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Historic Tornado Outbreak Leaves Hundreds Dead

May 2, 2011 by  

Historic tornado outbreak leaves hundreds deadThe nation’s deadliest spree of tornadoes in nearly 40 years has left more than 300 people dead in the South.

According to FOX News, more than two-thirds of the victims lived in Alabama. Nearly one million homes and businesses were left without power, and approximately 2,000 National Guard troops have been deployed to help in the clean-up and rescue efforts.

Two weeks ago, a separate barrage of tornadoes ravaged 14 States and left 45 people dead. The recent outbreak of deadly storms has prompted many Americans to review their survival plan in the event of natural disaster.

Knowing how to spot an incoming tornado could make the difference between life and death. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that a dark, often greenish sky is a common danger sign. In addition, large hail and a loud roar that sounds similar to a freight train typically precede a tornado.

If there is not enough time to evacuate to an underground shelter, FEMA advises residents to get to the lowest floor in a building and stay in the center of a room, steering clear of windows, doors and outside walls.

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