SAY A PRAYER FOR THOSE IN THE DALLAS, TEXAS AREA THAT WERE HIT WITH DEADLY TORNADOES LAST NIGHT …
Last night, tornadoes swept through the Dallas area leaving substantial damage and at least eleven people dead either from the storm or related traffic accidents. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth said several tornadoes touched down in the Dallas area, although the full extent of damage would not be known until daylight Sunday.
The storm blew the roofs off homes and left vehicles mangled or turned upside down, churches damaged, power lines down, natural gas lines burst, trees toppled and debris strewn across neighborhoods. The damage stretched over about a 40-mile-long area from 20 miles south of Dallas to northeast of the city.
Joe Harn, police spokesman for Garland, about 20 miles northeast of Dallas, said five people were killed in vehicle accidents during the massive storm, but it’s unclear if all five were in the same vehicle or how they died.
Tornado in Sunnyvale, Garland, and Rowlett, Texas
Severe storms and tornadoes tore through north Texas, killing at least 11 people in the latest incident of deadly weather in the nation.
The storms hit Dallas suburbs Saturday evening, with Garland suffering the most casualties, authorities said.
Lt. Pedro Barineau with the Garland Police Department confirmed Sunday morning that eight people died in the storm that ripped through Garland.
Barineau said 15 people were hurt and 600 structures were damaged.
Three additional deaths were reported in Collin County, said Lt. Chris Havey, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office. Havey said officials don’t expect the death toll to rise, but they are sifting through debris and making sure no victims were overlooked.
In some neighborhoods in Garland, the storms ripped facades off houses, leaving gaping holes. Cars that had been in driveways ended up inside homes after the tornado barreled through, witnesses said.
Officials said earlier that five of the deaths were related to vehicles hit by a tornado in southeast Garland.
Garland resident Pat McMillian said the tornado left neighborhoods in darkness.
At least 11 people were killed in the Dallas area Saturday night when 11 tornadoes swept North Texas, officials said.
The storm tossed cars off freeways and destroyed at least one apartment building, a recreation vehicle park and several homes across the suburbs northeast of the city, according to officials with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and the Garland Police Department. About 50,000 people were without power, officials said.
“There’s been quite an impact in damage and potentially injuries and death,” said Rich Thompson, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service’s storm prediction center in Norman, Okla.
In Rowlett, which borders Garland, at least three houses had collapsed, and the people who lived in them had not been found, said Detective Cruz Hernandez of the Rowlett Police Department.
Detective Hernandez said that the damage in Rowlett was extensive and that the police were seeking to rescue anyone trapped in their homes, although the effort was being hampered by continuing bad weather.
“We can’t get a good sense of it because it’s dark and it’s starting to rain right now,” he said.
On Sunday, Brian Funderburk, the city manager of Rowlett, said 23 people were injured when the city was directly hit by a large tornado. The city enacted a 24-hour curfew in areas affected by the storm to keep roads clear for residents and emergency operations.
At Least 7 Poeple Killed, Many Injured & Others Missing As Deadly Tornadoes Ravage the South Last Night (VIDEO)
SAY A PRAYER FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY THE KILLER TORNADO JUST DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS …
At least 7 were killed yesterday as deadly tornadoes ravaged the South from Mississippi to Arkansas to Tennessee. The severe weather caused tornadoes across the South, 12 alone were witnessed in Mississippi alone. According to reports, 24 tornadoes touched down across 6 states. As reported by ABC News, it will be a difficult Christmas for many families in the south after deadly storms and tornadoes devastated the region, especially in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where a 7 year old boy was killed. The devastation is beyond words.
The mayor of Nashville, TN had asked businesses to let employees go hoe early to avoid the bad weather. When the tornado sirens went off late last night in Music City, thankfully it was mostly deserted. However, some were forced to take cover at the last minute as the severe weather came through. The winds and rain was incredibly severe and those not directly affected by the damage left in the wake of the tornadoes themselves, others lost power, including yours truly.
Tornado caught on tape as it hits highway lined with cars
Officials in tornado-ravaged areas were searching for missing people Thursday after a spring-like storm system swept across the southeast, killing at least seven people — including a 7-year-old boy.
The storms — which the National Weather Service called a “particularly dangerous situation” for an area that spanned eastern Arkansas, northwest Mississippi, northeast Louisiana and western Tennessee — destroyed homes and caused power outages on Wednesday.
It was the first such warning anywhere in the country in a year and a half.
The youngest victim of the severe weather was a 7-year-old in Holly Springs, Mississippi, who was killed in a van on Highway 7 as storms swept through the town, according to Marshall County Coroner James Anderson. Tree limbs and debris covered the highway Thursday, and emergency crews worked to restore downed power lines.
Three people were killed and two others were missing in Benton County, Mississippi, county coroner Shane Ward said late Wednesday. The dead were two men and one woman, all approximately in their 60s. Crews were going house-to-house Thursday to make sure all residents were accounted for.
The other victims were in Tennessee and Arkansas. A man and a woman were killed in Perry County, Tennessee, but no details were made public about their deaths. In Atkins, Arkansas, 18-year-old Michael Remus was killed when a tree crashed into the bedroom she was sharing with her 18-month-old sister. The toddler was taken to a hospital after being safely pulled out of the home by rescuers.
Authorities say teams of searchers are looking for three people still missing in Mississippi after Wednesday’s tornadoes.
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said Thursday a 35-person team was out looking for the two unaccounted people in Benton County, where he said at least two people died in the storms.
Flynn said another team was searching for the missing person in Tippah County, just southeast of Benton.
Twin Tornado Touch down in Northeast Nebraska and Devastaes Town of Pilger & Stanton (Update: Two Killed Including 5 Year Old Child)
WOW … HEAVEN HELP THEM.
The National Weather Service said the two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other. Emergency crews and residents spent the evening sifting through demolished homes and businesses in the community of about 350, roughly 100 miles northwest of Omaha. At least 19 people were injured.
“More than half of the town is gone – absolutely gone,” Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt said. “The co-op is gone, the grain bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It’s a complete mess.”
Rescuers found several critically injured people near Pilger’s Main Street, including a 5-year-old who died after being taken to the hospital. Another fatality was confirmed in Cuming County about four miles east of Pilger, he added in a statement. Further details were not immediately available.
Faith Regional Health Services said it had 16 people in critical condition. Three of the injured were taken to Providence Hospital in Wayne. Two were treated and released for lacerations while the third remained under observation in stable condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Sandy Bartling.
“This is a significant storm, and one that I have never seen the likes of, ever. Really,” said Greg Postel, a severe weather specialist for The Weather Channel.
Volatile Storms Throughout the Midwest, Plains, Mississippi Valley and Deep South … Two Killed by Tornado in Quapaw, Oklahoma (Update: 10 Dead in Arkansas)(Update: Death Toll Rises to 18)
TERRIBLE WEATHER HITS THE HEARTLAND … BE CAREFUL, TAKE SHELTER, BE SAFE.
A tornado killed two people in the small northeastern Oklahoma town of Quapaw on Sunday. The deadly tornado struck Quapaw, which is near Oklahoma’s borders with Kansas and Missouri, at around 5:30 p.m. Six people were treated at the emergency room at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in nearby Miami after the storm. There are reports that several homes have been hit in that community.
A tornado also has caused “significant” damage in Baxter Springs, Kan., according to Gary Allen, a former Baxter Springs council member who also worked for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department. He said the tornado came into the city from the southwest and cut diagonally through the community. “There is significant damage to a lot of houses,” he said.
Sunday was the third anniversary of a 226-tornado day, which struck parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia and killed 316 people.
More video from CNN of tornadoes that touched down near Baxter Springs.
UPDATE I: Tornado on the ground in Linn County, Kansas.
Officials in the southeast Kansas town of Baxter Springs report several people injured by a tornado that also caused extensive property damage.
About 75 miles north, Linn County emergency manager Douglas Barlet said some barns and outbuildings were destroyed but no one was injured when at least one tornado struck late Sunday afternoon near the Missouri border.
UPDATE II: The risk of tornadoes continues on Monday and Tuesday, although the likelihood of strong twisters gradually lessens, according to forecasters. On Tuesday, however, the tornado risk moves as far east as the Carolinas and the western part of the Florida Panhandle, according to Weather.com.
UPDATE III: Twisters kill at least 10 in Arkansas.
Fierce storms spawned deadly tornadoes across the south and central U.S. on Sunday, leaving at least 10 dead in Arkansas and leaving a long trail of debris.
Sheriff Andy Shock of Faulkner County, Ark., said at least six people in the county were killed, KTHV-TV in Little Rock reported. “It’s just devastating,” Shock said, adding that he expects the number to rise.
Brandon Morris with the state Department of Emergency Management said one person is confirmed dead in White County, Ark., the television station reported. The twister carved a 30-mile trail of damage, and tens of thousands in central Arkansas were without power.
Video from CNN affiliate KARK showed a decimated building in Mayflower, AR surrounded by scattered debris and emergency vehicles.
Tornadoes tore through several states Sunday evening as severe weather slammed into parts of the central United States.
Authorities confirmed at least nine fatalities: eight in Arkansas and one in Oklahoma.
Damage is “widespread” after a tornado hit Mayflower, Arkansas, and there are numerous reports of injuries, said Matt DeCample, a spokesman for the state’s governor.
VIDEO of tornado in Mayflower/Vilonia, AR from car view
Tornado destruction in Mayflower, AR
Drone aerial view of damage and destruction in Mayflower, AR
UPDATE IV: Monday and Tuesday Forecast from The Weather Channel.
Threat area: Severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak continues in the regions illustrated in red within the inset map (right). This includes parts of the Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley and the South. Hazards: Damaging winds, large hail and multiple tornadoes possible. Some tornadoes could be strong (EF2 or higher rating). Excessive rainfall could trigger flash flooding.Maximum TOR:CON: 7 in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.Cities: Memphis, Tenn. | Nashville, Tenn. | Jackson, Miss. | Birmingham, Ala. | Louisville, Ky.
Threat area: Severe thunderstorm and tornado outbreak possible in the regions illustrated in red within the inset map (right). This includes locations from the South to the Ohio Valley and southern Great Lakes.
Hazards: Damaging wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes possible. In addition, heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding.
Maximum TOR:CON: 5 in parts of the Southeast
Cities: Atlanta | Nashville | Birmingham, Ala. | Louisville, Ky
At least 18 people were killed Sunday by three separate tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system that moved through the central and southern United States.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed early Monday that at least sixteen people had died after a tornado tore through central Arkansas, while an Oklahoma county sheriff’s dispatcher reported that one person had died in the town of Quapaw, near the state’s borders with Kansas and Missouri. Fox News has also confirmed that one person died when a tornado hit Keokuk County, Iowa.
Five Tornadoes Tear Through Oklahoma City Area … 12 Tornadoes hit Midwest, Missouri, Illinois & St. Louis Area
Series of tornadoes tear through Oklahoma city area killing 5 people and injuring many. The twisters turned the area in to a ‘war zone’. A total of 12 tornadoes hit the Midwest including, Missouri and Illinois around St. Louis, where numerous homes were damaged. The storm brought heavy winds, rain, death and destruction.
The scale of the destruction wrought by five tornadoes that plowed through the Oklahoma City area became apparent in the light of day Saturday.
Friday evening’s twisters killed at least five people and injured scores more, less than two weeks after a monstrous tornado made rubble of the town of Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.
“There’s just no rest,” said city spokeswoman Kristy Yager.
In all, 17 tornadoes were reported in the Midwest. The number was expected to change when officials conduct storm surveys, said Kurt Van Speybroeck, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service
More from News 9 in Oklahoma.
Dawn revealed the destruction of a deadly swarm of twisters that struck shell-shocked Oklahoma late Friday amid new fears about “life-threatening” flash floods.
Five tornadoes — one a half-mile wide — ripped into the Oklahoma City area Friday evening, killing a mother, her baby and at least three other people.
All five people killed were in vehicles and may have been trying to flee as dark clouds gathered and warning sirens wailed, authorities said.
tornado touch down in El Reno, Oklahoma
Are You Kidding Me!!! The Consoler in Chief Barack Obama … “We’ll Be There for Folks of ‘Monroe’ Oklahoma”
Because the Consoler in Chief cares so much for those “RED” States …
Yesterday, while trying to hide from the three scandals that plague his presidency, at a speech in New Jersey (photo-op), President Barack Obama told a New Jersey crowd that the government would be there for the “folks in Monroe, Oklahoma after the devastation of last week.” His exact words were, “We’ll Be There for Folks of Monroe, Oklahoma.” How nice that he would remember the people of Monroe, OK, just two days after he visited the disastrous devastation following the tornadoes that ripped through leaving death and destruction in its wake. WHAT? Wait a minute, did Obama say MONROE? You mean Monroe, OK was hit by an F5 tornado too?
Obama, the Consoler in Chief who pretends to care actually got the city wrong. ITS MOORE, OKLAHOMA YOU IDIOT!!! How on Earth, just two days after you visited MOORE, OK do you forget the name of the town that was just devastated by an F5 tornado? Seriously, do you care so little? Did it have so little of an impact on you that it took you just two days to forget? I mean really, you can see that Obama is using teleprompters which means he is looking at the words Moore, Oklahoma and still saying Monroe. UNREAL!!!
“We’ll Be There for Folks of ‘Monroe’ Oklahoma”
Hat Tip: The Gateway Pundit
President Obama said the government would be there for the “folks in Monroe, Oklahoma after the devastation of last week” during his address on the Jersey Shore Tuesday afternoon, making him the second Democrat Tuesday to call Moore, the city crushed by a tornado May 20, by the same incorrect name.
Monsterous Tornado Hits Oklahoma City Suburbs, Neighborhoods in Moore, OK Devastated, Many Injured and Dead (Update: 24 Children Believed Dead in School)
Devastation, Disaster and Death as massive tornado hits Oklahoma …
The National Weather Service issued an initial finding that the tornado was an EF-4. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin deployed 80 National Guard members to assist with search-and-rescue operations and activated extra highway patrol officers. Neighborhoods were completely flattened. Oh dear God, an Elementary School was destroyed and it is believed that 24 children have died.
UPDATE I: Rescue workers raced against time and the oncoming night Monday looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and killing at least 37 people.
UPDATE II: Efforts switch to recovery at Moore, Okla. elementary school. Sadly, the rescue efforts have turned to a recovery.
CBS News, Examiner: 37 People Dead, Death Toll Expected To Rise.
At least 37 people were reported killed.
KFOR-TV reports that up to 24 children are believed dead at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore and that it has turned into a search and recovery effort. The storm tore off the roof, knocked down walls and turned the playground into a mass of twisted plastic and metal. Several children were pulled alive from the rubble, however. Rescue workers passed the survivors down a human chain to a triage center in the parking lot.
At least seven of the children drowned after being found at the bottom of a pool at Plaza Towers, according to KFOR
VIDEO OF THE DEVASTATION
TORNADO TOUCHES DOWN
Three massive tornadoes hit North Texas …
Six are confirmed dead, hundreds were injured, dozens were treated at local hospitals and at least twelve individuals are missing after multiple, massive tornadoes hit the town of Granbury, Texas. Hundreds of homes were damaged as a result of the tornado, included many completely flattened.As reported, the tornado was part of a massive system of severe thunderstorms that spawned several tornadoes across North Texas, dropping large hail stones in some areas. The National Weather Service estimates that 10 tornadoes may have touched down. The tornadoes also did extensive damage in the cities of Cleburne and Ennis.
Say a prayer for those affected.
Destructive Tornado near Millsap, TX
At least six people were confirmed dead, 14 more missing and extensive damage reported after as many as three tornadoes slammed into the lakefront town of Granbury on Wednesday evening, flattening homes and buildings and tossing vehicles like toys.
Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said that 28 people were treated at a local hospital, and as many as 100 others were injured. Sixteen of those hurt, including two children, had to be transported to Fort Worth hospitals for treatment. Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth received eight people from Granbury, with two in critical condition and one in serious condition as of Thursday morning.
More than 250 people were evacuated from the heavily damaged Rancho Brazos neighborhood, southeast of Granbury, according to Deeds.
VIDEO of damage caused from Tornadoes.
Death and destruction in Hood County, TX
Tornado Touches Down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Damage including at the University of Southern Mississippi (VIDEO)
TORNADO TOUCHES DOWN IN HATTISBURG, MS …
The National Weather Service is stating that emergency officials are reporting that a large tornado hit Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Forrest County Fire Coordinator Chip Brown says there is major damage in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. So far it has been reported that there is wide spread damage and at least 3 people have been injured. The National Weather Service meteorologist Joanne Culin says there have also been reports of injuries in Marion County. Robert Latham, director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency stated that there were reports of significant damage in Hattiesburg, where the tornado touched down. The city is home to the University of Southern Mississippi.
YouTube Video: Rynal Grant
As the storm system moved east, tornado warnings remained in effect for parts of southeastern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama.
Pictures of tornado and damage can be seen HERE on Twitter.
UPDATE I: More VIDEO of the tornado touchdown in Hattiesburg, MS.
UPDATE II: Officials state that major damage to several buildings including those located on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
The university released a statement saying that several buildings had been damaged but that no injuries were reported. Campus police have declared a state of emergency and asked anyone not on campus to stay away.
Video by CBS affiliate WHLT-TV shows the heavy damage to the university, including busted windows, wood panels strewn on the lawn and fallen fences.
The storm overturned and damaged vehicles and threw debris around parts of the campus.
Life Threatening Tornado Outbreak Across Mid-West & Plains … Storm Hits Iowa Hospital; Tornado Warning for Wichita, KS (UPDATE: 5 Dead in OK)
According to AccuWeather.com, a life-threatening situation will continue into tonight across the central and southern Plains as tornadic-thunderstorms strike the region. Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams stated, “The risk is about as high as it gets.” Please take these warnings seriously and take shelter if you are in the areas of this sever weather.
National Weather Service “dangerous situation” and “life threatening situation” continues across the Plains and Mid-West.
A possible tornado struck a hospital Saturday evening in Creston, Iowa, according to a dispatcher with the Union County Sheriff’s Department. A search-and-rescue operation was under way.
“We have been hit. We are triaging and moving patients,” a spokeswoman at Greater Regional Medical Center in the south-central Iowa city confirmed.
Severe Weather and Flash Flood Warnings for NE, TX, IA, KS
UPDATE I: From the Des Moines Register: Creston hospital being evacuated after storm; 22,000 lack power in central Iowa
UPDATE II: 5 dead, 29 injured in Oklahoma.
Tornadoes raking communities across the Midwest and Plains left five people dead and at least 29 injured in Oklahoma, damaging a hospital, homes and other buildings as a vast severe weather front plunged eastward Sunday across the nation’s midsection.
Oklahoma emergency officials said five people died after a tornado touched down at 12:18 a.m. Sunday in and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward, the high winds damaging homes, toppling trees …