Terrible Tornadoes And Floods Hit The United States, Causing Property Damage And Deaths
Over the weekend (Feb. 25-26), strong winds and pouring rains led to deadly tornadoes and flooding that caused incredible damage to both property and human health. The violent storm system affected the central and southern regions of the United States.
— NWS SPC (@NWSSPC) February 25, 2018
Damage and victims
As a result, at least 5 people died in Kentucky and Arkansas. 2 out of 5 victims were found in their cars.
* 4 Dead After Tornadoes and Floods Rip Through Central and Southern States New York Times * 5 dead after tornado, flooding from central US storms WTOP * At least five dead after massive US storm system spawns twister and widespread… https://t.co/ZrsVoIjJJ1 via #hng #floods pic.twitter.com/l3Eo1rhKGt
— Weather iCom (@Themebar) February 26, 2018
In Kentucky, one woman died after her house collapsed on her, while her husband was outside. Luckily, he has only minor injuries. What is more, tornadoes and floods leveled numerous houses and demolished vehicles.
Through all the heartbreak of Saturday’s tornadoes, this morning on @NC5 This Morning we captured this great sight of a dog rescued from the ruble of what was once a home in the Farmington subdivision of Clarksville. This area was hit by an EF 2 Tornado. pic.twitter.com/sfAVtVbZDj
— Henry Rothenberg (@HenryRothenberg) February 25, 2018
Unfortunately, these deaths mark the end of the 'no tornado-related deaths' period. In fact, it was the longest period without twister fatalities, spanning 284 days. These stretches are becoming longer and more common. Hopefully, there will be even fewer tornadoes in the future.
— Matt Alvarez (@MAlvarezFOX17) February 25, 2018
Rescue operations and forecast
In all of the affected states, there had been hundreds of phone calls concerning abandoned cars and the need for rescue. The police departments attempted making water rescues, and many residents evacuated.
This is heartbreaking. Jane Combs was killed when a tornado hit her Logan County, KY home yesterday. Her husband John survived.
The roof was completely ripped off the house. pic.twitter.com/336h3zSsdZ
— Nick Caloway WKRN (@NickJCaloway) February 25, 2018
Weather forecasts expect more runoffs and rainfalls this week, so flooding will still be a threat. Louisville and Cincinnati are at high risk, with the waters on the Ohio River being at their highest levels.