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They Just Moved In, Were Saved by Home's Safe Room

Andrew Phillips and his family hid in a room made from concrete blocks

(Newser) - With a tornado bearing down on their rural home, Andrew Phillips told his wife to grab their two children and get into the safest place they had: A small room built from concrete blocks. It was a decision that likely saved four lives. While the rest of their Moss, Mississippi,... More »

Tornado Lifts House, Drops It on Road

Storms across the southeast leave at least 33 dead

(Newser) - Amidst the tornadoes that ripped through the southeast Sunday and Monday, a scene reminiscent of the Wizard of Oz: A Georgia home was torn from its foundation and flung 50 to 100 yards away, where it landed, intact, in the middle of a road. No one was inside at the... More »

'This Is Not How Anyone Wants to Celebrate Easter'

14 said to be dead after storms course through the South

(Newser) - Easter Sunday closed in a fury in the South, where strong storms left at least seven people dead in Mississippi. Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency there, citing tornadoes that had hit. He tweeted , “This is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter. As we reflect on... More »

Tornado Destroys Home of Doctor in Viral Photo

1-year-old was with his mother elsewhere when twister struck

(Newser) - Last week, a photo showing a doctor greeting his 1-year-old son through a glass door while on a break from treating COVID-19 patients went viral. Because of the coronavirus risk, Jared Burks saw son Zeke crawl for the first time through the glass. That door, and the rest of the... More »

Tornado Tears Through Ark. College Town

6 injured in Jonesboro, but could have been much worse if not for social distancing

(Newser) - A tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, reports the AP , leaving six people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro. The six people reported injured were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley said. The tornado did... More »

70M Americans Face Severe Weather Forecast

That could include tornadoes and hail

(Newser) - Good thing Americans have nothing else to worry about—because severe storms that might include hail and tornadoes are forecast for a good swath of the country on Saturday, CNN reports. "Over 70 million Americans face the threat of severe weather today, with the greatest threat for a significant... More »

Taylor Swift Makes Big Tennessee Move

She's donating $1M to tornado relief

(Newser) - Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to tornado relief efforts in Middle Tennessee, where deadly storms ravaged counties this week, including in Nashville, the AP reports. In an Instagram post made Thursday, Swift said “Nashville is my home.” She added that “the fact that so many people... More »

Tornado Victims Included a Young Family of 3

Names of most of those killed in Tennessee storms have been released

(Newser) - Among the victims of Tennessee's devastating tornadoes was a young family of three: Josh and Erin Kimberlin, who were in their 30s, and their toddler son Sawyer. They were among four Putnam County families that lost multiple members in the tragedy, the Tennessean reports; one of the other families... More »

Group Sues to Extend Voting in Tornado-Hit Tennessee

Storm damage closed 21 polling stations

(Newser) - Advocates have filed a lawsuit in Tennessee seeking to extend Super Tuesday voting until Friday. Hours before polls opened, tornadoes killed at least 24 people in parts of the state including Nashville. The suit filed by the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law states that storm damage affected... More »

Photos Show Devastation of Nashville Tornado

Death toll is at least 25 across the region

(Newser) - The death toll from the tornadoes that ripped through Nashville and central Tennessee overnight has jumped to at least 25, reports the AP . Of those, 16 were in Putnam County, per the Tennessean . At least two fatalities were in Nashville. The new totals came as search crews continued to comb... More »

Deadly Tornado Destroys 40 Buildings in Nashville

Multiple fatalities reported

(Newser) - Search and rescue operations are underway in Nashville and central Tennessee, where a powerful tornado—maybe two—caused fatalities and caused dozens of buildings to collapse early Tuesday, reports the AP . Police report two deaths in East Nashville, and ABC News is reporting four additional deaths—three in Putnam County... More »

Dallas Station: Sorry We Delayed Tornado Warning for Football

'We know that seconds matter'

(Newser) - A Dallas TV station has apologized for taking six minutes to decide that a tornado warning was worth interrupting coverage of the Cowboys game over. NBC affiliate KXAS issued a statement admitting that although its meteorologists were tracking thunderstorms Sunday night, they delayed breaking into programming when a tornado warning... More »

Tornado Destroys Homes, Businesses in Dallas

NWS says it touched down near Love Field Airport

(Newser) - A major search and rescue operation is underway in Dallas, where a tornado accompanied by violent thunderstorms touched down Sunday night, leaving a trail of destruction over 17 miles. Homes and businesses were destroyed and at least three people were hospitalized with storm-related injuries, the Washington Post reports. Authorities say... More »

After Vicious Storm Near Kansas City, a New Record

12th straight day that at least 8 tornadoes were reported to National Weather Service

(Newser) - A vicious storm tore through the Kansas City area Tuesday, spawning tornadoes that downed trees and power lines, damaged homes, and injured at least a dozen people in the latest barrage of severe weather that saw tornado warnings as far east as New York City, the AP reports. Parts of... More »

Tornadoes Leave Trail of Destruction Across Ohio, Indiana

Crews used snowplows to clear an Ohio highway

(Newser) - A rapid-fire line of apparent tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio overnight, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. The storms strew debris so thick that at one point, highway crews had to use snowplows to clear an interstate, the AP reports. At least half... More »

First, the Siren. Then the Calm. Then Came the Twister

At least 2 killed as tornado roars through Okla. town, leveling mobile home park, motel

(Newser) - A likely tornado killed at least two people as it destroyed a motel, roared through a mobile home park and caused significant damage in the Oklahoma City area, officials said Sunday. El Reno Mayor Matt White said that "there have been two fatalities at this point in time,"... More »

He Was Doing Laundry. Then He Dove Behind the Washers

'Violent tornado' touches down in Jefferson City, Mo.

(Newser) - A "violent tornado" touched down in Missouri's capital Wednesday, causing heavy damage, per the National Weather Service. The service reported a "confirmed large and destructive tornado" was observed over Jefferson City at 11:43pm Wednesday, moving northeast at 40mph, per the AP . Jefferson City Police Lt. David... More »

3 Dead as Strong Storms Batter Deep South Again

It's region's second outbreak of severe weather in days

(Newser) - Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. National Weather Service forecasters said they believe multiple tornadoes hit southwest and central Mississippi, although they won'... More »

Bar Owner Faults Patrons Kicked Out Amid Tornado

He says they were 'too intoxicated to understand' they were in 'danger' behind 'wall-to-wall glass'

(Newser) - The owner of a bar near Mississippi State University is defending his decision to kick out some 250 people as a tornado raged nearby . Bin 612 owner Ty Thames has weathered a storm of his own since ordering patrons out of the Starkville bar beginning around 9:45pm Saturday, as... More »

Deadly Storms Hit the South

2 children die beside their parents in Texas

(Newser) - Powerful storms that killed at least eight people, including two children, continued to move across the South on Sunday after spawning suspected tornadoes that left several people injured and multiple homes and businesses damaged or without power, the AP reports. In East Texas, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said... More »

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