Killer Storms Spread Destruction Across the South

All Client Alert
December 24, 2015

Reported approximate areas sustaining home damage: Atkins, AK (Pope County, 72823); Alton, IL (Madison County, 62002); Eureka, MO (St. Louis County, 63025); Pacific (Franklin and St. Louis counties, 63069); Sardis, MS (Panola County, 38666); Holly Springs, MS (Marshall County, 38634); Como, MS (Panola County, 38619); Clarksdale MS, (Coahoma County, 38614); Copeville, TX (Collin County, 75121); DeSoto, TX (Dallas County, 75115, 75123); Garland, TX (Collin, Dallas and Rockwall counties, 75040, 75041, 75042, 75043, 75044, 75045, 75046, 75047, 75049); Rowlett, TX (Dallas and Rockwall counties, 75030, 75088, 75089).

Please click here to view a ZIP Code list of approximate affected areas in Mississippi (county wide).

Please click here to view a ZIP Code list of approximate affected areas in Texas (county wide).

NOTE: This is not currently a FEMA declared disaster.

Storms kill at least 10 people, injure dozens

The Wall Street Journal posted an article discussing a line of severe storms and tornadoes that affected a number of states in the southeastern U.S.

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss.—At least 10 people were killed as springlike storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather and spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the U.S. South, officials said Thursday. Emergency officials blamed the severe weather for injuring scores of others and destroying dozens of cars, homes and businesses.
 
The threat of tornadoes eased as the line of storms moved east Thursday and brought heavy rain and thunderstorms to Atlanta and the Carolinas. In the communities worst-hit by Wednesday’s tornadoes, search parties hunted for missing people and volunteers helped clear debris on a day often reserved for gift wrapping and last-minute shopping.
 
Bobby Watkins and his wife huddled beneath their old oak dining table for shelter as storm winds roaring outside their Mississippi home tossed a barn onto their truck, tore the steeple off a nearby church and reduced a neighboring building to rubble.
 
“Santa brought us a good one, didn’t he?” Watkins said Thursday as the couple took a Christmas Eve stroll amid the destruction in rural Benton County, Miss. “I may have lost some stuff, but I got my life.”
 
In Linden, Tenn., Chris Shupiery wore a Santa hat as he cut fallen trees with a chain saw not far from a home in which two people died in the storm.
 
“I figured I’d come down here with my hat,” Mr. Shupiery said. “I’ve been wearing it for Christmas, and this was just the right thing to do, come help a family in need. Suit up, try to cheer people up, and try to make them feel a little better with Christmas coming around.”
 
From Alabama to New York, much of the country felt unusually warm temperatures in the 70s Fahrenheit (more than 20 degrees Celsius) on Christmas Eve and thousands were without power from Mississippi to Michigan.
 
The storms killed at least six in Mississippi, including a 7-year-old boy who died when the storm tossed the car he was in, officials said. Three were killed in Tennessee and one in Arkansas.
 
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said the state had at least 40 injuries, some serious.
 
The threat of severe weather just before Christmas is unusual, but not unprecedented, said Greg Carbin, a meteorologist at the national Storm Prediction Center. Exactly a year ago, twisters hit southeast Mississippi, killing five people and injuring dozens of others.

Source: The Wall Street Journal (Associated Press)

Additional Resources:

Reuters (12/24/15)

CNN (12/24/15)

Chicago Tribune (12/28/15)

NBC (12/27/15)

FOX (Associated Press) (12/31/15)

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