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 »

After Storms, Toddler Found Alive in Indiana Field

The rest of the girl's family killed in New Pekin, Indiana

(Newser) - A hospital spokeswoman says a toddler found alive in an Indiana field after violent storms is the sole survivor of her immediate family. The toddler, who was not identified, is in critical condition; her mother, father, 2-month-old sister, and 2-year-old brother all died in the storm. Extended family members are... 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 »

Tornado-Ravaged Ala. Town Outlaws FEMA Trailers

Alabama mayor doesn't like the run-down mobile home look

(Newser) - A central Alabama town won't let residents left homeless by tornadoes occupy temporary housing trailers provided by FEMA, a decision that has sparked outrage. Cordova, located about 35 miles northwest of Birmingham, got hit by a pair of powerful tornadoes on April 27, the day twisters killed more than... 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 »

Woman Dies After Hearing of Father's Death in Tornado

Missouri woman's heart attack considered a 'storm-related casualty'

(Newser) - A 54-year-old Missouri woman died yesterday after suffering a heart attack when told of her father's death in the Joplin tornado. The local Missouri coroner didn't know the circumstances of her father's death, but said the woman was a schoolteacher and resident of nearby Webb City who... 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 »

Joplin Death Toll Climbs to 116

And more fatalities expected as gas leaks cause fires, more weather looms

(Newser) - Rescue crews dug through piles of splintered houses and crushed cars today in a search for victims of a half-mile-wide tornado that blasted much of this Missouri town off the map and slammed straight into its hospital. At least 116 people died, making it the nation's deadliest single tornado... More »

Scenes From the Devastation in Joplin

More storms roll in as residents sift through rubble

(Newser) - Chaos continued this morning in Joplin following yesterday’s deadly tornado as another severe storm rolled in mid-morning, bringing thunder, lightning, and moderately high winds and brief hail. Still, firefighters continued going door-to-door, sifting through what remained of the most damaged homes. Just as officials did in New Orleans after... 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 »

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