Tornados Hit the Southeast


Photo by National Weather Service office in Tallahassee, Florida

In early April, a string of strong storms hit the Southeast. There was much tornadic activity in this area due to these storms.

Per Fox News, “A storm system moving through the Southeast on Wednesday spawned at least five suspected tornadoes in Georgia and South Carolina, according to forecasters.”

As the storms become more severe, even more tornados began to form. One of them crossed the Alabama border into Georgia.

ABC News explains, “Elsewhere, a suspected tornado touched down in southeastern Alabama, before crossing into Georgia, forecasters said. All told at least nine possible tornados had been reported across Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina as the day wore on with more reports likely as the storms continued into the evening.”

The severe weather caused closures at International Airports. Even after the airports opened up, there were delays on the outgoing and incoming flights.

CNN reports, “In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop for flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which was later lifted on Wednesday afternoon. But delays persisted through early Thursday. More than 900 flights to or from one of the world’s busiest airports were canceled Wednesday, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.”

One major tornado hit Stewart County, but there was no reported major damage or loss of life from the storm.

Fox News explains, “Winds toppled several trees along roads and an interstate and power lines also were down, Stewart County Sheriff Office dispatcher Sandra James said by phone. She said she was unaware of any injuries or major damage to buildings or homes.”

Golfers were out practicing for the Masters tournament on a Georgia golf club, when the rains started to come down.

Per ABC, “As storms bore down on Augusta National, the venerable east Georgia club shut down for the second time this week as golfers tried to get in some practice before the start of the Masters tournament later this week. Officials cut short the final afternoon practice and ordered rain-bedraggled fans to leave the course. Augusta National also closed Monday because of heavy rains.”

Operation Blessing is a relief agency which seeks to share Christ’s love in practical ways.

One family barely knew what was happening when a tornado hit. The grandfather covered his granddaughter and elderly mother to protect them from the tornado. All of them were safe. He didn’t know what to do to get back on their feet. Then, he heard about Operation Blessing working in his community. He called them and some volunteers came to help.

The owner of the house said, “‘“Until somebody [shows] up, you feel alone. You feel helpless,’ he said. ‘They just come in and let us know we’re not by ourselves. They’re there for us. God bless each and every one of them.’”

Please pray for the Southeast as they continue to recover from the tornados that hit and that many would come to know the Lord from these storms.

Fox News: Severe weather: At least 5 suspected tornadoes reported in Georgia, South Carolina

ABC: Tornados and apparent twisters, rain, hail across Southeast

CNN: Tornado warnings lifted in Southeast as states assess damage

Operation Blessing: A Shield from the Wind




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