Deadly tornadoes ripped through the Deep South starting on April 27, leaving more than two dozen dead. The storm system has also brought severe flooding to Florida's Panhandle. Residents of the tornado-ravaged areas in Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia immediately began the clean up process once the storms cleared, hoping to salvage any personal items in their damaged homes.
National Weather Service storm survey crews also began the tedious process to determine the strength and path of the reported tornadoes. Some preliminary estimates showed EF-3 and EF-4 damage in many communities.
Forecasters warned about this potential severe weather outbreak days in advance, noting the possibility of strong and long-tracked tornadoes. The Storm Prediction Center highlighted the entire region in a 4 to 8 day outlook starting late last week, giving folks plenty of advanced notice to be on guard and get prepared.
It will take weeks and even months for many areas to return to normal operations. Many homes and businesses were completely destroyed and any remaining portions of damaged structures will have to be demolished and cleaned up before the rebuilding process can even begin.