IN VIDEO: a wild week of weather
April 27 - May 3 was arguably the wildest week of weather 2014 has seen thus far. From tornadoes to historic flooding, from the Midwest to the Northeast, few regions were spared from a multitude of hazards. But social media and modern technology meant cameras recorded while Mother Nature pushed play on her worst.
One of the first in a series of deadly twisters came just after dusk Sunday, April 27. A large EF-4 wedge tornado packing maximum winds of 166-200mph carved a path, a half-mile wide at times, through the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia Arkansas, just north of Little Rock. Watch as the tornado is caught on camera by a pair who considers themselves fortunate not to be counted in the more than a dozen fatalities from this storm.
The same storm complex charged eastward producing another round of deadly storms on Monday and Tuesday. A storm chaser in Mississippi was startled by an inherent risk associated with chasing tornadic thunderstorms-lightning. Watch as a bolt strikes a power line as the chaser drives by.
Tornadoes weren't the only hazard of the violent storm complex. For areas along the Gulf Coast, scattered tornadic supercells congealed into a relentless, training line of torrential downpours. As a previous story detailed, many locations between Mobile, Alabama and Destin, Florida received in excess of 15" of rain with a bulls-eye on Pensacola, Florida. There, over 20" fell overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. Chrissy White Magaw captured one of the most startling videos from the entire week as a pickup truck driver foolishly attempts to barrel through raging flood water. When the National Weather Service says TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN in their flood warnings, they mean it. Magaw reports on her Facebook page that the two occupants of the vehicle were rescued safely.
While the Gulf began drying out, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast were being inundated with another batch of rain tied to the same storm system. Due to differing terrain, drainage patterns and soil types, far lesser rainfall amounts create much greater problems for cities like Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Residents looked on at their cars perched atop a failing retaining wall across the street. You can see the slow slide eventually becomes a sudden collapse as several cars, street lights and tons of mud and pavement plummet onto a railway passage beneath.
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