Record-Breaking Storm

1 decade 4 years 3 weeks ago Monday, March 13 2006 Mar 13, 2006 Monday, March 13, 2006 5:52:44 PM CST March 13, 2006 in News
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Early reports show as many as 113 tornadoes may have hit Kansas, Missouri and Illinois yestrday, marking a furious start to the Midwestern tornado season. It's uncertain whether that figure stands as weather investigators spend the next few days retracing storm paths and separating mere funnel clouds from actual tornadoes. But meteorologists say that regardless of the findings, the series of damaging storms will beat recent records for the number of tornadoes reported on a single day in March. Yesterday's tornadoes resulted from an intersection of cold and warm fronts and moisture flowing from the Gulf of Mexico. They dumped huge hailstones and sent strong winds across the three states. There have been 12 tornado deaths in the nation so far this month, with eight of those victims in Missouri. The weekend storm claimed victims in Renick, a rural community about 30 miles north of Columbia; at Marionville, in the southwest corner of the state; in central Missouri's Pettis County; and in southeast Missouri's Perry County. Joe Schaefer, who heads the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma, says that as investigators complete their work the number of confirmed tornadoes will change, rising or falling by 30 percent. But whatever happens, the total is likely to beat the record for the number of tornadoes on a single day in March. There were 59 of them on March 13th back in 1990.

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