1975-05-06 Omaha F-4 tornado

JeremyS

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Mar 12, 2014
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Omaha, NE
Coming up on the 40th anniversary of the Omaha F-4 tornado that despite carving a path right through the middle of town at 430p only killed 3 people. Pretty surprising considering it's strength and technology back then. Our local media will be posting a lot of stories over the next several days that I will share.
It carved an 8 mile path that to this day ranks among the top 10 costliest tornadoes in US history with damage adjusted for inflation of 1.1 billion dollars.
http://www.omaha.com/weather/nancys_almanac/nancy-s-almanac-april-omaha-s-tornado-ranks-among-costliest/article_15373f5c-5f48-5138-afee-95fbf9a62797.html

A cool clip/video of some of the emergency audio traffic from that day:
http://www.omaha.com/weather/remembering-the-tornado-that-slammed-omaha/article_43b74d7c-f00f-11e4-8324-b3897489b375.html
 
Mar 4, 2015
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Matamoras, PA
I was there. In addition to the memorable severe hail damage to my wife's car, it was the only time I saw a dark-green rotating collar-cloud (or wall cloud) -- but with no funnel yet.
 

R. A. A. Davis

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Apr 15, 2010
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I was northeast of Omaha, at a 4-H meeting in Brayton, IA. I've not seen the sky that particular color of green before or since. And it snowed that morning...an inch or so of wet, heavy snow that melted quickly.

A friend of mine was a bookeeper at the Crossroads Mall. She told me how she rode the storm out in a hallway. Another friend remembers his father calling him at school, telling him to come home immediately because of the tornado. They lived in the Benson area. It dissapated just over the Benson Park golf course.