29 Apr '11, 9pm

onearth: Tornado Outbreak Raises Climate Change Questions

onearth: Tornado Outbreak Raises Climate Change Questions

With more than 300 dead from at least 100 tornadoes , including at least 210 deaths in Alabama alone, the tornado outbreak that tore across the South on Wednesday was certainly one for the record-books. Storm surveys are still going on, but it appears likely that this outbreak spawned several violent tornadoes, of the EF-4 to EF-5 category on the Enhanced Fujita Scale . Already one tornado has been designated an EF-5 . It destroyed much of the town of Smithville, Mississippi, killing 14. Such tornadoes are capable of ripping a home off its foundation and leaving just a concrete slab behind. The 1974 "Super Outbreak", which was the most recent outreak of a similar magnitude, killed 330 people and featured a whopping 24 F4 and F5 tornadoes, including the infamous Xenia, Ohio F5 tornado, which destroyed most of that Ohio town. The images of the tornadoes and the destruction t...

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