East coast tornado: Residents of 18 communities in central and western Massachusetts woke to widespread damage Thursday, a day after at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials with their suddenness and violence.
Nearly 1,200 tornadoes have swarmed the United States this year and the death toll from these tornadoes has likely topped 500, a number not seen since 1953.
The superfunnels that hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., in late April and Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, are generated by storm systems whose journeys across the country are slowed by a roadblocked jet stream.
Residents of Joplin, Missouri, had about 20 minutes of warning before a tornado strike Sunday. But this spring, early warnings have not been enough to prevent high death tolls from tornadoes.
Handshakes and hugs marked Obama's visit to ground zero on Thursday. His post-Bin Laden meeting with families who lost loved ones on 9/11 gave some comfort, said several attendees.
Meteorologists are combing through the damage from last week's historic tornado outbreak in Alabama, hoping to find clues about how to save more lives in the future.
President Obama travels to Alabama Friday to see first-hand the impact of tornadoes whose casualty toll across six states rises to 319.
The nation's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., reports that tornadoes this year have already claimed more lives than all of last year, possibly making this the deadliest tornado outbreak since the 1974.
As storms ravage the South, a recent study suggests that Dixie Alley may just be an extension of its better-known neighbor Tornado Alley, putting much of the eastern US at an 'elevated' risk for tornadoes.
St. Louis tornado on Friday flattened houses and shredded the roof of a crowded airport terminal. It is rated the second-highest level on the Enhanced-Fujita tornado damage scale, EF-4, a first for this year's tornado season. No one reported to be killed.