Thursday, April 21, 2011
Regular storm alerts
My first e-mail from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency came through at 1:24 p.m. Friday.
It reported extensive storm damage in the city of Clinton in Hinds County, causing I-20 to be shut down in both lanes.
Pam’s sister, Pat, lives in the Jackson area and owns a rental house in Clinton. So we immediately checked on her.
Someone sent me an e-mail, with You Tube video, of the tornado crossing the interstate at Clinton with debris flying everywhere.
Updates continued Friday and throughout the weekend.
North Mississippi and Marshall County dodged the worst of the bad weather. But many other counties in Mississippi were not so fortunate.
The National Weather Service has confirmed nine tornadoes. The NWS assessment teams are continuing to investigate reports of storm damages in other counties. As of Monday, 293 residences and 28 businesses are destroyed or have major damages. One death and a total of 20 injuries have been reported as a result of the storm.
Some of the hardest-hit areas were Hinds, Greene and Kemper counties.
Hinds: Thirty four homes destroyed, 122 with major damage and 398 homes with minor damage. Three businesses destroyed, six with major damage and 10 with minor damage. Eleven injuries reported.
Greene: One fatality, six injuries and 23 homes destroyed, 28 with major damage and 47 with minor damage. Five businesses destroyed, five with major and four with minor damage.
Kemper: Nineteen homes destroyed, 14 with major damage and 51 with minor damage. Twenty-six mobile homes destroyed, seven with major damage and five with minor damage. Three business buildings destroyed, three with major damage and three with minor damage.
Stormy weather typically doesn’t scare me. But there is something about tornadoes in April that puts me on edge.
My mind always goes back to April 3, 1974, when I was in a storm cellar in Marion County, Ala., and the nearby town of Guin was wiped off the map. It was a night I will never forget.
AccuWeather.com, in another e-mail Monday, reported from Thursday, April 14, to Saturday, April, 16, last week devastating tornadoes rampaged across communities of the southern United States. Cities and towns from Oklahoma to North Carolina were assaulted by the deadly twisters.
The tornado outbreak led to a total of 241 tornado reports in 14 states over the three-day period. This will likely rank this tornado outbreak among the largest in history.
Tragically, the death toll has risen to 39 people so far with dozens of others injured. The number of fatalities could rise as investigations continue. This tornado outbreak already ranks as the most deadly outbreak since the 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak.
AccuWeather reported three ingredients were in place to allow this violent tornado outbreak to occur from the southern Plains to the Southeast – a powerful jet stream, abundant moisture and a strong cold front.
Weather predictions for this week say more storms are possible.
Remember, it’s April. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s the most dangerous month.
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