January 23, 1999 |
Tornadoes ripped through the South for the second time this week, killing eight people, wrecking historic neighborhoods and leaving more than 100,000 homes without power in Arkansas and Tennessee. One of Little Rock's oldest areas, the 100-year-old Quapaw Quarter, was sliced in half by a twister that killed three people Thursday night. A tornado also hit the historic district of Clarksville, Tenn., early Friday, leaving gaping holes in buildings, including the 121-year-old courthouse.
April 18, 1998 |
People searched through debris and counted the cost Friday of tornadoes and storms that savaged Nashville and a series of Southern states, killing at least 11 people. Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen was stunned by the damage he saw during an aerial tour. He was even more astounded that nobody was killed by the two tornadoes that ripped through the city the day before.
April 17, 1998 |
Tornadoes swept across parts of the South on Thursday, ripping off roofs in downtown Nashville and splintering mobile homes in rural areas. At least 10 people were killed in the storms. No deaths were reported in Nashville, but heavy damage to buildings forced police to patrol downtown to prevent looting. Four people, including a young brother and sister, were killed before dawn by tornadoes in rural parts of Arkansas and Tennessee.
April 12, 1998 |
David Helms buried his wife and two sons Saturday, the first of many funerals set for tornado-ravaged communities in Alabama trying to rebuild and hold on to hope at Easter. A day normally filled with talk of revival instead offered the funeral as a reminder of the Wednesday night tornadoes that blasted through the South, leaving 40 dead: 33 in Alabama, one in North Carolina, one in Mississippi and at least five in Georgia. Hundreds more were injured.
April 11, 1998 |
A volunteer firefighter stood stoically as Vice President Al Gore lamented the destruction of a tornado and related storms that killed 40 people in four Southern states. But as Gore's wife, Tipper, extended a hand and a pat on the arm, tears welled in the eyes of Richie Miller, whose home was blown away, and he couldn't say a word. Later, he said: "There's just nothing left." Most of the 33 people killed Wednesday in Alabama were in Jefferson County, around Birmingham.
April 10, 1998 |
A huge chain of twilight tornadoes whirled and churned across the Deep South, leaving at least 40 dead, hundreds injured and thousands of homes damaged, ruined or simply vanished. Despite hours of warning, many residents in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi were caught defenseless Wednesday evening against the uncommonly punishing storms. Some victims were sucked from storm cellars and emergency shelters and whisked through the air.