Here’s a map showing the path of the killer tornado that struck 12 years ago, courtesy of the National Weather Service.
“We took a direct hit to the middle of town,” Tim Norton, then Haysville’s mayor, told me recently about that tornado.
Where the 1991 tornado hit a residential area, the May 3 tornado tore through Haysville’s business district.
“That tornado left a huge scar” in the center of the town, said Carol Nugent, who has worked for the city since 1983. “We still have vacant spots because of it.”
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The tornado destroyed almost all of the historic structures in the city, she said.
“You don’t ever get that back,” Nugent said, “but we’ve tried.”