The 1925 ‘Tri-State Tornado’ is generally considered the worst in the history of the U.S. Traveling 219 miles through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, it created the longest single tornado track ever seen in the world. Nearly 700 people were killed, thousands more were injured, and 15,000 homes were destroyed. At the time, use of the word ‘tornado’ by forecasters was prohibited, because it was believed that it would simply cause people to panic and no real predictions could be made. The Tri-State Tornado marked the beginning of a huge increase in tornado awareness.
The Tri-State Tornado definitely had the most devastating impact on human life, as it killed the most people. There was an F-5 tornado in May 1999, however, that destroyed a suburb of Oklahoma City, costing over $1 billion repairs. It is the costliest tornado in U.S. history.
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