Powerful New Storms Trigger Damage, Help Set Possible Tornado Record?

Apr 27, 2011

The National Weather Service has issued a rare storm warning, saying the Midwest and South are at risk of deadly tornadoes today. The Birmingham News says the risk has already arrived in Alabama: forecasters clocked winds at 100 miles per hour in central Alabama and several people are trapped in debris.

CNN says there's heavy damage in six Alabama counties and Gov. Robert Bentley is preparing to issue a disaster declaration because of the suspected tornadoes.

The storms are advancing on Georgia, where emergency teams report seeing wind damage. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a tornado watch is posted for the greater Atlanta region as forecasters warn it's going to get worse later today. This week, there have been at least 13 deaths: 11 people were killed in Arkansas and two died in Mississippi. It's believed a tornado touched down and wiped out much of Vilonia, Ark.

This could be a record month: UPI reports there have been 600 reported tornadoes in April. The record is 267 confirmed tornadoes in April, 1974. The Weather Channel's Dr. Greg Forbes believes the record was broken with 292 confirmed tornadoes this month. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.