The Forgotten Storm: The Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925

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Wallace Akin was two years old when the Tri-State Tornado picked up his house -- with him and his mother inside -- and dropped it atop two other collapsed buildings. Across town, his father lay unconscious near his auto shop, close to death, and Akin's brother managed to crawl from beneath the collapsed shop. All survived. Many others were not as fortunate. Earlier in the afternoon, a supercell thunderstorm had spawned a tornado so deadly that it set records against which we still measure all other tornadoes. The...
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Wallace Akin was two years old when the Tri-State Tornado picked up his house -- with him and his mother inside -- and dropped it atop two other collapsed buildings. Across town, his father lay unconscious near his auto shop, close to death, and Akin's brother managed to crawl from beneath the collapsed shop. All survived. Many others were not as fortunate. Earlier in the afternoon, a supercell thunderstorm had spawned a tornado so deadly that it set records against which we still measure all other tornadoes. The storm ripped through southwest Missouri, southern Illinois and southwest Indiana, killing 695 people and wounding 2,000, in a record-breaking 219-mile, 3-hour path of destruction. Akin's hometown was the worst hit, losing 243 people to the tornado.

Using first-person accounts from his family and neighbors, newspaper stories, and diaries, Akin offers a blow-by-blow account of the storm from its first sighting to its final minutes. He also attempts to explain how it began -- and how it changed his life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592283125
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Wallace E. Akin was for many years a professor of geography at Drake University. He received a research Fulbright in 1961 at the University of Copenhagen and has traveled widely, studying climate and related human activities. He is the author of several academic books that include material on weather and climate.
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Table of Contents

Lists of Maps and Figures viii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 Without Warning 1
Chapter 2 Nature Sets the Stage 9
Chapter 3 Touchdown in Missouri 23
Chapter 4 The Crossover into Illinois 37
Chapter 5 Murphysboro 53
Chapter 6 De Soto 73
Chapter 7 West Frankfort 85
Chapter 8 Parrish and Eastern Illinois 101
Chapter 9 Indiana 111
Chapter 10 The Aftermath 123
Chapter 11 Other Great Tornadoes 135
Notes and References 151
Further Reading 159
Bibliography 161
Index 166
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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    Extremely well written about a event in meteorology history long forgotten. Brought to the forefront

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book though I have seen the History Channels documentary.This book goes into the personal lives of the people who survived and those who felt trauma long afterword. Wallace Akin did a masterful of writing of his experience (he was two at the time) and others.A bit of forgotten Meteorlogical lore brought to the forefront where it belongs.Because history should not be forgotten.

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