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Tornado April 29, 1971: Angry streak of destruction
Coverage of the tornado of April 29, 1971 from the Columbia Statesman archives; six people lost their lives and a path of destruction was left behind.
Angry streak of destruction sweeps southeastward across Adair Vounty
By Pete Walker
Out of the elements and across the countryside of Adair County an angry streak of distruction swept, leaving in its wake enormous property damage, over 30 injuries, 6 deaths, and untold misery, and grief.
Bobbing up and down like a child's rubber ball the ruinous tornado struck around 9:30 to 10pmCT, traveling in a southeastward path across the northern part of the country.
The path of destruction varied in width from 50 feet in some places to as much as 600 in others. Its only rival in destructive energy is the man-made Hell of an atomic ex- plosion.
Eyewitnesses testified to the freakishness of the storm. In parts of the county homes standing side by side would see one destroyed completely, the other untouched by the storm J.W. Vance reported that a trailer 50 feet from his back porch was completely destroyed, the family blown out of the trailer, but his own home unscathed.
The family occupying the trailer escaped serious injury.
Bill Page, Cane Valley, watched the storm from his porch as a lightning-sheeted sky lit the landscape. A deathly stillness was followed by an ominous roar as the storm struck.
The new brick home of a neighbor, Clifford Page, was totally destroyed. The Pages, who had taken refuge in the basement emerged unharmed, coated with insulating material, stunned but thankful to be alive.
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