This year, America has been hit by the largest amount of tornadoes ever recorded – or to be exact the larges four-day outbreak in its history. The natural disaster was both historic and unfortunately resulted in many tragic deaths. In the space of just three days, from April 25 until the 28th, a frightening (and almost unbelievable) amount of three-hundred-and-sixty-two tornadoes hit the southern areas of the country. Fascinatingly, during the month of April itself, a striking number of eight-hundred-and-seventy-five tornadoes overtook America (in its entirety), breaking the record of the previous one-month account. The violent outbreak is otherwise known and usually referred to as the ‘2011 Super Outbreak’.
Over three hundred people died during the course of the ‘2011 Super Outbreak’. The U.S.A. hadn’t seen anything like this since 1936. We can be gracious that today’s reliable weather forecasting means that the people in natural disasters such as this are not the potential amount had it still been the year 1936. Luckily, there have been fewer casualties from tornadoes in the past half-century due to this progression in technology, particularly since the Joplin tornado – the deadliest tornado recorded that struck Missouri during 1947.
As you saw, the rushes of wind spreading over the southern area shows how much wind was spreading across. If you saw the red dots, that’s where the tornadoes ended up, and the date is shown on the bottom. If you ignore the dodgy music (it’s not exactly a whirlwind of a song) the animation is actually very accurate and educational to watch. Not being a geographer myself, it is however quite humanly intangible to see but it is informative and makes you glad that we now have the technology to predict these things.
Devastation has therefore inevitably been caused everywhere. Neighbourhoods in their entirety have been affected, tragically torn to destruction. In addition to this, emergency teams have been constantly busy in order to try and aid the people desperate in need. Even the tree roots have been dug up by the storms, meaning that for certain areas there will be a serious problem in trying to recover from this situation and putting things in place as they once were. The people affected by the ‘2011 Super Outbreak’ were still without electricity still during May. This therefore has not only been a great deal of trauma for those in the disaster but this also affects as to how they will set up their homes for the future and live fulfilled lives if they can ever emotionally set themselves up to do that.
Good news is that both President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle travelled to the areas that suffered the most to show their support and to view the damage for themselves. This encouraged the media to present coverage to the rest of the world and inform people to give help and donations to those in need.
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