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07 May 2007 :: 11:05:06 am 30857

Killer Tornado Presages Heavy Season In Kansas’ Tornado Alley

On Friday, May 4th 2007, a killer tornado completely devastated a mid-western town, Greensburg, in Kansas’s notorious Tornado Alley. The small town of around 1,800 residents, looking as though it had been “nuked”, lost 90 % of its businesses and homes, its hospital and some schools as a mile-wide “twister” swept in, accompanied by 165 mph (265 kph) winds, which killed eight and injured 50.
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A further 3 tornadoes struck the area the following day in southwest Kansas near Greensburg, killing a further person, bringing the death toll to 10. Fortunately, tornado warnings had allowed the majority of residents in the small farming community to seek shelter before Friday’s twister hit; otherwise, the causality figures would have considerably higher.

President George W. Bush has declared the community of Greensburg, Kansas a major disaster area and has ordered federal aid to augment state and local recovery efforts. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is establishing emergency accommodation for the stricken residents, most of whom have lost their homes. The Kansas National Guard were also called out to help remove debris and air patrols were also searching for survivors along the tornado’s path of destruction. Further tornado warnings have been issued for 6 states likely to be affected in the near future.

The peak American tornado season lasts from March to early July and they kill somewhere in the region of 70 people every year. “This may be smaller in scope than Katrina,” a spokesperson for FEMA declared,” but it is equally devastating.”

Widespread flooding was also reported throughout central Kansas, closing parts of the Kansas turnpike. At least four counties issued disaster declarations due to the flooding, Reuters reported.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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