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F-4 Tornado Damage

Hallam, Nebraska - May 22, 2004

On May 22, a large tornado made a direct hit on the small Nebraska town of Hallam (population 276). The storm damaged about 80% of the buildings there. The area was under a state of emergency and national guard troops were on site to assist. The town was leveled but luckily there was only one fatality reported, it could have been a lot worse given the extent of the damage. The National Weather Service did a survey and determined that the F4 tornado was 2.5 miles across at its widest point. This likely makes it the widest tornado ever recorded.

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A full grain silo knocked over

A house completely removed from it's foundation

Damaged house on the edge of town

The tornado even derailed a train

Lots of damage to power lines.