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The Lubbock, Texas, tornado, May 11, 1970 : a report to the administrator
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The  Lubbock, Texas, tornado, May 11, 1970 : a report to the administrator
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    "On the evening of May 11, 1970, tornadoes were occurring in Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, and Texas, with the most massive tornado forming and touching down over the heart of Lubbock, Tex. In the few moments between 9:35 p.m. and the time the funnel lifted into the clouds, the tornado devastated the community along an 8 1/2 mile path. It wrought havoc along a track that was 1 1/2 miles wide in downtown Lubbock to one-fourth mile wide as it passed over the ESSA Weather Bureau Office located at the Lubbock Airport. The tornado killed 26 persons and injured 1,500 more. More than 1,000 family units were totally destroyed and about 9,000 more damaged. Property damage was estimated at more than $125 million. The total in human suffering and sorrow is, of course, incalculable. Although the total Weather Bureau Community Warning System worked most effectively, the survey team tried to determine whether the Lubbock tornado had lessons for Federal, State, and local governments, and for the public"--from the Executive Summary.
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