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U.S. Midwest Assesses After Storms Kill Eight; Damage May Be $1 Billion


Science & Tech  (tags: americans, climate change, computers, environment, habitat, research, Super storms, weather )

Kit
- 251 days ago - scientificamerican.com
Rescue workers in a small Illinois city raked by a powerful tornado were combing through the wreckage on Tuesday in the wake of a fast-moving storm that killed eight people in two states and may have caused $1 billion in property damage.



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Kit B. (277)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 2:37 pm
Photo Credit: www.komonews.com - storm and tornado damage


WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) - Rescue workers in a small Illinois city raked by a powerful tornado were combing through the wreckage on Tuesday in the wake of a fast-moving storm that killed eight people in two states and may have caused $1 billion in property damage.

The storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that tore through the Midwestern United States, killing at least six people in Illinois and two people in Michigan.

"We are focusing on combing through the wreckage and seeing the damage," said Patti Thompson, a spokeswoman for Illinois emergency management agency. "We are also looking forward to the debris removal, working with communities trying to get the cleanup started."

Early damage estimates suggest that the property damage caused by the storm could reach $1 billion, with the greatest toll in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri, according to Risk Management Solutions, a Newark, California-based company that specializes in assessing the toll of storms and other disasters.

"Sunday's big tornado outbreak is yet another atypical storm of what has been an unusual 2013 severe weather season," said Matthew Nielsen, a meteorologist with RMS. He noted that prior to Sunday's outbreak, the United States had seen its fewest tornadoes since 1988.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday added six counties to the state's declared disaster areas, expanding the total to 13. Quinn said hundreds of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, hundreds of thousands of people were without power and numerous roads throughout the state have been closed by fallen trees and downed power lines.

Of the six people killed in Illinois, authorities said one died in Washington, a city of 15,000 roughly 145 miles southwest of Chicago, where as many as 500 homes had been damaged in the winds of 166 to 200 miles per hour (267-322 km per hour).

Attention turned on Tuesday to assessing the damage wrought by the twister.

"When you're fortunate, you do all you can," 52-year-old Cay Ernst said while helping a friend whose house had been badly damaged look for a prized ring on Monday afternoon.

In the destroyed area, where buildings were reduced to rubble and cars turned upside down, authorities barred vehicle traffic out of concern that people could be injured while attempting to retrieve their possessions.

In central Michigan, rescue workers found the body of a 59-year-old man entangled in downed power lines on Sunday night. A 21-year-old man was killed that night when a tree fell on his car in the central Michigan town of Leslie.
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By Mary Wisniewski | Reuters | Scientific American |

(Additional reporting by Scott Malone; Writing by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by W Simon and Maureen Bavdek)

 

Debbie G. (314)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 2:39 pm
Very sad. The more climate change happens, the worse the storms will be and more frequent.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 3:39 pm
I'd like to see companies releasing climate-changing substances pay into a special insurance pool to underwrite the damage costs of atypical weather events such as this set.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:43 pm
Forgive me for being sarcastic-but i DO HOPE AND WISH that there are certain Congress members affected in these states!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 5:47 pm
Judy-I guess you won't see that any time soon, I bet insurers will always exempt "atypical" weather damage from coverage.
 

JL A. (272)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 7:33 pm
I expect them to fall under the so-called "act of God" insurance policy exclusions of property insurance policies Angelika--that's why I'd like the separate funding by those who bear at least a contributing responsibility to contribute instead of stiffing the property owners and/or taxpayers
 

Dale O. (189)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 8:58 pm
Frightening when so many are affected by such powerful forces of Nature as both people and animals suffer in the powerful conditions.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 9:14 pm
"Sunday's big tornado outbreak is yet another atypical storm of what has been an unusual 2013 severe weather season," said Matthew Nielsen, a meteorologist with RMS.

Yet another atypical storm........

Will there be any place left to live by the time our un-leadership moves to become serious on fixing things to improve our lives economically and environmentally.

Even for those who have insurance, one never gets back all that they loose and deductibles are growing higher all the time. There is no $ value on loss of life which numbers around the world grow as the storms increase in size and intensity.
 

Kathy Chadwell (371)
Tuesday November 19, 2013, 11:05 pm
We were without power from Sunday around 7 pm till Monday at around 10 pm. I was so tired of being cold but at least we did not have any damage. The house beside my brother is gone. A huge tree fell on the house the the garage. Indiana had a record 26 tornadoes on Sunday.
http://www.courier-journal.com/viewart/20131119/NEWS02/311190074/Weather-service-26-tornadoes-hit-Indiana-Sunday
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 12:37 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Arielle S. (316)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 6:13 am
This is very sad, especially so close to the holidays. (and I expect they'll find some way to blame this on Obama, too). But this is the wave of the future if we don't get off our duffs and DO something about climate change.
Surely, even the skeptics are beginning to see?
 

Aileen P. (30)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 6:39 am
Very sad.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:20 am
Kathy, I'm so sorry for all that took place in your area but glad to see you, a C2 member, on here and is alright in the physical sense. I'm sure you must still be un-nerved from what took place and it could of been your brothers home instead of the neighbors.
 

Kit B. (277)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:28 am

Kathy it is so good to know you are safe, and I am sorry this storm came so close to your family. I fear there are many more aberrant storms in our future.

There is no longer room for discussion or debate, is it past time for all governments to lead the way and protect the citizens from danger, while making massive changes to end the corruption that so damages our habitat and the habitat of all of earth's creatures. We must say, "No More!"
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:30 am
Again, those who COULD do something keep refusing to do so......it will take the masses to stand up and really get serious here, else more and more of us will be loosing all we have up to and including our lives.

The UN Climate Summit that just took place has information here at this link.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:33 am
Not sure why my full link didn't go through, let me try again.
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:39 am
Ok I don't know why this isn't going through, I will leave off the hot links one can copy and paste.

Not sure why my full link didn't go through, let me try again. Wait I think I found the problem.
The 19th Conference of Parties COP19 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw Poland seems to have continued the joint theme of delivering less while being more dominated by corporations and coal according to a recent report this growth in the world's dirtiest fossil fuel is being financed by some major high street banks

"The failure of world leaders to act on the critical issue of global warming is often blamed on economic considerations." David Suzuki

I placed an important video on if anyone would like to view it below.
The 11th Hour
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 8:43 am
Glad you are safe as well Kathy. We didn't get damage either but not far from my dad's South Western Middle School was damaged. Glad he is okay I believe. I don't get to see him and I miss him even though he doesn't come and see me at all.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (177)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 11:29 am
przykre wiadomości
 

Yvonne White (231)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 1:18 pm
We kept an eye out Sinday..the siren went off in Kinmundy, because one touched down near Centralia (southeast of us) & one touched down in St. Elmo (Northeast of us) but none appeared here. The two near us were both F2's, damage but no bad injuries. Wicked windy ALL day. My youngest sister manages a trailer park that often sees action in tornado season, luckily she was safe & nearly sound!;)
 

Yvonne White (231)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 1:24 pm
We have tornado insurance, but most Insurance doesn't cover straight line winds! So you Have to get confirmation of tornadoes! It seems ridiculous that one type of wind is "different" from another when BOTH cause lots of damage!
 

Ros G. (88)
Wednesday November 20, 2013, 3:48 pm
Thanks Kit..saw some videos on SBS Australia News..simply horrific..heart goes out to all affected...
 
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