PLAINVILLE TIMES, THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 1917

ANOTHER TORNADO ARTICLE FOR MAY 20, 1917

 

 

PHENOMENA OF THE TORNADO

††††††††††† A great many thought there was several different tornados in the storm of May 20th.There were evidently two different storms or sometimes three, two miles apart as the storm cloud moved over the country.Yet the time was so regular the storm struck at intervening points between the Cochran ranch and Woodston in the hour it took to travel the distance that it must have been but one.B. F. McCarroll explains the phenomena as follows:

††††††††††† As the storm passed over his place it had the appearance of an immense hollow cone with lover circumference about two miles wide.As it passed over him he ran to the top of the hill and saw it pass on north after it had rolled up his fence.At times he could see as many as three funnels drop down from the cloud at one time.Later saw it unite into one.When it divided into several parts did not do much damage.But when it was united in one the effect was terrible.When the storm cam up Mr. McCarroll and family fled up the canyon hoping to escape it.Instead they ran right into it.They got down in a washed out place in the canyon and the storm passed over them with out hurt.A 16 x 24 shed was moved off the foundation and the base of his cement silo cracked.When he visited the Cochran ranch didnít think they had much of one at his place after all.