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May 14, 2003 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
Braving a driving rainstorm and accompanying thunder and lightning, President Bush visited the tornado-ravaged town of Pierce City on Tuesday to talk with residents and survey the damage. He promised to expedite assistance to the southwestern Missouri community after some residents complained of slow government action. "We will do everything we can to get you ... what you're owed," Bush told several hundred people who gathered at St.
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NATIONAL
March 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A 90-year-old woman whose mobile home was flattened when tornadoes swept through the state over the weekend has died of her injuries, becoming the storm's only known fatality. The tornadoes damaged more than 500 homes in the Clovis area near the Texas border where Heleneta Blevins lived.
NATIONAL
July 25, 2010 | Tribune Newspapers news services and staff
Powerful storms unleashed tornadoes and flooding across the Midwest on Saturday and forced the evacuation of a small Iowa town after a major break in a nearby dam. Hopkinton, a town of about 640 in northeastern Iowa, was evacuated as 10 inches of rain in 12 hours swelled the Maquoketa River and caused the failure of the Lake Delhi dam. "We're talking about a catastrophic break in the dam, which has never happened before," Iowa Gov. Chet...
NATIONAL
June 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Tornadoes and severe storms leveled buildings and caused at least some injuries. In Minnesota, a tornado hit Buffalo Lake, and a dispatcher with the Renville County Sheriff's Department said there were minor injuries. The town of Manchester, S.D., was "virtually leveled," said a spokesman for Gov. Mike Rounds. No injuries were reported.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A slow-moving storm packing tornadoes and hail battered rural Oklahoma, tearing up trees and destroying three barns at a hog farm near Lacey in Kingfisher County, northwest of Oklahoma City. No injuries were reported at the farm. Most of its 3,900 pigs, housed in crates, were also unhurt.
NATIONAL
June 3, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
This isn't Missouri, where TV news stations show the wreckage left by the tornado that roared through Joplin. It isn't Alabama, where a deadly twister tore through Tuscaloosa five weeks ago. But it might as well have been for Mary Talley, who watched in agony Thursday as her family's home was laid bare for all to see, from the laundry basket in the bedroom to her son's black pastoral robe. Few of the stunned onlookers snapping pictures of the spectacle took notice of Talley, leaving the tiny 73-year-old woman with a cane to quietly grieve for the yellow house that was reduced to ruins by a tornado that left a swath of Massachusetts in shambles.
NEWS
August 8, 1987 | United Press International
Winds that leveled 15,000 acres of timber high in the mountains of northwest Wyoming were caused by a rare high-altitude tornado, a leading researcher says. "This is the highest-elevation tornado, probably, in history," Theodore Fujita of the University of Chicago said Thursday. Fujita, widely known in the scientific community for developing the tornado-measuring scale that bears his name, made the remark after examining photographs taken by staff members he sent to survey the destruction.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Tornadoes tore through New Orleans neighborhoods that had been hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, collapsing at least one previously damaged house and battering the airport, authorities said. Roofs were ripped off, utility poles came down and a radio tower fell near a major thoroughfare, but no serious injuries were reported.
NEWS
December 25, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Tornadoes hopscotched through southeast Alabama, slightly injuring five trailer-park residents and scattering brightly wrapped Christmas gifts over a wide area. A spokesman for the Houston County Emergency Management Agency said some of the victims were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and released. "Broken bones were the worst thing," spokesman Shelby Womack said.
NEWS
April 19, 1998 | From Associated Press
Heavy rain on Saturday added to the misery of people trying to clear away the wreckage left by tornadoes that bounced across the state last week. A flash flood watch was posted for 80 of Tennessee's 95 counties Saturday and no letup in the rain was likely before Monday, said Jim Cannon, spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. "You can't clean up in a torrential downpour, so this is definitely going to slow down recovery," Cannon said.
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