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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WICHITA KS
601 AM CST SUN DEC 18 2011

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

IN 1957...AN OUTBREAK OF 23 TORNADOES...OF WHICH 14 WERE
F3 OR STRONGER...TORE THROUGH EASTERN MISSOURI AND MUCH
OF ILLINOIS.  IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...AN F5 TORNADO
STRUCK THE TOWN OF SUNFIELD WITH SUCH FEROCITY THAT THE
TOWN LITERALLY VANISHED.  IT IS THE LATEST OCCURRENCE OF
AN F5 TORNADO IN ANY GIVEN YEAR ON RECORD. 
REMARKABLY...ONLY ONE PERSON WAS KILLED AND ONLY 6 WERE
INJURED.  TEN MINUTES LATER...A VICIOUS F4 TORNADO
DEVELOPED THAT WOULD CLOSELY PARALLEL THE TRACK OF THE
INFAMOUS TRI STATE TORNADO OF MARCH 18...1925.	SPRINTING
EAST NORTHEAST AROUND 60 MPH...THE TWISTER ROARED ACROSS
3 COUNTIES...POSSESSED A TRACK 30 MILES LONG AND AROUND
300 YARDS WIDE...KILLED 11 AND INJURED AROUND 200.  THE
MOST SERIOUS DAMAGE OCCURRED IN MURPHYSBORO...WHERE 10 OF
THE FATALITIES OCCURRED AND POWER WAS LOST FOR 3 DAYS.

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