60 on 6: Looking back at our region's most devastating stormsFargo, ND (WDAY TV0-- As Oklahoma City and St. Louis continue to clean up after weekend tornados, we re-visit some of our region's most devastating storms.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV0-- As Oklahoma City and St. Louis continue to clean up after weekend tornados, we re-visit some of our region's most devastating storms.
Tonight, WDAY 6 News celebrates it's 60th year in television by taking a look back at some of our biggest news stories. Tonight, Reporter Kevin Wallevand and the tornadoes that changed small towns in our area.
The July 4th weekend in Gary, Minnesota turned deadly in 1978. The F-4 tornado hit in the dark of night. With most of the town asleep,there was little if any warning. And the police car flipped over as the town cop went to sound the warning. 4 people died, and 40 were injured. Half the town destroyed.
More recently, the tornado outbreak of August 26th 2007. The small town of Northwood, North Dakota was the victim of crushing storms that spawned 11 tornadoes in our region that day.
1 man died, 18 injured, in a twister that destroyed homes and businesses and the school. Cars were crumpled like wads of paper.
And for several miles, this F-4 tornado would bounce around otter tail county before dropping down near Almora, killing one, before moving on to Wadena, Minnesota.
In the southwest corner of town, sheer devastation. Homes, the school, buses thrown into the air.
A multi vortex tornado with multiple tornado tubes in the center, left Wadena defenseless, as the twister tore the heart of the city.
Two tornadoes, the infamous Fargo tornado of 1957, as we told you two weeks ago, killed 10. And decades before that, in 1919, the great fergus falls cyclone struck.
The deadliest ever Minnesota tornado, killed 57, 160-injured. Churches, the courthouse, hotels and hundreds of homes, leveled. Two not one twisters hit on that hot humid day that would witness the state's most historic summer storms.