Salem, VA Tornado Damage, Apr 1896

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TWO PERSONS KILLED.

A TORNADO GETS IN ITS DEADLY WORK IN VIRGINIA.

Salem, Va., April 25. -- A cyclone, accompanied by hail and a heavy rainfall, struck this city, and besides blowing down several barns, unroofing outhouses and uprooting trees, completely demolished two houses, in one of which a family of eight colored people resided, all of whom, and three others, were in the house at the time of the disaster.
JANE HARRIS and her 5-year-old son were taken dead from the ruins, and of the others four were badly injured, one, a 4-year-old girl, being fatally hurt. Surgical assistance was promptly rendered by physicians and the wants of the homeless were also attended to.
The cloud, a dark funnel shaped one, came up suddenly from the southwest, cutting a complete swath of about 150 feet wherever it passed.

Newark Daily Advocate Ohio 1896-04-25