Mother Nature went into overdrive for the last week of April with round after round of severe weather outbreaks. Lethal tornadoes, dangerous flooding and nasty thunderstorms have created over a billion dollars in damage and left 39 dead. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has a preliminary count of 133 tornadoes from April 27-30 over 14 states. Damages are still being surveyed, so these figures will likely change. Two EF-4 tornadoes have been recorded from the outbreak; one in Villonia, AR. that claimed 15 lives and another in Louisville, MS. that killed nine. Two people were killed in Iowa from a twister that traveled a remarkable 46 miles, maintaining ground contact the entire time.
Pensacola, Mobile and much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast saw torrential rains causing serious flooding in some areas. According to the Mobile/Pensacola National Weather Service, the 5.68″ of rain fall in 1 hour on April 29th, was between a 1 to 200 and 1 to 500 year event. The two day estimated total from April 29-30 for Pensacola of 20.47″ lies between a 1 in 100 to 1 in 200 year event.
Events like these give adjusters the chance to do what they do best- help people rebuild their lives and restore hope in times of hardship and uncertainty.