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04-28-2011, 08:03 PM
Jesus, this is horrible. Just saw the footage on NBC Nightly News, the destruction in unimaginable. :(

Tornadoes and storms rip through South, at least 284 dead

By Verna Gates Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/28/us-weather-health-idUSTRE73R7MM20110428)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama | Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:31pm EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - Tornadoes and violent storms ripped through seven southern states, killing at least 284 people in the country's deadliest series of twisters in nearly four decades.

The clusters of powerful tornadoes -- more than 160 reported in total -- combined with storms to cut a swath of destruction heading west to east over several days. In some areas, whole neighborhoods were flattened, cars flipped over and trees and power lines felled, leaving tangled wreckage.

Given the apparent scale of the destruction, insurance experts were wary on Thursday of estimating damage costs, but believed they would run into the billions of dollars, with the worst impacts concentrated in the Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

"In terms of the ground-up damage and quite possibly the insured damage, this event will be of historic proportions," Jose Miranda, an executive with the catastrophe risk modeling firm EQECAT, told Reuters.

At least 184 people died in Alabama, the worst-hit state which suffered "massive destruction of property," Governor Robert Bentley said.

The mile-wide monster twister that on Wednesday tore through the town of Tuscaloosa, home to the University of Alabama, may have been the biggest ever to hit the state, AccuWeather.com meteorologist Josh Nagelberg.

Many people told tales of narrow misses. "I made it. I got in a closet, put a pillow over my face and held on for dear life because it started sucking me up," said Angela Smith of Tuscaloosa, whose neighbor was killed.

President Barack Obama said he will visit Alabama on Friday to view damage and meet the governor. Obama declared a state of emergency for Alabama and ordered federal aid.

In preliminary estimates, other state officials reported 32 killed in Mississippi, 33 in Tennessee, 11 in Arkansas, 14 in Georgia, eight in Virginia and two in Louisiana.

Miranda said the estimated costs would be "in the same ballpark" as an Oklahoma City tornado outbreak in 1999 that caused $1.58 billion of damage and a 2003 tornado outbreak in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma that caused $4.5 billion of damage.

"I would not be surprised to see it in the mid-level billions, singular billions, of dollars," Miranda said.

The Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in Alabama was expected to be shut for days, possibly weeks, as workers repaired damaged transmission lines.

But the backup systems worked as intended to prevent a partial meltdown like the nuclear disaster in Japan.

"The reactors will remain shut until we have restored the reliability of the transmission system," said Ray Golden, spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority, which owns the 3,274-megawatt plant.

Up to 1 million people in Alabama were left without power.

Daimler said it had shut down its Mercedes-Benz vehicle assembly plant in Tuscaloosa until Monday because of the tornadoes, but the plant itself sustained only minor damage.


Some of the worst devastation occurred in Tuscaloosa, where at least 37 people were killed, including some students.

"It sounded like a chain-saw. You could hear the debris hitting things. All I have left is a few clothes and tools that were too heavy for the storm to pick up. It doesn't seem real," said student Steve Niven, 24.

"I can buy new things but you cannot replace the people. I feel sorry for those who lost loved ones," Niven told Reuters.

Shops, shopping malls, drug stores, gas stations and dry cleaners were all flattened in one section of Tuscaloosa, a town of around 95,000 in the west-central part of Alabama.

Alabama's governor declared a state of emergency and said he was deploying 2,000 National Guardsman. Governors in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia also declared states of emergency.

Tornadoes are a regular feature of life in the U.S. South and Midwest, but they are rarely so devastating.

Wednesday was the deadliest day of tornadoes in the United States since 310 people lost their lives on April 3, 1974, weather forecasters said.

"We have never experienced such a major weather event in our history," said the Tennessee Valley Authority, which operates the Browns Ferry nuclear plant and provides electricity to 9 million people in seven states.

Among the Alabama counties affected was Jefferson, which is struggling to avert what would be the largest bankruptcy in municipal history over a $3.2 billion bond debt.

The county suffered "widespread damage," a local emergency spokesman said, and at least 17 people were killed.

"Everybody says it (a tornado) sounds like a train and I started to hear the train," Tuscaloosa resident Anthony Foote, whose home was badly damaged, said.

"I ran and jumped into the tub and the house started shaking. Then glass started shattering."

The campus of the University of Alabama, home of the famous Crimson Tide football team, was not badly damaged but some students were killed off campus, Bentley said.

04-28-2011, 08:08 PM
Every time you read another story on this the death continues to rise - latest is it may be over 300..?:(

And this is way too bizarre to have category 5 tornadoes this early in the year. Sunspot activity? Climate change? I'm going for the conspiracy stance on this one. There is someone, somewhere seriously fucking with the weather or weather patterns for any of this to ever be happening.

04-28-2011, 08:11 PM
nitro's luminati group, no doubt. :(

04-28-2011, 08:30 PM
Or Jesse Ventura's HAARP Conspiracy (http://peswiki.com/index.php/Review:Jesse_Ventura:HAARP_Conspiracy_Theory_--_High_Frequency_Active_Auroral_Research_Program).

04-28-2011, 08:33 PM
HAARP may actually be playing a role in this. And Ventura isn't the first to suggest it.

04-28-2011, 08:34 PM
one in the same... :)

04-28-2011, 08:40 PM
I looked for something about this earlier has anyone heard from Russ I think he is from Alabama or somewhere around this areas ?

News said over a million people without power.

04-28-2011, 08:45 PM
can't remember if douglas t. was from that area or florida...:umm:

04-28-2011, 08:48 PM
DT is in Florida last I heard.

04-28-2011, 08:50 PM

04-28-2011, 08:58 PM
can't remember if douglas t. was from that area or florida...:umm:

By the way dude, our friend Christine passed along the info that she still has no power and was getting tennis ball sized hail last evening. :(

04-28-2011, 09:08 PM
Glad Our Friend ,Candy Girl is Fine.:)

04-28-2011, 11:59 PM
Don't need the HAARP conspiracy theories for this one, just good ol' Global Climate change. The sea surface temperatures on the Gulf of Mexico are at a record high right now. I'm sure all the BP damage of the last year had a part in that as well.

And those of you who live down there know what this probably means for this coming summer....... :(

04-29-2011, 01:41 AM
Scared the crap outta me the other day. Tuned in to the news at 6 that day, and they showed the main brunt of the storm that was going to hit Gnashville (it was just west of Memphis at that point) had unleashed 35,000 lightning strikes in just the previous ten minutes! Later that evening about 11, the storm arrived. Fortunately, no REALLY heavy winds (like the fucking 80 mph winds we got last week), just a lot of rain, and a lot of lightning, though the intensity of the lightning had died down considerably over the previous 5 hours.

I feel sorry for all the peeps whose lives are affected by this. What sucks is that we are not even out of spring yet.....we still have 6 months of tornado/hurricane season to go....:(

I recall about 8 or 9 years ago when for a week straight we had a series of storms blow through here....EVERY NIGHT.

That would only seem 'unusual', but the fucking intensity of them was off the scale. I mean that literally.

You know how the radar image of a storm goes from green to yellow to orange to red?

And then to purple?

Every night, when the storm crossed from West to East across Tennessee, there were numerous places in the radar displays where it was purple....then black....then white!

It was insane. And I thought I might escape this sort of thing when I moved down here from Kansas.


04-29-2011, 04:36 AM
hope any rothers in the area stay safe and well.

04-29-2011, 10:22 AM
I was down in Arkansas this week. Was less than 20 miles from the tornado that took out the town of Vilonia. Then the next day we headed up to NW Arkansas and got caught up in all the flash flooding in Fayetteville. Driving around the U of A campus was surreal... streets turned into rivers and wild herds of Razorbacks tryin to get to their next class...

Nasty fuckin weather for sure... but not all that uncommon this time of year. Slightly above average tornado activity... unfortunately that F5 hit a major metropolitan area and was on the ground a long time. Generally those things hit in sparsely populated areas so there's not as much widespread damage. Tough thing is it's just the beginning of tornado season... more to come...

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Nitro Express
04-29-2011, 12:05 PM
Don't need the HAARP conspiracy theories for this one, just good ol' Global Climate change. The sea surface temperatures on the Gulf of Mexico are at a record high right now. I'm sure all the BP damage of the last year had a part in that as well.

And those of you who live down there know what this probably means for this coming summer....... :(

We also have some weird stuff going on with the sun. Typically it stays dormant and then goes into a tirade every 11 years. It was late in this cycle and now it's very active while the magnetic field of the earth is weak. So that also has an effect on the weather. It's hard to say how much is a natural cycle and how much we have caused. There's a lot about these cycles we don't fully understand. You hear all sorts of stuff from all the open air nuclear testing, HAARP, CO2 emissions ect... One thing for sure, this planet is far from perfect. If some man made shit doesn't get you then some natural shit might. I mean it amuses me that people think the huge earthquakes we have been having are caused by the US Government. The US Government can't even design a toilet that works right.

04-30-2011, 03:08 PM