Benchmarks: March 18, 1925: Tri-state twister kills 695 people

On March 18, 1925, the U.S. Weather Bureau’s forecast for the Midwest was not pleasant, but not unusual for early spring: rain and strong, shifting winds. By the end of the day, that simple forecast would prove devastatingly understated. A tornado, or a family of tornadoes, created a path of destruction that stretched from Missouri to Indiana, killing nearly 700 people, destroying 15,000 homes, and forever changing tornado awareness in the country.
 

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Deadly tornadoes

Even with improved warning technology, tornadoes remain a deadly threat. Below is a list of some of the deadliest storms throughout the 20th century.
 

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Meg Marquardt

Marquardt is a freelance writer in Omaha, Neb. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 06:00

Meg Marquardt

Marquardt is a freelance writer in Omaha, Neb. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 06:00