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US - Deadly Tornadoes Wreak Havoc Across South

Environment  (tags: climate-change, CO2emissions, death, destruction, ecosystems, environment, habitatdestruction, tornadoes )

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Storms on Monday turn deadly a day after tornadoes pummeled parts of Iowa, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Tornadoes range from 100 to 200 MPH


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Animae C (507)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 6:00 am
It was on our local news earlier, first the tornado's then a violent storm!

Sending LOVE & LIGHT to All affected.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 6:01 am
Photo Credit: Kathryn Piotrowski | | Reuters

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A ferocious storm system threatens tens of millions of people across the Southeast Monday, a day after tornados ripped through the South, killing at least 17 people — 15 in Arkansas, one in Oklahoma and one in Iowa — and leaving a trail of destruction, officials said.

The death toll was initially reported as 18 because Pulaski County in Arkansas mistakenly reported that five people had died. The county told Al Jazeera it revised the count to three.

The same storm system is expected to remain active through Wednesday, with the National Weather Service's (NWS) Storm Prediction Center saying more storms were expected Monday in the South. Harold Brooks, a research scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory, told Al Jazeera the areas at highest risk on Monday include central Mississippi through central Tennessee and northwestern Alabama.

In Mississipi, officials said up to seven people died Monday after 12 tornadoes touched down across the state. One woman died when her car either hydroplaned or blew off a road during the storm in Verona, south of Tupelo.

On Monday, in the City of Athens, Alabama, spokeswoman Holly Hollman said Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakeley reported two deaths at a mobile home park. Further sourtheast of the city, the Associated Press reported Monday four people died from the impact of the storm.

On Sunday night, the Arkansas twister shredded cars, trucks and 18-wheelers on Interstate 40 north of Little Rock. Hardest in the state were the Little Rock suburbs of Mayflower and Vilonia.

"We have seen a lot of property damage across this area," Brandon Morris, of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, told Al Jazeera.

Nine of the victims came from the same street in Vilonia, with a population of about 4,100.

A new intermediate school set to open in August was heavily damaged by a tractor trailer blown into its roof. And a steel farm shop anchored to concrete was erased from the landscape.

"Everything is just leveled to the ground," Vilonia resident Matt Rothacher told Reuters. "It cut a zig-zag right through town."

The NWS's North Little Rock office said it was certain that the Mayflower and Vilonia storm would be rated as the nation's strongest twister so far this year.

"It has the potential to be EF3 or greater," said meteorologist Jeff Hood, referring to winds greater than 136 mph. "Based on some of the footage we've seen from Mayflower and where it crossed Interstate 40, things were wrecked in a very significant way."

Before Sunday, the country had not had a tornado rated EF3 or higher since Nov. 17, a streak of 160 days, the fourth longest on record. Also, that was the latest date for the first storm of a season rated EF3 or higher since 1950, Brooks said.

The Arkansas National Guard was deployed to sift through the wreckage, as Governor Mike Beebe declared a state of disaster for Faulkner and two other counties.

President Barack Obama sent his condolences to those affected by the deadly storms while speaking at a news conference in the Philippines on Monday. He reassured those in the affected areas that the federal government was on the ground to help deal with the situation.

“Your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild, as long as it takes,” he said.

The American Red Cross in central Oklahoma said it was deploying two emergency response vehicles and at least four volunteers to help with tornado recovery efforts in Arkansas. Morris said that Arkansas officials had set up 70 shelters in the affected areas.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, meanwhile, declared a state of emergency for four counties where tornadoes hit on Friday and warned that more rough weather was on the way.

A tornado in Baxter Springs, Kansas that touched down on Sunday evening also destroyed as many as 70 homes and 25 businesses and injured 34 people, of whom nine were hospitalized, state and county officials said. One person was killed in Kansas, likely due to the same storm system, officials said.

Sunday was the third anniversary of a day that saw 122 tornadoes strike parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia, killing 316 people.

By: Philip J. Victor contributed to this report, with Al Jazeera and The Associated

Azaima A (207)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 6:04 am
All weather is man made now. It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but the truth is indeed horrifying. Check out for details. We have to stop chemtrails from poisoning the environment and HAARP from moving the jetstream in a way that causes these severe weather patterns.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 12:02 pm
Saw and heard it, yes, absolutely horrific-and that's just the beginning. Joining Ani Mae in sending love, prayers for the victims. Consider yourself lucky and blessed if you live elsewhere!

Barbara K (62)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 1:03 pm
Watched the storms, the huge tornadoes, etc., on TV. Just the site of the tornadoes is scary enough, but the devastation and deaths and destruction is almost beyond comprehension. I hope they wake up and realize that there is a Climate Change and it is nearly too late to prepare for it, but we still need to try. Having bad winds and storm clouds moving in here now. Hoping not to lose power and internet tonight, in Michigan. Branches are being blown from trees all day.

Brenda P (125)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 2:36 pm
So sad. This is why I dislike springtime. Too scary. When I lived in FL those hurricanes were scary. I'll take a blizzard over those any day.


ValBusy M (83)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 3:30 pm
So sorry for those who are affected, sending love and light their way. The Climate Crisis is causing the increase in frequency and severity of these tornadoes. (Hope you'll be ok, Barbara!) I always worry about all the animals affected as well, so grateful for all the rescue groups..

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 29, 2014, 7:27 pm

I'm glad these storms have missed the DFW area but from the reports other areas are still being pounded.

Claudia A (70)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 8:33 am
:( ...

pam w (139)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 8:41 am
What a horrible year for climate disasters! Welcome to the future....

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 11:50 am
Any wonder we seniors get lost in the pristine pasts of our youth ? :) The pollution, destruction is shocking from 59.

Fiona O (562)
Wednesday April 30, 2014, 9:37 pm
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