Springs storms wreak havoc in U.S. South and Midwest: 3 dead

April 13, 2013JACKSON, Miss.A powerful spring storm unleashed tornadoes and winds strong enough to peel the roofs from homes in the Deep South and heaped snow and ice on the Midwest, killing three people and leaving thousands without power. The Meridan Star, Paula Merritt Emergency personnel carry away the body of a person killed by a tornado Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Kemper County, Miss. The victim was working inside a structure that is part of the Mississppi Power Lignite Coal Plant when the tornado ripped through the community. A strong spring storm that socked the Midwest with ice and heavy, wet snow made its way east, raking the South with tornadoes Thursday, with three deaths blamed on the rough weather and thousands of people without power.  The National Weather Service confirmed Friday that the storm system spawned 12 tornadoes in six states in recent days. Forecasters said they had confirmed three tornadoes each in Missouri, Arkansas and Alabama; and one each in Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia. Emergency officials said one person was killed by a tornado in Mississippi on Thursday. In Missouri, a utility worker repairing power lines was electrocuted, and a woman in Nebraska died when she tried to trudge through a blinding snowstorm from her broken-down car to her house a mile away. Golf-ball and baseball-sized hail pelted parts of Georgia and the Carolinas late Thursday and early Friday. The second day of play at the Masters at Augusta National in eastern Georgia began as scheduled Friday morning, though, and skies had cleared by the afternoon. The course was a bit wet but otherwise undamaged. High winds knocked down trees and power lines across the Southeast. Sleet and freezing rain made driving treacherous in northern New York, where several schools closed Friday and scores of others delayed the start of classes. and more wintry weather was on the way for the nation’s northern tier. The weather service was predicting that another storm system would hit the north-central U.S. starting Saturday afternoon, potentially bringing 6 to 12 inches of snow to parts of eastern Montana, much of North Dakota, northern South Dakota and northern Minnesota. In Mississippi, Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said that one person died and 10 people were injured after a tornado struck Kemper County in the far-eastern part of the state on Thursday. Authorities said the man was killed when the tornado ripped apart a business. The National Weather Service said Friday that that tornado was a category EF-3 storm, with winds of 145 mph.  –Kansas City
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3 Responses to Springs storms wreak havoc in U.S. South and Midwest: 3 dead

  1. Doctor Phill says:

    Thoughts and prayers going out to all those effected by such tragic weather conditions. Be strong and work together to get through this… ::((

    Much love to you all
    From New Zealand

  2. Will says:

    My home was hit by the tornado in missouri last Thursday. I always wondered what it would feel like in the path of a tornado. It happened so fast. I was watching the storm out of my window and it was just windy with heavy rain. Then within an instant the 100+mph wind came. I grabbed my dog and ran downstairs. By the time I hit the last step I could feel the house coming apart. It passed in about 20 seconds and took part of the house down with it. It was an ef2, I couldn’t imagine being in a 3, 4 or 5. I’m just very thankful to be here to write this.

    Alvin. I’ve been reading this site everyday for a couple years. I would be lost without it now. Thank you so much for all your hard work and keeping us informed. Much appreciated

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