In 1955 – Two tornadoes struck the town of Blackwell, Oklahoma, within a few minutes time during the late evening. The tornadoes killed 18 and injured more than 500 others. Early the next morning a tornado virtually obliterated the small community of Udall, Kansas killing 80 and injuring 270 others. More than half the population in the community were killed or injured by the tornado.
In 1988 – Unseasonably cool weather prevailed in the Upper Midwest. Marquette, Michigan reported a record low of 26 degrees.
In 1990 – Heavy thunderstorm rains produced flash flooding in central Missouri. Flood waters swept through Washington State Park southwest of St. Louis, and nearly one hundred people had to be rescued from water as much as twenty feet deep. The flood waters swept away a number of vehicles, some were carried as much as four miles away.
In 2008 – Seven people died in Parkersburg, IA and two in nearby New Harford from injuries sustained when a confirmed EF5 tornado struck the cities. At least 70 injuries were reported and over 400 homes were damaged, the roof was taken off the high school, and the gym was destroyed. The surviving residents were evacuated while the rescue operation was in progress.
Photo of the tornado between Parkersburg and New Hartford around 5:05 pm. Photo taken by NWS Des Moines Meteorologist Rod Donavon 1.5 miles south of New Hartford.
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