‘No fatalities, thank God’: Tornadoes in Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois damage homes, businesses

Strong storms that brought tornadoes, high winds, hail and rain to parts of the Midwest and South caused extensive damage in some areas but no deaths, officials said Sunday. Tornadoes were spotted in Arkansas, Illinois and Iowa as thunderstorms swept through the area Saturday. High winds and a possible tornado were also reported in Indiana.…

Tornado touches down east of Oregon

Mary Ann and Rich Rhoads were watching storm updates on TV from their Oregon home Saturday night when they knew one of their rental properties on German Church Road was “in the danger zone”. “We were watching TV last night and they showed the line for German Church Road and they had this big circle…

Deadly gaps: Weather radar’s inability to see everything is an issue

The EF-2 tornado that touched down the night of March 14 in Elmore County was spawned by a supercell thunderstorm that formed in a weather radar gap in west central Alabama. The same storm was responsible for tornadoes in Marengo, Perry, Dallas and Autauga counties as it tracked across the midline of the state, before…

Mississippi tornado levels Dollar General store, damages other buildings

A tornado ripped through northeastern Mississippi on Tuesday evening, leveling a Dollar General store and damaging several other buildings. After the twister passed, the store in Tishomingo, about 242 milies northeast of Jackson, near the Alabama and Tennessee state lines, was a pile of rubble, video posted on social media showed. The tornado also caused…