- Associated Press - Sunday, May 4, 2014

YORK, Neb. (AP) - Fifty years ago, a powerful tornado killed two people and carved a 70-mile-long path of destruction across south-central Nebraska.

Monday is the anniversary of the May 5, 1964, tornado that also injured dozens of people and destroyed several farm homes as it moved across parts of Hamilton, York, Polk and Butler counties, York News-Times reported (https://bit.ly/Q3Qfjb ).

The two people who died were killed on a farm about three miles northwest of Bradshaw. The storm injured 20 people near Harvard and other injuries were reported near Hastings and in rural areas.

More than 40 farmsteads were damaged by the storm and over 100 livestock were killed. The heaviest damage was in Hamilton County where roughly $3 million in property was destroyed.

The National Weather Service says that tornado was the last F5 tornado in Nebraska, which was the most powerful rating at the time. The F5 rating on the old Fujita scale means the storm generated winds stronger than 260 mph.

The Weather Service put together a website about the May 5, 1964, tornado and the damage it did that evening: https://1.usa.gov/Q3Rm2f .

The same thunderstorms also created an F4 tornado that nearly destroyed the town of Wolbach and injured 11 people earlier in the day. And an F2 rated tornado that touched down near Dannebrog stayed on the ground for more than 80 miles.


Information from: York News-Times, https://www.yorknewstimes.com

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