Severe Storms in Central, Southern US
28 Apr 2014
A violent storm system brought damaging winds, thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes to Central and Southern United States April 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2014. At least thirty people were killed.
Torrential thunderstorms on the 29th caused flooding in the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama. Twenty-six counties in Florida were declared to be in a state of emergency.
Early on the 29th devastating tornadoes touched down in Mississippi. A tornado that hit outside Louisville was given a preliminary rating of at least EF4 by the National Weather Service.
A massive tornado measuring up to a half a mile wide tore an eighty mile long path through a suburban region northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas on the 28th. The tornado moved through the towns of Vilonia and Mayflower, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes. Experts estimate the tornado measured a EF3.
Deadly tornadoes were also reported in Alabama, Tennessee, Iowa and Oklahoma.
The National Weather Service has warned the threat of tornadoes in the region will last through Wednesday the 30th.