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  • Guard builds field hospital outside destroyed St. John's Hospital in Joplin

    05/30/2011 8:44:47 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 7 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/28/2011 | 2nd Lt. John Quin/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 28, 2011) — With the twisted husk of St. John’s Hospital reminding them of the importance of their mission, a group of Missouri National Guardsmen erected a mobile hospital unit in a fraction of the time they were given. Because they were conducting annual training nearby, soldiers of the 117th Engineer Team (Asphalt), of Monett, were on duty conducting search and rescue missions within hours of the tornado hitting Joplin, said Sgt 1st Class Steve White. “We’re here to help relieve the pain,” White said. “We bring a lot of heavy equipment and can get to things...
  • Guard supervising Joplin debris removal, cleanup by governor’s order

    05/30/2011 8:42:06 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/27/2011 | Maj. Tamara Spicer/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 27, 2011) — Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the Missouri National Guard to supervise the cleanup and debris removal process in Joplin. Citizen-soldiers and airmen were activated immediately following the May 22 tornado and are ready for their new mission, said Maj. Gen. Stephen L. Danner, adjutant general of Missouri. “We are ready for the new mission Gov. Nixon has given us and are prepared to help our friends and family in Joplin in every way we can,” Danner said.
  • National Guard mission changes from clearing IEDs to cleaning up Joplin

    05/30/2011 8:39:43 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 2 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/27/2011 | Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 27, 2011) — A year ago, the 203rd Engineer Battalion of the Missouri Army National Guard woke up every day in a war zone. That changed Sunday when one of the season’s deadliest tornados blew through this southwest Missouri community of 46,000, leaving behind a path of devastation worse than most of these combat engineers experienced in Afghanistan. Charged with clearing improvised explosive devices from hundreds of kilometers of bumpy, dusty — and dangerous — roads in the war-torn country’s restive east, members of the 203rd served their nation doing one of the hardest jobs in theater....
  • National Guardsman rescued Joplin tornado victims in his Wal-Mart job

    05/30/2011 8:34:39 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 5 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/26/2011 | Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 26, 2011) — Some people would call him a hero, but to hear Spc. Jeffrey Price tell it, he was just doing his job. Price, a heavy equipment operator for the Carthage-based 294th Engineer Company of the Missouri Army National Guard, helped rescue dozens of people following Sunday’s deadly storm that left hundreds dead, hundreds more injured and much of this city of about 50,000 people in ruins. Price, 22, was on duty at his job in the automotive department at a local Wal-Mart SuperCenter Sunday as the deadly tornado that flattened area homes, destroyed businesses and...
  • Blunt tours tornado damage in Joplin

    05/30/2011 8:31:41 PM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 4 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 5/24/2011 | Press Office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt
    JOPLIN, Mo. (May 24, 2011) — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt toured the devastating damage today resulting from the recent deadly tornado in Joplin and met with federal and local authorities to ensure that there is a speedy and comprehensive recovery and rebuilding effort under way. "I live about 60 miles from Joplin and have been here hundreds of times. This was a huge path of destruction in one of Missouri's major cities, and I've never seen anything like it. I applaud the federal and local officials for their recovery efforts, and I thank the volunteers who are generously dedicating their...
  • Did Bible verse from Orlando save two Alabama baseball players from Tuscaloosa tornado?

    05/29/2011 2:06:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 28, 2011 | Mike Bianchi
    ........Connie is a spiritual person and put the Bible verse from Psalms 121 on the bathroom mirror when Kent first moved into the house. She wanted to remind her son while he was off at college to stay close to God and to remember that God would always be there for him. "The Lord will protect you from all harm. He will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever more." "I believe those words with all my heart," Connie says. Now more than ever. ......They turned on the TV, saw the storm...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Members Spread Hate in Wake of Tornado Tragedies

    05/29/2011 6:04:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Gather ^ | 05/29/2011 | Reno Berkeley
    In predictable, yet despicable fashion, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas are spreading their hate around for recent tornado victims. Fred Phelps and company have allegedly been trolling the Facebook pages of missing tornado victims, leaving hateful and taunting comments. While most of those comments have been deleted, they have left family members and supporters shaken and angry. On Monday, when only 89 deaths had been confirmed, WBC posted a scathing and gleeful document on its website, celebrating the deaths as proof of God's anger over rampant homosexuality. The most recent flier, dated May 25, begins by thanking God...
  • Joplin Doctor Details Tornado Aftermath

    05/28/2011 6:26:03 AM PDT · by birddog · 25 replies
    The City Wire ^ | 5/27/11 | Kevin Kikta
    45 Seconds: Memoirs of an ER Doctor from May 22, 2011. My name is Dr. Kevin Kikta, and I was one of two emergency room doctors who were on duty at St. John’s Regional MedicalCenter in Joplin, MO on Sunday May 22,2011. You never know that it will be the most important day of your life until the day is over. The day started like any other day for me: waking up, eating, going to the gym, showering, and going to my 400pm ER shift. As I drove to the hospital I mentally prepared for my shift as I always...
  • Husband gave life to save wife from tornado — ‘He was my hero’

    05/27/2011 1:22:10 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 9 replies ^ | Fri May 27, 11:39 am ET | Zachary Roth
    As a tornado tore his Joplin, Mo., home apart, Don Lansaw did what came naturally: He threw himself on top of his wife Bethany to protect her. And in doing so, he gave his life for her. Lansaw's is just one of several tales of heroism, heartbreak, and amazing escapes that have emerged from the spate of violent weather events that swept the center of the country this week. As many as 125 people are thought to have been killed by the Joplin tornado alone. "The house was ripping apart, it all happened so fast," Bethany Lansaw told NBC News....
  • Oklahoma tornadoes: Woman killed in Chickasha lived a vibrant life

    05/27/2011 7:19:40 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 16 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | May 27, 2011 | Megan Rolland
    CHICKASHA, Okla. -- Laron Short returned to her family home in Chickasha Monday night after a five-month trip to Australia ready to tell her friends and family about her new love, a man she met while abroad. Short, 24, never got the chance. She died Tuesday when a tornado destroyed her mother's mobile home. Her death has been “shattering” to the small close-knit college in Chickasha where Short graduated in December, said J.C. Casey, a communications professor at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. “I loved her very much,” said Casey, who was Short's professor, adviser and friend....
  • Odd debris found around Norman following twisters

    05/27/2011 6:36:18 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 5 replies
    The Norman (Okla.) Transcript ^ | May 27, 2011 | Andrew Knittle
    NORMAN, Okla. — The power generated by a tornado is hard to wrap the mind around. They can scoop up entire houses and fling them thousands of feet. Big rigs are blown apart like papier mâché toy trucks, and even cows have been known to take a ride they didn’t sign up for. And with at least 10 souls lost to the tornadoes that ripped through central Oklahoma on Tuesday, they can be — and often are — deadly. Even though Norman and much of Cleveland County was spared during the outbreak Tuesday, it was affected in a different way....
  • Blunt Wants Federal Government to Do More for Joplin

    05/26/2011 3:14:25 PM PDT · by BfloGuy · 15 replies
    CBS St Louis ^ | 5/26/2011 | Kevin Killeen
    Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says he’s asking the federal government to reimburse 100 percent of the cost to local governments dealing with the Joplin tornado aftermath.
  • Dog with two broken legs finds owner after storm (aww - hanky alert)

    05/26/2011 12:44:09 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 57 replies
    A scruffy Alabama terrier mix named Mason was whisked away by fierce twisters last month, prompting his owners, who lost their home in the storm, to fear the worst. But the redoubtable mutt apparently crawled back to his home days later with two broken legs in a remarkable tale of survival. Local news outlet WBRC reports that Mason was blown away by the storm from the garage in Birmingham where he was hiding on April 27. His owners looked for him everywhere but couldn't find him. Two and a half weeks later, though, they found Mason waiting for them on...
  • Names of 232 missing after Joplin tornado released

    05/26/2011 12:25:32 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 1+ views
    excerpt- The death toll rose Wednesday to 125 people, not all of them identified, and officials have estimated more than 900 were injured.
  • At Joplin Walmart, Death, Survival and the ‘Best Soda I Ever Had’

    05/26/2011 10:05:22 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 26 May 2011 | Amy Merrick
    When Cameron Paul, a Walmart employee in Joplin, Mo., was growing up, he and his father would go storm-chasing. From what seemed to be a safe distance, Mr. Paul’s father, a freelance photographer, would shoot pictures of funnel clouds. In southwest Missouri, there were plenty to keep them busy. “When other people might have fire drills, we’d have tornado drills,” Mr. Paul said. Many residents had storm shelters in their yards, and tornado warnings happened so often, “it was almost like crying wolf,” he said. None of that prepared him for Sunday evening, when Mr. Paul, 19 years old, was...
  • Minneapolis Police Add Patrols to Prevent Looting

    05/25/2011 7:30:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies · 1+ views ^ | 5/25/11 | Joe Mazan
    Minneapolis Police are adding patrols to the northside to prevent looting. Broadway Liquor Outlet lost thousands of dollars in inventory because of looters right after the storm hit Sunday. Police say they've had a few reports of looting at homes and businesses.
  • Body of toddler Skyular Logsdon found in Joplin morgue (16 month old swept from Mother's arms)

    05/25/2011 6:22:45 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 41 replies
    KC STAR ^ | 25 May 11 | James Hart
    The remains of Skyular Logsdon, a 16-month-old who disappeared during the tornado Sunday in Joplin, were identified at a morgue there on Wednesday evening, a family member said.The search for Skyular, who was ripped from his mother’s arms by the storm, attracted national attention. The little boy’s great-uncle made the identification, said Rhonda Brewer, the stepmother of the child’s uncle. Skyular’s father was recently released from the hospital, and his mother is still being treated. Read more:
  • Woman dies of heart attack when told of father's tornado death

    05/25/2011 10:28:59 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/11 | John Stevens
    A 54-year-old Missouri woman has died after suffering a heart attack when told of her father's death in the Joplin tornado. The grieving woman collapsed after being told that her father was among the dead after the tornado hit. Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges said the woman who died on Tuesday didn't immediately learn of her father's death in the historic storm that has killed more than 120 people.
  • Tornado Debris From Joplin (MO) Found 150 Miles Away

    05/25/2011 8:55:56 AM PDT · by rond · 22 replies
    KSPR ^ | May 24, 2011 | KSPR
    Ella Rogers saw the piece of paper in her yard and couldn't quite figure it out, at first. It was a canceled check, dated 1996 and written to a water company. Just a slip of paper, signifying a payment on a long-ago utility bill. The check was written by a woman in Joplin, whose house was destroyed in Sunday's storm. "She lost everything," a colleague of the Joplin woman told KSPR News on Tuesday. "We just collected money in the office for her because she doesn't have anything left." Save for her life, of course -- and her connection to...
  • A frantic search for baby missing in storm (Joplin, MO - Heartbreaking!)

    05/25/2011 4:39:11 AM PDT · by mmanager · 37 replies
    St. Louis Dispatch ^ | May 25, 2011 | Todd Frankel
    JOPLIN, MO. • They had to find Skyular. They wanted the baby boy home. The 16-month-old disappeared from his mother's arms and into the massive tornado that two days earlier had destroyed so much of this city. His mother and father had been taken to a hospital, severely injured. Skyular, a small boy with light brown hair and big brown eyes, was gone. His relatives were going to try to find him. It would be a frantic day of false starts and conflicting reports, of searching hospitals, online message boards and missing person rolls — all to try to solve...
  • Joplin MO Tornado in Fastrip Store/Gas Station with NEW follow-up video.

    05/25/2011 1:19:04 AM PDT · by stlnative · 45 replies
    Joplin MO Tornado Survivor ^ | 5/22/11 - 5/24/11 | izelsg
    Many of you have probably seen the first video by now of the 20 people who sought shelter in a Fastrip Store/Gas Station during the Joplin MO Tornado on 5/22/11. As many of you know one person that was there was recording the whole thing while the EF-5 tornado was bearing down on them. All of them survived. The first video is here... First Person video of Joplin MO tornado 5/22/11 It is mostly audio as it was too dark inside the building. I must warn those who have not heard it yet, that it is very terrifying and it...
  • National Weather Service: Denning, Ark., Destroyed By Tornado

    05/24/2011 11:14:08 PM PDT · by kingu · 95 replies ^ | 5/25/2011
    National Weather Service: Denning, Ark., Destroyed By Tornado POSTED: 12:29 am CDT May 25, 2011 UPDATED: 12:43 am CDT May 25, 2011 FORT SMITH, Ark. -- The National Weather Service is reporting that a large, dangerous tornado has destroyed the town of Denning, Arkansas, in Franklin County, just south of Altus. The tornado hit the area about 12:15 a.m., and it continued to the northeast. Spotters reported that this large tornado was up to a mile wide at one point just before it struck Denning. 40/29 News reporter Kelly Johnson said there was lots of structural damage in the Denning...
  • Tornado in Dallas-Fort Worth area (near DFW airport, Stemmons Freeway, Love Field)

    05/24/2011 6:52:28 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 207 replies
    WBAP Radio ^ | 5/24 | WBAP Radio
    Tornado's as described in title. Listen live at the link:WBAP radio live stream
  • Storm rated an EF-5; death toll now stands at 122 (Joplin)

    05/24/2011 6:31:01 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    Springfield News-Leader | May 24, 2011 | Cory de Vera
    Gannett publication; title and link only permitted on FR. Title is descriptive; story contains stunning aerial photograph closeups of the devastation plus links to many other stories of the disaster. Link: Storm rated an EF-5; death toll now stands at 122
  • Horrible… Deadly Tornado Sucks Teen Through Sunroof While Riding Home From Graduation

    05/24/2011 6:13:36 PM PDT · by radioone · 59 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-25-11 | Lady Liberty
    Will Norton was on his way home from his Joplin High School graduation ceremony when the tornado hit on Sunday. The 18 year-old graduate was sucked through the sunroof of the car he was riding in with his father. He hasn’t been seen since.
  • 'I’m alive!' Text message saves tornado victim's life.

    05/24/2011 5:34:43 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 15 replies
    The Mail Online ^ | 05.24.11 | John Stevens
    This is a heartwarming story about a young man who was rescued from the tornado after being buried alive in the debris. This story also has a subtext about the complicity of the media in hiding illegals and helping illegals break laws. Notice the article and the video at the link. Neither the rescued or his friend are named. No one knows who they are and where they are from. I am happy that the man is alive, but sad that we have a hobbled law enforcement and an anti-American media.
  • Tornado Ravages Joplin, Missouri (38 photos of this major tragedy)

    05/23/2011 8:40:44 PM PDT · by Jeff Winston · 50 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 23, 2011 | The Atlantic
    At least 116 people died in a massive tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday. The cyclone destroyed hundreds of homes and vehicles, as well as a high school and a hospital. Rescue teams have been working hard to find and assist as many people as possible, even as another storm system passes through region today.
  • On the Scene in Joplin

    05/23/2011 2:57:12 PM PDT · by radioone · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 23, 2011 | Patrick Richardson
    For the most part Joplinites have responded the way Midwesterners always do: they dug themselves out of the rubble, brushed themselves off, got their sense of humor in place, and went looking for someone in worse shape than they were to help. (With photos.)
  • Minneapolis liquor store looted after tornado

    05/23/2011 1:27:25 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 45 replies
    Twin Cities ^ | 23 May 2011 | Andy Greder
    Soon after a tornado ripped through North Minneapolis pm Sunday afternoon, an estimated 20 looters ripped off Broadway Liquor Outlet. The high winds that downed trees and tore off roofs in the area also smashed the glass storefront of the liquor store at 2201 W. Broadway Ave., which was closed. The looters stole liquor, cigarettes and cash, said owner Dean Rose. The store had plywood boards nailed to its exterior by 7:30 p.m., but broken glass and cases of beer could be seen scattered on the floor inside. Rose said Sunday night he didn't know the extent of the theft....
  • Joplin tornado death toll soars to 89 (116 now)

    05/23/2011 3:57:50 AM PDT · by Sprite518 · 354 replies
    A massive tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin Sunday evening killed at least 89 people, emergency officials said at a predawn news conference.
  • Joplin, Missouri Officials Say At Least 89 Dead In Tornado (title change)

    05/22/2011 8:01:08 PM PDT · by GailA · 59 replies
    News 6 ^ | 5/22/11 | na
    JOPLIN, Missouri -- A tornado ravaged parts of Joplin Sunday, killing at least 24 people as the powerful storm took out hundreds of homes and businesses. Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer says a tornado hit the St. John's Regional Medical Center on the city's south side
  • Joplin MO hit by strong destructive tornado

    05/22/2011 4:40:20 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 320 replies · 5+ views
    major tornado hit south side,,hospital damage..home destroyed the weather channel live coming up
  • Adorable lady finds missing cat during interview outside tornado-ruined home

    05/20/2011 5:23:46 PM PDT · by mom4kittys · 45 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 20, 2011 | Liz Goodwin
    Aren't you glad it's Friday? Do you want to maybe cry a little in celebration? Then check out this video, below, of Judy Pugh, whose home was destroyed by the tornadoes that swept through Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27. The ferocious twister left at least 39 dead in Tuscaloosa alone. Pugh cheerfully told local station WIAT that she rushed to the hallway with her three cats when the mile-wide tornado hit. The roof fell on top of her, but miraculously she and two of her cats were all in one piece. "I tried to get to my hands and knees...
  • 132 Miles of Devastation: EF-5 tornado deadliest in United States in last 56 years

    05/10/2011 5:12:24 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 17 replies
    The Huntsville Times ^ | 9 May 2011 | Challen Stephens
    Eddie Cosby waited in safety glasses, hard hat and bulletproof vest. Weatherman Gary Dobbs watched the tornado turn straight toward his home. Lindon Miller said his grandson and his grandson's wife ran to his sturdy brick home for shelter, only to be swept far into the fields of Franklin County. Nicole Burns lost four neighbors in Phil Campbell, including a 10-year-old boy. Tommy Quinn lost his childhood home, but was able to dig out the survivors in a church basement. Cary Higginbotham said the storm spared his home in Limestone County, but sucked the living room sofa out the back...
  • Pets displaced by tornadoes await reunions

    05/09/2011 2:38:39 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 7 replies
    AP ^ | May 9, 2011 | By MATT SEDENSKY
    Those leaving the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter these days are either overjoyed after finding their pets lost when tornadoes ravaged the region or heartbroken and often moved to tears when they don't. Reginald Jackson has felt both. He walked up and down the rows of cages, looking for his pit bull Bolo, but the dog was nowhere to be found. About to leave, distressed that his year-old animal was still missing, Jackson looked and there was Bolo. A veterinarian was walking him from an exam.

    05/09/2011 10:57:44 AM PDT · by NJ_Tom · 11 replies
    The Cypress Times ^ | May 9, 2011 | John G. Winder
    It has long been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Much has been written and broadcast in the past 48 hours about the need to see a certain picture. A picture that some believe could provide comfort, closure, or confirmation of a death; a killing. This is a picture of death. It is bloody and gruesome, yet so many want to see it. Another picture caught my eye today. This was a picture of despair. It was a picture of hope. At its core it is a picture of the greatest hope the world knows. This was...
  • FEMA Denies Assistance For Virginia Tornadoes

    05/09/2011 8:24:30 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 69 replies ^ | May 7, 2011 | Preston Ayres
    FEMA says no to Virginia. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denies Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's request for federal assistance with the tornado destruction.(snip) The storm facts for April show the state was slammed by more than two dozen tornadoes. Killing 10 people, four of those were in Glade Spring. 212 homes were destroyed statewide and more than 1,000 were damaged.
  • Talk Radio Rides to the Rescue (Tuscaloosa Tornado)

    05/07/2011 6:48:49 AM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 7, 2011 | David T. Beito
    <p>The tornado that tore through here late last month left 41 dead and 12 still missing. Whole neighborhoods now resemble bombed-out postwar Tokyo or Berlin. But this devastation is only part of the story. Tuscaloosa is now the scene of an inspiring volunteer relief effort taking place without the guidance of any central planner.</p>
  • MSM....Don't Forget Us!!!! People Are STILL Suffering. (vanity)

    05/04/2011 7:55:29 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 24 replies ^ | 5/2/2011 | Me
    I know there has been so much attention paid to the OBL story since Sunday (rightly so)......but people are still suffering down here. We, in the South, are a INCREDIBLY resilient people, but all sights from the MSM have been displaced, yet the 'herd of cats finding another shiny object to chase'. We still need recognition and support.
  • Tornado Relief Help!!! (national groups AND listed by states)

    05/04/2011 4:41:08 AM PDT · by AnyStreetFL · 10 replies
    AnyStreet ^ | 05/02/2011 | Kim Morin
    How to help tornado victims in the South SALVATION ARMY - The charity is providing food, drinks and spiritual support to victims. To donate, text GIVE to 80888 to donate $10 through your phone bill. Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visit Feed The Children Storm Relief SAVE THE CHILDREN - The relief effort providing food, medical care and education to children is accepting donations online People can also call 1-800-728-3843 during business hours. WORLD VISION - The Christian humanitarian organization focuses on children, aiming to lessen the emotional and psychological damage that many children suffer during crises. To donate, visit...
  • The search for Tuscaloosa's missing (can't pinpoint the whereabouts of at least 240 people)

    05/04/2011 4:14:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    CBS 42 ^ | 4/03/11
    The search for Tuscaloosa's missing TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) - Nearly one week after a dreadful tornado punched a hole directly through Tuscaloosa, search and recovery crews are struggling to pinpoint the whereabouts of at least 240 people. The number was updated from more than three hundred, Monday. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says he is holding out hope and praying, but in his heart he is worried that as more time passes the number of fatalities in Tuscaloosa will grow. Officials explain that the actual number of missing people in Tuscaloosa is constantly changing because as soon as they are able...
  • Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to address state about tornadoes

    05/03/2011 3:08:08 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Republic ^ | May 2, 2011 | Staff
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Robert Bentley will discuss Alabama's tornado damage and the state's response to it during a televised address to the state Legislature on Tuesday evening. A spokeswoman for Bentley says the address from the Capitol will begin at 6 p.m. The leaders of the House and Senate have assured the governor that the members will vote Tuesday to have the joint session for the governor's address. The Legislature typically only holds one joint session a year to hear from the governor and that's at the start of the legislative session for the governor to outline his legislative...
  • Four Charged With Looting Beer After Tornado

    05/02/2011 5:05:57 PM PDT · by LightningStriker2010 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Times Free Press ^ | May 1, 2011
    Two adults and two juveniles have been charged with stealing from a storm-damaged business in Bradley County, according to a news release. The sheriff’s office release says Tennessee Wildlife Resources officers patrolling an area on Dalton Pike where a small store was demolished found three people preparing to move beer and other beverages stacked at the rear of the building. After further investigation, Bradley deputies found a backpack-type sprayer from the store at the home of Larry Dean Gibson Jr., 22, the release stated. Gibson, of Blythe Avenue, has been charged with theft under $500, two counts of contributing to...
  • Two Men Arrested in Madison County for Looting After Tornado

    05/02/2011 8:38:13 AM PDT · by LightningStriker2010 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    St. Louis Today ^ | Terry Hillig
    GRANITE CITY • Two suspected looters were arrested Monday in a tornado-ravaged area of Madison County, Sheriff Robert Hertz said. The suspects were charged with misdemeanor theft. They are Vince M. Dey, 18, of the 2500 block of Nameoki Road in Granite City and Steven W. Hawkins, 39, of St. Louis. Both were held in lieu of $1,000 bail. Sheriff's Capt. Brad Wells said a homeowner called the sheriff's department at 8:51 a.m. and said she saw the men load metal that had blown off her house onto their truck.
  • Napolitano visits Devestation (as angry white male)

    05/01/2011 7:07:38 PM PDT · by wbarmy · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01, 2011 | Associated Press
    BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured hard-hit neighborhoods of Alabama and Mississippi on Sunday to offer condolences and pledge support for local residents and emergency workers.
  • Miracle of Alabama: eight-year-old boy is sucked into tornado at 200mph...LIVES to tell tale

    05/01/2011 2:23:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 7:29 PM on 1st May 2011 | Daniel Bates
    Eight-year-old Reginald Epps Jr was picked up off his feet and pulled into the swirling darkness when one of the Alabama twisters tore through his home. As his family cowered beneath him he was carried through the air some 30ft before being set down again with just cuts and bruises. Eight-year-old Reginald Epps Jr was picked up off his feet and pulled into the swirling darkness when one of the Alabama twisters tore through his home. As his family cowered beneath him he was carried through the air some 30ft before being set down again with just cuts and bruises....
  • Just Touching Base With Alabama FReepers! (vanity)

    05/01/2011 10:36:00 AM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 22 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 5/1/2011 | me
    Prayers for my fellow FReepers who may have been touched by the storms.
  • 'We've been blessed': Survivors grateful ... (JAPAN'S GOT NOTHING ON ALABAMA!!!)

    05/01/2011 9:24:06 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 83 replies
    AP via MSNBC ^ | 4/30/2011 7:15:31 PM | GREG BLUESTEIN, MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    PRATT CITY, Ala. — Church groups, students and other volunteers worked aggressively Saturday to bring food, water and other necessities to communities ravaged by the second-deadliest day of tornadoes in U.S. history. Across the South, volunteers have been pitching in as the death toll from Wednesday's storms keeps rising. At least 340 people were killed across seven states, including at least 249 in Alabama, as the storm system spawned tornadoes through several states. It was the largest death toll since March 18, 1925, when 747 people were killed in storms that raged through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. In Pratt City,...
  • Tornadoes whipped up by wind, not climate: officials

    04/29/2011 5:41:32 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies ^ | April 28, 2011 | Guillaume Decamme
    US meteorologists warned Thursday it would be a mistake to blame climate change for a seeming increase in tornadoes in the wake of deadly storms that have ripped through the US south. "If you look at the past 60 years of data, the number of tornadoes is increasing significantly, but it's agreed upon by the tornado community that it's not a real increase," said Grady Dixon, assistant professor of meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University.
  • 'Never seen devastation like this,' Obama says of twisters

    04/29/2011 9:46:29 AM PDT · by illiac · 51 replies
    pmsnbc ^ | 4/29/11 | pmsnbc
    Better never than late.... TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — President Barack Obama got a sobering, close-up look Friday at the nation's most horrific tornado damage in decades, as crews continued to look for victims and the death toll hovered around 300. "I've never seen devastation like this," Obama said after touring the Tuscaloosa area.