June 3, 2011 |
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.
July 25, 2010 |
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...
August 8, 1987 |
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.
June 25, 2003 |
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.
May 25, 2008 |
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.
December 25, 1997 |
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.
April 19, 1998 |
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.
April 24, 2000 |
Several tornadoes toppled trees and utility poles and damaged numerous structures in northwest Louisiana--critically injuring a woman whose house collapsed, authorities said. Five injuries--four of them minor--were reported in a residential neighborhood south of Shreveport, where one funnel cloud reportedly hit, Caddo Parish Sheriff's spokesman Edward Vailes said.
March 4, 2007 |
President Bush handed out hugs to people in Alabama and Georgia who survived killer tornadoes, and he mourned the 20, including eight high school students, who died. "Out of this rubble will emerge a better tomorrow," Bush said. He climbed over piles of concrete, insulation, broken glass and textbooks at the shattered high school in Enterprise, Ala. Be strong and set an example for the other 1,200 students, he told the student government president and three others.
February 25, 1998 |
Rescuers with dogs searched the piney woods near a tornado-devastated campground Tuesday for possible victims of a swarm of tornadoes that strafed central Florida. The death toll was 39 from the twisters, the state's deadliest on record. Three people were missing late Tuesday. Three others listed as missing from the campground were found alive at a hospital.