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Tornado: St. Louis, Missouri

The notion that tornadoes don't hit cities is a myth—and a deadly one at that. Tornadoes don't discriminate, ripping through any city where optimal storm conditions present themselves. While some cities have dodged major catastrophes, like the zero-fatality 1993 Houston tornado, other cities haven't been so lucky.

One of the deadliest and most destructive tornadoes in U.S. history hit St. Louis in 1896, causing hundreds of deaths and the equivalent of over $3.4 billion in damages; it was rated an F4 (out of 6) on the Fujita scale. Recently another twister ripped through the same area with 70-mile-per-hour winds. Some say the latest twister foreshadows a grander tornado on its heels. Don't say we didn't warn you.
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