Here in Peoria, Ill., it rained steadily all weekend. However, it seemed that it was raining all over the country. Unfortunately there has been terror in the Southern part of our country. In Yazoo City yesterday, April 25th, Mississippi rescuers were looking for anyone who might be in the countryside. National Guard soldiers were called out to patrol the city and protect what is left. As I said rescuers are looking for the missing. Yazoo County is representative of Mississippi. It encountered a tornado that in the words of Gov. Haley Barber was “enormous.” He further described the city and countryside as “utter obliteration.”
Holbrook Mohr and Jay Reeves, Associated Press writers, have posted an article titled, “Rescuers fan out after twister kills 10 in Miss.” This article references the terrible damage that has occurred down South. I have linked to a further reference by Holbrook Mohr.
The city has already begun to move in to clean up mode that over-lapped the fact not everyone was accounted for. Tornados have littered our country in the Southeast this weekend.
Tornadoes have come as close to my city of Peoria, Ill., as St. Louis.
In further evaluating the information from the reference article we find that the winds were so high that they ripped roofs off of buildings. There was an initial estimate that at least 100 houses received damage, but it was believed that the count would increase later.
The next major order of business according to Barbour was to begin and cover the outlying rural areas and individual homes.
In an update, Holbrook Mohr and Jay Reeves have posted another article titled, “Survivor tales from southern storms that killed 12.” While the article primarily discusses the stories of people who made it through the devastation of yesterday, it also tells us that those killed has risen to 12 and that the amount of destruction is in the hundreds with respect to homes.
This weekend I monitored The Weather Channel, and it showed bad weather all over the Southeast although not all was tornadoes. They still indicated this was the worst weather all year so far.
I live in Peoria, Ill. Between us and a city about 40 miles away, Bloomington-Normal, is territory called “Tornado Alley,” so we are constantly under tornado warnings all summer.
It is no fun.