40th Anniversary of Ryan Tornado

080711Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Ryan tornado. The small town of Ryan was hit by an F-4 tornado on August 12th, 1974 around 4:30 pm. According to the National Weather Service, the tornado was on the ground for about five miles and had a width of about 400 yards. It destroyed around thirty homes in Ryan, and caused extensive damage to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Great Plains Lumber Company and the West Delaware grade school. Damage was estimated to total about two-point-five million dollars, and twelve people reported injuries from the storm. If you have any photos to share with us from the Ryan tornado 40 years ago, you can send them to news@kmch.com or post them to our KMCH Facebook page.

(Photo from Cedar Rapids Gazette/Iowa Weather Network)