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Deadliest tornadoes in Missouri history

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KSDK - This list of killer and significant tornadoes was derived from the book "Significant Tornadoes" by Thomas P. Grazulis, director of The Tornado Project.

APR 18, 1880 4:30 p.m. 31 dead, 100 injured
This tornado devastated rural settlements near McDowell, Ozark, Linden, and Fordland.

APR 18, 1880 4:30 p.m. 99 dead, 200 injured
Seven died at Springfield, the rest in the destruction of Marshfield, Webster County.

MAY 27, 1896 6:30 p.m. 137 dead, 800 injured
Houses, factories, saloons, hospitals, mills, railroad yards, and churches were destroyed at St. Louis.

APR 27, 1899 6:10 p.m. 34 dead, 125 injured
A violent tornado hit Kirksville, with deaths in at least 17 different families; 300 buildings were destroyed.

JUN 5, 1917 8:30 p.m. 20 dead, 68 injured
Deaths and injuries were in eleven towns across Cooper, Boone, and Audrain Counties.

MAR 18, 1925 13 dead in Missouri, 695 deaths total
Information on the Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925 can be found here.

MAY 9, 1927 2:35 p.m. 98 dead, 300 injured
After causing five deaths in Arkansas, the tornado devastated Poplar Bluff; 21 died in one hotel.

SEP 29, 1927 1:00 p.m. 72 dead, 550 injured
In downtown St. Louis, more than 200 city blocks were torn apart.

MAY 21, 1949 6:55 p.m. 23 dead, 130 injured
This tornado passed across the northwest part of Cape Girardeau, destroying 203 homes.

MAY 20, 1957 6:15 p.m. 37 dead, 531 injured
After causing seven deaths in Kansas, the funnel crossed into Missouri south of Kansas City.

MAY 21, 1957 3:53 p.m. 7 dead, 75 injured
Only seven homes were left intact in Fremont, with possible F5 damage to homes.

MAY 21, 1957 4:00 p.m. 8 dead, 50 injured
A tornado killed people in and near Desloge and Cantwell.

DEC 18, 1957 5:22 p.m. 3 dead, 4 injured
The downtown area of Chaffee, Scott County was a "shambles" after a tornado swept down Main Street.

FEB 10, 1959 1:40 a.m. 21 dead, 345 injured
At St. Louis, nearly 2,000 buildings were damaged; the fourth tornado to hit in this same area since 1871.

JAN 24, 1967 6:55 p.m. 3 dead, 216 injured
About 2,000 homes were damaged from the western part of St. Louis County to the Mississippi River.

DEC 21, 1967 12:45 a.m. 3 dead, 52 injured
The City Hall and a large portion of the business district of Potosi was destroyed.

JUN 22, 1969 6:35 p.m. 4 dead, 55 injured
Moving to the east-southeast from Doe Run, the funnel passed near Farmington, St. Francois County.

NOV 24, 1973 4:45 a.m. 3 dead, 1 injured
Two dozen frame homes were damaged and trailers were destroyed at Eminence, Shannon County.

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