Deadly Storms Whip Through South, Head East
Severe storms and tornadoes along the US Gulf Coast killed at least three people and injured 30 on Tuesday, destroying buildings and other structures across several states. Continue reading →
Severe storms and tornadoes along the U.S. Gulf Coast killed at least three people and injured 30 on Tuesday, destroying buildings and other structures across several states.
Two people died in Louisiana when a storm hit their mobile home park in St. James Parish, 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of New Orleans, said parish government personnel manager Libby Hotard.
The region was among the worst hit. "Some areas are totally devastated," Hotard told AFP.
A man who lived near the mobile home park told local television station WVUE that he was asleep when he heard a "big rumbling sound and the whole entire house started shaking."
Video broadcast on local television showed mobile homes completely destroyed by the storms.
Emergency services transported 30 injured to local hospitals, Hotard said. Rescuers were conducting search and rescue operations.
Another man died in the neighboring state of Mississippi when a storm smashed into his mobile home 100 miles north of New Orleans, county Emergency Management Director James Smith said.
There were no reports of other deaths or injuries in the area.
The National Weather Service said a tornado hit southern Mississippi and that officials were tracking reports of other possible tornadoes in the region.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for areas expected to be hit by the storm.
Across the Gulf Coast region, the storms damaged buildings, blew off roofs and downed power lines and trees - sometimes with golfball-sized hail - local media reported.
Forecasters said at least 20 million people are at risk from the storms and tornadoes into Wednesday.
The National Weather Service is predicting severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and some tornadoes from eastern Louisiana to Alabama.
The storms hit Texas early Tuesday before moving east during the afternoon. They are expected to continue through Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and eastern Virginia on Wednesday.
OK, so January's Winter Storm Jonas on the East Coast and the Groundhog Day blizzard in the Midwest this week have been a bit rough. But just to get some perspective, here's a list of the some of the other nasty winter storms in U.S. history. The massive blizzard of 1888 dumped 40 to 50 inches of snow on Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, and kicked up winds of 85 miles per hour. 400 people died as a result of the storm, and at one point, 15,000 were stranded inside trains in New York.
This November gale, a blizzard with 60-mile-an-hour winds, caused 35 foot-high waves on the Great Lakes and killed 250 people. Chicago, Cleveland and other cities suffered the brunt.
The two-day snowstorm dumped as much as three feet of snow on the Mid-Atlantic Region. The name comes from Washington, D.C.'s Knickerbocker Theater -- its roof collapsed during the storm and killed 98 people.
This one, which varied from blizzard conditions to heavy rain and wind, formed over North Carolina, and then pounded the Southeastern United States before hitting Ohio. It caused 354 deaths, and spurred efforts to track and forecast winter storms. Amazingly hardy fans showed up to watch Ohio State and Michigan played a football game during the storm.
The Great Midwest Blizzard cut a swath through the center of the United States, from the Great Lakes to New Mexico. In Chicago, it caused an astonishing 23 inches of snow to fall in a single day. Seventy six people lost their lives in the blizzard.
Possibly the weirdest winter storm of all time, the so-called Super Bowl Storm started in the Pacific Ocean and then took an unusual route over the Rocky Mountains. It caused 45 tornadoes in the Southeast and then zoomed north into the upper Midwest, where its warm, moist air collided with a cold front from the Arctic. The result was a brutal weather disaster that took 58 lives.
This one combined a blizzard with a cyclone, and battered the eastern coast of North America from Cuba to Canada. New York state got 40 inches of snow. It closed down much of the southern United States and caused 310 deaths and $6.6 billion in property damage.