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Archive for April 11th, 2009

Texas and Oklahoma on Fire

Posted by feww on April 11, 2009

Wildfires and tornadoes fueled by strong winds cause widespread destruction in the southern US.

A fraternal lodge in Mena, Ark., was in ruins yesterday after a tornado struck the town late Thursday. Storms also hit Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alabama. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston via Boston Globe). Image may be subject to copyright.

A summary of events:

  • About a dozen people have been killed in Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas, with about 200 hundred others injured, a half of them seriously.
  • Several thousand people have been evacuated across the three states.
  • The storms destroyed or damaged nearly 200 homes and businesses in Arkansas, spanning over 12 counties.
  • Wildfires destroyed more than 180 homes in Oklahoma, injuring about 70 people and prompting the Oklahoma governor Brad Henry to declare a state of emergency in 32 counties.
  • A storm system moving across the area has caused power cuts, damage and widespread destruction throughout the southern and mid-western US.
  • Wildfires have scorched up to 100,ooo hectares of land. [About 95 percent of Texas is currently in some stage of drought. ]
  • On Thursday, wind speed reached a category 1 hurricane with peak speeds of about 120km/hr (74mph).
  • Texas wildfire burned down dozens of homes prompting  evacuation of several towns.
  • One of the fires in Oklahoma may have been started deliberately, officials said.

Flames illuminate a storage tank as a grass fire moves through Choctaw, Okla., Thursday, April 9, 2009. Fire crews in Oklahoma and Texas raced Thursday to control wind-whipped wildfires that destroyed dozens of homes, forced evacuations and shut down parts of a major highway. Photo: Sue Ogrocki /AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

These scenes are forecast to reoccur across the country throughout 2009.

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