The tornado hit Murphysboro the worst, causing 234 deaths. Other deaths were reported throughout Illinois. It also hit Indiana, and Missouri. During the Tri-State Tornado, twin tornadoes were reported. Since the tornado was covered with dust, no one could see the inside of the twister. ``It was so big; it was so nasty. It just looked like a cloud eating the ground as it went along,'' Schaefer said.