Mother Nature continues to pile on more severe weather in what has been a particularly devastating and deadly spring in the United States. Tornadoes, hail, and damaging wind struck the central and southern U.S. yesterday killing at least 13 people.
Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma all reported loss of life and injuries from a massive series of storms that raked across a half dozen states. The storms that struck yesterday followed on the deadliest tornado in modern record-keeping history that struck Joplin, Missouri on Sunday, a twister that now has been rated an EF5. An April tornado outbreak claimed the lives of hundreds, mostly in Arkansas.
Near the town of St. John, Kansas south of Great Bend two people were killed when a tree struck their van on U.S. 281. As many as 14 tornadoes struck the state yesterday and it is believed a tornado was responsible for the deaths.
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To the south thirteen tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma and eight lives were lost including that of a child. A twister ripped across I-40 in Canadian County tossing cars and throwing victims hundreds of yards. Another tornado ripped across five counties destroying and damaging homes, particularly in El Reno and Piedmont.
Arkansas, a state still reeling from last month’s tornado outbreak, was not spared from the severe weather. Three people died as storms raked the northwestern corner of the state spawning as many as six tornadoes. A rural fire station in Franklin County had its roof torn off even as the emergency workers were trying to help others affected by the disaster.
While Texas did not see any loss of life, tornadoes and large hail wreaked havoc as storms passed through the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Businesses and homes were damaged by the storms that delayed flights into and out of Dallas Love Field and forced the delay of a baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Tornadoes continue to wreak havoc in what has become the eighth deadliest tornado season in U.S. history. The active weather pattern is expected to continue on Wednesday and shift further to the northeast. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a ‘moderate risk’ for portions of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
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