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Severe weather blasts U.S. Midwest


Tornadoes also carved paths of destruction across Missouri on Good Friday
Tornadoes also carved paths of destruction across Missouri on Good Friday

Matt Casey, staff writer

April 26, 2011 — Severe storms caused flooding and tornadoes in parts the U.S. Midwest Monday night.

Could April 2011 make it into the top five most active months?
Could April 2011 make it into the top five most active months?

It was yet another night of severe weather for residents in parts of the U.S. Midwest on Monday. Storms produced heavy downpours and more than a dozen reports of tornadoes in places like Arkansas and Texas.

At least two people were killed in the town of Vilonia, Arkansas. It's suspected that a tornado leveled much of the small town, home to just under 4,000 people. The path of destruction is about 5 km wide and roughly 24 km long. Meanwhile, in northwestern parts of the state, three people were killed after trying to drive across flooded roadways.

Extremely dry soil is creating prime conditions for flash flooding in many areas, including the state of Missouri. Levees along the Black River in the community of Poplar Bluff are under the threat of bursting because of surging water levels. Around 1,000 homes have been evacuated. The river has risen dramatically since the area received more than 200 mm of rain in the last week.

As for the severe weather, there could be more. Another round of stormy conditions looks to follow the same track over the region, bringing several more days of rain. The same system is also responsible for bringing continued wet weather into southern Ontario.

April has been a record breaking month for the number of tornadoes in the United States. Over 300 have been confirmed so far, beating out the old record of 272 set back in 1974.

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