Joplin tornado: Will it be one of the Top 5 costliest?
1. Topeka, Kan., 1966 – $2.2 billion
The most financially destructive tornado on record struck Topeka, Kan., at about 7 p.m. on June 8, 1966. The tornado blasted through the city, moving at about 30 miles per hour, leaving a path destruction about 22 miles long. The F5 storm was about half a mile wide. But for all its destruction to property, the twister was blamed for only 16 fatalities and injuries to about 500 people.