On Saturday, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said 39 people were confirmed dead in the city and 454 people were reported as missing, though that number may include multiple reports on the same person. About 30,000 people remained without power. Recovery teams will resume their work, he said.
Tornadoes and violent storms ripped through seven southern U.S. states, killing at least 350 people as they flattened neighborhoods, flipped cars and toppled trees and power lines. In the deadliest series of tornadoes in nearly four decades in the United States, 260 people were killed in Alabama, the worst-hit state which suffered "massive destruction of property," Governor Robert Bentley said on Thursday. ... Full Story »
Many are still without power and have been left without clean drinking water. ABC Newsreported:
Alabama, which was hit the hardest by the storms, has reported at least 249 deaths as of Saturday. More than 1,700 people in the state were injured by the storm. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people of this state," Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley told reporters on Saturday. Bentley declared Sunday as a day of prayer across Alabama.
The storms have destroyed or damaged power plants, power lines, gas stations and water supplies, leaving more than 1 million people without electricity. Thousands are homeless or without fuel or safe drinking water. Three nuclear power plants have shut down and are offline.
President Obama and the first lady toured the disaster area Friday in hard-hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., where 36 or more are dead. Eastern Tuscaloosa is running out of water. The mayor's office has ordered residents to conserve and to boil their tap water before drinking it until the city's water pressure can be fully restored.
According to FEMA, top Obama Administration officials who are scheduled to visit Alabama and Mississippi on Sunday include Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.
Some 211 tornadoes have been estimated to have hit the region within a span of hours on Wednesday afternoon, including one in Smithville, Mississippi that has been preliminarily categorized as an EF-5. An EF-5 tornado is the highest classification for a tornado, and the one that went through Smithville is estimated to have packed winds peeds of over 200 miles per hour.
At least 15 people were killed and more than 100 injured as severe weather barreled through Tuscaloosa Wednesday afternoon, and that total is expected to grow as rescuers continue to dig the city out of the rubble today.Tuscaloosa digs out of rubble; survivors count blessings
by dutchsinse on Apr 26, 2011
Watertown, Martinsburg New York, within 24-48 hours from now.. tornados and severe weather will hit the center of the ring area.
Harper Kansas .. no pun intended on HAARP play on words... in Kansas at I-35 east of Caldwell .. at the state line exactly = tornado or VERY severe weather after this current storm blows through.. in 24-48 hours from now.
Dallas Texas, severe weather up to and including tornados after this current storm system blows through, within the next 24-48 hours.... to the NORTH of Dallas in between Denton and Ardmore TX.
Childersberg Mississippi, severe weather up to and including tornados within the next 24-48 hours AFTER this current system blows through..
Carthage and Philadelphia Mississippi as well.
Alexandria Louisiana, north to Ball Louisiana, tornados and severe weather within 24-48 hours AFTER this current storm blows through .. another system will come right to the center of all these named towns.
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