Tornadoes Slow, With Destruction In Their Wake
Filed by KOSU News in US News.
March 3, 2012
As night approached, the death toll rose in areas affected by extreme weather in the Midwest and the South. Towns have been wrecked and the number of people missing is unclear.
The Associated Press reports that at least 28 people have been killed, including 14 in Indiana and 12 in Kentucky. (Note: This number is bound to change, and we’ll update as we have more information.)
The damage was greatest in southern Indiana, NPR’s Karen Grigsby Bates tells our Newscast unit. She reports a sheriff described the small town of Marysville as being “completely gone.”
The storm is expected to continue overnight throughout parts of the Southeast, the Midwest and down into the Gulf States.
You can find the latest tornado warnings from the Space Science and Engineering Center.
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Update at 2:15 a.m. ET. What’s Likely To Come:
So far today, The National Weather Service has issued more than 270 tornado warnings. Looking ahead, the agency says:
“… a few tornadoes could be noted. Otherwise, strong winds will likely be the main severe threat and hail could also accompany the more robust storms …”
Update at 1:00 a.m. ET. Identifying ‘The Culprit’:
NPR’s Southern Bureau Chief Russell Lewis reports the tornadoes “are slowing down,” but the rain hasn’t stopped. “Golf ball sized hail” has been reported in Georgia and North Carolina, according to The National Weather Service.
A research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Harold Brooks, tells The New York Times the unusual weather created the storm system:
“The culprit was a warm, moist and unseasonable air mass that reached far to the north, where it mixed with colder air,” the Times reports.
[Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]