Monday, April 14 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-04-15 02:03:00 GMT
A Lovelady woman who is battling cancer lost everything when a possible tornado tore through her subdivision Sunday night. However, it could have been much worse; the woman's son came to get her, so sheMore >>
A Lovelady woman who is battling cancer lost everything when a possible tornado tore through her subdivision Sunday night.More >>
Monday, April 14 2014 1:19 AM EDT2014-04-14 05:19:06 GMT
A possible tornado has destroyed three mobile homes and injured a woman in a possible tornado in Lovelady Sunday afternoon.Houston County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy GP Shearer said eight structuresMore >>
A possible tornado has destroyed three mobile homes and injured a woman in a possible tornado in Lovelady Sunday afternoon.More >>
Monday, April 7 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-04-08 00:24:52 GMT
Some Covington County families are picking up the pieces Monday afternoon, after a tornado ripped through the County around 2 a.m. We don't know how many homes have been damaged but at least seven peopleMore >>
Some Covington County families are picking up the pieces Monday afternoon, after a tornado ripped through the County around 2 a.m. We don't know how many homes have been damaged but at least seven people have been injured.More >>
(RNN) – Severe weather traveled swiftly through the Midwest Wednesday, spawning tornadoes, severe winds, heavy rain, flash flooding and hail.
The storm system was barreling toward the Mid-Atlantic Thursday.
The Storm Prediction Center on Wednesday placed Indiana, Illinois and Ohio under the "high risk" category of severe weather from Wednesday night through Thursday. As a result, severe thunderstorm watches had been issued throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin through early Thursday.
Other major cities like Detroit, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were under moderate risks for severe weather beginning Thursday morning. According to the National Weather Service, there was a risk of severe weather hitting as many as 64 million people.
Henry and Wood counties in Ohio had many reports of storm damage, mainly trees and power lines down, but no injuries were reported, WTOL reported. There were also tornado and flash flood warnings in the Toledo, OH, area.
Ohioans reported wind damage and heavy rains.
The Storm Prediction Center also issued tornado watches for western Maryland, central and eastern Ohio, southwest Pennsylvania and northern Virginia.
In Kendall County, IL, 50 miles southeast of Chicago, the National Weather Services' Chicago office warned of wall clouds that could produce possible tornadoes, according to CNN. Tornadoes have already been reported in Winnebago County, IL, but no damage was reported.
"Very strong wind signature on radar, possibly up to 70-80 mph, near/just south of Crete, IL. Stay away from windows! #ilwx," said NWS Chicago on Twitter.
The severe weather caused the airlines to cancel more than 50 flights at Chicago's Midway Airport and more than 360 flights at O'Hare International.
More than 38,000 ComEd customers in the Chicago area found themselves without power.
And a home in Lemont, IL, about 30 miles southwest of Chicago, caught fire when lightning struck. The home was fully engulfed, but local media outlets reported the family inside was able to evacuate the home safely.
The severe weather also postponed the Chicago White Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but did not cancel game one of the Stanley Cup Finals as the Chicago Blackhawks played the Boston Bruins.
The severe weather in the Midwest began early Wednesday afternoon with a "confirmed tornado" in Wright County, Iowa. The storms destroyed businesses and a home and damaged others, but no injuries or fatalities were reported. The Associated Press reports that more than 1,200 citizens are without power.
The line of powerful thunderstorms that was predicted to hit the areas is known as a derecho.
A derecho is a widespread and long-lasting storm that comes with fast-moving thunderstorms and rain, and also can bring damaging high winds, hail and in some cases produce tornadoes.
According to NOAA, a storm may be classified as a derecho if the storm extends more than 240 miles and contains wind gusts of more than 58 mph.
"The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting the development of widespread damaging winds, and a few strong tornadoes, over parts of the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valley," the service said Wednesday
Wind speeds of 60 or 70 mph can uproot trees, snap off large branches and bring down utility poles and wires. Due to the widespread nature of these wind gusts, power outages can also be far-reaching, according to AccuWeather.
In June 2012, a derecho carved a 60-mile path of destruction from Illinois to Virginia. The storm caused at least $1 billion in damages and killed 13 people.
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Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-16 10:54:04 GMT
Strong winds from Monday's severe weather caused some damage to a condo complex in Gautier. Two walls at the Riverbend Condominiums came crashing down around 8 p.m.More >>
Strong winds from Monday's severe weather caused some damage to a condo complex in Gautier. Two walls at the Riverbend Condominiums came crashing down around 8 p.m. Neighbors remember hearing a loud roar before the wall started to shake.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-16 10:53:03 GMT
In a matter of minutes, dozens of people had their lives literally turned upside down when a violent storm ripped through the Santa Maria RV park in Gautier Monday night.More >>
In a matter of minutes, dozens of people had their lives literally turned upside down when a violent storm ripped through the Santa Maria RV park in Gautier Monday night. Tuesday morning, they got their first daylight look at what remains of their homes and belongings.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:46 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:46:22 GMT
Harold Robins and his girlfriend lost their home Monday night. And to make matters worse they didn't have insurance. Still the traveling pipe fitter says he would live in an RV again because of how convenientMore >>
Harold Robins and his girlfriend lost their home Monday night. And to make matters worse they didn't have insurance. Still the traveling pipe fitter says he would live in an RV again because of how convenient they are.More >>
With all of Valparaiso under military rule early Tuesday, 5,000 firefighters, police, forest rangers, soldiers, sailors and civil defense workers joined in a mammoth fight against wildfires licking around the...More >>
President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot...More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:28:51 GMT
Brown Fire in Arizona
Arizona has another new wildfire that erupted Sunday afternoon south of Sierra Vista. The Brown Fire is burning in a remote part of Garden Canyon, said Heidi Schewel of the Coronado National Forest FireMore >>
The human-caused Brown Fire was burning northwest of Sierra Vista, said Heidi Schewel of the Coronado National Forest Fire Department.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:07:30 GMT
Many Mid-Michigan waterways and streets are flooded after the weekend's strong storms. Several counties are now under flood watches. In Midland and Saginaw counties, the National Weather Service has issuedMore >>
Many Mid-Michigan waterways and streets are flooded after the weekend's strong storms. More >>
Authorities say a storm packing powerful straight-line winds has overturned up to 30 campers in the coastal Mississippi community of Gautier.More >>
A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, damaging or destroying about a dozen RV trailers at one campground, downing trees and power lines and cutting electricity in some areas.More >>