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Midwest Tornadoes Damage Hundreds of Homes

Injuries reported as well

(Newser) - Dozens of tornadoes struck overnight in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Illinois, leaving hundreds of homes damaged Tuesday, the AP reports. The National Weather Service was assessing the exact number and strength of twisters Tuesday. The same storm system brought huge hailstones and powerful winds as far south as the Ozark... More »

Couple Was on FaceTime Call as Tornado Killed Wife

Petra Ruiz was killed in Saturday's Texas tornadoes

(Newser) - Petra Ruiz had just left a Texas hair salon Saturday—after a special appointment her husband set up for her as a Christmas gift—and called her husband on FaceTime to chat during the drive home, placing her phone in her SUV's cup holder. Suddenly she started screaming and... More »

Tornadoes Kill 11 More Across South

Storm system now headed for Georgia

(Newser) - After spawning deadly tornadoes that flattened homes and businesses in Alabama and Mississippi, a storm system that also caused havoc in the Midwest had Georgia in its sights early today. At least 11 people in the South were killed yesterday, bringing the overall death toll from two days of severe... More »

Mother, Baby Among 9 Dead in Oklahoma Tornadoes

Storms slam Oklahoma City, suburbs

(Newser) - Nine people are dead and dozens injured after a new round of tornadoes slammed Oklahoma last night, reports AP and CNN . Among the fatalities were a mother and infant, whose bodies were found near their car on I-40, a major state artery. Oklahoma City and its suburbs took the brunt... 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 »

Storm Closes All Highways in 6 Okla. Counties

Blizzard hits as region still recovering from monster storm

(Newser) - The Great Plains region is being pounded by another massive winter storm, just days after a huge storm system dumped more than a foot of snow on some areas. The National Weather Service warns that the storm is bringing potentially "life threatening" and "crippling" conditions to parts of... More »

Huge Storm Kills Power in Northeast, Plains

At least two possible tornadoes reported

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands lost power yesterday, compliments of a massive storm system that battered the Plains and Northeast. At one point yesterday the National Weather Service had severe thunderstorm watches in effect across a swath stretching from Oklahoma all the way to New Jersey, CNN reports. There were reports of... More »

Debby Changes Track, Stays Close to Florida

Forecast to hit panhandle on Thursday, disrupting oil production

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Debby slowly closed in on Florida last night, leaving one person dead in tornadoes spawned by its winds, and one man missing and presumed drowned at an Alabama beach, reports Reuters . The National Hurricane Center reported significant changes for Debby's predicted path. No longer expected to grow... More »

3 Kids Among Dead in Tornado Strike

Tornadoes touched down just after midnight, earlier today

(Newser) - Officials say three children were among the five people killed when a tornado ripped through a northwest Oklahoma town early today and destroyed dozens of homes. It was one of a series of tornadoes that also struck Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska over the weekend, authorities said. Woodward Mayor Roscoe Hill... More »

Images From Dallas Tornadoes

No fatalities reported

(Newser) - About a dozen injuries have been reported so far from the swarm of tornadoes that hit Dallas today, with at least two of the victims "severely" hurt, reports AP . Hundreds of flights were canceled at the Dallas airport, and more than 100 planes were damaged by hail. Click here... More »

Tornadoes Rip Dallas: 'It's Throwing 18-Wheelers'

No word yet on injuries

(Newser) - Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area today, tearing roofs off homes, tossing trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (Video from MSNBC in the gallery begins, "Hey guys, it's throwing 18-wheelers.") The National Weather Service reported at least... More »

Tornadoes Pummel Rural Michigan

More than 100 homes damaged, but no injuries so far

(Newser) - Tornados ripped through rural Michigan last night, northwest of Ann Arbor, damaging up to 125 homes, reports the AP . But despite widespread damage in many townships, no reports of serious injuries or fatalities have surfaced. (The AP account begins with a police officer seeing a hand sticking out from rubble,... 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 »

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 »

Tornado Toll: 34 Dead So Far

Kentucky and Indiana are hardest hit

(Newser) - A string of violent storms scratched away small towns in Indiana and cut off rural communities in Kentucky as a tornado outbreak killed at least 34 people yesterday. The death toll rose as daylight broke on the search for survivors.
  • A total of 14 people were reported killed in Indiana,
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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 »

Lethal Fungus Compounds Joplin Misery

Three fatalities linked so far to contaminated soil that got under skin

(Newser) - As if recovering from the devastation of last month's tornado weren't enough, Joplin is facing a new threat: A fungal infection that has been linked in the deaths of at least three people. Murcomycosis is linked to fungal spores that live in the soil, usually inhaled; in Joplin'... More »

Mass. a 'Blast Zone' After Tornadoes

Powerful pair of tornadoes rip through Central Massachusetts

(Newser) - Central and western Massachusetts today surveyed the widespread damage after at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials with their violence and caused the state's first tornado-related deaths in 16 years. Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown joined Gov. Deval Patrick on a helicopter tour of the damaged areas,... More »

Missing Joplin Teen Found Dead

FindWillNorton Facebook page had attracted national attention

(Newser) - A charismatic Joplin teenager whose disappearance in Sunday's tornado captured national attention has been found dead, reports CNN. Will Norton was driving home from his high school graduation with his father when the violent storm snapped his seat belt and pulled him through the sunroof of his Hummer H3.... More »

Joplin Toll Rises to 142

That gives 2011 the highest recorded death toll for tornadoes

(Newser) - The death toll from the monster tornado last week in Missouri has risen by seven to at least 142, city spokeswoman Lynn Onstot said today. That makes this the deadliest year for tornadoes in the US since 1950, based on an assessment of figures from the National Weather Service. The... More »

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