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Amboy, IL Tornado, May 1898

Another tornado formed at Amboy, Ill., shortly before dark Wednesday evening. The storm cloud formed about six miles south of Amboy and took an easterly course. It traveled about twenty miles without changing its course and destroyed everything in its path. Orchards, farm houses and barn were destroyed, but no lives are known to have been lost. Owing to the peculiar atmosphere conditions prevailing all afternoon the inhabitants were on the lookout for just what happened. At first alarm they took to the cellars and many of them were imprisoned for hours by the timbers of their wrecked homes. Live stock suffered considerably and loss to property generally will amount to thousands of dollars.

Lima Daily Times, Lima, OH, 19 May 1898



article | by Dr. Radut