Dozens injured, 2 dead after tornadoes hit Texas, Arkansas

In this Saturday, May 9, 2015 photo provided by Brian Khoury, a tornado touches down in Cisco, Texas. One person was killed Saturday night and another left in critical condition after the tornado hit Cisco, a rural farming and ranch area about 100 miles west of Fort Worth. (Brian Khoury via AP)

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(New) Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 7-pm: Mills County

October 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

623 PM CDT FRI OCT 4 2013





Flash floods batter Afghanistan, at least 22 dead

An Afghan woman walks, as she is reflected in flood water in Kabul, Afghanistan.—AP Photo


KABUL: At least 22 people in Afghanistan were killed and farmland was damaged when flash floods hit a plain near the capital, officials said on Sunday.

Normally arid Afghanistan can get heavy rain in its summer and more than 60 people were killed early this month in flooding east of the capital, Kabul.

The latest floods followed hours of torrential rain and hail on Saturday, with the Shomali plain, just to the north of Kabul, particularly hard hit.

Six of the dead were children, said senior Kabul police officer, Sayed Ekramuddin Jalal.

“We have already sent teams of rescuers to the area and taken people out of danger,” he said.

Several people were injured and about a dozen homes were washed away. Many irrigation canals and wells, as well as orchards and fields were damaged, he said.

Some of the victims were visiting relatives for the Eidul Fitr holiday, he said.

Two women were killed and four people were injured in flooding elsewhere, said Ghulam Farouq, an official at the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness.

Hail Storm Pelts Texas Town

Becky Kellogg Published: Apr 3, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

Hitchcock, Tex.

Hitchcock, Tex.

 7 of the 11 police cars at the Hitchcock, Tex. Police Department were seriously damaged by hail on Wed., April 3. (Courtesy: Mark Boyle/KPRC-TV)


Hitchcock, Tex.

Windows were blown out at homes and business in Hitchcock, Tex. in the early morning hours of Wed., April 3 after massive hail pelted the area. (Courtesy: Mark Boyle/KPRC)

Softball-sized hail rained down on a community in Texas in the early morning hours of Wed., April 3 leaving significant damage in its wake.  The hail shattered windows in buildings and cars in Hitchcock, Tex.  

Texas-Sized Hail Pounds Homes

The Hitchcock, Texas Police Dept. says 7 of its 11 police cars were seriously damaged by the hail.  Several trailer parks also sustained heavy damaged as well as a church and fire station.

A spokesperson for the Hitchcock, Tex. Police Dept. told The Weather Channel that she was inundated with calls to 911 about the hail storm.  At one point, she says she couldn’t hear people on the phone because hail was pounding the roof of the police station so violently. 

There is still a threat of isolated damaging hail and winds in Texas today.  The storm front that produced this hail will linger from Texas and across the Gulf States through Thursday but will produce mostly rain.

Viewer photo of the golfball size hail that just fell in Wharton. #TXwx


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Hail, Tornadoes, Damaging Winds Hammer the Southeast; Video, Photos

Published: Mar 19, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT


google map severe storm
Winter Storm Ukko‘s severe side brought severe weather into the southern states, including intense thunderstorms that produced huge hailstones throughout the southern United States.  The interactive map above shows tornado reports (in red) and high wind/wind damage reports (blue arrows).  Click on each icon to see each report.  

Two tornadoes have been confirmed so far:

  • Near McEwen, Tenn.:  “High-end” EF1 with maximum winds estimated at 105 mph was on the ground for 10.6 miles starting at 7:40 a.m. CDT.  Outbuildings and one home were damaged.  One mobile home was destroyed.
  • Southeast of Murfreesboro, Tenn.:  EF0 with maximum estimated winds of 85 mph was on the ground for 3.8 miles crossing Interstate 24.  Outbuildings were damaged. 

In all, there were 264 reports of severe weather Monday and Monday night across seven states from southeast Arkansas and northeast Louisiana to South Carolina.  For the entire month of March prior to Monday, there had been a total of 165 severe reports, including just a single tornado. 

Hail storm caused damage across Metro

Large Baseball Sized Hail Storm, USA – March 19, 2013

iWitness: Large Hail In Mississippi

In Mississippi, authorities reported two people were hit on the head by large hail as the enormous storm front crossed the region Monday. Fire official Tim Shanks said baseball-sized hail smashed windows in several vehicles in Clinton, where the two people were hit. He had no immediate word on their condition.

Hail to the size of softballs was reported around Jackson, Mississippi, and emergency officials in the state say there were reports of homes damaged in at least five Mississippi counties.  Cars could be seen driving along the interstate with broken windows and cracked windshields.

In Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson airport officials issued a groundstop as severe storms barreled into the nation’s busiest international airline hub. Fulton County Emergency officials cited several reports of golf ball sized hail at the airport. Delta Flight 2133 was rerouted back to Charlotte, N.C., due to unsafe weather conditions in Atlanta.

Georgia Power officials said 73,000 customers were without power Monday night, and of that number, 31,000 were in northwest Georgia.

In Alabama, winds were clocked at 80 mph in some areas.  Eight people in the Gadsden area and five others in the county were hospitalized Monday night.  A roof was ripped from a school in Collinsville, about 15 miles southwest of Fort Payne.  More than 200,000 customers in Alabama were without power due to the storms.  

Etowah County, Ala. officials said a person had to be removed from a house in Rainbow City after a tree fell onto it.  Nearly two dozen trees had toppled onto Alabama Highway 77.

In Tennessee, heavy rain helped firefighters contain a wildfire that burned nearly 60 rental cabins in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 Pearl, Mississippi
Silver Creek, Ga.

  Vehicles parked in the Pearl, Miss., parking lot of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are covered in tarp, Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Silver Creek, Ga.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 Damage to the Silver Creek Mini Mart shows the effects of a storm in Silver Creek, Ga., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Rome News-Tribune, Brittany Hannah)


Sheffield, Ala.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 A front-end loader pushes the branches of a large oak tree that was blown down, blocking Montgomery Ave. across from city hall in downtown Sheffield, Alabama, Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Times Daily, Matt McKean)

Pearl, Miss.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 Andrew Stamps and his wife Valorie prepare to cover their shattered rear window of her 2009 Toyota Avalon on Monday, March 18, 2013, following a hailstorm that hit communities throughout central Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
 Center Point, Ala.
Silver Creek, Ga.

A house is damaged after a large tree fell across it during a brief, severe thunderstorm in Center Point, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/, Mark Almond)


Montgomery, Ala.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 Lightning steaks across the sky behind the Young Meadows Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Clay, Ala.

Silver Creek, Ga.

A car drives around downed trees in Clay, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/, Joe Songer)


Jacksonville, Ala.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 Jacksonville State University workers and volunteers help clean up debris from the parking lot of Campus Inn Apartments on the JSU campus in Jacksonville, Alabama Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Trent Penny-The Anniston Star)


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