Spring naturally brings severe thunderstorms to various parts of the country. Residents in the South are particularly familiar with the random changes in weather. On rare occasion, there is a storm system that sweeps through and takes everyone by surprise. This past week, 25% of the nation was slammed with a severe system, causing immense damage throughout the states.
The storm began in the central part of the country. Parts of Missouri were pummeled with heavy rain and high winds, while the St. Louis area experienced an EF-2 tornado (winds between 113-157 mph). Parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas were hit with heavy rain, strong winds, and hail. The system continued moving east, tearing apart roofs and damaging thousands of homes. Mississippi experienced a tornado, leading to injuries and leaving hundreds of homes without power. Golf-ball and baseball-size hail pelted Georgia and the Carolinas.
Northeastern states were also afflicted with damages due to hail. Indianapolis, Indiana and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have reported huge damages due to the storm. Northern areas of New York experienced ice and intense rain. The system eventually dissipated by the end of the week, leaving thousands devastated.