Jeff kidd - tornado
Leaves Four Dead P1MMITT, Tex. vl iPI) ~,\ savage tornado, one of several that skipped across the Texas panhandle Tuesday night, ripped one tiny town to shreds and loft four persons known Jr id and dozens injured. i^nly a pile of debris re- ni.iins where the town of ;ji.'iiiiy.side once stood, a hour ]'< miles soutli of Dimmitt. ihc twister raced into the [.•MI almost without warniiM. It demolished a church where men were having a fellow>:IP meetinn, a community ,,t t >re and half a do/en homes •.if ir the rhiirrh. i no ITeparimcnt of Public .- itt-iy (PPS) reported the four iltvid, and said it had romueil .it least'on persons injured, some critically. ,\ little R lrl and a boy had their arms torn off, a woman was found still alive with a board pro- tuding from her back and most of her face torn away. Killed were J. R. llouan, owner of the Sunnyside t'.in- "in« Co.. J. B. Kidd, r-,0, of Plainview, and Nona Beth Phelan, 12, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Plielan of Sunnyside. The OPS said the other victim was mangled so badly, immediate identification was impossible. Another twister injured at least three persons atFriona, ii'.' mile.- southwest of Amarillo, hit did little damage. Sheriff Jack Cartwright headed a rescue team of state and local law enforcement men and about 40 volunteers sifting the wreckage for more dead and injured. They said they found "quite a lot" of livestock that was killed. The tornadoes were part of a thunderstorm system that scattered rain, hail and high winds through the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and into western Kansas. The Weather Bureau kept severe thunderstorm warnings for the area in effect until G a.m. E.S.T. The storm system was expected to move eastward into the Ohio Valley by evening. Occasional rain was forecast alow the West Coast. Skies were fair in the East.