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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
601 AM CDT TUE MAY 17 2011

...ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...

IN 1896...A MONSTROUS...FRIGHTENING F5 TORNADO WENT ON A
RAMPAGE THROUGH 4 COUNTIES OF EXTREME NORTHEAST KANSAS. 
POSSESSING A TRACK 100 MILES LONG THAT AVERAGED AROUND
THREE FOURTHS OF A MILE WIDE...THE TWISTER BEGAN IN
SOUTH-CENTRAL WASHINGTON COUNTY AND TORE NORTHEAST
THROUGH MARSHALL...NEMAHA AND BROWN COUNTIES.  THE
HORRIFIC VORTEX WAS VISIBLE FOR ABOUT ONE HALF HOUR AS IT
PASSED 1 MILE SOUTH OF FRANKFORT IN CENTRAL MARSHALL
COUNTY.  IT CAUSED INCREDIBLE DEVASTATION IN NEMAHA
COUNTY WHERE SABETHA AND SENECA WERE RAVAGED.  IN SENECA
THE COURTHOUSE AND A NEW SCHOOL WERE LEVELED AND THE
OPERA HOUSE WAS SWEPT AWAY.  THE VORTEX REACHED JUST OVER
2 MILES WIDE AS IT ROARED ACROSS BROWN COUNTY.	MANY
FARMS LITERALLY VANISHED.  IN ALL...21 WERE KILLED AND
200 WERE INJURED.  THE TWISTER FINALLY LIFTED NEAR FALLS
CITY NEBRASKA WHERE 4 MORE WERE KILLED.

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