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The 50th Anniversary of the deadly St. Louis tornado

By Matt Sepic

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kwmu/local-kwmu-819767.mp3

St. Louis, MO – The great flood of '93 was among the region's worst natural disasters, but tornadoes have proven far more deadly.

Fifty years ago tomorrow a twister formed in west St. Louis County and tore its way toward the Mississippi River.

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It struck early, while St. Louis slept. And with little warning it killed 21 people and damaged two-thousand buildings.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kramper told KWMU's Matt Sepic forecasting was unsophisticated in 1959, and nobody issued a warning.

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