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Deadly Tornadoes Strike South & Midwest

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Severe Weather Season is already in full effect this year for parts of the Midwest and South in the United States.  Yesterday, tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas and the death toll is already up to 15.

"This was a massive, powerful tornado.  I don't know what the Weather Service will end up classifying it, but we saw some things I don't think I've ever seen in a tornado," said Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas.

This large system is now impacting an area that includes Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
If you don't know, I got my Masters Degree at Mississippi State University and have a number of friends in the area.  One good friend was right in the path of the tornado that passed through Tupelo just hours ago.

"I looked out the back window one time before going into the bathroom and it faces west and I could see things swirling in the sky.  I ran to the bathroom.  Jumped…closed the door, jumped in, put the couch cushion on top of me and…prayed," said Stephanie Goldsmith of Tupelo, Mississippi.

Included is a picture Stephanie sent me of damage just a block from her house.  Additional tornadoes have hit other parts of the state, including Louisville, where colleagues and former professors of mine have already reported devastating damage and fatalities.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected and this serves as a reminder of how we in Montana should take the severe weather we'll eventually see seriously.
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