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On the Books: 2nd-Highest Twister in US

It touched down briefly on Mount Evans, and Chris Kirby was there to see it

(Newser) - Tornadoes aren't often seen high in the mountains, in part because peaks break up weather systems, and in part because no one's there to observe them. So it's fortuitous that registered storm-spotter Chris Kirby happened to be driving near Mount Evans, Colo., on Saturday when the second-highest... More »

1 Dead, Dozens Hurt in Tornado Close to Tokyo

Rare twister destroys some 200 houses

(Newser) - A tornado tore through a city northeast of Japan's capital today, killing one person, injuring dozens of others, and destroying scores of houses. Firefighters and medical teams rushed to the area after the tornado struck Tsukuba city, 40 miles from Tokyo. The city is a science center, with dozens... More »

Storms Pummel Midwest, Scare Visitors

Kansas tornadoes smash homes, spook elephants

(Newser) - Severe weather lashed the Great Plains yesterday after forecasters warned of a possible tornado outbreak as bad as the 1974 one that spawned 39 twisters, AP reports. At least four tornadoes touched down in Kansas, causing widespread damage and spooking a pair of runaway circus elephants. Heavy rains caused rivers... More »

Tornadoes Leave 2 Dead in Midwest

More than 20 twisters strike Kan., Okla.

(Newser) - Kansas authorities uncovered two bodies from a crumpled car today after nearly 20 tornadoes whipped through the state yesterday, the AP reports. Several more twisters landed in the countryside of northwestern Oklahoma, leveling a few barns, and Colorado residents are returning to the town of Windsor today after twisters damaged... More »

2008 Twister Deaths Highest in a Decade

22 fatalities over weekend make 98 for year

(Newser) - With 22 tornado-related deaths in the South over the weekend, 2008 is shaping up to be the deadliest year for twisters in a decade, USA Today reports. With 98 total fatalities, “we are on a pace that continues a record number” of tornadoes since modern record-keeping began in 1950,... More »

Virginia Mops Up After Twisters

State of emergency declared in tattered regions

(Newser) - Virginia is digging out and cleaning up today after at least three tornadoes walloped the state, injuring hundreds and ripping through several counties. The Suffolk area was the worst hit, with dozens of homes and businesses wrecked and thousands left without power, reports the Virginian-Pilot. Virginia has declared a state... More »

Twisters Rip Through Virginia

Hospital, homes damaged in Suffolk

(Newser) - Virginia twisters struck downtown Suffolk early today, injuring at least 200 people, AP reports. Early reports said one person was killed but police later said the death was unrelated. One tornado struck the city multiple times, damaging a hospital and nearby homes. Twisters also ripped up trees, felled power lines,... More »

Tornado Survivors Recall Horror

54 dead as FEMA steps in to begin cleanup

(Newser) - As FEMA teams mobilized rescue efforts in the Southern states ravaged by yesterday's tornadoes, survivors combed through the wreckage today, sharing survival stories and clutching their faith. “It looks like the Lord took a Brillo pad and scrubbed the ground,” said Tennessee’s governor. The twisters, possibly spawned... More »

Freak Twister Wallops Brooklyn

Looked like 'Wizard of Oz'

(Newser) - Trees were toppled, cars mangled and roofs ripped off houses when the first tornado in 118 years ripped through Brooklyn yesterday in the midst of a vicious storm that pummeled New York. Winds clocked speeds of 135 mph. "I thought it was 'The Wizard of Oz,'" said a... More »

Twister Levels Kansas Town, Leaving 9 Dead

Greensburg, farming community of 1,400, destroyed by worst tornado in years

(Newser) - A wedge tornado more than a mile wide carried off the city of Greensburg, Kansas, yesterday, destroying virtually the entire town and killing at least nine residents. Some Kansans are calling it one of the worst twisters in more than a decade. "I can't believe the destruction I'm seeing,... More »

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