Monday, April 26, 2010

Tornadoes Whip Through South, at Least 12 Dead

One of several tornadoes observed by the VORTE...Image via Wikipedia

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The powerful storms that spawned dozens of tornadoes throughout the South and caused the deaths of at least 12 people left a stunning trail of destruction and heartache.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour described the aftermath as "the obliteration of a small community."

Officials have so far counted 61 tornadoes in nine states as the storm moved through Mississippi and into Florida and South Carolina Sunday.

In Mississippi, where an astounding 32 twisters were reported, residents said it looked as if the sky was falling as a tornado chased them down the road. Winds were clocked upward of 160 mph, and one tornado had a base one and a half miles wide.

"We just prayed the whole way through," said Chatawa, Miss., resident Regina Weeks, who survived the tornadoes by huddling into a small bathroom with four of her relatives.

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