Jeff Kidd - tornado

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Jeff Kidd - tornado - j | | J | TORNADO KILLS THREE IN TEXAS...
j | | J | TORNADO KILLS THREE IN TEXAS AMARILLO, Tex. (A — A tornado swept down on the West Texas village of Sunnyside Tuesday night and killed three persons and injured 32. Sunrise today showed the twister virtually swept the community off the land. But for a woman’s warning cry seconds before the twister struck, the toll probably would have been much greater in the crossroads community of Sunnyside, about halfway between Amarillo and Lubbock. MRS. C. M. ROGERS, wife of Sunnvside’s Baptist pastor, spotted the dark and threatening cloud and sounded an alarm. Nearly 40 men at a meeting in her husband’s church scrambled for two storm cellars close by. Most of them made it. several were too late. “The men had to put up their arms and hold up the rafters,” said Murl Rogers, 10, son of tjje minister, describing how they kept the roof of one shelter from collapsing on 30-odd persons. SUNNYSIDE residents emerged to find the farming community shattered. The writhing storm levelled their church, store, grain elevator, cotton gin and four or five homes. A half- dozen other houses lost their roofs. Dead and injured were strewn amid rubble piled up to five feet high in an area 100 feet square. Thrusting on to tfae northeast the twister jumped over Amaril- Girl Wasn’t Long; Siege the 30 hours she was held hostage by her brother-in-law. He was routed from a brick bungalow in a quiet neighborhood Tuesday night after standing off police since Mondav afternoon. DRESSED NEATLY in a green dress and brown coat, Barbara talked to newsmen at a hospital where she was taken as soon as 18-year-old Harless Hardin “Jackie” Jennings was dragged from the home of her parents. “Jackie never hurt me,” she said. Fear that Jennings might harm the little girl had kept police from making a direct attack lo, about 70 miles distant, and also menaced Borger, White and Skellytown in the Pan- I handle oil fields, the Weather I Bureau at Amarillo reported. ANOTHER TORNADO dipped into the edge of the town of Friona, about 30 miles north: west of Sunnyside, and a third bounced through a farm near Muleshoe. about 30 miles southwest of the shattered village. The Friona twister rolled a 50-foot house trailer 200 feet, : trapping Marie Carroll, a public j school nurse, in the wreckage. ! She suffered a severe back in; jury. Her husband Tom and her I brother, Jack Davidson of Danville, 111., suffered minor hurts. AT FRIONA heavy rain sent water gushing through the ! streets up to 1 12 feet deep for a time. Hail the size of pears pounded the farm co jntry around Sudan. Killed at Sunnyside were T. B. Hogan, a ginner in the community; Nona Beth Phelan. 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Phelan, and J. B. Kidd, 45, Plainview, a lay leader visiting the Sunnyside church. One injured person, Mrs. Sylvia Phelan, about 40, of Sunnyside, first was reported dead. A spokesman at the Dimmitt hospital reported today that she still was in critical condition. TORNADOES AND evere winds blasted a line from West Texas into North Central Texas. Tornadoes dipped down at Friona and Muleshoe in West Texas. A windstorm carved a path of destruction through Johnson County just south of Fort Worth. Several plate glass windows were smashed in Fort Worth. Two barns and a large chicken shed were destroyed at Rio Vista, near Cleburne, while another large shed was blown down at nearby Friendship. A cow was killed. Several other barns and outbuildings wrere blown down on the U. R. Owens farm near Joshua. HIGH WINDS Tuesday knocked out a transformer at Mesquite in eastern Dallas County leaving part of the city in darkness for a time. Strong winds at Fort Worth also broke a number of windows and toppled TV antennas. Telephone lines were knocked down south of Dallas and a number of trees east of Duncanville were blown over. ; , i | ; I j

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  1. The Eagle,
  2. 13 Apr 1960, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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