Sunnyside, TX Tornado, April 1960
TORNADO RIPS TEXAS TOWN; THREE DEAD.
Dimmitt, Tex. (UPI) -- At least four tornadoes ripped through the Texas Panhandle Tuesday night and the worst almost wiped out the crossroads town of Sunnyside, where 75 men were meeting in a church.
The Sunnyside twister killed three persons and injured most of the total of at least 60 others hurt in all the Texas tornadoes. A pile of debris remained where Sunnyside once stood 15 miles south of Dimmitt.
The squall line that produced the Texas tornadoes, the worst of the season, drove northeastward into Kansas today but at last report, no tornadoes had been forecast in Kansas.
Dead Are Identified.
The Texas Department of Public Safety, which maintained tenuous communications with Sunnyside, reported four known dead until today, when it learned that one badly mangled woman counted as dead was still alive.
She was MRS. EARL PHELAN. The known dead were T. R. HOGAN, owner of the Sunnyside Ginning Co.; J. D. KIDD, 55, Plainview, who was visiting Sunnyside, and NONA BETH PHELAN, MRS. PHELAN'S daughter.
Rescue workers loaded a little girl and a little boy with their arms torn off into an ambulance at Sunnyside. The Baptist Church, where the men were having a fellowship meeting, a community store and half a dozen homes near the church were demolished.
Yuma Daily Sun Arizona 1960-04-13