St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado kills 255 people 120 years ago this hour (May 27 1896)

Video: 'Weather History: 1896 St. Louis Tornado'

(Wednesday, May 27, 1896, at around 6:15 p.m. local time) — 255 people were killed tonight when a tornado struck St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois, causing over $10 million in damage (approximately $2.9 billion in damage adjusted for 1997).

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