Tornadoes Rarely Hit Large Cites, But It Happened This Week In The Midwest
Tornadoes are devastating storms. But the majority of them occur over farmland and vacant fields. It's when they roll into towns and cities that the real damage can add up quick. Very few tornadoes have hit the city of Cedar Rapids. The biggest was an F-2 tornado that rolled through portions of the city in May of 1965. There were 14 reported injuries as the twister started on the cities southwest side and rolled northeast towards Marion. Fortunately, there were no reported fatalities.
The city of Chicago is much larger than Cedar Rapids of course, so their chances of a twister within the city limits is much higher. Tuesday was the first time since 2006 that a tornado was reported within the city limits. It wasn't very big, and didn't do much damage, but it's a reminder that despite the statistics, tornadoes can happen anywhere. Even in major cities.