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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This book gives a great vivid description of what was one of the worst tornado disasters in recorded world history. Peter Felknor did a great job interviewing actual survivors of the story. And, unlike many of the accounts of the disaster, he interviewed many different survivors in more than one community. From Murphysboro's devistation to Griffen, Indiana's complete obliteration, not one detail is missed. Peter Felknor really outdid himself with this project. He not only gave an admirable effort to find out the truth about this tragic event, but he kept one of Americas worst and most unusual natural disasters from being completely lost to history. 


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Trial by Fire
StrangeBut True
Living on Alert
About Tornadoes
Warning Signs and Safety
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