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Hundreds Of Tornadoes Ravage Southern States

April 19, 2011 by  

Hundreds of tornadoes ravage Southern StatesA total of 241 tornadoes swept across 14 States this past week, killing at least 45 people, and injuring hundreds.

According to FOX News, approximately 62 twisters touched down in North Carolina alone, producing the worst spring storms in the Tar Heel State in the last 20 years. In Bertie County, 11 people have been confirmed dead. In the capital city of Raleigh, three family members died in a mobile home park.

The University of Arkansas (UA) Department of Agriculture advises residents against staying in their vehicles or mobile homes during a tornado because they offer little protection from flying debris. Falling trees, airborne objects, collapsing power lines and broken glass are likely in the event of a severe windstorm, and mobile homes are typically not equipped to withstand those elements.

Ideally, individuals should find a below-ground location if a tornado is imminent. However, some natural disasters can hit without warning, so it is best to find an interior room, such as a laundry room or bathroom, that does not have windows, the college suggests.

Even after a twister passes, survivors should remain alert because tornadoes can reverse direction. If a residence still has electrical power, UA's Department of Agriculture says that it's best to utilize a radio or television to receive updates about the status of the storm.

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