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Wichita Falls Tornado III

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Silent | 1979

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  •  This appears to be a subdivision called Sunnyside which was heavily damaged. The highway is 287. 
  •  Sikes Center Mall 
  •  Kiwanis Park on Southwest Parkway 
  •  This was the Safeway Grocery Store on the corner of Southwest Parkway and Fairway 
  •  The Cypress St. area south of Southwest Parkway where several people were killed 
  •  Memorial Stadium on the southwest side of the city 
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On April 10, 1979, a devastating tornado struck Wichita Falls in North Texas. Composed of three funnels fused into one and powerful winds exceeding 250 mph, this F4-rated tornado remained on the ground for an hour, destroying over a fifth of the city, lifting cars into the air, tearing buildings apart, and destroying 2,000 homes. Forty-two peoples were killed and over 1700 injured. Shot by the Army, this film features Texas National Guardsmen sifting through the aftermath of the Wichita Falls tornado disaster, one of the deadliest and most destructive tornados in state and U.S. history.