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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, 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 »

1 Killed as Long 'Tornado Drought' Ends

Deadly storm hit Tulsa-area trailer park

(Newser) - The first batch of severe weather in this year's tornado season has devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, and storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs, and left debris strewn across roads. One person was killed and several were injured. Tens of thousands of Oklahoma residents are... More »

Severe Weather Kills 4, Could Snarl Holiday Travel

Storms, tornadoes leave thousands without power in Miss.

(Newser) - There's lousy weather in many parts of the US just before Christmas but it's been especially bad in Mississippi, where tornadoes killed four people yesterday and left thousands of others without power. A state of emergency has been declared in two counties in the southeast of the state.... More »

Day Before Tornado, Wily Songbirds Knew

First-of-its-kind study: Warblers may use infrasound to evade storms

(Newser) - Days after five tiny golden-winged warblers finished their seasonal migration, flying 3,100 miles from Colombia to Tennessee, they vacated their new home to travel 400 miles south to the Gulf of Mexico. Some 24 hours later, on April 27, 2014, at least 84 tornadoes left a path of death... More »

Woman's Lost Bible Returned After 40 Years

It was a cherished gift from her late father

(Newser) - A little sleuthing and a little luck has resulted in a Tennessee woman getting back a Bible she lost in 1972. But as the Tennessean explains, it wasn't just any Bible to Deborah Savely. Her dad had given it to her as a girl a decade previously, and he... More »

2 Dead, 20 Hurt in Va. Tornado

Twister touched down in Cape Charles

(Newser) - Two people have been confirmed dead after a tornado struck a campground in Cape Charles, Va., WTKR reports. At least 20 more were injured in what the Virginian-Pilot describes as "a fast moving storm that blew across the Eastern Shore this morning, toppling trees, injuring campers and blowing over... More »

Child Killed as Twin Tornadoes Slam Nebraska

'It was like God dragged 2 fingernails across the land'

(Newser) - The small town of Pilger in northeast Nebraska has been devastated by twin tornadoes that killed a child, left half the town in ruins, and seriously injured at least 16 people. The tornadoes, which were about a mile apart, destroyed many buildings in the town of 350 people about 75... More »

Tornado Strikes North Dakota 'Man Camp'

9 injured, one critically

(Newser) - A temporary housing camp for oil workers in western North Dakota—or "man camp," as it's known locally—was hit by a tornado last night; nine people were injured, one critically; he was airlifted to a hospital. More than a dozen trailers at the encampment about five... More »

Meteorologist Saves Kitten in Tornado Rubble

Tiny critter is OK now after rescue

(Newser) - The tiny kitten had no business surviving the Ohio tornado that brought down a barn around it, but WHIO meteorologist Rich Wirdzek found it mewling its little heart out in the rubble. (He posted different footage of the actual rescue on his Facebook page .) Wirdzek got the kitten into... More »

Report: Tornado Carried Truck 27 Miles

Arkansas meteorologist has the measurement

(Newser) - Just how powerful was that tornado that hit Arkansas over the weekend? A meteorologist says it caused a truck to travel 27 miles the hard way—carried along solely by the tornado's winds, reports USA Today . Darby Bybee of KHBS-TV in Fort Smith says the truck was carried from... More »

Tornado 'Wipes Away' Buildings in Mississippi City

New storm front threatens several states

(Newser) - Authorities say two large tornadoes damaged homes and downed trees and power lines today around the northern Mississippi city of Tupelo, injuring several people—part of a new storm system following yesterday's fatal twisters . A local reporter said buildings in a commercial district in Tupelo were just "wiped... More »

17 Dead as Tornadoes Hit Arkansas, Oklahoma

Deadly storm system lashes south-central US

(Newser) - At least 17 people were killed as a massive storm system ripped through the central and southern US yesterday, spawning deadly tornadoes in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Tornadoes also touched down in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri, reports the AP , which puts the death toll at 16 in Arkansas and one... More »

Physicist: Let's Build Huge Anti-Tornado Walls

Ronjia Tao believes three walls could protect the US from disaster

(Newser) - With Americans still recovering from last year's tornadoes , one physicist has a plan—to build huge walls that would keep tornadoes from ever forming, the Smithsonian reports. Physicist Ronjia Tao of Temple University says three walls would soften clashing streams of air and prevent tornado formation. Each would be... More »

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