On May 4th, 2007 the town of
Greensburg, Kansas took a direct hit from a huge tornado measuring
approximately 1.7 miles in diameter. The tornado destroyed 95%
of the town and was rated an EF-5, the highest damage rating
that is given to tornadoes. Luckily, the town had about 20 minutes
warning time and there were only 10 fatalities. This is remarkable
considering the amount of damage done, especially since the tornado
struck at night.
I visited Greenburg one year
after the event to see how the town was doing. The rebuilding
process has been ongoing and the town appears to have come a
long way since the disaster. Even though the scars from the tornado
remain, there is a definite sense of regrowth in the town.