June 12, 1989
Late spring was anything but mild in the southwestern plains as the area was pounded by tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and golf-ball-size hail. A tornado swept through a truck stop in Clinton, Ark., leveling the Country Kitchen restaurant. Six people were treated at a Clinton hospital. Twisters touched down near Pandora, Langtry and San Antonio, Tex., damaging several buildings and a mobile home. Winds threw a storage shed 100 yards, while a tree snapped in San Antonio and fell on a home.
May 4, 2008 |
Smoke rose from burning heaps of wreckage Saturday as residents of rural Arkansas cleaned up what was left of their homes after deadly tornadoes scoured a state that has been plagued by severe weather this year. All that remained of Shelia Massey's home were a chimney, a bathroom wall and a bathtub that was her storm shelter. "God's hand came down and held us there while the rest of the house just blew away," said Massey, 54. "That's all there was to it. The Lord held us there." The storms killed seven people in Arkansas, authorities said Saturday, revising a toll of eight reported the night before.
May 7, 1989 |
Wind-driven rain and more tornadoes lashed North Carolina on Saturday as stunned residents throughout the Southeast picked up the pieces from an earlier storm that left at least 21 people dead and hundreds homeless. One child was seriously injured when a tornado touched down in Rockingham County, N.C., but for the most part the latest storms did not measure up to the intensity of those the day before. Seventy-five thousand customers of Duke Power Co. remained without power, and company officials said it might be Monday before service was restored.
July 29, 1994 |
A tornado plowed through two suburban areas of Philadelphia, killing three people and injuring more than 30 others, authorities said. At least 15 homes were destroyed and 15 heavily damaged when the storm struck a housing development in Limerick Township, about 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia, just before midnight Wednesday, officials said. Seven other homes were severely damaged in neighboring Chester County, where the storm hit first.
April 3, 2012 |
Multiple tornadoes ripped through the Dallas-Fort Worth area Tuesday, with two major twisters damaging hundreds of homes and causing numerous injuries, some critical. The mayor of Lancaster, Texas, a suburb about 15 miles south of Dallas, saw one of the twisters approach. “I was leaving a meeting here in town and heard the tornado sirens go off,” said Mayor Marcus Knight at a news conference, adding that he watched the tornado bear down on the area before arriving at City Hall.
March 1, 2012 |
As clean-up from deadly tornadoes in the Midwest and South continued Thursday, a second storm system that could generate more twisters in the same hard-hit areas is predicted to hit overnight. According to the latest projections by the National Weather Service, more storms are expected to move into the region, including southern Illinois, beginning after midnight Thursday and continuing through Friday. The severe storms will bring rain and hail and the weather service warned of chances of more tornadoes.