Deadly tornado kills hundreds, March 18, 1925
On March 18, 1925, the twister later dubbed the ‘Tri-State Tornado’ killed almost 700 people and spread destruction across the American Midwest, becoming the deadliest such natural disaster in U.S. history. The following day, an Associated Press article in The Manitowoc Herald-News of Manitowoc, Wis., tried to assess the damage.
“Dead estimated at 500 to 1000. Injured estimated at 2500 to 3000. Homeless estimated at 8000 to 10,000.
“A mid-afternoon tornado, the worst hour to strike, when children were packed in schools and workers in stores and shops, yesterday’s storm, in five mid-western states still held many victims buried and unreported today.
“When it did the worst damage the tornado lasted less than five minutes. It flattened heavily constructed schools and business dwellings with worse results than the casualties in lighter dwellings. Babies in homes were special sufferers.”
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On March 20, 1925, The Decatur Daily Review of Decatur, Ill., devoted most of a page to photos of the Tri-State Tornado devastation. Tornado Ruins Pictures
A May 1, 1989, United Press International article in the Pacific Stars and Stripes of Tokyo, Japan, described the aftermath of a tornado in Bangladesh with a death toll that dwarfed that of the Tri-State Tornado. Rains Halt Rescue Efforts