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Tornado sirens to sound off on 45th anniversary of deadly 1975 tornado

Posted at 6:25 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 07:25:24-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — If you live in Douglas County, you should hear a siren around 11 this morning.

It's all part of a test of the monthly outdoor warning siren system. Today is the 45th anniversary of an event that showed people in Omaha why those sirens are so important.

On may 6, 1975, an F4 tornado ripped through much of the city, killing three and injuring more than 130. It also left more than two-thousand homes, businesses and even an elementary school damaged.

That damage was estimated at more than a billion dollars, making it still one of the ten costliest tornadoes in U.S. history.