Staff Writer @KateMcHale42It’s that time of the year where Midwesterners keep their eyes peeled to the sky, and stay up to date with the weather. That area of the country is known to have devastating tornados that leave everyone in shock. Last weekend, a deadly tornado ripped through several states in the Midwest and South including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri. Unfortunately this severe weather proved to not only cause structural damage, but it also turned deadly. There have been reports of a death count anywhere from 16-18, but there is still no confirmed number. Regardless, this is a terrible catastrophe that has hit the areas involved. Another bout of bad news hit the area again, when The Weather Channel put them in another severe tornado warning for today, April 28th. The tornado traveled at one point for around 80 miles both on and off the ground causing great damage wherever it went. Not two hours before the deadly tornado touched down, another cyclone reared its ugly head in a small town of Quapaw, Oklahoma. Unfortunately one citizen was killed, and six injured in this tornado. The assistant Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas released this statement regarding the horrible disaster: “Just looking at the damage, this may be one of the strongest that we've seen, and preliminarily -- we haven't done any records checking -- but it looks like this is the largest loss of life that we've seen in one tornado incident since I've been governor.” Beebe stated that he feels it is going to take days to determine exactly how much damage the tornado caused, and who it has affected. As of now, for all areas involved the most important task is search and rescue of those who are trapped or in distress. While all states in the affected area were hit hard, none were hit harder than Arkansas, where 14 have been confirmed dead. There are many people’s houses that have been destroyed, leaving people to start from scratch. President Obama released this statement: “Your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild as long as it takes." He also assured the states involved that America is behind them, and wanted to praise the efforts of the first responders, calling them “heroic.” Our thoughts are with those who have been involved with this terrible weather. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7s2lzDtjew&feature=youtu.be[/embed]
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