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It spent more than an hour on the ground - cutting through and around the east side of Edmonton, but it etched in the minds of thousands an image of fear. They're images that still remain, a quarter century later.
Despite a week of hot weather and high humidity, nobody could have guessed the nightmarish scenario awaiting Edmontonians that Black Friday twenty-five years ago.
At 5:00 a.m. MT on July 31, a forecast of heavy thunderstorms for the Capital Region did little to prepare Edmontonians for the destruction and devastation that lay ahead of them that day.
In less than ninety minutes, the tornado of 1987 left a swath of destruction cut across some 40 kilometres of east Edmonton, leaving an indelible mark on Edmontonians to this day.
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The Black Friday tornado lives in the hearts and minds of Edmontonians.
What do you remember about July 31, 1987? If you’d like to share your memories of that day, we’d like to hear from you.