May 1, 2011

Largest Tornado Death Toll Since 1932

Some interesting tidbits...

"The National Weather Service says one of the tornadoes that killed hundreds in the South had winds of 205 mph and was the first EF-5 tornado in Mississippi since 1966.

That's the highest rating given by the weather service for tornado damage..."

Read Friday's story here:

"Southerners found their emergency safety net shredded Friday as they tried to emerge from the nation's deadliest tornado disaster since the Great Depression..."

"...The death toll from Wednesday's (April 27) storms reached 328 across seven states, including 238 in Alabama, making it the deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak since March 1932..."

"'It has been extremely difficult to coordinate because so many people have been affected -- some of the very same people you'd look to for assistance..." said Carol Ann Gray of the local Catholic Social Services office.

Read Friday's news story here: 

On top of these things, "The Mississippi River is predicted to rise almost three feet higher than it did during severe flooding in 2008, when local levees failed after months of rain and many homes were ruined by water damage."

"The river is forecast to initially crest in the northwest corner of the state at Tunica on May 12..."

"'Tunica is an economic engine for the state,' said Pat Meecham, a retired tourism official in Tunica. 'Mess with that and you mess with the entire economic scope. It will take time to bounce back.'"

Read Friday's story here:

"Tennessee Valley Authority shut all three Browns Ferry reactors in Alabama yesterday after severe storms and tornadoes caused a brief power outage at the plant, Barbara Martocci, a company spokeswoman, said."

"The plant automatically shut down and the emergency systems came on as they were designed to do, Martocci said."

"...About 300,000 people were without power.

It may have been the deadliest single day for tornadoes in the U.S. since April 3, 1974, when 310 people died, according to AccuWeather Inc.

The Browns Ferry plant has a combined capacity of 3,284 megawatts, enough to power 2.6 million average U.S. homes, according to U.S. Energy Department statistics. The plant is located about 84 miles (135 kilometers) north of Birmingham."

Read Thursday's story here:

Proverbs 10:25

"The Name of יהוה is a strong tower; The righteous run into it and are safe."
Proverbs 18:10
"As the whirlwind passes by, The wrong one is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation."

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