Over the past few weeks, there have been several outbreaks of have impacted many areas of the country. From the Midwest to the Southeast, severe thunderstorms have produced hail, damaging winds, and have spawned deadly tornadoes. The most recent outbreak occurred this past weekend, where one storm produced a tornado that ripped across the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area, damaging the airport. St. Louis is the second city to be impacted by a tornado, as Raleigh, North Carolina was hit only 6 days earlier. The high population density of cities, along with critical infrastructure, makes them extremely vulnerable to severe storms. Here are some articles on the thunderstorms and with more severe weather predicted for this upcoming week, check back here for all the latest news: DB / GR
Updated on 5/3
Here is an update on how the current weather pattern in the South is impacting clean up efforts in the areas hardest hit by the tornadoes. Also, here is another article that contains some statistics about this historic event.
Updated on 5/2
NOAA here presents authoritative data on last week’s tornadoes in the American south.
President Obama visited the devestated areas in Alabama on Friday.
Updated on 4/29
The worse day of the ongoing severe weather was on Wednesday, April 27. Nearly 300 people are dead from storms that ripped across the South and Mid-Atlantic. Some of the hardest hit areas are in Alabama.
Here is the story from Yahoo! News.
Updated on 4/27
Here’s today’s report on the storms in Arkansas, from the front page of the New York Times. The current death toll is 12, and more than 50,000 people have no electricity. GR
Updated on 4/26 – More storms ripped through the South overnight, again producing deadly tornadoes. Forecasters are predicting another major severe weather outbreak later today
Updated on 4/24
More storms in the forecast (4/24/2011)
St. Louis Tornado (4/23/2011)
Southeastern Tornadoes (4/18/2011)