Thursday, May 26, 2011

From California to New York, the devastating power of tornadoes is felt across entire U.S. - 26th May 2011

From east to west coast, the devastating power of the tornadoes hitting the U.S. was felt last night as twisters touched down as far west as northern California.

The National Weather Service reported several tornadoes touching down in rural Butte and Glenn counties on Wednesday evening, as severe continued to rumble through the country.

A total of 81 tornadoes were reported in 24 hours from Texas through to New York state as the death toll for this year reached 500 for the first time in 50 years.

But many people counted themselves lucky on Wednesday night after the powerful storms swept through the country for the third time in four days but without claiming any lives.

Heavy rain, hail and lightning pounded Memphis just two weeks after floods devastated the city. A tornado warning sounded, but there were no confirmed reports of tornadoes touching down.

Dozens of people were injured thought, mobile homes were flipped and roofs were torn off houses when tornadoes and thunderstorms hit Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and other states.

On Thursday, forecasters withdrew a slew of tornado watches in the South and said the heavy weather that pounded the Midwest in recent days had finally receded.

Nevertheless, violent storms could not be ruled out elsewhere. Read More