Thursday, May 1, 2014
A storm system that spawned tornadoes and sparked widespread flooding across states has been socking the U.S. for four days. Here are some quick facts and anecdotes on the system:
— TORNADOES: At least 65 tornadoes hit the U.S., according to rough estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
— DEATHS: In all, 37 deaths in eight states have been blamed on the storms.
— DOUBLE WHAMMY: In one of the few times in history, America had back-to-back days with tornado deaths in the double digits, on Sunday and Monday.
— STATES AFFECTED: At least 16 states were hit by the storm system in some way, most in the South and the nation's midsection.
— RAINFALL: Nearly 2 feet of rain fell in some areas. Pensacola, Fla., saw about 22 inches.
— PATH OF DESTRUCTION: In Arkansas, the deadliest tornado of the past four days cut through some 80 miles of the state.
— ANNIVERSARY ... ALMOST: Tornadoes in Alabama this week came just one day after the anniversary of an outbreak of tornadoes that killed hundreds in the state April 27, 2011.