Illinois Weather Trivia for March 18th
- The Great Tri-State Tornado moved from southeast Missouri, across southern Illinois, and into southwest Indiana. The tornado traveled a total of 437 miles across the three states; the death toll of 695 is the greatest loss of life in the U.S. due to a tornado. In the first 120 mile stretch of the tornado's path through Illinois, 541 people were killed in a 40 minute span, including 234 people in Murphysboro and 148 in West Frankfort. The death toll in Murphysboro is the largest on record in the country for a single city. 33 students in De Soto were killed, the worst school death toll from a tornado in U.S. history. The tornado at times was a mile wide and traveled between 55 and 75 mph.
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