Tornado doomsday: 150 twisters drop from the skies- 329 dead


April 27, 2011TUSCALOOSA, Ala.(AP) — The death toll from severe storms that punished five Southern U.S. states jumped to a staggering 178 after Alabama canvassed its hard-hit counties for a new tally of lives lost. Alabama’s state emergency management agency said early Thursday it had confirmed 128 deaths, up from at least 61 earlier. “We expect that toll, unfortunately, to rise,” Gov. Robert Bentley told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Mississippi officials reported 32 dead in that state and Tennessee raised its report to six from one. Another 11 have been killed in Georgia and one in Virginia. The fierce storms Wednesday spawned tornadoes and winds that wiped out homes and businesses, forced a nuclear power plant to use backup generators and even prompted the evacuation of a National Weather Service office. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said it received 137 tornado reports around the regions, including 66 in Alabama and 38 in Mississippi. One of the hardest-hit areas Wednesday was Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 and home to the University of Alabama. The city’s police and other emergency services were devastated, the mayor said, and at least 15 people were killed and about 100 were in a single hospital. A massive tornado, caught on video by a news camera on a tower, barreled through the city late Wednesday afternoon, leveling it. By nightfall, the city was dark. Roads were impassable. Signs were blown down in front of restaurants, businesses were unrecognizable and sirens wailed off and on. Elsewhere, 11 people were killed in Mississippi, another 11 people were reported dead in Georgia and one person died each in Tennessee and Virginia. The storm system spread destruction from Texas to New York, where dozens of roads were flooded or washed out. –Associated Press
Update: A rare mix of factors combined to cause widespread severe weather and dozens of reported tornadoes across the southern United States Wednesday, experts said. The National Weather Service had already received more than 150 reports of tornadoes by Wednesday night, and that number appeared to be climbing rapidly. “This could be one of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in the nation’s history by the time it’s over,” CNN Meteorologist Sean Morris said. -CNN
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21 Responses to Tornado doomsday: 150 twisters drop from the skies- 329 dead

  1. Third Adam says:

    America is really under the hammer with these storms. And this is the last thing their failing economy needs is billions of dollars worth of damage on top of everything else.
    Start growing your own food people, a global famine will be here by next year.


    • Jobz says:

      Maybe with all the descruction more people can become employeed and/or the price of houses will increase. I am a bit skeptic that the end is near and even if it is people should focus on educating themselves.

      It wold be nice if eveyone was self sustaining, but such is not the way of our life and culture currently. Picking up gardening as a hobby is not a bad idea and can make some awesome fruits and vegetables. Garden fresh tomatoes are SOOO much better than the crap in the super markets.

      If there ever is a collapse of civilization perhaps it can be saved by the massive amount of knowledge on the interwebz.


  2. Paul Demorest says:

    silent so far has been the temperature readings from the Gulf of Mexico, since the Deep Water Horizon calamity reports of underwater eddys and flows being cut off from their natural migration into the Atlantic around the Florida Keys, they would have provided a conduit for some of the heat to escape, but not this year it seems, and the price to be paid may be on the ground during this early and most likely record breaking tornado season…


  3. K says:

    Global famine is already upon people in Africa, etc. I grow my own food but guess what I live in the south and now half of it’s gone because of these storms

    I put my trust in God

    God be with those suffering
    God Bless


    • J Guffey says:

      K – just wondering how your hometown faired in the storms last night.
      I am still praying for all those affected and / or still in the path of this monster.


      • K says:

        Thank you J Guffey for asking that is very kind. We had heavy flooding, some tornados touched down though not as bad as Alabama. I live in East Tn however we had horrible hail and it covered the ground like snow. Some of the worst I’ve ever seen. Damaged my crops among other things cars, parts of house. But I have my life and I am thankful. Praying for those who lost their lives.

        God Bless


  4. Jamie says:

    It has been a sleepless 2 nights here in Tennessee ( visiting sister ). Torrential rain ( nearly 13 inches in many places over a 2 day period ), strong winds, threats of tornadoes, downed trees and this morning we were awakened at 2am to a power outage. The winds that I experienced Monday night were some of the scariest I have ever witnessed.
    I don’t even want to imagine the months of May and June. My thoughts are with all at this time.


  5. Tina Marie says:

    I have family in NC,SC,and GA and I know it has been extemely hot already this year. 90’s on and off in GA since march which is hot there for that time of year. I’m constantly checking the weather channel daily worying about the storms. I lived there for many years and they pop up quickly when all the humidity builds. The water table is too high to have basements or cellars to seek shelter and it’s very scary. I hope this weather pattern doesn’t mean a bad hurricane season. @Paul. Is there any sort of link you could post for more info about what you commented on regarding the Deep Water Horizon and water currents? And @ Jamie. Thank God you and your family have been spared. Stay safe and you will all be in my prayers.


  6. Third Adam says:


    Is this the beginning of the Arc Storms we were warned about striking America?


  7. A_lad says:

    None of this weather and or Earth Changes appear to be Normal. It’s tripping me out! I feel bad for those people in Tornado Alley. These tornadoes seem angry and relentless. And to think the strange weather anamolies and the onslaught of earthquakes are the beginning of sorrows and things to come is disheartening to say the least. May God have mercy on us all.

    Doesn’t the New Madrid Fault line run through this area in the South?


  8. J Guffey says:

    I was just thinking last night how horrific and catastrophic it would be if the New Madrid fault ruptured in the midst of all else going on in these states. God help us all in the coming days, weeks, and months. Afraid it’s is going to be an unimaginable ride. Praying I am wrong.


  9. katesisco says:

    It seems to me that this tornado alley I so painstakingly drew for my cartography class has moved East, sort of like the weather northern WI used to get before it went to Buffalo.
    Is our northern hemisphere being slowed?
    If that seems like an unlikely possibility, look at a map of the Earth; consider the Equator. Does it seem like it is off in matching hemispheres? Science has admitted that the n hemisphere is not a mirror image of the s, so what caused the difference?
    Is it happening again?


  10. K says:

    I have lived in the South, East TN near the Smokey Mountains my whole life. We are used to severe storms however what we have experienced this April alone is beyond words. I have experienced some of the worst storms in the past during May so I am very anxious though I put my faith in God but I cant help but be worried. last night the sky was green and when the lightening came the sky was constantly lite up. The rain was so heavy it sounded like hail but than the hail came the size of golf balls but than turned into size of baseballs it sounds as if your house is falling down around you. Whew beyond scary the camera on the interstates showing us the live feed shook so violently it looked like a hurricane and earthquake were happening at the same time. God be with us. Oh also roads that I have never seen flood before were flooded in what seemed like mere minutes.


  11. Rob says:

    This is only the beginning of disastrous weather. It will surely get worse.


  12. Yuka says:

    wonder if this was done by HAARP. It is on The New Madrid….


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