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Worst Tornados Resulting in Massive Damage

April 11, 1965 is still remembered by many: that day a brutal string of tornados hit the states of Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan with wind gusts as high as 318 miles per hour, killing 250 people and injuring some 1500 others. The first funnel cloud hit the ground at 1 p.m. with others following at varying intervals, up to 5:30 pm. The storms intensified as they day progressed. An F4 storm hit Koontz Lake, Indiana and 2 other twisters hit Wakarusa, and Goshen, doing massive damage to homes, and local infrastructure.

More storms continued to develop over the course of that same day. The worst of the tornados, an F5 storm with winds reaching speeds of up to 318 miles per hour landed at Elkhart Indiana and destroyed the Sunnyside subdivision killing over 30 people. One of the funnel clouds was a colossal eight hundred yards wide, leaving a trail of devastation in its path. Telephone and electrical lines where knocked out by the high winds. The phone system was down and, as a result, local city officials where unable to warn others in the path of the storm of the severe danger. The day progressed and tornados hit many other counties. The damage from all these rapidly occurring storms was devastating.

The impact that these storms had on the area was huge. The U.S. weather bureau conducted a full investigation after the storm and established the need for better methods to communicate warnings to residents and officials in other areas of approaching storms. It was just a little while after this that the Weather Service started to put out announcements indicating that tornados where likely to form and where they were traveling once they had hit the ground.

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Tornado slams into Iowa Boy Scout camp

Tornadoes are deadly and there’s nothing you can do to prevent them. Remember the Iowa City Tornado of 2006?

There’s a new tornado in the news which had a bad outcome.

A tornado slammed a Boy Scout camp in the remote hills of western Iowa on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring 40, most of whom were on a hike when the twister struck.

All of the children had been accounted for late Wednesday, after rescuers cut their way through downed trees and debris to reach them, said Russ Lewrenson of the Mondamin Fire Department

You can read the full article about this devistating event here.

Tornado slams into Iowa Boy Scout camp

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Iowa City One Year Later

One year after the tornado ripped through Iowa City, things have gotten back to near-normal. In the next week or so, I’ll be traveling around town, snapping shots of local stuff that has still been effected by this. Call it heart-warming if you will, but I like closure.

Edit – It’s been raining like mad out here for what seems like the last week. Once it dries up, photos will be taken…

Edit – Umm…. I’m lazy. And busy. I will take pics. I promise. Hopefully before the 2nd year anniversary.

Iowa City Tornado of 2006

Iowa City Tornado Burlington Street
Burlington Street residents watch from above as Iowa City firefighters cut a downed street light on Thursday night, Apr. 13, 2006.
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A crowd gathers around an overturned car on Clinton Street near Burlington Street on Thursday night.
Nick Loomis/The Daily Iowan


Iowa City Tornado Johnson County Sheriff Department
Deputy Hynes with the Johnson County Sheriff Department instructs pedestrians to keep clear of a suspected gas leak in the Ped Mall on Thursday night.
Nick Loomis/The Daily Iowan

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