1925: Today is the anniversary of the “Tri-State Tornado.” The storm claimed 695 lives (including 234 at Murphysboro, IL and 148 at West Frankfort, IL), making it the deadliest tornado in US history. It cut a swath of destruction 219 miles long and as much as a mile wide from east-central Missouri to southern Indiana between 1 PM and 4 PM. The tornado leveled a school in West Frankfort, Illinois and picked up sixteen students setting them down unharmed 150 yards away. Seven other tornadoes claimed an additional 97 lives that day.
— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) March 18, 2017
Source: Nick Stewart at KHQA.
NWS Office in Paducah, KY.
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1927: An estimated F4 tornado destroyed the southern half Green Forecast, Arkansas. Damage totaled $500,000 in that town as 200 homes were damaged or destroyed. This tornado, up to a mile wide at times killed 24 people long it’s 35-mile long path.
— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) March 18, 2017
Source: Significant Tornadoes 1860-1991 by Thomas P. Grazulis
1952: 151.73 inches of rain fell at Cilaos, La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean over a five-day period (13th-18th) to set the world rainfall record. This record was broken on February 24th-28th, 2007 when Commerce La Reunion Island picked up 196.06 inches.
1990: An intense hailstorm struck the Sydney region in Australia producing strong winds and torrential rains in a swath from Camden to Narrabeen, causing extensive damage. Hailstones were measured up to 3 inches in diameter. The total insured damage was estimated at $319 million Australian dollars, the third largest loss event in Australian insurance history.
Source: Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub.
— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) March 18, 2017
Source: NWS Office in Jackson, MS.
— NWS Melbourne (@NWSMelbourne) March 19, 2017