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.
March 11, 1998 |
Peach growers and other farmers deployed field heaters in a desperate effort to save their crops from a wave of arctic air washing across the snow-covered Midwest and into the South. Thousands of people still had no electricity in the Midwest, and Indiana sent helicopters searching for snowbound travelers. Flooding had chased about 7,000 people from their homes in the South. Record low temperatures included 9 below zero at Hastings, Neb.
March 9, 1998 |
Wind-driven snow that paralyzed travel across the Midwest on Sunday was blamed for two traffic deaths, while six people lost their lives and 2,000 were forced from their homes by storms and flooding in the South. More than a foot of snow fell across the central Plains and Midwest, filling roadside motels with idled motorists and stranding others in their cars. In Elba, Ala., a creek swollen by four days of rain burst a levee, forcing about 2,000 people to flee.
March 3, 1997 |
Nicholas Word was standing on his front porch when the tornado struck, smashing his tiny wood-frame house off its foundation and hurling him and the wreckage into his neighbor's yard. "When I woke up, there was just rubble--rubble and fog," Word said Sunday amid the devastation of Saturday's killer storms. "All I can tell you is, it's the worst sound that you'd ever want to hear in your life. But I guess I cheated death."
March 2, 1997 |
Tornadoes and spring-like thunderstorms swept across Arkansas and four other states Saturday, flattening buildings, sweeping away mobile homes and flooding whole subdivisions. As many as 27 people were killed and more than 200 were injured. Arkansas suffered the largest number of fatalities, at least 20. "It's horrible. The whole downtown is gone," said Jeremy Cox of Arkadelphia in central Arkansas.
February 22, 1997 |
A band of powerful thunderstorms, high winds and heavy rains rolled through several states Friday, killing a couple in Kentucky a day after claiming nine lives in other areas. Severe thunderstorm warnings were posted from eastern Tennessee to southeastern Alabama. Showers also fell from eastern Kansas to waterlogged Michigan, where flood warnings were posted on the Lower Peninsula. In eastern Kentucky, a couple was killed when a storm toppled a tree onto their car.
September 4, 1996 |
Hurricane Fran roared along at 115 mph Tuesday night and its winds were expected to get even stronger as it aimed to make landfall somewhere in Georgia or South Carolina Thursday night. "Our best guess does have it making landfall anywhere between Savannah and Hilton Head," said James-Lewis Free, a research scientist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Fran was forecast to strengthen further into a deadly category 4 hurricane several hours before reaching land late Thursday, Free said.
July 11, 1996 |
Hundreds of thousands of coastal residents from Florida to North Carolina moved inland Wednesday while forecasters puzzled over the eventual path of Hurricane Bertha, which was slow dancing northward off the Eastern Seaboard. A long-anticipated turn to the north seemed to steer Bertha and its 100-mph winds away from Florida, but forecasters warned that the South Carolina shore, North Carolina's Outer Banks and other barrier islands could be in danger by today or Friday.
April 17, 1994 |
Robert Williams told his flock to bring lawn chairs to today's service: He'll be holding it in the parking lot. A tornado ripped through the Community Baptist Church on Friday, smashing pews and scattering hymnals and Bibles across the field next door. Williams, assistant pastor at the church, wasn't complaining. "It's really just a building, it can be replaced. People can't," he said. The twister left one woman dead and at least 16 other people injured.
March 28, 1994 |
A series of powerful thunderstorms tore across the South on Palm Sunday, killing at least 36 people, including 18 who died because a tornado knocked down the roof of a crowded church. The tornado hit the Goshen Methodist Church near Piedmont, Ala., about 11:30 a.m., toppling a brick wall onto a pew of children waiting to sing in a Palm Sunday pageant. About 90 people were injured, officials said. "One man ran down the aisle yelling: 'Get on the floor!'