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Topeka Kansas Tornado

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Uploaded on Feb 2, 2007

June 8, 1966

Now this is some really cool rarely-seen footage of the Topeka twister and its aftermath. The thing was frigging massive. From Wikipedia:

On June 8, 1966, Topeka, Kansas was struck by an F5 rated tornado. It started on the southwest side of town, moving northeast, passing over a local landmark named Burnetts Mound. According to a local Native American legend, this mound was thought to protect the city from tornadoes. It went on to rip through the city, hitting the downtown area and Washburn University. Total dollar cost was put at $100 million making it, at the time, one of the costliest tornadoes in history. Even to this day, with inflation factored in, the Topeka tornado stands as one of the costliest on record.

Background music is "Respect the Wind" by Van Halen. This song can be heard during the end credits of - what else - the movie "Twister".

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