Saturday, May 10, 2003

Twister Caps Nation's Worst Tornado Week

Tornadoes and other severe weather have killed 42 people in Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas and Illinois in the past week, which will likely qualify as the nation's most tornado-active in modern recorded history, said Rich Thompson, lead forecaster at the storm prediction center of the National Weather Service (news - web sites), in Norman, Okla. "We just don't have a down day; that's what's been very unusual. It just doesn't seem to stop. I just issued another tornado watch not five minutes ago," Thompson said around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. In the past seven days, 298 tornadoes have been reported to the weather service nationwide, Thompson said, a number that is still somewhat in flux, and is most likely to rise. The most recent comparable rash was 159, set in 1999. >>Full story... | Slideshow: Tornadoes Strike Central U.S.

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