• Short Summary

    AT LEAST 6 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 50 INJURED BY A SERIES OF 'KILLER' TORNADOES WHICH SWEPT THROUGH PARTS OF MISSOURI, KANSAS AND IOWA ON SUNDAY.

  • Description

    AT LEAST 6 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 50 INJURED BY A SERIES OF 'KILLER' TORNADOES WHICH SWEPT THROUGH PARTS OF MISSOURI, KANSAS AND IOWA ON SUNDAY.

    SOME OF THE WORST DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THE KANSAS TOWN OF LEAVENWORTH, WHERE THE TORNADO CUT A PATH OF DESTRUCTION 320 YARDS (365 METRES) WIDE. ALTHOUGH NO DEATHS WERE RECORDED IN THE TOWNSHIP, THE TORNADO LEFT A PATH OF WRECKED HOUSES AND SHOPS, UPROOTED TREES, OVER-TURNED CARS AND BROKEN TELEGRAPH WIRES. DAMAGE WAS SO GREAT IN THE DOWNTOWN SECTION, THAT THE NATIONAL GUARD WAS CALLED OUT TO TAKE PART IN RELIEF WORK AND PROTECT PROPERTY. OTHER KANSAS TOWNS WERE BADLY HIT INCLUDING GARNETT, WHERE TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED.

    IN MANY CASES, THE TORNADOES BROUGHT GREAT SWIRLING DUST STORMS. ONE PLACE WHERE THE SUN SEEMED TO SET EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON AND LIGHTS HAD TO BE SWITCHED ON, WAS OKLAHOMA CITY. LOCAL RESIDENTS SAID THIS WAS THE MOST SEVERE DUST STORM SINCE 1935.

    ANOTHER TORNADO SWEPT THROUGH SOUTHWEST IOWA KILLING ONE PERSON AND INJURING AT LEAST SIX OTHERS. POLICE REPORT THAT IN YORKTOWN AT LEAST 90 PER CENT OF THE BUILDINGS WERE DAMAGED AND ABOUT 20 PER CENT WERE DESTROYED COMPLETELY.

    THESE WERE THE FIRST TORNADOES OF THE SEASON IN THIS PART OF THE UNITED STATES -- A SEASON WHICH USUALLY REACHES ITS PEAK IN MID-MAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAGB2ZXLRZSAUN7BQKNWIKYV1G
    Media URN:
    VLVAGB2ZXLRZSAUN7BQKNWIKYV1G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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