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10 Deadly Tornadoes That Have Gone Down In Kansas History

Though Texas is the #1 state for number of tornadoes per year, that doesn’t mean Kansas doesn’t get some real big ones every now and then. We get a lot of these every May, and some of them get big enough to wipe out entire towns. These 10 tornadoes here in the Sunflower State might not have killed anyone, but they’re deadly because of their potential and size. Let’s take a look at the big ten!

8. March 13, 1990 – The Hesston Tornado

Killing only one and injuring 60, this tornado was easier to spot and avoid, in the daylight. It started as a simple F1/F2 but after heading towards Hesston, it hit F4/F5 intensity as it made its way through town. Houses were swept from foundations, and debris caused more damages in the area as well. It eventually weakened and merged with a second tornado, killing one more on it’s new path through towards Marion Lake, where it dissipated.

9. April 26, 1991

Starting south of Clearwater, this F3 tornado swept through Haysville and eventually hitting McConnell Air Force Base, avoiding 10 B1 Bombers that cost around $280 million apiece. It then reached F5 intensity as it crossed the Sedgwick/Butler county line, and tearing out an entire mobile home park before heading over El Dorado Lake and dissipating. All in all, it killed 17 and injured 225 during its lifetime.

10. May 4th, 2007 – The Greensburg Tornado

With a maximum width of almost 2 miles, this heavy tornado leveled and/or destroyed 95% of Greensburg, Kansas. Though it only took the lives of 11 and injured 63, the fact that it happened at 9 pm is what made this twister so deadly. It was the first tornado to be rated EF5 on the new scale, with wind speeds over 200 mph in some parts. Though we’ve all heard about all the terrible things that happened to this Kansas town, we know now that they’re rebuilding better (and Greener) after such a disaster.

 

How many tornadoes have you seen in your lifetime here in Kansas? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!

Clarisa Akred
I'm a stay-at-home mother of one, a painter, a sketcher, and a lover of all things musical. You can email me at ckred@onlyinyourstate.com