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3 Storm Chasers Die in Texas Crash

They collided while pursuing tornado

(Newser) - Three storm chasers were killed in West Texas on Tuesday—and it wasn't by the tornado they were pursuing. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the three men were killed in a collision at a rural crossroads near the town of Spur, around 70 miles east of Lubbock,... More »

Midwest Tornadoes Damage Hundreds of Homes

Injuries reported as well

(Newser) - Dozens of tornadoes struck overnight in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois, leaving hundreds of homes damaged Tuesday, the AP reports. The National Weather Service was assessing the exact number and strength of twisters Tuesday. The same storm system brought huge hailstones and powerful winds as far south as the Ozark... More »

Tornadoes Destroy Homes, Injure Dozens in New Orleans

Louisiana declares state of emergency

(Newser) - Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Tuesday after a severe storm moved across the state's southeast corner, injuring about 40 people. Edwards said he was heartbroken to see Louisiana families suffering again, the AP reports. He said seven parishes were hit by tornadoes... More »

Toll Hits 18 as Winter Tornadoes Lash South

President Trump promises to help Georgia

(Newser) - A severe storm system that spun off apparent tornadoes, pulverized mobile homes, and scattered other destruction around the Southeast has claimed at least 18 lives on a two-day assault on the region, authorities say. The enormous system put millions of people in the South on edge during a weekend of... More »

Tornado Rips Through Mississippi, Killing 4

Mayor of Hattiesburg warns of 'significant injuries'

(Newser) - Four people were killed and scores of homes were flattened early Saturday when a tornado ripped through the Hattiesburg area, officials in Mississippi said. The city of Hattiesburg said via its Twitter account that four people had died after the twister blew through the city and surrounding area. The AP... More »

3 Dead, 4 Kids Critically Hurt as Storms Rip Through South

Line of severe weather moves through the South overnight; deadly tornado suspected in Ala.

(Newser) - A suspected tornado killed three people in Alabama as a line of severe storms moved across the South overnight, authorities said. The three who died were all in a mobile home in the northeastern community of Rosalie, reports the AP . The storms in Alabama also left four children critically injured... More »

Wedding Registry Trend: Safe Rooms

In Tornado Alley, tying the knot means surviving the storm

(Newser) - Never mind toasters, blenders, and slow cookers. Joplin, Mo., tornado survivors Kayla and Ricky Smith had a more practical wedding gift request—shelter from the next big storm, reports the AP . The Smiths were on the leading edge of an odd trend in Tornado Alley: Engaged couples using bridal registries... More »

Elderly Man Films Tornado That Kills His Wife, Neighbor

Clem Schultz, 85, says his back was contorted like a question mark

(Newser) - The footage is chilling, especially knowing that the fast-approaching tornado in Fairdale, Ill., is headed straight for the elderly man filming it, and that it is on the verge of killing his wife and their neighbor. Yet Clarence "Clem" Schultz, 85, who'd gone upstairs to get two lanterns,... More »

Tornadoes Kill At Least 3 in Louisiana and Mississippi

Dozens more are injured

(Newser) - At least seven tornadoes hit Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, killing at least three people, the AP reports. National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Graham says that number includes the one that slammed into a trailer park in Convent, Louisiana, and one that killed a person near Purvis, Mississippi. Graham says... More »

Couple Was on FaceTime Call as Tornado Killed Wife

Petra Ruiz was killed in Saturday's Texas tornadoes

(Newser) - Petra Ruiz had just left a Texas hair salon Saturday—after a special appointment her husband set up for her as a Christmas gift—and called her husband on FaceTime to chat during the drive home, placing her phone in her SUV's cup holder. Suddenly she started screaming and... More »

Burst of Crazy Weather Hits Texas, Kills 8

Spate of winter tornadoes continues

(Newser) - Tornadoes swept the Dallas area leaving at least eight people dead in the latest freakish winter weather event that on Sunday also could include heavy snow and massive flooding. The Texas tornadoes that touched down after dark Saturday followed days of tumultuous weather in the Southeast including unusual winter tornadoes... More »

Tornado, Floods Hit Alabama City

Severe weather has now killed at least 15

(Newser) - A Christmas Day tornado touched down in north-central Alabama, including part of Birmingham, in the latest wave of severe weather that's hammered the South this week. The funnel was spotted by witnesses outside the city about 5pm Friday. An hour later, the National Weather service confirmed that first responders... More »

Alabama Woman Missing in 2011 Tornado Found in Florida

Police think she may have moved without telling her family

(Newser) - A 53-year-old Alabama woman reported missing by her family following a series of deadly tornadoes in 2011 has been found safe and sound—in Florida, AL.com reports. And no, she probably wasn't blown there. The tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa in April 2011 killed dozens of people and damaged... More »

At Least 5 Dead in Severe Texas Flooding

Intense rain hit areas around Austin, San Antonio, and Houston

(Newser) - At least five people are dead after intense flooding Friday and Saturday in Texas, the AP reports. Heavy rain started in the Austin and San Antonio areas Friday before hitting Houston with up to 8 inches early Saturday. Two bodies were found in the Houston area, one in a flooded... More »

6 Hurt as Tornado Whips Through Walmart

It happened in Alabama; injuries weren't serious

(Newser) - Six people suffered minor injuries when a tornado partially collapsed the roof of a Walmart yesterday in Alabama. The storm, which hit the town of Troy shortly before 11pm, caused significant damage to the Walmart roof and destroyed the wall of a nearby sporting goods store. It's unclear how... More »

Canada Tornado One of Longest in History

It was on the ground about 3 hours

(Newser) - The amount of time tornadoes spend on the ground is usually measured in minutes. That won't quite do for the behemoth that hit the Canadian province of Manitoba Monday night—figure nearly three hours. Given that the longest on record is the three-and-a-half-hour Tri-State tornado of 1925 in the... More »

Parents Died Shielding Baby From Tornado

Infant girl survived after twister 'exploded' Ark. mobile home

(Newser) - The death toll from severe storms that ripped through several states on Sunday now stands at five—including a couple who died trying to shield their baby daughter from a twister. Authorities in Nashville, Ark., say Michael and Melissa Mooneyhan were trying to keep their 18-month-old daughter safe when their... More »

Storm Wrecks Texas Town, Hurts 26

Severe weather stretches across state

(Newser) - About two dozen people were injured and some homes were destroyed after a severe storm struck the small town of Van in northeast Texas, an emergency management official says. The storm, which the National Weather Service said likely produced a tornado, hit the east side of Van Zandt County and... More »

Tornado, Hail, Storms Strike Central States

First tornado spotted near Cisco, Texas

(Newser) - Officials warned us about tornadoes, and they were right: One was spotted today close to Cisco, Texas, roughly 100 miles west of Dallas-Fort Worth, CNN reports. It was heading east at 15mph along Interstate 20. The National Weather Service has issued tornado warnings into late evening across parts of six... More »

Tornado Wrecks Illinois Town, Kills 1

Almost every building in Fairdale has been heavily damaged

(Newser) - Supercell thunderstorms produced a large tornado that touched down in northern Illinois last night, killing one person and injuring eight others in the tiny community of Fairdale as severe weather pummeled the Midwest. Authorities are still working to account for every resident in Fairdale, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said... More »

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