Residents recall damage caused by first recorded twister to hit Hastings

This was the scene at Third Street and Hastings Avenue the
day after a tornado struck May 8, 1930. The Civil War
memorial statue now stands in Parkview Cemetery. The
building behind it, the old Post Office, later was torn down.
At the left is the Clarke Hotel (now The Kensington). Notice
the bent flag pole.

Then: The city's first recorded tornado struck on Thursday, May 8, 1930, and was the most destructive to date. The evening twister rolled through downtown at about 9:15 p.m., killing one person and causing more than $1 million in damage. It crippled 188 businesses and 747 homes in Adams County, leaving utter destruction in its wake.

Now: Media coverage of the devastating tornado Monday that leveled Moore, Okla., stirred up some rather unpleasant memories for three area residents who survived the twister in 1930 that rocked the city of Hastings more than 80 years ago this month.

To read more, see Friday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>>

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