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This Day In Weather History

In 1916, 8 tornadoes struck Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri. The strongest was a violent F4 that killed 6 and injured 19 along a track 65 miles long and around one half mile wide. The tornado began 2 miles northwest of Fort Scott. Shortly afterward, the twister crossed the Kansas Missouri border then lifted just south of Clinton, Missouri. In 1972, it was proven again that small tornadoes can be violent, as an F4 skipped along a 27-mile track across extreme South-Central Oklahoma. The twister was only about 50 yards wide, but it leveled a house 7 miles west northwest of Davis where 5 were killed and 3 were injured. Six others were injured. In 2000, 4 tornadoes struck Southeast Kansas. The strongest was an F3 that struck downtown Parsons. A tornado warning gave officials time to evacuate an outdoor carnival. The twister caused major damage to 750 buildings and injured 27 people. Another tornado, rated an F2, moved through Erie. It injured 3 people and heavily damaged 12 homes. The 4 tornadoes caused nearly $72 million damage.