count was nearly that of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, with the exception of meteorologists and residents of the affected area, few had ever heard of this catastrophe until this book's initial release in 1992.

The Tri-State Tornado reconstructs the tragedy, using vivid eyewitness accounts of fourteen survivors who lived along the tornado's path from the Missouri Ozarks to southwestern Indiana. The clarity with which they recall that day in their lives over sixty years earlier will give readers the unsettling feeling that the tornado struck days, not decades, ago.

 

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User Review  - librarymary09 - LibraryThing

Very interesting. Nice combination of facts and info, interspersed with eyewitness accounts. Read full review

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User Review  - pianogal - Goodreads

This was a good read. A lot of first person recounts of the disaster. I've read several books on the Tri-State and I don't feel like I have a great idea about the tornado itself. It just seems like ... Read full review

Contents

The Cloud
26
Shock and Aftershock
34
Trial by Fire
46
StrangeBut True
61
Resurrection
68
Living on Alert
83
About Tornadoes
89
Warning Signs and Safety
95
Epilogue
101
Notes
111
Selected Bibliography
117
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