A series of tornadoes and massive windstorms has made a wide strip of destruction across the Middle West, from the north-eastern corner of Iowa to Indiana.
A series of tornadoes and massive windstorms has made a wide strip of destruction across the Middle West, from the north-eastern corner of Iowa to Indiana. Hardest hit were communities in Illinois near Chicago. One death and at least 95 injuries were reported.
Electrical storms, winds that reached 95 miles an hour and occasional tornadoes were reported. The outbreak of violent weather began after dark Thursday (26 August) and continued until dawn. Falling trees caught people in automobiles. Flying glass injured dozens. Houses were flooded, and in some cases blown apart by the winds. Many streets were choked with debris; telephone service and electric power were knocked out.
Chicago was without power in many areas after 70 mile an hour winds and a brilliant electrical storm struck. The little town of Lockport, south of the city, was declared a disaster area. No estimate of the damage was immediately available since the destruction spread over areas of four states. It was expected, however, that it would run into the millions of dollars.