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U.S. South, Midwest Face Moderate Risk of Tornadoes Tomorrow

March 01, 2012

Another round of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes may strike the U.S. South and Midwest tomorrow, according to forecasters.

There is a moderate risk of dangerous storms, high winds and hail across the area from southern Indiana and Ohio to northern Alabama and Mississippi, said the U.S. Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

“Numerous severe wind events are possible along with the potential for strong tornadoes,” the agency said.

Twisters, severe thunderstorms and hail led to the deaths of at least 10 people this week and damaged homes and businesses from Arkansas to West Virginia, according to the storm center.

Thunderstorms and tornadoes were the deadliest type of natural disaster in the U.S. in 2011, killing at least 552 people and causing $25 billion in insured losses, according to the Insurance Information Institute in New York.

From 1991 to 2010, tornadoes caused 30 percent of all catastrophic losses in the U.S., second only to hurricanes, which accounted for 44 percent, according to the institute.

While the largest danger from the destructive storms is tomorrow, there is a slight chance they may develop near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers later today, according to the center.

Yesterday’s storms were part of a large system that tied up air traffic along the East Coast and left 2 to 3 inches (3 to 8 centimeters) of snow in suburban Boston, with higher amounts to the west and north of the city.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian K. Sullivan in Boston at bsullivan10@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Stets at dstets@bloomberg.net


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