Omaha might seem a placid outpost where the Midwest gives way to the great Plains. In reality, it's place steeped in the psychology of Natural Disaster.

Many in Nebraska's largest city recall the deadly 1975 tornado that destroyed $1 billion worth of property - the most costly windstorm in U.S. history to that date. They grew up hearing about the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado that killed more than 100 Omahans, and lived through the "Night of the Twisters" when seven tornados in three hours touched ground in nearby Grand Island in 1980.

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