WATCH: Two Terrible Days of Killer Severe Storms
Two terrible days of killer severe thunderstorms started Tuesday morning in Louisiana.
As two chasers followed the path of a suspected tornado near Prairieville, they got a little too close, thinking the twister had already crossed the road. But the tornado was nearly on top of them and all the other cars that had stopped in the road and then one of them yelled, “There it is, it’s crossing the road right there!”.
Debris rained down on them, but luckily, nobody was injured in this super-dangerous encounter with a small twister. It was still early though and the tornado strengthened and hit the town and the damage was easy to find.
In Paincourtville, another tornado thrashed this little town, tossing mobile homes, gutting houses and downing power lines all over the place.
Through the day Tuesday, the system raced Eastward, dropping more tornadoes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. After nightfall, the threat ramped up. All tornadoes are dangerous, but it’s worse when you can’t see them in the dark.
The warnings were up in Pensacola as a huge tornado touched down there and began to mow down everything in its path. Brett Adair was just behind the storm and came upon the damage path live on the air. It was bad enough to see the destruction at night, but when the sun came up in Pensacola Wednesday, the full picture was even more heartbreaking.
Homes were leveled, apartments had been raked into parking lots and covered the residents cars with everything that had been inside. The damage was massive, but at least here, the storm was over.
As the system continued to move northeast, 10’s of millions were still under the threat of severe thunderstorms and throughout Wednesday, more tornadoes tore through the countryside.
After hours of warnings in North Carolina, one storm moved through Granville County and it looked bad.
At nearly the same time in Virginia, a tornado ravaged Waverly. The damage was terrible and by the end of the day, three people had lost their lives here and another was lost in Evergreen, Virginia.
This year we’ve had the second most active first two months of severe weather in the past ten years and we’re still months away from the peak of severe weather season.
For WeatherNation: John Van Pelt