“Devil Clouds” Marks Centennial of Omaha Tornado

logo for "Devil Clouds" NET programTune in to NET on Friday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. (Central) for Devil Clouds: Tornadoes Strike Nebraska, a look at the infamous 1913 Omaha tornado.

From NET’s website:

“Easter Sunday 1913 dawned as a spring-like day of celebration. It ended as a day of mourning. With little warning, seven tornadoes roared through eastern Nebraska, turning this into the deadliest natural disaster in Nebraska’s history.

“The most devastating tornado cut a seven mile swath through Ralston and Omaha, killing 100 people. All told, the tornado outbreak would be responsible for 168 deaths and nearly $10 million in damage (more than $200 million in today’s dollars).

Devil Clouds: Tornadoes Strike Nebraska is an NET News documentary project that tells more than a storm story. Developed in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the event (which took place on March 23, 1913), it’s a story full of heroes and colorful characters; a story of tragedy, but also recovery and resolve; and the story of a city and state in transition. It’s a story so well documented visually that it offers an intriguing glimpse into the disaster, and the lives of 1913 Nebraskans in places like Omaha, Ralston, Yutan and Otoe (called Berlin at the time).”

David Bristow, NSHS associate director for publications, and Dennis Mihelich, retired Creighton University history professor and former NSHS board president, are among the historians and writers offering commentary during the hour-long program.

Here are the showtimes: March 22, 2013 – 7:00 p.m. on NET1/HD; March 23, 2013 – 9:00 p.m. on NET2; March 24, 2013 – 12:00 p.m. on NET1/HD. The project also includes a series of NET News Signature Stories on NET Radio (March 20-22), as well as additional information at the link above. [UPDATE: The entire program will be available for online viewing after March 22 - click the link above.]

Here’s a one-minute preview from NET:

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One Response to “Devil Clouds” Marks Centennial of Omaha Tornado

  1. I missed the interview (Channel 7?) , but what is so amazing is there is a lady in Omaha who at the age of 107 remembers this tornado. I also have relatives who lived near the community of Otoe, but unfortunately I never asked them about it!

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