Photos – Aftermath Of US Midwest Tornadoes

16 04 2012

A truck lies on its side after a tornado struck Woodward, Oklahoma, April 15, 2012. Rescue and clean-up efforts were underway across the Midwest on Sunday after dozens of tornadoes tore through the region, killing at least five people in Oklahoma, leaving thousands without power in Kansas and damaging up to 90 percent of the homes and buildings in one small Iowa town. (REUTERS/Jeff Tuttle)

There were dozens of tornadoes that destroyed buildings, vehicles and trees across the Midwest during the weekend.

(Please click here for: ‘At Least Five Killed By Night time Tornado In Oklahoma’).

Tornado is a natural disaster that sucked up things along its path and dropped them back to the ground may be a few meters away.

I first learned about tornadoes after reading the book, ‘The Wizard of Oz’.

I was 4 years old at that time and I wondered why only Dorothy’s house was sucked up by the twister and not some other things around it.

Actually tornado only destroys things along its path.

Sue Lord is dwarfed by the debris from her home, which is piled up on the neighbor's home, following a tornado in Woodward, Okla., Sunday, April 15, 2012. Lord was in the home when the tornado struck, but was not injured. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Ottaway Amusement, Inc. workers survey the damage to a 65-foot tall Ferris wheel Sunday morning, April 15, 2012, that toppled over onto another ride at Kellogg and Greenwicht following a tornado that swept through east Wichita overnight Saturday. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Mike Hutmacher)

A woman is framed in the doorway of a damaged home in Thurman, Iowa, Sunday, April 15, 2012. Iowa emergency officials said a large part of the town in the western part of the state was destroyed Saturday night, possibly by a tornado, but no one was injured or killed. Fremont County Emergency Management Director Mike Crecelius said about 75 percent of the 250-person town was destroyed. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Storm chaser photographer Brad Mack shoots a tornado as it makes its way over the 135 freeway near Moundridge, Kansas, during the third day of severe weather and multiple tornado sightings, April 14, 2012. A spate of tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, churning through Wichita and other areas, causing widespread damage and killing two. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Trish Ford, of Woodward, Oklahoma, looks for personal papers for a friend whose office was destroyed by a tornado April 15, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff Tuttle

Woodward, Oklahoma





At Least Five Killed By Night time Tornado In Oklahoma

15 04 2012

Reuters reported that at least five people were killed on Sunday while some people were injured when a tornado hit a northwest city of Woodward, Oklahoma early on Sunday morning as tornadoes swept across the U.S. Plains states.

Tornadoes were spotted across the Midwest and Plains on Saturday damaging buildings and vehicles in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma.

A number of people were reportedly injured in those incidents.

Iowa emergency officials said a large part of the town of Thurman in the western part of the state was destroyed Saturday night but luckily nobody was killed.

Weather forecasters warned that severe storms and more tornadoes touchdown is expected in the region for the rest of the weekend.

On Tuesday April 3, 2012,  a swarm of tornadoes hit Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

This is a disaster and I am very sorry for the victims.

THURMAN, IA - APRIL 14: Several Semi trucks and their trailers are overturned on Interstate 29 April 14, 2012 in Thurman, Iowa. Photo By Eric Francis/Getty Images

A severe thunder storm supercell moves above the ground near the small town of Stratton, Nebraska April 12, 2012. Forecasters are warning of a possible major tornado outbreak in the Midwest this weekend, with Kansas and Oklahoma seen at particular risk as early as Saturday. Picture taken April 12, 2012. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Storm chaser photographers Brad Mack (R) and Gene Blevins take photos of lightning from a tornadic super cell near Apache City, Oklahoma April 13, 2012. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are expected Saturday afternoon and evening over central and eastern Kansas, central and eastern Nebraska and central and north central Oklahoma, the National Weather Service said. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Huge tornadic super cells shoot out lightning bolts in the skies near the area of Apache, Oklahoma, April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Huge super cells form in the skies near the area of Kingfisher, Oklahoma April 13, 2012. REUTERS/Gene Blevins

Huge tornadic super cells shoot out lightning bolts in the skies near the area of Apache, Oklahoma, April 13, 2012. . REUTERS/Gene Blevins

A funnel cloud dips down from the clouds on Saturday, April 14, 2012, just southwest of Otis, Kansas as severe thunderstorms roll across Kansas. The funnel touched down briefly before the storm weakened. Supercell thunderstorms spawned numerous tornadoes in Kansas on Saturday. (AP Photo/The Hays Daily News, Steven Hausler)

THURMAN, IA - APRIL 14: Damage from an apparent tornado is seen April 14, 2012 in Thurman, Iowa. The storms were part of a massive system that affected areas from Northern Nebraska south through Oklahoma. Photo By Eric Francis/Getty Images





Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Hit By Tornadoes – In Picrures

4 04 2012

Neighbours view what remains of a home in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday April 3, 2012. Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area Tuesday, peeling roofs off homes, tossing big-rig trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron Jenkins)

On Tuesday, a swarm of tornadoes hit Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

At least 17 people were injured in this disaster.

This year the tornadoes had caused 57 deaths in the Midwest and South of USA while 550 were killed by tornadoes in 2011.

161 people were killed in Joplin, Missouri by a monster tornado on May 22, 2011.

A trailer flies through the air as a tornado sweeps through the Dallas-Fort Worth area April 3, 2012 in this still image taken from video. One or more tornadoes touched down in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area on Tuesday, tossing tractor trailer trucks into the air and causing some damages to homes, according to local television. REUTERS/Reuters TV/NBC/Handout

A resident sorts through the remains of her damaged home after a series of tornadoes ripped through the Dallas suburb of Lancaster, Texas, April 3, 2012. Up to a dozen tornadoes skipped through the densely populated Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas on Tuesday, ripping apart homes and tossing tractor-trailer trucks into the air, but there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths. REUTERS/Tim Sharp

A vehicle rests in the driveway of a home destroyed by a series of tornadoes ripping through the Dallas suburb of Lancaster, Texas, April 3, 2012. REUTERS/Tim Sharp

Damaged cars are seen amid the debris after a tornado struck a residential neighbourhood in Lancaster, Texas April 3, 2012. At least two tornadoes tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area in Texas on Tuesday, ripping apart buildings, tossing tractor trailer trucks into the air and grounding planes in the region. REUTERS/Mike Stone

Semi-tractor trailers lay in debris left by a tornado which passed through the southern area of Dallas, Texas April 3, 2012.Tornadoes tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area in Texas on Tuesday, ripping apart buildings, tossing tractor trailer trucks into the air and grounding all planes in the region.There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths although the storm was still active. REUTERS/Tim Sharp





Aftermath of Great Mississippi River Flooding – Bonnet Carre Spillway Last Floodgate Is Closed In Pictures

24 06 2011

During the Mississippi River flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers opened  floodgates of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and later the Morganza Spillway.

The Bonnet Carre Spillway was opened on May 9, to divert flood water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain.

330 of the spillway’s 350 bays were opened before the corps started closing them on June 12.

The last 20 bays were closed on Monday.

On May 14, the Morganza floodway was opened to diverted water from the Mississippi into the Atchafalaya River, which carried it into the Gulf of Mexico.

It caused some flooding in the Atchafalaya Basin.

The number of gates opened on the Morganza peaked at 17.

Only one gate remained open as of Monday morning.

This two picture combo shows the Bonnet Carre Spillway, thirty miles upriver from New Orleans, on May 9, 2011, when it was opened to divert rising water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain, left, and Monday, June 20, 2011, right, when the last bays were closed, in Norco, La. Corps officials don't think the Missouri River's flood is going to have significant impact on the lower Mississippi. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workers close the final bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway just above New Orleans in Norco, Miss., Monday, June 20, 2011. The gates were opened weeks ago, pouring fresh water into Lake Pontchartrain, as high water on the Mississippi River threatened levees. Corps officials don't think the Missouri River's flood is going to have significant impact on the lower Mississippi. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Shore birds hunting for stranded fish fly over a formerly submerged roadway as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workers close the final bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway just above New Orleans in Norco, La., Monday, June 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In this June 16, 2011 photograph this mailbox shows what two weeks under Mississippi River floodwaters can do, as residents of the affected areas begin their cleanup. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

In this June 16, 2011 photograph James Winters walks slowly through the sweltering remains of his Vicksburg, Miss., waterlogged home, wipes the sweat from his brow and ponders if his home of over 20 years, can be saved. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

In this June 16, 2011 photograph the sagging mold covered blades of this ceiling fan in the Vicksburg, Miss., home of James Winters shows the height the Mississippi River floodwaters reached as waters almost reached the roof of the home at its highest crest. (AP Photo/Holbrook Mohr)

The Mississippi River indicator on the new Mississippi River Bridge shows the height of the 2011 record flooding, Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Vicksburg, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)





The Missouri River Flooding In Pictures

22 06 2011

The Missouri River flooding is getting worse.

Flood water crest more and more levees.

The US Corps of Engineer had released water from dams along the river.

And in some place the levees were ruptured causing more water to flood the homes and farms.

This is another U.S. flood disaster after the very bad Mississippi River flooding last month.

Trees emerge from the flooded Missouri River as seen from the Council Bluffs, Iowa side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, June 21, 2011. Downtown Omaha, Nebraska is in the background. REUTERS/Lane Hickenbottom

In this June 16, 2011 photo, Missouri River flood waters have finally reached a man-made second levee protecting the small town of Hamburg, Iowa. The river has been rising for weeks as the corps releases increasing amounts of water from its upstream dams to clear out heavy spring rain and snow melt. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

In this June 13, 2011, file photo the Missouri River floods farmland north of Hamburg, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, FILE)

Flood waters from the Missouri River cover Highway 333 near Interstate I-29 outside of town, Thursday, June 16, 2011, in Hamburg, Iowa. The water level continues to rise and officials say that it should crest sometime later this week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Flood waters from the nearby Missouri River cover a county highway, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Hamburg, Iowa. The water level continues to rise and officials say that it should crest sometime later this week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

A farmhouse and buildings sit surrounded by flood waters from the nearby Missouri River, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, in Hamburg, Iowa. The water level continues to rise and officials say that it should crest sometime later this week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

In this June 13, 2011, file photo the Missouri River floods farmland north of Hamburg, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Missouri River flooding, June 2011. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

A home is engulfed by flood water in Hamburg, Iowa, Monday, June 13, 2011. The rising Missouri River has ruptured two levees in northwest Missouri, sending torrents of flood waters over rural farmland toward the Iowa town of Hamburg and the Missouri resort town of Big Lake.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Vehicles travel on Interstate 29, north of Hamburg, Iowa, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Interstate 29, north of Hamburg, Iowa, is down to one lane due to flooding from the Missouri River, Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

A grain silo is surrounded by flood waters Monday, June 13, 2011, near Beaver Laken Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

An aerial view of a ruptured levee near Hamburg, Iowa, bottom center, Monday, June 13, 2011, which was letting in water from the Missouri River. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Flooding along the Missouri River in this aerial photograph taken over the Anderson dance Pavilion and Spirit of Siouxland monument in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Communities along the Missouri River including Dakota Dunes, SD, Sioux City, Iowa, and South Sioux City, Nebr., are battling flooding in the wake of record high releases from upstream Missouri River reservoirs. Sioux City Journal photo by Tim Hynds

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‘Photos of Historic Souris River Floods Minot, June 24, 2011(Reuters And AP Photos).

The Missouri River Flooding – The Rising Souris River Threatened Minot In Pictures.’





Hurricane Beatriz Hits Mexico – Photos

21 06 2011

Hurricane Beatriz hit Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday.

It is a Category 1 hurricane.

The popular tourist ports of Acapulco and Manzanillo were closed ahead of the hurricane’s arrival.

There are hurricane warnings along the Mexican coast from Lazaro Cardenas northwestward to Cabo Corrientes. 

The Mexican government said the coastal states of Guerrero, Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco should prepare for 10- to 13-foot (3- to 4-meter) waves and 6 to 12 inches of rain.

A storm surge was expected to cause coastal flooding in the hurricane warning area.

Storm surge happens when the hurricane caused the sea to rise up higher than the ordinary sea level.

It can cause lots of damages especially if it happens during the high tide.

Hurricane Beatriz is the second hurricane of the 2011 Pacific season.

The first was Hurricane Adrian, which formed earlier this month.

This is a disaster as the heavy rains can cause floods and strong winds can damage buildings as well as causing very high waves.

A family prepares to leave Miramar beach after having a picnic before the arrival of Tropical Storm Beatriz in the Pacific resort city of Manzanillo, Mexico, Monday June 20, 2011. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Beatriz is expected to become a hurricane Monday night or early Tuesday, brushing over Mexico's southwestern coast later that day before heading back out to sea. (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

Cars swept into the ocean by high waves caused by the approach of Tropical Storm Beatriz are pictured by the shore in Acapulco June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

People stand next to a car swept out to the shore after high waves caused by the approach of Tropical Storm Beatriz broke inland in Acapulco June 20, 2011. Tropical Storm Beatriz drenched parts of Mexico's Pacific coast with heavy rains on Monday and has strengthened into a hurricane, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. REUTERS/Stringer

A person walks past an upturned car by the shore after the vehicle was swept into the ocean by high waves caused by the approach of Tropical Storm Beatriz in Acapulco June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer.

An upturned car is pictured by the shore after it was swept into the ocean by high waves caused by the approach of Tropical Storm Beatriz in Acapulco June 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer





More Water Spouts Predicted In Malaysian Waters

20 06 2011

Water spout seen from Pengkalan Teluk Buih, Air Papan, Mersing, Malaysia on June 18, 2011. (Kosmo.com.my).

At about 3:30 pm on June 18, 2011, villagers in Pengkalan Teluk Buih, Air Papan, Mersing, Johore were surprised to see a water spout that swiftly moved towards their village.

A lot of fishermen’s boats were reported damaged.

Water spout rarely happens in Malaysian waters in the past.

Anyway the Meteorological Department predicts that the changing climate could result in more waterspouts in certain areas such as the one that occurred here.

Similar waterspouts had been detected in Penang, Selangor, Malacca, Sarawak and Sabah.

Water spout is something like a tornado(twister) but it started in the sea or ocean. 

It is a disaster. 








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