9 Dead in Kansas After Second Wave of Tornadoes
Not but a day after a tornado leveled the small town of Greensburg, a wave of tornadoes roared through the southwest Kansas, killing nine, as if adding injury to insult.
The Washington Post, drawing much of its reporting form Associated Press news releases, reported that the Kansas Adjutant General's Department confirmed reports of eight tornadoes touching down. National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Ruthi told the Associated Press that the path of damage was 1.4 miles wide, and estimated that the tornado would be classified as an "upper F4 or an F5," the strongest intensity by the Fujita scale.
The New York Times, in fact using the direct AP article, described how the city administrator, Steve Hewitt, estimated that 95 percent of the town of 1,500 was destroyed, with predicted rescue efforts taking days. Also reported was how, among the only structures that survived, was the Bar H Tavern, the town’s lone bar; it was briefly converted into a morgue.