The Manchester Tornado

The Manchester Tornado (HM28FD)

Location: Iroquois, SD 57353 Kingsbury County
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N 44° 22.182', W 97° 43.225'

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Just past suppertime, at about 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, 2003, the sky virtually fell on Manchester. A devastating F-4 category tornado with winds of more than 200 miles an hour came thundering in from the south. It hovered over the town, destroying the artifacts of Manchester's 122-year history, then thundered north toward the township line, obliterating two farmsteads that stood in its path. Buildings, clothing, family photos, furniture, appliances, trees-nearly everything was mangled, shredded, and vacuumed into the sky, often dropped miles way. Some of the town's six remaining residents were seriously injured. Friends and neighbors did whatever they could to help. Nothing would ever be quite the same, but most every one agreed on one thing- this massive storm could destroy our buildings, but it could not take away the Spirit of Manchester.

The National Geographic Society, which devoted a cover story, a television special, and an exhibit at its headquarters in Washington, D.C.., to the Manchester Tornado, observe that, as the center of the tornado approached, air pressure dropped 100 millibars in twelve seconds. "That's the biggest drop ever recorded," said tornado researcher Tim Samaras, "like stepping into an elevator and hurling up 4,000 feet in ten seconds."
HM NumberHM28FD
Year Placed2007
Placed ByGordon Rabenberg
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at 4:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 601950 N 4913732
Decimal Degrees44.36970000, -97.72041667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 22.182', W 97° 43.225'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 22' 10.92" N, 97° 43' 13.5" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101 Kingsbury Ave, Iroquois SD 57353, US
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