Various Towns, AR, MO Tornado, May 1927
TORNADO KILLS 60 IN POPLAR BLUFF.
MORE THAN 300 INJURED AND HEART OF TOWN IN RUINS -- 75 DIE IN STORMS IN ARKANSAS -- MANY SERIOUSLY HURT.
Poplar Bluff, Mo., May 10 (AP) -- The heart of Poplar Bluff lay in ruins today after a devastating tornado late yesterday had taken a toll of at least 60 dead and nearly 300 injured.
WIth virtually every building in the downtown district either demolished or partly wreck, the city counted its loss in billions of dollars. The twisting wind cut a path seven blocks wide and 43 blocks long, over an area of approximately 300 square blocks.
The tornado was preceded by pelting hait which covered the streets with ice.
A roar from the southeast warned citizens that a storm was upon them, and when, after three minutes, the tornado had swept through the city, the populace rushed panic stricken into the streets.
Fire broke out in the ruins, but was quenched by torrential rain which followed the tornado.
Hurried rescue efforts brought the injured into several temporary first aid stations. Sixty-five of the more seriously injured were taken to the basement of a church, where they were treated, many of them undergoing major operations. A school house gymnasium served as a hospital for those with minor injuries.
Memphis, Tenn., May 10 (AP) -- The number killed in the series of tornadoes which swept Arkansas from end to end late yesterday, had passed the 75 mark today as crippled communications brought in additional lists of dead and injured.
Four additional deaths were reported from the vicinity of Manard, a hamlet in the northern part of the state, while dispatches from the southern section added five to the list of casualties at Norphlet and Strong, in the oil belt, making 23 known dead.
Twenty-eight deaths were reported in the Walnut Ridge area, and additional deaths were reported in meager dispatches from a dozen other towns.
No accurate estimate of the injured was available, but they are believed to exceed 300.
MANY KILLED IN ARKANSAS.
SIXTEEN KNOWN DEAD IN MORE THAN DOZEN COMMUNITIES.
Memphis, Tenn., May 9 (AP) --Sixteen persons were known to be dead and an undetermined number injured as a result of a tornado which cut a path through more than a dozen towns and communities in Northeastern Arkansas this afternoon.
Unverified reports placed the dead at a much larger figure and the toll mounted as news trickled through broken lines of communications.
With seven dead, the village of Egypt was the worst known sufferer from the storm which crossed over into Missouri after lashing a parth of destruction through Arkansas.
Other towns with varying reports of loss of life or property damage were: Hoxie, Paul's Switch, Hunter, Carlisle, Omboden, Lonoke, Winesburg, England and Black Rock.
No casualties, however, were reported from Black Rock.
40 DIE AT POPLAR BLUFF.
ONE HUNDRED INJURED WHEN FOUR CITY BLOCKS ARE STRUCK.
Poplar Bluff, Mo., May 9 (AP) -- Approximately forty persons were killed and one hundred injured in a tornado which swept through the business section here late today.
The tornado destroyed virtually every building in an area four blocks wide and four or five blocks long. Not a single store building was left undamaged.
The city was in darkness tonight and the cries of injured men, women and children, could be heard from all parts of the devastated section.
The tornado hit like a bullet from a gun. Buildings of large size were crumpled as though they were paper, and trees were pulled from the earth and hurled into the air.
One of the most sorrowful sights was the destruction of the East Side school. Many children were injured and several were reported killed.
Virtually every building in the business section was leveled, but apparently most of the residence section was spared.
Frantic pleas went out tonight for succor. Physicians were recruited at Dexter and were brought here by special train.
The building of the Poplar Bluff Daily Republican was demolished. The Associated Press telegraph operator escaped after the roof had caved in and the walls collapsed.
50 DEAD IN ARKANSAS.
SEVERAL TOWNS RAKED BY TERRIBLE TWISTER, INJURING HUNDREDS.
Little Rock, Ark., May 9 (AP) -- More than fifty persons were killed and upwards of 200 injured in a series of tornadoes which swept Arkansas this afternoon from the central southern portion to the northeastern tip.
Union county reported 18 known dead in the storms at Norphlet and Strong.
Lawrence county reported 28 dead in a series of tornadoes which struck Walnut Ridge, Imboden, Hoxie and other small towns and communities in that section.
Toledo and Rison, in the central part of the state, reported a storm which killed one and injured others, while Carlisle, Hazen and Lonoke reported three dead and many injured in a series of storms.
18 KNOWN DEAD AT STRONG.
El Dorado, Ark., May 9 (AP) -- Eighteen known dead, fifty seriously injured and ten missing, many of whom it is believed perished, was the toll tonight of two tornadoes that late today swept Strong, a little farming community and Norphlet in the Arkansas oil belt, both within twenty miles of this city.
Preliminary reports indicated that the Strong tornado may have been the worst storm disaster in the history of south Arkansas.
The first man able to drive through to El Dorado told the Daily News that "100 have been killed," a report discredited here, although Missouri Pacific officials say that loss of life undoubtedly was heavy.
Salamanca Republican Press New York 1927-05-10