Tornado Outbreak Of May 15, 1968

On May 15, 1968 at least sixty-seven tornadoes killed dozens of people in eleven states.

“The death count continued to mount yesterday as workers in parts of 11 states pressed res-cue work after what a Weather Bureau spokesman called “one of the heaviest, if not the heaviest” concentration of tornadoes in history. At least 67 tornadoes were reported in a 24-hour period of turbulent weather which dealt its hardest blows in Arkansas where 43 persons lost their lives. Seventy-one were known dead nationally, including 16 in Iowa, 9 in Illinois, 2 in Indiana and I in Nebraska. Rescue teams were still combing rubble in Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois and many of the injured were in critical condition.”

“Estimates put the number of injured from the storm in the Midwest and lower Mississippi Valley at more than 1,000.”

17 May 1968, 15 – The Commercial Appeal at

17 May 1968, Page 1 – The Times at

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