Tornado season devastates Gulf Coast

Tornado forming

Tornadoes are more common in North America than anywhere else worldwide. From Wikimedia Commons.

Over the weekend of April 23 to April 25, Mississippi and Alabama were terrorized by tornadoes.  In Mississippi, tornadoes ripped through Yazoo County and Choctaw County, leaving more than 100 homes untenable and 10 people dead.  Further storms hit Walker and Etowah Counties in Alabama, leaving two dead and more injured.  This is the worst weather damage that has occurred in the two states since Hurricane Katrina hit, and it’s surmised that it is going to take a lot of quick cash to repair the damage.

Gulf Coast more susceptible to tornado strikes

While one’s mind may conjure images of the Midwest when it comes to a tornado, the states on the Gulf Coast may be more susceptible to tornado-inducing storms.  Anywhere contrasting weather systems meet or low pressure systems form easily, such as coastlines, storms can become far more severe.  While the Midwest is known as Tornado Alley, the Southeast has tornadoes that last longer, are more violent and cause more damage.  Coastlines mean more extreme weather and greater population densities; combine them and you have a recipe for disaster.

Mississippi hit hardest

From an article on CNN, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was on hand in Yazoo City, a town of 28,000 which was badly damaged by the storm.  It is where he calls home, and Yazoo is his home county. He has announced that he will be calling for federal aid this week.  The tornado released by the weather system in Mississippi touched down and tore across over 150 miles.  The Red Cross and other organizations are already on hand delivering aid, but it will take some hefty installment loans to patch this kind of damage up.  The weather system involved also unleashed several smaller tornadoes into Alabama.

Over 41 tornadoes unleashed; at least one EF4

The storm system that tore through Mississippi was deemed to be an EF4.  Tornadoes used to be gauged on the Fujita Scale, which was revised into the Enhanced Fujita Scale.  An EF5 is still the strongest.  The storm released 41 total tornadoes, one of which was an EF4, and nine of which were an EF2 or above. Planet Earth is home to some nasty weather, and it can be nearly impossible to see it coming.  Let’s hope those affected in Mississippi and Alabama can get the help they need to pick up the pieces.