November 17, 2013 |
Tornadoes destroyed buildings and threatened residents in northern Illinois on Sunday after an unusually strong November storm began to sweep through the Midwest. Photos from witnesses showed shredded homes in Washington, Ill., about 10 miles east of Peoria, as a line of late-autumn storms brought tornado warnings from northern Illinois down to southeast Missouri. There was no immediate information available from emergency officials about the extent of the damage or whether anyone was hurt.
June 8, 2013 |
With tornadoes, advance warning comes down to minutes. In Moore, Okla., on May 20, it was 16 minutes. In Newcastle, to the southwest, near the spot where the deadly mile-wide tornado that killed 24 people first formed, it was five minutes. Tornadoes used to strike without any warning. Since the 1970s, meteorologists have worked to bring the average warning time up to 13 minutes. A combination of weather balloons, radar and on-the-ground observations form the core of today's forecasting technology.
May 31, 2013 |
A tornado emergency warning has been lifted for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, but the region braced for flooding brought on by pounding rain. At least two deaths have been reported. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph told the Associated Press that troopers found the bodies of a woman and an infant near their vehicle. Multiple twisters touched down in the area around Oklahoma City, according to the National Weather Service. Though the tornado warning has expired, a flash-flood warning remained in effect Friday night because of rising waters caused by heavy rainfall. Flooding and downed power lines led state police and transportation officials to issue advisories against all travel in the metropolitan area.
May 20, 2013 |
A mile-wide tornado slammed into Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, leveling neighborhoods, starting fires and causing, as one storm chaser put it, "total destruction. " [Update, 5:29 p.m. May 20: Oklahoma authorities said at least 37 people were killed in the tornado, and that the number would rise. Hospitals were treating scores of casualties, including children.] Two elementary schools were destroyed, and an untold number of homes and businesses sustained heavy damage near the cities of Moore, Newcastle and Oklahoma City.
April 28, 2012 |
A sudden, severe storm that swept through St. Louis on Saturday collapsed a large sports bar tent outside Busch Stadium, leaving one person dead and more than 100 injured. The person who died apparently suffered a heart attack, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . Seventeen of those injured were taken to a hospital, including the man who had the heart attack; four people sustained critical injuries, the paper said. The tent had been set up as a beer garden next to Kilroy's Sports Bar, and a few hundred fans had gathered there to celebrate the St. Louis Cardinals' win over the Milwaukee Brewers earlier in the day, the Associated Press reported . The incident happened about 3:50 p.m., about an hour after the baseball game had ended.
May 26, 2011 |
The violent tornado that ravaged Joplin, Mo., killing at least 117, had hospital employees rushing to transport patients to safety at the last few minutes and forced others into refrigerators for shelter. There was 20 minutes of advance warning provided by the emergency sirens, so why did some appear to be caught off-guard? While Hollywood’s portrayals of humans warned of impending natural disasters tend to show chaos and panic, scientists say that in real life, people tend to express disbelief instead.