Tornado Outbreak of May 15, 1968

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On May 15, 1968 at least sixty-seven tornadoes killed dozens of people in eleven states.

“The death count continued to mount yesterday as workers in parts of 11 states pressed res-cue work after what a Weather Bureau spokesman called “one of the heaviest, if not the heaviest” concentration of tornadoes in history. At least 67 tornadoes were reported in a 24-hour period of turbulent weather which dealt its hardest blows in Arkansas where 43 persons lost their lives. Seventy-one were known dead nationally, including 16 in Iowa, 9 in Illinois, 2 in Indiana and I in Nebraska. Rescue teams were still combing rubble in Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois and many of the injured were in critical condition.”

17 May 1968, 15 – The Commercial Appeal at

17 May 1968, Page 1 – The Times at

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