Greensburg Daily News from Greensburg, Indiana on June 7, 1965 · Page 4
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Hoosiers Wi The Day Twisters Killed 139 A FUNNEL CLOUD—This funnel cloud approaches the already devastated Midway Trailer Court at Dunlap on Sunday, April IT, just one hour offer the first tornado hit the- CHAPTER I An Ominous Day All afternoon, the wind had blown in sprightly gusts and the increasingly warm air was moist and oppressive. But. despite the atmosphere, the billowing clouds flecked with grey served as a typical April canopy, and since it was Palm Sunday and something of a holiday, the social intercourse between Hoosicr families was at a seasonal peak. It had been a confining win-.with little exercise except snow- ter. Cool weather had been re- shoveling, ventured out on the luctant_in_.surrendering its. hold .deserted . fairways. . on the state, and thousands of Hoosiers who had their fill of shoveling, snow and scraping ice off windshields took full advantage of the change in the weather to get outdoors. Roads were filled with short- trip travelers. Some of these were families who spent a quiet afternoon visiting relatives in nearby towns. Others were just out for a fresh-air drive. All in all, it was a slightly out of routine behavior pattern for many Hoosiers on this final day of the weekend. Yet, on the surface, the weather seemed little different than one could expect in mid- spring. Showers and thunderstorms had occurred irregularly since Thursday, and the overnight forecast had indicated they would end Sunday. But area. The twister pictured levelled many homes norvh of Dunlap. (UPI Telephoto) of a "Disaster The Story of Indiana's Palm Sunday Tornadoes By BOYD GILL and DON WALLJS ft United Pre» International Though the trees had not be-1 the situation was so ordinary gun to leaf, the countryside abounded with greening lawns and pastures signifying the new- life of springtime. Devout Go to Church for the time of year that the UPi weather story proclaimed "Typical April weather prevailed in Indiana today." The weather buffs, however, For the religious, church | were a little fidgety. Barom- bells rang out a special invita- eters showed pressure dropping tion to launch Holy Week services. Indiana being in the heart of lower and lower as the day progressed. Around noon severe weather forecasts came out ol I Chicago, involving northwestern of the "Bible belt." many the devout responded. A handful of dyed-in-the-wool Indiana at the southern tip oi golfers, cooped up all winter i Lake Michigan. McCOY & DOUGLAS, INC. VALUE RATED 64 FORD CUSTOM 4 DR. SEDAN— G cylinder; radio and heater, 63 VOLKSWAGEN 2 DOOR— Heater. 63 OLDS 98 4 DR. SEDAN — Auto, trans.; power steering, brakes; radio, heater. 63 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE— Auto, trans.; power steering; radio, heater. 63 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE CONVERTIBLE— Auto, trans.; power steering, brakes; radio, heater. 63 OLDS 88 CONVERTIBLE— Auto, trans.; power steering, brakes; radio, heater. 63 CHEV. IMPALA 4 DR. IIDTP.— Air cond.; auto, trans.; power steering, brakes; radio, heater. 62 OLDS 88 4 DR. HDTP.— Auto, trans.; power steering, brakes; radio, heater. 62 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE STATION WAGON— Auto, trans.; power steering, brakes; radio, heater. 62 PONTIAC CATALINA STATION WAGON— Auto, trans.; power steeling, brakes; radio, heater. 62 FORD FAIRLANE 4 DR. SEDAN— Radio and heater. 61 VOLKSWAGEN— Radio and heater. fil FORD GALAXIE 4 DR.— Auto, trans.; radio, heater. 60 PEUGOT 4 DOOR— Radio and heater. 60 BUICK 2-DOOR HDTP.— Auto, trans.; power steering, brakes; radio, heater. 59 BUICK 4 DR. HDTP.— Auto, trans.; power steering, brakes; radio, heater. 59 CHEV. BEL AIR 4 DR. SEDAN— Radio and heater. 59 OLDS S88 2 DR. HDTP.— Auto, trans.; power steering, brakes; radio, heater. McCoy & Doyglqs, Inc. BUICK •OLDS PONTIAC Day to Be Different People took them with a grain of salt! So many times in the past the forecasts had come, and so often nothing developed more vicious than a drenching thundershower or two. But this day was destined to be different. When the grim happenings of what was to be the most disastrous were day in pieced Hoosier history together and I who did heed the warning included a fraction of the population who previously had had/ a brush with a twisting wind and knew its power, the terror of its roaring approach, the devastation of its lashing tentacles. Yet even this is uncertain. For human nature has a way of forgiving pain, and a gambler would say the odds of one viewed in retrospect, one almost wished that all the tornado forecasts issued in the past had been fulfilled so there would have been no apathy this man does experiencing two torna- in a lifetime were too time. Weather Bureau meteorologists. alert to the possibility violence was building up in the atmosphere, scanned their technical charts showing wind currents, air flow, low and high pressure fronts, temperatures and cloud formations. As the afternoon wore on. things looked progressively worse instead of better. Warm moist air covered Indiana, and a cold front was fighting for the right to take over the stage. The situation seemed ripe for wild weather, as it often does from March through May in the states, including Indiana, which have a reputation for cantankerous cross-winds. Forecasts to Warnings The tornado forecasts began to change to tornado warnings. Many who heard the reports on radio and television didn't know the difference, and. 'even if they had known, it is doubtful they would have taken direct action to protect themselves and their loved ones. It is likely that those few GREENSBURG, INDIANA CALL 663-5583 MONDAY AND TUESDAY at his toughest! ilACWME small to consider. For all the viciousness of its reputation, a tornado does not sneak up silently on the unwary. You can see it coming. And you can hear it. When nature plays the part of a bartender, she puts otherwise harmless elements in a huge atmospheric cocktail shaker, adds a dash of hailstones as ice cubes, and brews up a savage storm from this potent potion. Separately, the elements are not to be feared, just as chemical elements are harmless until merged in certain quantities and mixed in certain ways and emerge as nitroglycerine. You Can Hear It Nature's tornado mixture, once it has blossomed into al its vagrant fury, can be seej miles away. The familiar cone shaped funnel, if by .daylight can give you plenty of time tic seek shelter. Even at night flashes of lightning which or dinarily accompany sue! storms, herald the approach o the twister. And if you don' see it, you can certainly hear it. "Like a thousand freigh trains," is the way most torna do survivors try to describe the indescribable noise. Disaster often happens in-a split second—a train wreck, plane crash, an explosion. In one violent moment, it is over But this one was agonizing!} drawn out, from long before dusk to long after dark as deadly tongues of whirling wini leaped out of the wild black yonder to punish one after the other the scores upon scores o cities, towns, villages and farm clusters stretching over a myri ad of paths totaling hundreds of miles. Residents of 17 counties fel the fury of the weather tha evening, saw the boiling storms approach, heard the deafening roar, cowered and screamed in fear and horror at the vio lence. And when it was over, 139 o: them lay dead or dying, near ly 1,250 injured, and property worth upwards of $100 million was scattered in piles of worth less debris. 3 Lines of Storms Three great lines of storms had moved across Northern In diana from southwest to north east, conceiving one tornado after another, spawning death and destruction and establish ing an all-time record for any disaster, natural or man-made Never before had so many died in Indiana from a single day of tornadoes. Never before had so many twisters sprung from a single storm front. Never before had such an awfu toll in devastation occurred from any source: little more In than three short hours, nature had visitec its most frightening form oi violence on three state areas unleashing so many storms 11 was almost unbelievable anc spawning winds of shocking force. It was a weather phenomenon that Hoosiers by the thousands upon thousands will never forget. It will go down in history alongside the Johnstown flood ;he Galveston hurricane, the San Francisco earthquake. It was ironic, too. Only the older residents recalled thai :ragedy struck on another Palm Sunday 45 years earlier, when a killer tornado swung through Eastern Indiana and killed 39 persons. Next: What Makes A Tornado? Now You Know The world's tallest living thing, a redwood tree in Humboldt County, Calif., is 367.8 feet high with a girth of 44 feet, according to the World Almanac. AS LOW AS _ Quality Prescription EYEGLASSES $1195 « SINGLE VISION LENSES BIFOCALS PRICED FROM .... $1495 Highest Quality Materials ... • Frames Repaired and Re- and all services are guaranteed! We're ^e't' Treated Safety Lenses enU r °e m fa£iIy.° P "" • ?ri*Fo7a?s • Sunglasses COLUMBUS OPTICAL CO. 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