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Shiner, TX Tornado, Jan 1891



News reached San Antonio this morning through the S.A.P. telegraph operator at Yoakum of a terrible tornado near Shiner. Up to noon nothing very definite was known here.

The operator at Yoakum wired here before twelve o'clock that a strong wind sprung up which turned into a powerful tornado, uprooting trees and playing havoc in general. Fortunately the track of the destructive wind was about five miles east of Shiner, and only struck a few scattered farms. A number of houses were destroyed, and one man had his hand mashed and his fingers torn off, and a woman had her collar bone broken. No fatal injuries were sustained, as far as could be learned.

The San Antonio Daily Light, San Antonio, TX, 8 January, 1891

article | by Dr. Radut