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Tornado Season: Devastating storm brought woman to Sidney


Virgie Logan / For The Sun-Telegraph

Greensburg, Kan., May 2007

A typical tornado has windspeeds of about 100 miles per hour, and a diameter of 100 yards wide. On the evening of May 4, 2007, however, a massive tornado with winds in excess of 200 miles per hour and diameter of 1.7 miles-wider than the town itself-smashed headlong into Greensburg in Kiowa County, Kansas.

The wind speed and damage it caused garnered this tornado an EF5 rating, which is the highest possible rating a tornado can receive. Eleven people died and 60 were injured in the Greensburg that evening, and 95 percent of the town was completely destroyed.

Virgie Logan, a Sidney residen...

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