Midwest tornadoes

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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 »

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 »

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 »

It's Not Over: Almost 10M Face Tornado Risk Today

CNN reports 53M could see severe weather

(Newser) - The tornado threat isn't over: "Large and devastating" storms could continue today, forecasters say. "We could have a Round 3," says a CNN meteorologist. "Hopefully, it won't be as bad." But "tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, and large hail" could hit areas east... More »

String of Deadly Tornadoes Hits Oklahoma Hardest

Kansas, Iowa, Missouri also suffer

(Newser) - A string of tornadoes spawned by a massive storm system tore through four states yesterday, killing at least one person and destroying scores of homes in Oklahoma, the hardest-hit state. Up to 26 tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, and Iowa, including a half-mile wide funnel cloud that witnesses... More »

2 Tornadoes Pound Nebraska

One reported injured in Midwestern storms

(Newser) - A pair of tornadoes damaged a handful of Nebraska homes and derailed at least 15 train cars last night, the AP reports. One person was rescued after being injured and trapped inside a house. In addition to the tornadoes in North Platte, another possible tornado hammered homes in northern Nebraska... More »

Pat Robertson on Tornadoes: Not Enough People Prayed

On '700 Club,' he insists tornadoes are not 'acts of God'

(Newser) - We all know how Pat Robertson feels about natural disasters , and now he has weighed in on the recent Midwest tornadoes. Asked by a 700 Club viewer yesterday why God sent the tornadoes, Robertson explained that "if enough people were praying He would’ve intervened, you could pray, Jesus... More »

Ron Paul: Tornado Victims Shouldn't Get Aid

Federal money is 'stealing,' says candidate

(Newser) - Even in the wake of last week's massive tornado damage , Ron Paul remained steadfast in his libertarian principles, saying he was opposed to any emergency aid from the federal government, reports the National Journal . "The people who live in tornado alley, just as I live in hurricane alley,... More »

9 Killed as Violent Storms Lash Midwest

Toll could rise in Missouri, Illinois

(Newser) - At least nine people are dead as a violent storm system sweeps across the Midwest, causing tornadoes, pounding rain, high winds, golf-ball-sized hail, and "dangerous lightning." "It's like nothing I've ever seen, and something I don't care to see again," says the mayor... More »

Circus Elephant Helps Clean Up Joplin

Animal drags ruined vehicles

(Newser) - In tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, a brief moment of whimsy. The Atlantic Wire points to the video below, which shows an elephant helping with clean-up efforts. According to the YouTube user who uploaded the video, the animal is part of the Picadilly Circus, which was scheduled to perform but cancelled after... More »

Obama: We Will Get Joplin 'Back On Its Feet'

President speaks at memorial service one week after tornado hit

(Newser) - Speaking at a memorial service in Joplin today, President Obama promised, "We're not going to stop 'til Joplin's back on its feet." Obama, fresh off his trip to Europe, arrived in the tornado-ravaged town today to comfort survivors and tour devastated neighborhoods. He promised government... More »

How to Live Through a Tornado

For one thing, don't open the windows

(Newser) - The tornadoes that have rampaged through the South and Midwest this year didn't need to be as devastating as they were: NPR talks to experts and finds that an ounce of prevention can make the difference between life and death, even when 200mph-winds are involved. Some things you can... More »

Stunned Joplin Survivor: 'This Is All Gone'

Lacy Tasker, 33, barely saved her son but couldn't save grandma

(Newser) - When the tornado hit Joplin, Lacy Tasker just had enough time to grab her 9-year-old son and jump into a bathtub at the house they shared with Tasker’s grandmother. It was only after the tornado passed that Tasker found the 89-year-old woman, whom she had been taking care of... More »

Smashed Midwest Faces 2nd Round of Tornadoes

As Joplin struggles with the aftermath, more bad weather likely

(Newser) - Even as rescue crews continue to search for survivors in devastated Joplin, Missouri, residents of the Midwest must steel themselves for more severe weather to come. Weather forecasters say the area could see a repeat of the April tornadoes that killed more than 300 people in the South over a... More »

Video Captures Joplin Tornado Terror

People scream, cry as they frantically scramble to shelter

(Newser) - NPR points to a terrifying first-person video of the tornado that slammed Joplin last night, killing at least 89 . Though you can’t see much in the recording, the chilling audio gives a good idea of what happened when the tornado hit a convenience store. Customers worry and comfort... More »

At Least 89 Dead in Joplin as Tornado Shreds Town

'75% of Joplin is gone', says Red Cross rep of Missouri town

(Newser) - The latest savage slash of US tornadoes ripped up the Midwest last night, flattening the town of Joplin, Missouri. At least 89 are dead, and that number is expected to rise. "I would say 75% of Joplin is virtually gone," said a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross... More »

Security Footage Shows Harrowing Airport Tornado

Thanks to early warnings, no one was killed in St. Louis

(Newser) - Miraculously, no one was killed by the Friday night tornado that ripped through the St. Louis airport . But that doesn't make the experience, captured by security cameras and reported by KMOX , any less terrifying. (Hat tip to Gawker for the find.) How is it that—even though 2,... More »

Tornadoes Kill 7 in South, Cause Flooding

Storm system moving east after deaths in Missouri and Arkansas

(Newser) - A rare outbreak of winter tornadoes has killed at least seven people in Missouri and Arkansas and left a trail of destruction across the South and Midwest. Three people were killed by a tornado in a small town in northern Arkansas and a tornado spawned by the same weather system... More »

Tornado Caught on Video Shredding Minn. Home

(Newser) - Severe weather storms spawned multiple tornadoes in North Dakota and Minnesota Saturday, with one caught on video as it ripped a home to shreds and sent the pieces high into the air, just south of the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. Though a voice heard on this incredible video... More »

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