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The 1967 Belvidere Tornado

Author : Mike Doyle
ISBN : 9781439658864
Genre : Nature
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Claiming the lives of seven adults and seventeen children, the Belvidere tornado struck the most vulnerable at the worst possible time: just as school let out. More than five hundred people suffered injuries. New interviews and fascinating archival history underscore the horrific drama, as well as the split-second decisions of victims and survivors that saved their families and neighbors. Since the tragedy, three more devastating tornadoes have further defined Boone County’s resilience: Poplar Grove in 2008, Caledonia in 2010 and Fairdale in 2015.
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A History Of Alabama S Deadliest Tornadoes

Author : Kelly Kazek
ISBN : 9781614231691
Genre : Nature
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Journey just west of America's infamous Tornado Alley to Alabama, home to some of the deadliest tornadoes of the past century. These twisters remain etched in the collective memory of the people, from the 1908 Dixie Tornado, regarded as one of the most brutal tornadoes in U.S. history, to the 1998 Birmingham Tornado, the most expensive twister in Alabama's history. Discover how the 1932 Deep South Tornadoes resulted in 268 fatalities and millions of dollars in damage, and read the terrifying account of the 1977 Smithfield Tornadoes, which rocked this Birmingham suburb with as many as six twisters in a one-hour span. Join local journalist Kelly Kazek as she shares the tales of these natural disasters and the hardy Alabamians who endured them.
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Oak Lawn Tornado Of 1967

Author : Kevin Korst
ISBN : 9781467110457
Genre : History
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The morning of April 21, 1967, was crisp and clear, marking the arrival of spring. As the day progressed, dark clouds covered the skies over Oak Lawn, and a deadly tornado touched down in the village just before 5:30 p.m. Cutting through the intersection of 95th Street and Southwest Highway and striking elsewhere, the storm left mountains of debris and over 30 people dead in its wake. Oak Lawn Community High School, St. Gerald Catholic Church, and the Fairway Super Mart were among the structures damaged or destroyed by the high winds. After the disaster, rescue workers and volunteers poured into Oak Lawn to search for survivors, while Christ Community Hospital and other institutions treated more than 400 injured people. The immense cleanup, which took weeks to complete, saw debris hauled out or disposed of in controlled fires. Despite the scope of the devastation, many of the affected structures were repaired or rebuilt within 12 months.
Category: History

Storm Warning

Author : Nancy Mathis
ISBN : 9780743296601
Genre : Nature
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An account of the May 1999 tornado outbreak in Oklahoma describes the particular devastation wrought by an F5 twister whose winds were the fastest ever recorded, drawing on first-person interviews to recount the experiences of its victims, from a woman who sought shelter underneath a highway overpass to a meteorologist who saved hundreds of lives with his warning reports. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
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Deadly Season

Author : Kevin Simmons
ISBN : 9780933876125
Genre : Science
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In 2011, despite continued developments in forecasting, tracking, and warning technology, the United States was hit by the deadliest tornado season in decades. More than 1,200 tornadoes touched down, shattering communities and their safety nets and killing more than 500 people—a death toll unmatched since 1953. Drawing on the unique analysis described in their first book, Economic and Societal Impacts of Tornadoes, economists Kevin M. Simmons and Daniel Sutter here examine the factors that contributed to the outcomes of such tornadoes as the mid-April outbreak that devastated communities in North Carolina, the “Super Outbreak” across the southern and eastern United States in late April, and the single, mile-wide funnel that touched down in Joplin, Missouri, among others, in late May.
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The Forgotten Storm

Author : Wallace Akin
ISBN : 9781493018277
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The amazing true story of the deadliest tornado in American history, as told by a survivor.
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The 1924 Tornado In Lorain Sandusky

Author : Betsy D'Annibale
ISBN : 9781625851697
Genre : Social Science
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June 28, 1924, dawned hot and sunny, with fluffy white clouds hovering over a blue and inviting Lake Erie. For two Ohio communities, Lorain and Sandusky, the day ended in unimaginable disaster. In the late afternoon, the blue sky turned dark, and the wispy white puffs morphed into a mass of black thunderclouds as a monster formed on the lake. An F4 tornado, unexpected and not understood, was born from a thunderstorm on the now turbulent waters of Lake Erie. It charged ashore, smashing into Sandusky, retreated again to the lake and then headed east before turning abruptly south to make landfall in Lorain. Before the massive funnel lifted, it would destroy a city, create death records still unbroken and change the lives of thousands of people.
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The Mercy Of The Sky

Author : Holly Bailey
ISBN : 9780525427490
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Haunted Rockford Illinois

Author : Kathi Kresol
ISBN : 9781439662823
Genre : Photography
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Just beneath the glossy surface of Rockfords rich heritage lies a dark history of tragedy. The citys troubled and turbulent past left scars that still resonate today. Geraldine Bourbons final struggle still echoes throughout the farmhouse where her estranged husband pursued her with a pistol from room to room before gently laying her corpse on the bed. The sobs of society darling Carrie Spafford still keep vigil over the family plot of the cemetery where she sowed the heartbreak of her twilight years. From the vengeance of Chief Big Thunder to the Witch of McGregor Road, author Kathi Kresol shares the legends and lore of Rockfords haunted history.
Category: Photography

Twister Tales

Author : Steve LaNore
Genre : Nature
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WARNING! Tornado myths are under the microscope! Twister Tales looks at tornado myths and misconceptions and sets the record straight. You’ll find in-depth answers to questions like: Does a green sky mean a tornado is coming? Is outrunning a tornado in a car a bad idea? What does Doppler radar really tell you? Why are some waterspouts very dangerous, and others not so much? Twister Tales also cracks open the record books to examine the 10 deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history. Find out that the question “Who gets the most tornadoes?” doesn’t have an easy answer. “Be Weather Aware” sections help you put together a game plan before storms show up. This book is a must have if you like weather or science!
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