Vortex Of Misery

A string of freak tornadoes spins a deadly dance across the U.S.

IF A TORNADO IS NATURE'S EQUIVALENT OF A DRIVE-by shooting -- random and deadly -- then the pair of storm systems that spun dozens of deadly twisters across 12 states, killing 25 and injuring hundreds, resembled a devastating artillery barrage. One trailer park in Rankin County, Mississippi, looked every bit the target of a heavy shelling after a twister roared through it. The storm, unleashing winds of more than 200 m.p.h., tossed one trailer 150 yds., wrapped another's heavy steel frame around a tree trunk like a coat hanger, lodged an empty refrigerator high in a pine tree and left the...

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