USA January 23, 2017
Death Toll Continues To Rise As Tornadoes Cause Chaos In The South
We’re not even one month into the new year yet and already a handful of states have seen severe tragedy when it comes to natural disasters. With no signs of Mother Nature letting up just yet, residents living in the south experienced a series of storms and tornadoes this weekend that have left many areas in a state of emergency.
Claiming at least 20 lives over the past 48 hours, a series of tornadoes rampaged through the South, creating mass destruction
From Mississippi to Florida, areas in the South were left demolished; Georgia was hit with the most devastating weather.
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas are some of the states that saw the effects of these terrible storms this past weekend. The National Weather Service reported that two tornadoes managed to strike down in South Carolina, with hundreds of trees uprooted and several homes left damaged.
At least 15 people died this weekend in Georgia, and dozens were injured,
Early Sunday morning, tragedy struck Georgia as tornadoes made their way through the state. These storms came after four tornado-related deaths were reported Saturday morning in Mississippi.
Georgia has now issued a state of emergency for seven of its south central counties.
Those who saw the aftermath of these storms are describing it as looking like a nuclear bomb went off. As of yesterday roughly 17,000 Georgia residents found themselves without power. Downed trees, gas leaks and blocked roads have all been reported in the Albany area.
Another area that was greatly affected this weekend? Mississippi's city of Hattiesburg.
So far at least four people have been reported dead after an EF-3 tornado hit the city on Saturday, with roughly 50 people being treated for injuries at local hospitals. Buildings and homes in the area were destroyed; damages are likely to reach over $200 million dollars in Hattiesburg.
While Florida has also already been affected by this weekend's storms, the state is preparing for the worst as violent thunderstorms are reportedly on the way.
Early this morning many residents in Florida still found themselves without power (roughly 12,000 in the Miami-Dade and Broward areas), with areas in North Florida under Tornado Warnings. Most of the state's tornado watches were cancelled by 6AM this morning, but residents are still watching closely as more violent storms are expected to hit the state later today.
Currently a Wind Advisory is in affect until 7PM, with Governor Rick Scott announcing that he'll be monitoring the storms to keep residents alert and prepared for what's to come. According to the National Weather Service this is the first high-risk storm that Florida has seen since 1999.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a rare high-risk severe weather outlook on Sunday, the first that's been issued since 2014.
If you didn't understand just how devastating these storms have been this past weekend, take in the fact that an alert like this has not been issued in nearly
three years. According to weather predictions, residents living in North Florida are more at risk to experience these tornadoes and storms as compared to the state's southern regions.
This video, posted on YouTube by Summerhill Digital, shows much of the devastating destruction.
Are you living in a location that’s been affected by this heartbreaking series of storms? Be sure to share your experiences of this intense weekend weather with us and most importantly… stay safe!