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Weight of Kansas' weather woes deepens

Published May 8, 2007


TORNADO AFTERMATH: Residents of Greensburg, Kan., were allowed back in Monday to scour the rubble of their homes as the devastated town's death toll climbed to nine from Friday's tornado. Cadaver dogs worked alongside residents as they searched for any salvageable belongings. A victim's body was pulled from a nearby lake Monday, and 13 people were hospitalized, including four who were in critical condition.

HIGH WATER: Flooding forced hundreds from their homes and blocked roads in Kansas and other central Plains states Monday after a weekend of violent thunderstorms. One man drowned in western Oklahoma when his car was swept off a county road. In southwest Iowa, officials urged nearly 1, 600 residents of Red Oak and all of tiny Coburg to evacuate. In Missouri, rising waters were predicted to reach the level of 1993 floods, one of the most devastating in U.S. history.

20 Number of minutes Greensburg residents had to take cover after a tornado emergency alert was issued Friday night

1.7 miles The width of the Category F-5 enhanced tornado

8 Number of years since such a powerful tornado has hit the United States

95 Percent of the town destroyed Friday night

500 People rescued from flooded homes around Topeka, Kan., on Monday

18 People rescued from Wakarusa, south of Topeka

1, 000 pounds

Size of Greensburg's prized pallasite meteorite, found in the rubble Monday

Source: Associated Press

[Last modified May 8, 2007, 01:50:44]

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