1871 St. Louis tornado

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1871 St. Louis tornado
F3 tornado
Max rating1 F3 tornado
Damage $1.5 million
Total fatalities 9 fatalities; 60 injured
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

The 1871 St. Louis tornado was an F3 tornado that touched down in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday, March 8, 1871, at 3:00pm. It traveled east-northeast at 70 miles per hour (113 km/h), cutting a swath up to 250 yards (229 m) wide and 5 miles (8 km) long into East St. Louis, Illinois. The tornado was on the ground for 3 minutes.[1] Thirty homes were destroyed and 30 severely damaged. Six railroad depots were destroyed with eight deaths in them. One death occurred on a bridge. Overall, 9 people were killed, 60 injured, and $1,500,000 damage occurred. It is one of four tornadoes (1896, 1927, 1959) that have ripped through the central business district of St. Louis.[2]

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  1. ^ "East St. Louis, MO Tornado, Mar 1871 | GenDisasters ... Genealogy in Tragedy, Disasters, Fires, Floods". www.gendisasters.com. Retrieved 2017-06-27. 
  2. ^ "Missouri Climate Center". climate.missouri.edu. Retrieved 2016-02-16.