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    250 Dead as Tornadoes Ravage South

    250 Dead as Tornadoes Ravage South



    PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. -- Dozens of tornadoes ripped through the South, flattening homes and businesses and killing at least 248 people in six states in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years.

    As day broke Thursday, people in hard-hit Alabama surveyed flattened, debris-strewn neighborhoods and told of pulling bodies from rubble after the storms passed Wednesday afternoon and evening.

    "It happened so fast it was unbelievable," said Jerry Stewart, a 63-year-old retired firefighter who was picking through the remains of his son's wrecked home in Pleasant Grove, a suburb of Birmingham. "They said the storm was in Tuscaloosa and it would be here in 15 minutes. And before I knew it, it was here."

    He and his wife, along with their daughter and two grandchildren, survived by hiding under their front porch. Friends down the street who did the same weren't so lucky -- Stewart said he pulled out the bodies of two neighbors whose home was ripped off its foundation.

    Alabama's state emergency management agency said it had confirmed 162 deaths, while there were 32 in Mississippi, 32 in Tennessee, 13 in Georgia, eight in Virginia and one in Kentucky.

    President Barack Obama said he would travel to Alabama on Friday to view storm damage and meet with the governor and affected families.

    The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said it received 137 tornado reports into Wednesday night.

    Some of the worst damage was in Tuscaloosa, a city of more than 83,000 that is home to the University of Alabama. Neighborhoods there were leveled by a massive tornado caught on video by a tower-mounted news camera that barreled through late Wednesday afternoon.

    "When I looked back, I just saw trees and stuff coming by," said Mike Whitt, a resident at DCH Regional Medical Center who ran from the hospital's parking deck when the wind started swirling and he heard a roar.

    On Thursday morning, he walked through the neighborhood next to the hospital, home to a mix of students and townspeople, looking at dozens of homes without roofs. Household items were scattered on the ground -- a drum, running shoes, insulation, towels, and a shampoo bottle. Streets were impassable, the pavement strewn with trees, pieces of houses and cars with their windows blown out.

    Dr. David Hinson was working at the hospital when the tornado hit. He and his wife had to walk several blocks to get to their house, which was destroyed. Several houses down, he helped pull three students from the rubble. One was dead and two were badly injured. He and others used pieces of debris as makeshift stretchers to carry them to an ambulance.

    "We just did the best we could to get them out and get them stabilized and get them to help," he said. "I don't know what happened to them."

    Back from an aerial tour Thursday morning, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox said the tornado tore a streak as many as 4 miles long and a half-mile wide of "utter destruction." There are at least 36 people dead in the city's police jurisdiction, and searches continue for the missing.

    "We have neighborhoods that have been basically removed from the map," he said.

    Because the city's emergency management building was destroyed, authorities are using Bryant-Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama as a command post.

    University officials said there didn't appear to be significant damage on campus, and dozens of students and locals were staying at a 125-bed shelter in the campus recreation center.

    The storm system spread destruction from Texas to New York, where dozens of roads were flooded or washed out. The governors of Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia issued emergency declarations for parts of their states.

    Dave Imy, a meteorologist with the prediction service, said the deaths were the most since a tornado outbreak killed 315 people in 1974.

    In Alabama, where as many as a million people were without power, Gov. Robert Bentley said 2,000 national guard troops had been activated and were helping to search devastated areas for people still missing. He said the National Weather Service and forecasters did a good job of alerting people, but there is only so much that can be done to deal with powerful tornadoes a mile wide.

    Obama said he had spoken with Bentley and approved his request for emergency federal assistance.

    "Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this devastation, and we commend the heroic efforts of those who have been working tirelessly to respond to this disaster," Obama said in a statement.

    The storms came on the heels of another system that killed 10 people in Arkansas and one in Mississippi earlier this week. Less than two weeks earlier, a smaller batch of twisters raced through Alabama, touching off warning sirens, damaging businesses and downing power lines in Tuscaloosa, but there were no deaths there then.

    In Kemper County, Miss., in the east-central part of the state, sisters Florrie Green and Maxine McDonald, and their sister-in-law Johnnie Green, all died in a mobile home that was destroyed by a storm.

    "They were thrown into those pines over there," Mary Green, Johnnie Green's daughter-in-law, said, pointing to a wooded area. "They had to go look for their bodies."

    In Smithville in northeastern Mississippi, the police station, post office, city hall, an industrial park with several furniture manufacturing facilities and a grocery store were among dozens of buildings ripped apart. A church was cut in half, and pieces of tin were wrapped high around the legs of a blue water tower.

    Jessica Monaghan, 24, walked through the wreckage with her 9-month-old son, Slade Scott, strapped to her back, and the baby's father, 23-year-old Tyler Scott, by her side.

    Their house was still standing, though the home belonging to Tyler Scott's mother was flattened. He was at work -- he's a firefighter in nearby Tupelo -- and Monaghan was at home watching TV when broadcasters warned the town could be hit within 10 minutes. By then, she said, the storm was there about that time.

    "The baby was already in the closet. I grabbed the cat and got in the closet, too," Monaghan said. "You could just feel the pressure. It really was like a freight train."

    And in Pleasant Grove, Samantha Nail surveyed the damage in the blue-collar subdivision where hers was the only home still intact. The storm slammed heavy pickup trucks into ditches and obliterated tidy brick houses, leaving behind a mess of mattresses, electronics and children's toys scattered across a grassy plain where dozens used to live.

    "We were in the bathroom holding on to each other and holding on to dear life," Nail said. "If it wasn't for our concrete walls, our home would be gone like the rest of them."
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    One of my best friends lives in Ringold, GA about 10 miles from the Tennessee line and the tornado barely missed his house. The tornado destroyed most of that town. They are still pulling bodies from the Ruby Tuesday and the McDonalds. Its pretty bad.
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    This was terrible. I was glued to my computer all day yesterday watching storm chaser streams and watched the Tuscaloosa tornado form. It was pretty surreal.

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    I have a cousin just outside of Birmingham that no one in the family has heard from he or his family yet...scary stuff.
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    One of my best friends mom lives just south of Talledega. There was two super cells forming to the north and west of her, but suddenly converged and turned toward Tuscaloosa. They got a lightening storm, rain and wind, but little damage.

    I talked to a couple trucker friends that had their rigs nearly flipped, but they, somehow stayed upright. So far, those are the only people I know of in that area.
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    My heart goes out to everyone affected by this.

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    Fuck La Nina. The south literally gets blown away by tornadoes and we end up freezing our ass off here in the pacific northwest. As im writing this, its almost freezing temperatures outside when normally, we are closer to 70 degrees! Of course, my heart goes out to those affected by the tornadoes but damn, this is nuts!

    On the flip side though, if your a fan of tornadoes (not the death, destruction and mayhem that follows), the past couple days have been like your super bowl.
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    I visit this board daily, but rarely post. I live in Cahaba Heights a suburb of Birmingham and one of the first places hit by Wednesday's first round of storms. The damage the Tuscaloosa to Birmingham tornado caused is unbelieveable. It looks like a small nuclear bomb was detonated in some areas. I was lucky, the small tornado in my area missed my place by two blocks. Ive been told I can expect to be without power for 7-10 days, so all I have lost is the food in my frig. There are so many heart breaking stories from the path of the big tornado, I think we had almost 100 tornado reports that day.

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    Wow, that is crazy. Some of the damage photos I've seen were really quite devastating in every sense of the word. Glad to hear you're okay though.

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    At least five EF4 tornadoes and so far one EF5...scary stuff.
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    Well, we just got placed under a tornado watch an hour or so ago. And already there is a tornado warning to our west, north of the Tyler Texas area. Storms are firing rapidly in that area and toward Dallas. The kicker is that this storm system is going to hang with us til late Monday before sweeping east torward Mississippi and alabama.


    Well, isn't this just peachy!!!!! We had 11 or more bounce thru here Wend night.

    Time to fire up the handycam and chase. Anyone wanna go?

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    I badly want to go on one of those tornado chasing tours one day.

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    I badly want to go on one of those tornado chasing tours one day.
    No doubt, bro. To be out in the Texas plains or Oklahoma where it's flat and you can see for miles, I'm all over that. Get close to em, but not THAT close!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane Halen View Post
    No doubt, bro. To be out in the Texas plains or Oklahoma where it's flat and you can see for miles, I'm all over that. Get close to em, but not THAT close!!

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