"The '08 Twister..."
Tomorrow marks the 105th Anniversary of the "1908 Tornado." As noted in a previous column, this episode qualified for a listing in The Tornado Project hitting the community of Weiss in northwest Livingston Parish; ranking seventh on the Top Ten List of Killer Tornadoes. Investigators verified that the tornado was approximately two miles wide, moved east-northeast into St. Helena Parish and Tangipahoa Parish, exiting Louisiana from Washington Parish. Two died In Dennis, MS, with the worst destruction and loss-of-life in Amite County resulting in 29 deaths and four fatalities near Wilmer. When the tornado finally left Louisiana and Mississippi, 143 people died, 400 were injured and 1,935 residents were homeless. The Tupelo, MS twister of April 5, 1936 and The Natchez Tornado on May 6, 1840 are also listed.
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