The stunned little town of Eldorado, Kansas mourns twelve people, twelve people killed by the viscious twisting winds of a tornado which demolished a quarter mile section fourteen blocks long recently.
G.V. House wrecked by the tornado.
S.V. People searching among remains of their wrecked homes.
S.V.Pan From wrecked house to overturned car.
S.V.Pan People standing among wreckage.
L.V. Two men walking over piles of rubble.
S.V. People moving rafters of collapsed roof to get their belongings.
S.Top V. People moving wreckage.
S.V. Tractor at work in wreckage.
L.V. Men moving wreckage.
S.Top V Ditto.
S.C.U. Bulldozer working in wreckage.
L.V. Men moving wreckage of houses.
C.U. People who have lost their homes in the tornado.
C.U. Woman with small girl.
Top V Woman carrying small girl walks away from wreckage.
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Background: The stunned little town of Eldorado, Kansas mourns twelve people, twelve people killed by the viscious twisting winds of a tornado which demolished a quarter mile section fourteen blocks long recently.
Another 57 people were injured in the crashing winds which uprooted trees, knocked down houses, and tore into bits a school where only minutes before the children had been told to rush to their homes.
The black funnel of the storm built up in the skies to the west of Eldorado while a white cloud stayed overhead. Then it moved in with a maddened, whining wind, which one girl described as the sound of ten thousand jet planes at tree-top level.
A State policeman saw it coming and radioed a warning; the local radio station frantically tried to alert the town. In five minutes it was off the air, the power station rendered useless by the roaring tornado.
The senseless path of the tornado was in the form of a "U" which in the first instance knocked down some isolated houses, following up with a blasting roaring course through a modest residential section of mostly new homes in the town of twelve thousand people.
Altogether 150 homes were wrecked or seriously damaged. The storm knocked out the four main electric power lines, plunging the city into darkness. Telephone lines were uprooted, and the municipal water mains were fractured in many places. Since then the people have been warned to boil all water as a precaution against infection.
Bulldozers have already brought some order to chaos in Eldorado, but Martial law is still in force. It will be small comfort to Eldorado, but the weather bureau has stated that the threat of further tornados is at the moment non-existent.