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Andale, KS Tornado, May 1917

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THIRTY DIE IN CYCLONE.

DEATH AND DESTRUCTION IN TERRIFIC STORM THAT SWEEPS KANSAS.

RICH COUNTIES THE SUFFERERS.

SIXTEEN PERSONS KILLED IN THE VILLAGE OF ANDALE OUT OF 300.

Wichita, Kas., May 26. -- South Central Kansas today is recovering from the ravages of a spring tornado which late yesterday tore a jagged path through two counties and killed thirty persons.
Andale, a village of less than 300 inhabitants, was the chief sufferer with sixteen identified dead. The country district to the northeast near Sedgwick reported nine fatalities, while two dead were identified near Newton, still to the northeast.
Conflicting reports are being received regarding unidentified dead. More than a half hundred persons have been injured.
The storm arose in the southwest and swooped down upon Andale with a suddenness that prevented any organized escape. With the small and of the funnel-shaped mass of whirling debris slashing a patch from a quarter to half a mile in width, residences and business buildings of the town were reduced to splinters with the accompanying loss of human life.
Booming on as suddenly as it came, the tornado swept through what is known as on of the richest farming districts of the state, leveling standing grain and farm houses standing in its path.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel Indiana 1917-05-26



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