MILLIONS of Americans are on high alert as tornado activity is expected to peak in the coming days.
May is this weekend, and the month is notorious for its peak tornado activity across the country, with nine twister-related deaths reported so far this year.
May’s severe weather begins with a disruption in the jet stream pouring into the Plains from the Rocky Mountains, interacting with warm air and abundant moisture, Weather.com reports.
The US tornado season typically lasts from March through June but has already wreaked havoc across the South and Plains.
More than 200 tornadoes have made landfall in the US in four months so far, 17 of them in North Texas, a region that averages 23 tornadoes.
This year has produced the most March Twisters, beating a previous record of 192 in March 2017.
There have been two reported deaths attributed to tornado activity in North Texas.
The first death occurred on March 21 in Grayson County, near the Oklahoma state line.
With winds reaching 130 miles per hour, the tornado hit the community of Sherwood Shores, where Viranda Rodgers, 73, was home alone.
Rodgers’ niece, Regena Wicker, said her aunt was taken completely by surprise when the powerful storm ripped through her mobile home.
“I couldn’t believe she lost her life because of this. They just don’t want it to be real,” Wicker told Fox 4.
“She’s the only one in the state who was affected. There were no other deaths.”
The second death was reported on April 5 in Whitehouse, Texas, when a tree fell on the home of WM Soloman, 71, when winds of 100mph were recorded in the area.
On the same day, two tornadoes were reported in Georgia, resulting in one death.
The Bryan County coroner confirmed the death to CNN but had no details about the victim or how they died.
ARKANSAS AND NEW ORLEANS
On March 22, two tornadoes swept through New Orleans, killing one.
Terrifying footage was shown as the Twister sped through the city, destroying homes and overturning cars.
On April 13, more than 62 million Americans in the southern and central United States were hit by severe weather, bringing blizzards, fires and storms to the region.
In Arkansas, a 20-year-old woman was killed after a tree fell on her RV in the township of Rison, about 45 miles south of Little Rock.
“When we arrived, she was already dead at the scene,” Stephen McClellan, Cleveland County, Arkansas’ chief of emergency management, told weather.com at the time.
Two others were inside but were unharmed.
Meanwhile, on March 30, a series of powerful storms swept through the Florida Panhandle, leaving two dead.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office said two people were killed and two injured after a tornado hit.
The night’s storms, with scattered tornadoes, downed trees and power lines, damaging homes and businesses.
The sheriff’s office showed evidence of houses being completely destroyed by a tornado.
A journalist described the damage as “absolutely devastating” and divided photo of a demolished house that was reduced to rubble.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5204814/warning-tornado-peak-millions-on-alert/ Warning that tornado activity will peak in DAYS, putting millions of Americans on high alert with at least 7 deaths in 2022