One Of The Worst Disasters In U.S. History Happened Right Here In Kansas

Tornadoes aren’t a rarity here in Kansas, so when one comes along, most of us don’t panic much. Usually they stay out in the fields and leave cities alone for the most part. One of the worst disasters in U.S. history happened only 10 years ago, and has left its mark on multiple generations. You can always rebuild, but you can’t make it the same. To this day, this tornado is considered one of the largest and most destructive ever recorded.

During the tornado outbreak from May 4-6, 2007, there were an incredible amount of tornadoes reported. There were 25 on May 4th, 84 on May 5th, and 14 more on May 6th. The town of Greensburg wasn’t worried about too much on that May 4th, but there were already quite a few twisters, and the most deadly of the entire outbreak happened to push right through town that night.

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Below is a video by Weather Beat (YouTube) showing just how hard it was to see what was coming, in the dark of night. You could only see the outline during lightning flashes, which were unpredictable. Can you imagine suddenly seeing a tornado this large during a storm?

The tornado itself touched down around 9 p.m., with storm chasers catching it southwest of Greensburg shortly after. It grew stronger, and began moving North towards the town as it reached a size of more than 1/2 mile wide. Several small tornadoes were spotted as the larger one approached the city, but they did nothing compared to what was about to happen. At 9:41, a tornado emergency was issued, signaling that it was headed directly towards a populated area, and that it’s life threatening.

Who remembers hearing about this everywhere? If you’d like to share a personal story about this event, feel free to do so in the comments below. Or, if you’d like to look back at other significant Kansas tornadoes, check out this list here.