Monthly Archives: April 2014

UPDATE :Rains Too Much Even For Weather-Toughened Gulf Coast

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From building-crushing hurricanes to killer sinkholes, Gulf Coast residents have seen a lot. But even these battle-tested veterans of the weather wars are marveling at torrential rains that washed out bridges and roads, sent chest-high water into homes and forced major military bases to shut…

From building-crushing hurricanes to killer sinkholes, Gulf Coast residents have seen a lot. But even these battle-tested veterans of the weather wars are marveling at torrential rains that washed out bridges and roads, sent chest-high water into homes and forced major military bases to shut down Wednesday.

“We’ve seen flooding before, but never flooding that washes the back of a house away,” said CNN iReporter Matt Raybourn of Pensacola, Florida. “There are no words for what we are seeing here.&#8221 Continue reading

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‘Shipwreck’ Is Actually Rare Tar Volcanoes

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Scientists searching for shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico found something a lot stranger last week: a pair of rare “tar volcanoes” spouting asphalt. The formations, the first of their kind to be found in the northern Gulf, left behind solidified eruptions that scientists nicknamed…

Scientists searching for shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico found something a lot stranger last week: a pair of rare “tar volcanoes” spouting asphalt. The formations, the first of their kind to be found in the northern Gulf, left behind solidified eruptions that scientists nicknamed tar lilies because the eruptions resemble petals.

“It’s kind of like Play-Doh being pushed through a mold,” one researcher explains to the Houston Chronicle. “As [the hot asphalt] came out it hit cold water, probably quite ra Continue reading

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UPDATE :Arkansas, Oklahoma Survey Tornado Damage

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VILONIA, Ark.—Almost three years to the day after this town was devastated by a tornado, emergency officials on Monday were once again combing through debris for survivors after another potent storm system killed at least 17 people in the central and southern U.S.
The system spawned multiple t…

VILONIA, Ark.—Almost three years to the day after this town was devastated by a tornado, emergency officials on Monday were once again combing through debris for survivors after another potent storm system killed at least 17 people in the central and southern U.S.

The system spawned multiple twisters, including a tornado outbreak that roared through central Arkansas on Sunday evening, touching down around 7 p.m. local time and lashing the cities of Mayflower and Vilonia as it traveled just northeast of Little Rock, the stat Continue reading

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Tornado Damage: Why It’s So Hard To Predict Monster Twisters

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The largest and most devastating tornado spawned from the storm system that raked parts of the South and Midwest overnight was a half-mile wide and cut a 30-mile path across Arkansas, meteorologists say.
In all, 30 tornadoes were reported in seven states, and more could form Monday as the system…

The largest and most devastating tornado spawned from the storm system that raked parts of the South and Midwest overnight was a half-mile wide and cut a 30-mile path across Arkansas, meteorologists say.

In all, 30 tornadoes were reported in seven states, and more could form Monday as the system moves into parts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.

The potential for last night’s storms to form tornadoes was forecast five days ago, highlighting improvements to tornado prediction. Yet forecasting the powe Continue reading

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UPDATE :At Least 18 Killed By Tornadoes In Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Workers searched for survivors on Monday in the rubble left by a wave of tornadoes that ripped through the south-central United States a day earlier, killing at least 18 people in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.
Arkansas was the hardest hit, with at least 16 people…

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – Workers searched for survivors on Monday in the rubble left by a wave of tornadoes that ripped through the south-central United States a day earlier, killing at least 18 people in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa.

Arkansas was the hardest hit, with at least 16 people dead. Neighborhoods were torn apart in central Faulkner County, where at least 10 people died in the storm system that produced that first fatalities of this year’s U.S. tornado season, authorities said.

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Arkansans Rush For Cover Against Twister; 15 Die

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VILONIA, Ark. — The sky turned black as the funnel cloud closed in, and Maggie Caro rushed with her husband and two children to a community shelter at a Vilonia school, where they were among the last to get inside the fortified gym before the doors were shut.
“They were screaming, &…

VILONIA, Ark. — The sky turned black as the funnel cloud closed in, and Maggie Caro rushed with her husband and two children to a community shelter at a Vilonia school, where they were among the last to get inside the fortified gym before the doors were shut.

“They were screaming, ‘Run! Run! It’s coming!’” Caro recalled.

And then all hell broke loose.

The half-mile-wide tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction through the Little Rock suburbs Sunday evening, killing at least 15 peopl Continue reading

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Tornado Wreckage Revealed In Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma

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Tornadoes, as one of nature’s most unpredictable disasters, can strike pretty much anywhere across the central U.S., and come in a dizzying variety of shapes and sizes.
Yet the physical damage they leave behind often looks very much the same — denuded trees, shattered brick, piles of soggy …

Tornadoes, as one of nature’s most unpredictable disasters, can strike pretty much anywhere across the central U.S., and come in a dizzying variety of shapes and sizes.

Yet the physical damage they leave behind often looks very much the same — denuded trees, shattered brick, piles of soggy wood. It’s that kind of damage the National Weather Service uses to help calculate the strength of a twister, and it’s that kind of wreckage that was widely displayed on social media after the worst tornado Continue reading

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