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40 years ago: More details emerge on holiday weekend storms

May 29, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 29, 1973:

  • An update to the previous day's report on Memorial Day storms showed an increase in the estimates of fatalities and damage. According to an Associated Press article this morning, a record number of tornadoes had emerged from a storm system across the Midwest and South, claiming at least 48 lives and causing several small towns to be "all but obliterated" by the approximately 160 twisters. Deaths were reported in 11 states, with at least six other states having suffered heavy rains, high winds, and flash floods. The National Weather Service said today that the number of tornadoes reported had eclipsed any previous 72-hour period on record.
  • In Lawrence, some residents were thankful that they had only experienced clouds, rain, and chilly temperatures. "We had a noticeable lack of people on the beach and a noticeable lack of picnickers," said Perry Lake project manager Lynn Myers. Attendance at cemetery services in the area had been less affected by the weather, with many visiting to set out memorial flowers.
  • When questioned today about the still-unfolding Watergate scandal in Washington, Kansas Gov. Robert Docking expressed the opinion that President Nixon would serve out the remainder of his term and said he hoped that "for the good of the country, it will be a good, effective administration." Docking added, however, that Nixon's credibility had been damaged at home and possibly abroad in the wake of the events last summer.

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