This morning's headlines report that there are 48 dead from the squadron of tornadoes that swept across the southern U.S. last night. That seems like a huge number to me. Tornado incidents here in Minnesota in recent years rarely, if ever, have fatalities. What was so different last night down south? The news reports I've seen don't answer that question.

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Liza's picture
Liza says:

Yeah, I agree: it's interesting.

I know the tornadoes struck before dawn, so maybe people were in bed and not aware of the storm developing, but I saw numerous news reports that said that watches and warnings had been posted for hours and hours.

I wonder if maybe, in the area where the tornadoes struck, people just didn't have safe places to go?

There are some amazing survival stories, too--like this one, from the story you linked to, Thor:

"Among the most remarkable survival stories: in Castalian Springs, Tenn., a baby was discovered unscathed in a field across from a demolished post office. A bystander swaddled the crying child in his shirt. There was no word on the child's parents' fates.

'He had debris all over him, but there were no obvious signs of trauma,' said Ken Weidner, Sumner County emergency management director."

posted on Thu, 02/07/2008 - 11:40am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

I did hear on the news last night that some of these tornadoes materialized incredibly fast, giving little or no time for warning. That seems like a huge factor. I know that around here in the summer, we tend to get annoyed with the TV stations for spending so much time and effort on storm coverage, but they say that's the No. 1 way to prevent injuries and deaths from twisters.

posted on Thu, 02/07/2008 - 4:34pm
Twila's picture
Twila says:

48 DEAD WOW!!! that is really scary. I'm already scared to be in a tornado and to think that one can come here is even more scary. I think that weather is cool but I don't want to be a part of it.

posted on Wed, 02/27/2008 - 11:09am

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