Thursday, April 12 2012 4:09 PM EDT2012-04-12 20:09:27 GMT
Students at the University of Alabama hunkered down as a massive, mile-wide tornado came within a mile of the campus that houses thousands of people. It became the site of terror many of them had never experienced before.More >>
The spring of 2011 is shaping up to be a record-breaking season for weather fatalities. At 45, the number of people who have died from April storms now matches the total number of weather fatalities in 2010.More >>
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NORMAN, OK (RNN) - The spring of 2011 is shaping up to be a record-breaking season for weather fatalities. At 45, the number of people who have died from April storms now matches the total number of weather fatalities in 2010.
With severe storms forecast for the South and Midwest, that number is just going to continue to climb.
"We're not yet to the time of year when these types of tornadoes are most active," said Greg Carbin, forecaster with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) storm prediction center.
Severe storms will continue to move across the eastern part of the U.S. on Wednesday, with the Western Appalachians seeing the greatest threat, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Similar to the deadly storms of a few weeks ago, these storms are anticipated to produce tornadoes, hail, strong winds and flood-inducing rain. Schools, day cares and businesses were closed early in anticipation of the weather event.
Tuesday's swelling rivers and a burst Missouri levee is adding to the stress of the severe storms. More than 50 tornadoes were reported Tuesday, spanning Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, according to NWS.
"This front isn't going anywhere, so you get repeat storms and repeat heavy rains," Carbin said.
A high-risk severe weather warning has been issued by the NWS for areas northeast of Memphis, TN, to Dallas and parts of Arkansas.
"Eventually this system will shift to the east, but it's going to do it slowly," Carbin said. "This is about as bad as you can get, in terms of repeat storm activity."
Nationwide, more than 600 tornadoes have been reported in April. That number far exceeds the average number of tornadoes produced during the month, at 163.
During the storm that started April 15, 240 tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland.
Last week's fatalities, at 38, had already matched a record set 10 years ago. The record for the most deaths due to tornadoes was set in 1953, at 519.
Monday, April 30 2012 12:17 AM EDT2012-04-30 04:17:45 GMT
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery. Lawrence Davis Jr. didn't imagine April 27th,More >>
Most of the homes along Highway 20 in Hillsboro that were destroyed by those deadly tornadoes have been rebuilt, but there's still a long road to recovery.More >>
Sunday, April 29 2012 12:24 AM EDT2012-04-29 04:24:01 GMT
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter,More >>
The road to recovery still a long one ahead for a Harvest family that lost two loved ones from the April 27 tornadoes. Misty Cornwell held a memorial Saturday afternoon to remember her 15-year-old daughter, Katie, and her father, Harold Fitzgerald, who were both killed by the storm one year ago.More >>
Thursday, April 26 2012 5:30 PM EDT2012-04-26 21:30:15 GMT
An August 29, 2011 Gov. Robert Bentley announced the formation of the Tornado Recovery Action Council, or TRAC. The group of industry and government leaders had a simple mission; to help Alabama recoverMore >>
The Tornado Recovery Action Council of Alabama researched and developed 20 key ways to improve disaster preparedness in the state.More >>
With the cleanup process under way and the death toll holding steady, federal, state and local officials are teaming up to put the pieces back together for the broken communities slashed by last week's devastating tornadoes.More >>