DISASTERS: Twister Terror: Nature Runs Wild

It is one of nature's bitter ironies that spring—the season of rebirth—also brings an irresistible, destructive force that strikes terror into the hearts of all who have experienced it. That deadly force is the tornado. Last week, as na ture ran amuck, tornadoes struck with their full fury.

The storm built slowly, ominously. From the Gulf of Mexico, huge masses of warm, moist air moved northward to ward the center of the continent. From the West, a threatening layer of cooler, drier air seeped eastward toward the Appalachians, sliding under the moist air. As the two layers converged in an...

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