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New Book Looks at How Kansans Deal with Tornadoes

Kansas Tornado Flickr_Niccolò UbalducciThe book, "Kansas, in the Heart of Tornado Alley" documents twisters and our relationship with them. Certainly, Kansans live with fear and apprehension when told a tornado is nearby and likely to touch down. But co-author Jay Price, a Wichita State University associate professor, says Kansans also have a fascination with the sometimes deadly storms. 

Kansas gets its share of tornadoes, getting more than 1,000 between 2000 and 2010. Only Texas saw more tornadoes, about 1,600 during that same decade.




A new book uses photographs and text to show the relationship between Kansans and the many tornadoes that have touched down here. Wichita State University Associate Professor Jay Price co-authored "Kansas, In the Heart of Tornado Alley." He says for generations, Kansans watched the sky closely in spring and early summer, but that is changing.

The book says tornado alley in the U.S. includes Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and part of Texas. Between 2000 and 2010, Kansas was struck by more than 30 percent of nearly 4,000 tornadoes. Only Texas got more, receiving 40 percent of the total.

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