Thursday, February 11, 2010
A new book that was written about two deadly Kansas tornadoes will soon be published.
The book showcases the similarities between the 1955 Udall and 2007 Greensburg tornadoes and the miracle of how so many survived Greensburg.
Mike Smith, president of Weather Data, Inc., says the Greensburg tornado should have killed more than 240 people, rather than nine. He attributes the difference to the advance warning system.
Smith just completed his new book “Warnings…The True Story Of How Science Tamed The Weather,” which tells the story about how the storm warning system was created.
The Greensburg and Udall tornadoes were probably the most similar ever, with the exception of a storm warning system. The storm warning system wasn’t in place for the tornado that struck Udall in May 1955. Both tornadoes were similar in size and hit at similar times of the evening.
Eighty-two people were killed in Udall and 260 were injured. The town’s population was only 505.
Smith’s book is set to be released on May 1st and can be pre-ordered online and at many bookstores.