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1999 Tornado: 20 Years Later

Uprooted: Destruction of campus environment caused by 1999 tornado

The campus is known for its green filled environment from friendly squirrels, feral cats and lush trees growing throughout the landscape. This was not the case when the F3 tornado touched down in Montgomery County on Jan. 22, 1999.   The tornado only blew through for five minutes, but it caused massive destruction to the campus. ...

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David von Palko on remembering 1999 tornado

When the F3 tornado ripped through parts of Montgomery County on Jan. 22, 1999, the sound of the oncoming storm “was as if you were standing right beside a train,” according to Austin Peay’s Communications Professor, David “Doc” von Palko. As Doc recalls the day’s events through two decades of ...

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