Image Source: Chicago Tribune)

BY CARISSA LOETHEN 

 

Tornadoes hit Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma Saturday night. Despite the major storms, only five people are reported dead — all in Oklahoma. Early forewarning of the storm might have been what helped save lives. CBS News reports...  

“The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., which specializes in tornado forecasting, had warned of a 'high-end, life-threatening event' nearly two days before the bad weather hit. It was just the second time in U.S. history that the center issued a high-risk warning more than 24 hours in advance.”

FOX News says social media also played a big part in the forewarning...

“ … because of Twitter and social media now, people could see a tornado, get that message out there so quickly that there’s a tornado on the ground and exactly where it’s going … ”

Just a simple search of “tornadoes” on Twitter brings up hundreds of pictures and videos of the Midwest twisters....

"Sound of violent wind"
(Chicago Tribune) (ITN News


Al Jazeera explains that it is the meeting of the cold front from Canada with the warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. Where these two air masses meet is where we are seeing this severe weather outbreak, and this system isn’t staying still...

“So as we head through Sunday, it’s going to be sweeping its way to the east. We’re still going to have the risk of seeing yet more tornados. This time on Sunday from Wisconsin all the way down to Texas.”

Stay with Newsy for updates on this story.

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Apr 15, 2012

Deadly Tornadoes Strike US Midwest

Image Source: Chicago Tribune)

BY CARISSA LOETHEN 

 

Tornadoes hit Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma Saturday night. Despite the major storms, only five people are reported dead — all in Oklahoma. Early forewarning of the storm might have been what helped save lives. CBS News reports...  

“The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., which specializes in tornado forecasting, had warned of a 'high-end, life-threatening event' nearly two days before the bad weather hit. It was just the second time in U.S. history that the center issued a high-risk warning more than 24 hours in advance.”

FOX News says social media also played a big part in the forewarning...

“ … because of Twitter and social media now, people could see a tornado, get that message out there so quickly that there’s a tornado on the ground and exactly where it’s going … ”

Just a simple search of “tornadoes” on Twitter brings up hundreds of pictures and videos of the Midwest twisters....

"Sound of violent wind"
(Chicago Tribune) (ITN News


Al Jazeera explains that it is the meeting of the cold front from Canada with the warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico. Where these two air masses meet is where we are seeing this severe weather outbreak, and this system isn’t staying still...

“So as we head through Sunday, it’s going to be sweeping its way to the east. We’re still going to have the risk of seeing yet more tornados. This time on Sunday from Wisconsin all the way down to Texas.”

Stay with Newsy for updates on this story.

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