Tornado Outbreaks Strain Emergency Managers

by / August 9, 2011

From April 25 to 28, 321 people were killed during a devastating tornado outbreak in the South.

Storms first hit Arkansas and Louisiana, pounded Mississippi and Alabama, and continued through Georgia and Tennessee, all the way up to Virginia. On April 27 alone, 314 people were killed — more tornado deaths in a single day than on any day since 1932.

About a month later, a tornado hit Joplin, Mo., and is estimated to have killed more than 130 people. The photos above shows volunteers and debris that fill the streets of Joplin after the EF-5 tornado touched down on May 22.

To read more about this spring's deadly tornado outbreak, visit Emergency Management magazine's website.

Photo courtesy of FEMA/Steve Zumwalt