Tornadoes Stir Up Trouble in Southern U.S.

Posted on May 24, 2011 by


On April 29th, 2011, the deadliest tornado outbreak in nearly forty years took place in the southern region of the United States. Almost 300 people from six different states were killed bythese deadly tornadoes.

Out of all six states, Alabama was by far the deadliest, tallying 210 deaths. The next day, President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration to help the residents of Alabama clean up the debris and trash covering the state. The declaration also states that whoever is in search of financial aid will be able to receive it.

The reason for such a high death toll was the lack of Doppler radar at the time, leaving residents only 24 minutes to brace themselves for the storm.

“They said the storm was in Tuscaloosa and it would be here in 15 minutes. Before I knew it, it was here,” said Jerry Stewart, a retired firefighter.

Meteorologists explained that the only way many of the people could have possibly survived these tornadoes was to be underground or in a storm shelter, which almost all of the residents did not have available. One family in Virginia managed to survive the storms by huddling in a tanning bed until it was over.

Throughout the night, over 170 tornadoes were reported between the six states. Over one million people in Alabama had no electricity or power, and around 2,000 National Guard troops have been sent to help clean up the mess and search for people who may still be missing.

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