Tornadoes in Southeast Leave Devastating Effects
At least six people have been killed due to the deadly tornadoes in the Southeast that hit on Wednesday. The tornadoes were suspected in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina. Dozens of homes and buildings were damaged and thousands of people were without power as trees and power lines were downed.
In South Carolina, three people were killed and five injured when a likely tornado swept through a rural community 20 miles south of Charlotte, N.C. In north Georgia, a man was killed when a tree fell on his sport utility vehicle. Authorities also said an adult and child were killed in central North Carolina and people in a local neighborhood marked the spot where a 3-year-old girl’s body was found with an American flag. The little girl and her grandmother were among six killed in three states Wednesday.
Dozens more were injured across the region, hundreds of buildings were damaged and thousands lost power. Meteorologists confirmed Thursday that tornadoes had struck Louisiana and Alabama a day earlier and twisters were suspected in Mississippi, Georgia and the Carolinas. Ideal conditions for severe weather were created when a cold front stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Northeast collided with unseasonably warm air, forecasters said. Temperatures dropped in some areas from the low 70s to the 50s as the front passed.
USA Today reports that tornadoes in the Southeast region, although not part of Tornado valley, are much more deadly than those that occur in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. Reasons include population density, infrastructure, housing and geography.