Fact Checking USA Today : Five Pinocchios

USA Today is claiming this weekend’s tornado was the longest on record at 223 miles.

Longest tornado ever? Deadly twister that hit 5 states may set record

The longest tornado of the 20th century occurred in 1917 – covering 293 miles of Illinois and Indiana. That was seventy miles longer than this weekend’s tornado.

Illinois Tornadoes

27 May 1917, Page 1 – The Daily Review at Newspapers.com

There were also deadly tornadoes in Alabama. Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kansas.

28 May 1917, 1 – Evansville Courier and Press at Newspapers.com

At the time of 1925 tornado, it was reported  the tornado divided off several offshoots which covered 700 miles in length.

19 Mar 1925, Page 1 – Palladium-Item at Newspapers.com

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