65 Tornadoes in Six States Kill Four People
By CHRISTINE HAUSER
Four people were killed in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas after 65 tornadoes swept through six states on Wednesday, officials said yesterday.
Two people died when a tornado swirled through their rural neighborhood near Elmwood, Okla., a state emergency official, Dixie Parker, said. They were identified as Vance and Barbra Woodbury, a husband and wife.
The authorities spread into Beaver County on Wednesday, warning residents to take shelter and to offer assistance, Mrs. Parker said. “There was no house left,” she said. “It was demolished, and we found them in the field. One was still alive, the husband. He passed away just before the ambulance got there.”
The tornado appeared to have cut through their house, as the closest neighbors had just uprooted trees, Mrs. Parker said.
Tornadoes also struck Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska, said Patrick Slattery of the National Weather Service, with some regions pummeled by large hailstones and heavy snowfall.
“It was a big storm, a big system,” Mr. Slattery said. “The majority of these were almost in a straight north-south line along the Kansas-Nebraska border. The effects stretched from Colorado and Wyoming ...full text