The most destructive tornado in history occurred on March 18, 1925. It was known as the Tri-State Tornado. It ripped through parts of Southeast Missouri, Southern Illinois, and Southwest Indiana. It still holds the record for longest continual track on the ground (219 miles), duration (3.5 hours), the third-fastest forward speed (62 mph), and the greatest number of tornado fatalities suffered by a single U.S. city (234 in Murphysboro, Illinois). It left a total of 695 people dead and over 2,000 injured. At times this monster storm reached F-5 status with winds over 300 miles per hour, as it moved forward at the record speed of 73 miles per hour. Nowadays we have satellite imaging and state-of-the-art weather forecasting technology to warn us of approaching storms, and the loss of life from such severe storms is far less.
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