Tornado Outbreak of April 27-30
The Disaster: A series of supercell storms moved across the Northern Plains and Midwest leading to the formation of 84 tornados over a three-day period last April. The largest on the 27th traveled 41 miles and leveled the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia, Arkansas, which was still recovering from another tornado three-years ago. It was the deadliest tornado event in the state since 1968. Over the next two days as the storm front moved eastward more tornadoes ravaged Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina. Luckily only thirty-five individuals were killed thanks to advanced warning systems in place. With over 1 billion dollars in damages it ranks as one of the costliest disasters to strike the U.S. this year. According to the National Climatic Data Center tornado frequency seems to be raising over the last ten-years, but there is no consensus as to why.
State of Recovery: In Vilonia rebuilding is slowly progressing with 10 percent of damaged structures completed and only one major business reopened. Overall projections for the complete rebuild is 3 to 5 years provided no other major storm events intercede.
Where to Donate: United Way of Central Arkansas