tornado damage News

Mississippi University to Demolish 5 Buildings After Jan. 21 Tornado

Mississippi officials announced Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved aid to governments in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties following a Jan. 21 tornado, as a hard-hit university announced it would have to demolish five buildings following the …

Surveyors Assess Communities in Oklahoma Hit by EF3 Tornado

Bad weather moved into the Ohio River Valley on Tuesday after a series of powerful storms hit the Plains, including deadly tornadoes that destroyed homes and overturned vehicles in Oklahoma. National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Smith said Tuesday’s risk was …

Deadly Tornadoes, Floods Contribute to $4B in December Losses in the U.S.

Violent storms that struck the U.S. in December will cost more than $4 billion in damages, about half of which will probably be covered by insurers, according to estimates by Aon Plc. The disasters at the end of the month …

Midwestern Tornadoes Damage Homes, Cause Injuries in 2 States

A pair of tornadoes along the Kansas-Missouri border with speeds of up to about 110 mph damaged homes and caused minor injuries, officials said. The first twister touched down around 6:30 p.m. Friday about 40 miles south of Kansas City, …

Weather Service Confirms Mississippi Windstorm Was a Tornado

A little more than four years after a powerful tornado destroyed most of Smithville, Monroe County residents are cleaning up from another twister. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert “Bunky” Goza said no one was killed or injured during …

Moore Marks 2 Years Since Tornado With Stronger Building Codes, More Storm Shelters

Two years ago today, an EF 5 tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma, 4.4 miles west of Newcastle. The powerful twister, with wind speeds reaching 210 miles per hour, cleared a path of destruction stretching fourteen miles while on the …

Illinois Residents Allowed to Return to Tornado-Hit Town

Residents of a small northern Illinois farming community that took a direct hit from a half-mile-wide tornado were allowed back into the area Saturday to assess damage and salvage what they could. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office bused residents into …

Oklahoma City Releases Preliminary Tornado Damage Survey

The Oklahoma City Emergency Management office has released its preliminary survey of damage caused by a March 25 tornado. The city reports 89 homes with minimal damage and 50 homes – including 43 mobile homes – with minor damage. Twenty …

Stronger Construction Standards Reduce Tornado Destruction: IBHS

“The devastation and damage to homes and businesses caused by tornadoes can and should be reduced by better construction methods,” said Dr. Tim Reinhold, chief engineer and senior vice president of research, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). …

Mississippi Hotel Razed After Tornado to be Replaced

An 80-room Tupelo, Miss., hotel demolished because of heavy damage from the tornado last April will be replaced by a larger hotel – one with the Hilton brand. A 108-room Home2 Suites will be built where the Comfort Suites once …