Tornadoes strafe Kansas City area in latest spasm of storms

Pablo Tucker
May 29, 2019

Strong Memorial Day tornadoes that spun through OH and IN smashed homes and businesses and sent thousands of people cowering IN basements and closets, but just a single death was reported IN the aftermath of the destructive storms.

Monday marked the record-tying 11th straight day with at least eight tornadoes in the USA, said Patrick Marsh, the Storm Prediction Center's warning coordination meteorologist. "In the Ohio Valley, May is typically our most active tornado month, but the numbers we had yesterday, probably 8-10 tornadoes in one day, is unusual". The past couple of weeks have seen unusually high tornado activity in the U.S.

Celina mayor Jess Hazel told reporters at least seven other people were injured and 40 homes were damaged after the tornados pulverised entire homes in their path.

At about 23:00 (03:00 GMT), the NWS confirmed that a "large and risky tornado" was on the ground near the city of Trotwood, which is part of Greater Dayton.

Residents and volunteers worked on Tuesday to clean up debris and fix homes in Celina, Ohio, where a tornado touched down and killed an 81-year-old man.

The National Weather Service says there are more 70,000 power outages across the state of OH, affecting over 5 million people.

Mark Duffin, 48, learned from his wife and a television report that the large tornado was headed toward his home in Linwood, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Kansas City.

In Dayton, only a few minor injuries were reported.

The Douglas County Emergency Management agency said Wednesday on Facebook that 15 people were injured by the storm, including the three with serious injuries.

On the heels of a week of deadly weather in the central United States, Tuesday threatened more of the same, including possible severe storms in the Plains, South, Midwest and Northeast; unsafe flooding in many states; and a suffocating heat wave in the Southeast.

Tornadoes also were confirmed in eastern Pennsylvania and the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for parts of New York City and northern New Jersey. The last such stretch was in 1980.

According to the Associated Press, road crews had to use snowplows to clear an interstate littered with debris, and bits of churning wreckage could be seen on radar.

The tornado was part of another strong round of severe and damaging storms that have battered the central U.S. Several twisters were reported in Iowa and Missouri, which also got heavy rain that caused flash flooding and led to water rescues. Many houses were left with severe damaged and some structures were wiped out altogether, with trees were ripped out by the roots and stern among the damage.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) declared a state of emergency in three hard-hit counties.

Flooded areas of Arkansas and Oklahoma were bracing for more rain that will feed the already swollen Arkansas River, forecasters said on Monday.

Monday marked the record-tying 11th straight day with at least eight tornadoes in the USA, said Patrick Marsh, a Storm Prediction Center meteorologist.

This makes it the fourth-worst tornado season on record.

"We've had injuries ranging from lacerations to bumps and bruises from folks being thrown around in their houses due to the storms", she said.

Scientists say climate change is responsible for more intense and more frequent extreme weather such as storms, droughts, floods and fires, but without extensive study they can not directly link a single weather event to the changing climate.

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