A series of tornados provoked at least ten deaths in five states and massive damage on March, Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd—the U.S.A. States hit are Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Officials said that four people died yesterday in Kentucky, one in Tennessee, three in Alabama, and one was found dead in Arkansas.
It continues the wave of bad weather spread in the northern areas of the USA. According to the monitoring website Poweroutage.us, more than 650,000 homes and businesses in Tennessee and Kentucky were left without electricity on March 4th.
Andy Beshear, Kentucky Governor, declared a state of emergency before the storm happened. "We've already lost too many people to floods, tornadoes, and other weather events, so we want everyone to be safe", Beshear said at a news conference. Thunderstorms in Kentucky produced wind speeds of 80 miles per hour, and two tornadoes swept through the western part of the state. On Friday evening, the mayor of Louisville, Craig Greenberg, followed suit due to the severe storms, high winds, and widespread damage.
These are the suggestions posted on Twitter by National Weather Service: “during high winds, tree damage is expected, and loose objects can become airborne and dangerous. You are safest indoors, away from windows, in an interior room. Stay Weather-Ready and learn more about wind safety”.
Among the victims, there was a grandfather that was travelling to his grandson. Still, he missed reaching the house because he was dragged out along the roadway as the effect of a powerful storm system spread across the South on Friday, characterised by severe winds and heavy rains. According to the coroner’s office, a woman was killed squashed by a tree that fell in high winds onto her vehicle in Fayette County (Kentucky). Similar situation in Humphreys County, Tennessee, a man was found alive in a car with a tree on it on Friday.
The worst storms had calmed down in the South starting Friday night, and strong winds and hail now threaten the Carolinas as Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia through the weekend. By early Saturday, there was no active tornado presence across the region, while flood warnings had been up until Sunday morning in southern Missouri and sections near Arkansas rivers.
The Tornado phenomenon was produced by a deep depression generated by the descent of cold air from the northern latitudes. Consequently, the much warmer humidity from the Gulf of Mexico resulted in severe storms and tornadoes. They had caused flash flooding with extensive damage, as well as ten verified fatalities which can be even more and many injuries in traffic accidents.
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