1968 Tracy tornado

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1968 Tracy tornado
Tracy1968.png
DateJune 13, 1968
Time7:04 pm
RatingF5 tornado
Damages$43 million (2006 USD)
Casualties9 killed, 150 injured
Area affectedSouthwest Minnesota
 
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1968 Tracy tornado
Tracy1968.png
DateJune 13, 1968
Time7:04 pm
RatingF5 tornado
Damages$43 million (2006 USD)
Casualties9 killed, 150 injured
Area affectedSouthwest Minnesota

The 1968 Tracy tornado was an F5 tornado that struck Tracy, Minnesota on June 13, 1968. The tornado killed nine people and injured 150 others as it tracked 9 miles (14 km) through Murray, Lyon and Redwood counties in southwestern Minnesota. It is one of only two official F5 tornadoes that have occurred in Minnesota, although several other tornadoes that occurred before 1950 are estimated to have been F5 strength.[1] The tornado destroyed 111 homes, caused major damage to 76, and caused minor damage to 114. Five businesses were destroyed and 15 others were damaged. A few farms outside of town were swept completely away, and extensive ground scouring occurred.[2] An elementary school and 106 automobiles were destroyed, and a heavy boxcar was thrown more than a block by the storm. Two other boxcars were thrown 300 yards, and a steel I-beam was carried for two miles on a piece of roof.[3] Hard rains and hail were also reported.[4]

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  1. ^ "F5 and EF5 Tornadoes of the United States". Storm Prediction Center. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Bob. (June 14, 1968). KSTP Coverage of 1968 Tracy tornado. (motion picture). Tracy, Minnesota: KSTP. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Grazulis, Thomas P (July 1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. ISBN 1-879362-03-1. 
  4. ^ Drew Sandholm. "Survivor Recalls Tracy Tornado", ABC News affiliate KSFY-TV. June 11, 2008.

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