Tupelo Tornado: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tupelo, Mississippi, home to 35,000 residents, suffered a direct hit this afternoon from a violent weather system. It’s the latest community rocked by the deadly tornadoes that have been terrorizing the South and Plains regions since Sunday.

Here’s what we know so far about this breaking story.

1. It Was a Mile Wide

In 1936, Tupelo was struck by a tornado that is known as one of the worst in American history. It killed 216 people and injured some 700.

Elvis Presley, then a baby, was among the survivors.

Tupelo Tornado 2014: The Photos You Need to See

The tornado carried debris more than 20,000 feet into the sky.

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