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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 »

Teacher Names Son After 3rd-Grader Killed in Tornado

Jennifer Doan Rogers had her hand on Nicolas McCabe as wall collapsed

(Newser) - The school's wall collapsed onto Jennifer Doan Rogers as she desperately tried to protect her third-grade students as a tornado ripped through their Oklahoma City suburb on May 20. The young teacher had laid one of her hands on Nicolas McCabe, a 9-year-old with an infectious grin. But it... More »

Dead Dad's Sealed Letters to Kids Lost in Tornado

Annmarie Klein's brother gave her the letters before his 2005 death

(Newser) - Annmarie Klein knows she's blessed to have survived the tornado that leveled her family's central Illinois home, and she understands most of the things they lost—the Jacuzzi, 60-inch TVs, diamond jewelry, the convertible—can be replaced. That's not true for a mint green box that contained... More »

Amid Tornado Cleanup, Hope Arrives Via Led Zeppelin

Pastor's husband finds album sleeve from 'Houses of the Holy'

(Newser) - When your town is decimated by a tornado, you'll take solace wherever you can find it. In Gifford, Ill., that just happened to be in form of a sleeve to Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy album—found, of course, by the pastor's husband in the rubble... More »

Happy Reunion: Dog Found Under Tornado Rubble

Family finds Maggie in ruins of home in Washington, Illinois

(Newser) - Amid the bad news out of Illinois from this weekend's devastating tornado comes this great Facebook post : "maggie found!!!!!" Maggie is the family dog of the Dann family of Washington, Ill., who was missing and presumed dead after the tornado, explains Weather.com . As family and friends... More »

Thousands Homeless as Midwest Reels From Tornadoes

6 dead as damage from scores of twisters still being assessed

(Newser) - The extent of destruction is still unknown after scores of tornadoes ripped through the Midwest yesterday , killing at least six people and decimating entire neighborhoods in the hardest-hit towns in Illinois. The National Weather Service says the tornadoes were spawned by an unusually strong and fast-moving storm system that moved... More »

Tornadoes Hit Midwest, Crush Illinois 'Hood

At least 5 dead, officials confirm

(Newser) - Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest today, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities and killing five, officials confirmed. Among the deaths: An elderly man and his sister who died when a tornado struck their farm house in southern Illinois' Washington County. The tornadoes sent people scrambling... More »

Great Plains Walloped With Snowstorm, Tornadoes

15 injured in tornadoes, 3 die in snow-related car accident

(Newser) - In the span of 24 hours, the scenic Black Hills in South Dakota were coated in up to three and a half feet of wet, heavy snow, one of several Great Plains states walloped by a storm system that's caused millions of dollars in damage. But wintry weather wasn'... More »

Dog Kills Boy Who Survived Okla. Tornado

5-year-old's family was staying with friends

(Newser) - Tragedy has been piled upon tragedy for an unnamed Oklahoma family whose Moore home was destroyed in last month's tornado. Their 5-year-old son was killed by a dog on Sunday while he was staying with family friends in Jessieville, Arkansas, THV 11 reports. "The child was putting on... More »

Oklahoma Tornado Widest on Record

Friday's was measured at 2.6 miles wide

(Newser) - Those in its path probably won't be surprised, but the monster tornado that whipped through Oklahoma last week was the widest ever measured by the National Weather Service, reports USA Today . Its span of 2.6 miles edged out a 2004 Nebraska tornado for the record. The tornado's... More »

Doomed Storm Chasers Stressed Safety

Tim Samaras, son, partner weren't reckless

(Newser) - The three storm chasers who died Friday in an Oklahoma tornado knew what they were doing, according to family, friends, colleagues, and experts in the field. Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and his partner Carl Young were all known from the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers. One meteorologist explains that... More »

Storm Chasers Star Killed in Tornado

Discovery Channel star and two other storm chasers among those killed in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Three veteran storm chasers were among the 10 people killed Friday night when a violent tornado barreled into the Oklahoma City metro area. Jim Samaras told the AP today that his brother Tim Samaras was killed. Tim Samaras' son, Paul Samaras, and another chaser, Carl Young, also died. Tim Samaras... More »

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