DISCUSSION: As we go all the way back to April 3rd, 1964, we arrive at a historic day in east-Texas weather history. On that early April day back in 1964, the KAUZ news station in Wichita Falls, Texas broadcast the first live television pictures of an F5 tornado moving through the city. In this particular severe weather event, seven people were killed, 111 people were injured, and 225 homes were destroyed during the twisters 5 to 6-mile long path. Extensive damage was done at Sheppard Air Force Base where three tanker planes, a hanger, the power plant, and the chapel were all destroyed. Damage estimates exceeded $15 million dollars. Hence, this was a high-impact tornadic event which affected the lives of many people in and around the greater Wichita Falls area. To learn more about this historic severe weather event, we welcome you to watch the official news reel about this day in the YouTube video attached above!
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