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1913 Omaha, Nebraska tornado...



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March 25, 1913

SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN, Massachusetts, March 25, 1913

* Omaha Easter Sunday tornado (1st report)

This 20 page newspaper has two column headlines on the front page that include:

* OMAHA SWEPT BY TORNADO
* ABOUT 150 PEOPLE BELIEVED TO BE DEAD
* THE PROPERTY DAMAGE WILL REACH MILLIONS

and more with related photo. (see) 1st report on the 1913 Omaha Easter Sunday tornado.

Other news of the day. Light browning, otherwise good.

wikipedia notes: The Omaha Easter Sunday Tornado struck Omaha, Nebraska at approximately 6:00 p.m. on 23 March 1913. A massive tornado-producing storm ripped its way through Nebraska, and through the thriving city of Omaha. The storm's path was reported as being 40 miles long and from 1/4- to 1/2-mile wide, and included 8 distinct tornadoes.

153 people died, 115 in Omaha, and 400 more were injured. In the aftermath of the tornado, a cold front moved into Omaha and caused further misery, as newly homeless residents struggled to escape the snowy weather.

2,000 homes in Omaha alone were reportedly destroyed, $8 million total damage from the storm, $5.5 million of which was in Omaha (financial damage estimates vary, the NOAA reports more damage than this). The same storm system that struck Nebraska also created a huge dust storm in Topeka, Kansas. On Sunday night, it spawned another deadly tornado in Terre Haute, Indiana, killing 50. On Monday and Tuesday the storm brought heavy rains to the Midwest and upstate New York, causing widespread flooding.

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