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Severe Tornadoes Kill at Least 18 People & Destroy Entire Towns

Posted by on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM
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Severe Tornadoes Kill at Least 18 People & Destroy Entire Towns

by Lisa Fogarty

At least 18 people are dead, hundreds more injured, and many homes and entire neighborhoods have been wiped out after the worst tornadoes seen in a year ripped through parts of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and other central and southern states last night. People in these areas are describing the situation as "chaos," and based on what they're reporting, it's easy to see why: houses and businesses have been leveled to the point where there's nothing but rubble left; major highways and roads have been shut down; overturned and destroyed cars and trucks are everywhere; power is out; and some gas lines are reportedly leaking.

Three separate tornadoes were responsible for the devastation. With 16 reported deaths and towns like Mayflower and Vilonia all but abolished, Arkansas seemed to be the state most greatly affected -- though it feels absurd to measure such a thing when all human loss is a big deal. In what must feel like a recurring nightmare, Vilonia residents are actually experiencing their second huge tornado in three years. Imagine spending all of that time, money, and energy on rebuilding only to have your efforts destroyed again. It's heartbreaking.

Meteorologists had warned that the tornado that impacted Arkansas had the potential to be EF3 or greater, which means it would carry with it winds greater than 136 mph. Storms were reported in Oklahoma, where one person was killed, Iowa -- which also reported the loss of one life -- and parts of Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

These folks now have to face the horrifying task of waking up this morning and really surveying all of the damage. In Arkansas alone, where more than 100 people were hospitalized, many schools are shut down and normal life seems to have come to a halt. Storm victims who found shelter at local schools and churches are likely praying they still have a home.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the tornado victims and families of those who lost their lives last night. We hope they can rebuild quickly and that they retain hope during this difficult time.

Have you ever experienced a tornado or destructive natural disaster that damaged your home or neighborhood?

by on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM
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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM

I just saw this on the news..devistating..and one neighborhood (it was saying) had brick houses and it was literally wiiped away.. I can't imagine going through that.

trippyhippy
by Silver Member on Apr. 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Horrible.  This would be why I think people are nuts when they say they could never live where I live because we have earthquakes.  We have someone die every 20 years or so.  this shit happens every single year in some parts of the country.  It's crazy.


MelanieJK
by Member on Apr. 28, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I was close enough to hear the roar once but I wasn't hit and didn't hear the actual destruction.   I assumed it didn't touch down and went back to bed but the next morinng when I looked out the window of my apartment I could see cars turned over and trees snapped off in the parking lot directly in front of my building.      It left a long trail of damage and destroyed most of one small sub-division but it was only an EF2.     I don't think I'd live in a high risk area without a safe room or storm shelter.     

-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Apr. 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM
How terrible.




But we all know it was them der gays that caused it
jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on Apr. 28, 2014 at 8:37 PM

That is devastating and tragic.  I feel awful for those families.

codfish
by Jen on Apr. 28, 2014 at 8:40 PM
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This is now moving through TN. We have been under tornado watch and warnings all day. Hopefully all will remain safe throughout the night.
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