500 Tornadoes Reported in One Month; Kansas City-Area Tornadoes Add to 12 Straight Days of Destruction
The tornado screeching across southern Ohio on Monday night triggered a cellphone alert that roused Rich Schlarman. He ignored it. Then came another. That was enough to persuade him to hurry his 83-year-old mother toward the basement.
“We only made it down about four steps when I heard a loud boom,” Mr. Schlarman said. “If we hadn’t made it down as far as we had, we would probably not have made it.”
On Tuesday, his home was a shambles: walls bent, doors tilted, the roof gone — another house crippled amid a stretch of severe weather that has tormented communities from the Rocky Mountains to the Mid-Atlantic in recent weeks.
Now the severe weather had come to Celina, a city of about 10,000 people about 60 miles northwest of Dayton, causing the kind of devastation that has left state after state with ruined buildings and grieving families this spring.
In the last week alone, the authorities have linked tornadoes to at least seven deaths and scores of injuries. Federal government weather forecasters logged preliminary reports of more than 500 tornadoes in a 30-day period — a rare figure, if the reports are ultimately verified — after the start of the year proved mercifully quiet.
The barrage continued Tuesday night, as people across the Midwest took shelter from powerful storms.
A particularly destructive storm splintered homes, ripped up trees and downed power lines southwest of Kansas City. One tornado hit the outskirts of Lawrence, Kan., home to the University of Kansas. The worst damage was reported in nearby Linwood. Twelve people were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital with injuries, including broken bones and lacerations from glass, a hospital spokeswoman said. One person was in surgery and was to be kept there overnight.
On the East Coast, tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in parts of northern New Jersey and on Staten Island in New York.
“From mid-April on, it’s just been on a tear,” said Patrick Marsh, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. “What has really set us apart has been the last 10 days or so. The last 10 days took us from about normal to well above normal.”
SOURCE: Kevin Williams and Alan Blinder
The New York Times
Tornado barrage leaves path of destruction from Kansas to Pennsylvania
A two-week barrage of tornadoes that has ravaged much of the Midwest left this university town reeling Wednesday after tearing apart dozens of homes and businesses and injuring at least 15 people.
The latest wave of severe weather wreaked havoc Tuesday all the way to Pennsylvania, where Caernarvon Township Police Chief John Scalia said no injuries were reported but confirmed that “we have devastation.”
Tuesday marked the 12th straight day that at least eight tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service, resulting in at least 10 deaths. In Lawrence, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said three of the injuries from their tornado were serious.
SOURCE: Anna Spoerre and John Bacon
After several quiet years, tornadoes erupt in United States
After several quiet years, tornadoes have erupted in the United States over the last two weeks as a volatile mix of warm, moist air from the Southeast and persistent cold from the Rockies clashed and stalled over the Midwest.
On Monday, the U.S. tied its current record of 11 consecutive days with at least eight tornadoes confirmed on each of those days, said Patrick Marsh, warning coordination meteorologist for the federal Storm Prediction Center. The previous 11-day stretch of at least eight tornadoes per day ended on June 7, 1980.
“We’re getting big counts on a lot of these days and that is certainly unusual,” Marsh said.
The National Weather Service had already received at least 27 more reports of tornadoes Tuesday, suggesting that the record for consecutive days would be broken once the official totals are in.
The weather service has received 934 tornado reports so far this year, up from the yearly average of 743 observed tornadoes. More than 500 of those reports came in the last 30 days. The actual number is likely lower, however, because some of the reports probably come from different witnesses who spot the same twister.
The U.S. has experienced a lull in the number of tornadoes since 2012, with tornado counts tracking at or below average each year and meteorologists still working to figure out why.
“A lot of people are trying to answer that, but there’s no definitive answer,” Marsh said.
SOURCE: RICK CALLAHAN and GRANT SCHULTE, AP
Is God Dismantling America Piece by Piece?
There has never been a country more blessed than America, with the possible exception of Israel.
God has been good to America, but America has not been good to God.
Could it be that God is tired, and that the only thing that is holding America together is the weak prayers of the saints?
Parts of America — including Texas, the Gulf Coast, Florida, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories in the Caribbean — have barely survived Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. Now wildfires in California are leaving more death and devastation than at any time in recent memory.
Add that to the underground supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park that scientists say could erupt at any time causing half of America to go up in flames, as well as the San Andreas fault in California which geologists say is long overdue for a major earthquake.
The last decade has been marked by out-of-the-ordinary tornado outbreaks, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and devastating wildfires. At one point, former President Obama had declared major disasters in 42 of 50 states.
Sometimes it seems as if we are hanging on by a thread — and by the grace of God.
North Korea is continuing with its threats and missile tests, and now is capable of striking as far inland as Chicago, according to some reports, and possibly New York City, according to others. And, by the way, President Trump needs to understand that if he hits North Korea, he needs to be prepared to hit Russia, Iran, and China.
Through these disasters, it seems as though God is trying to get the attention of the Church to return to is original mission of prayer and evangelism because that is the only thing that will change the hearts of people in America and spare us further devastation.
Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
Speaking through his prophet, God delivered a message to all nations in Isaiah 66: “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not… Behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many.”