May 4, 2007
Twenty-five separate tornadoes were reported but none were as severe as the EF5 that hit Greensburg. The tornado, with its 1.7-mile-wide vortex—wider than the town— traveled 22 miles, clear through Kiowa County. Only 64 minutes later, 95% of Greensburg was destroyed and 9 people were dead. If not for the siren warning, many more lives would have been lost.