Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Severe weather pummels U.S.

In South Sioux City, Nebraska, “half the town is moving out and the other half is cleaning out their basement,” says Dakota County Star Editor Jim Headley, who shot this photo of Scenic Park on Wednesday. "We know it's coming.”

 

Deadly tornadoes, giant hail, record floods and pre-summer heat waves: Lately, the U.S. has been pummeled with intense weather. And hurricane season started Wednesday.

 

We’re doing our best to keep on top of it all, with your help.

 

At the moment, we’ve got our eye on the Missouri River basin, where the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska and other states are under water or bracing for flooding from record rains and melting snow in the northern Rocky Mountains. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has urged people living along the river to make evacuation plans.

 

Tammie Zortman-Deanda says her community of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, is not under mandatory evacuation at this point, but the governor has strongly encouraged people pack up their belongings. The gated neighborhood sits on both the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers, and for the past few days, her neighbors have been filling trailers with furniture.

 

"People have taken up their toilets, their sinks, their carpets -- my neighbors took out her kitchen cabinets," she said. "Nobody really knows what's going to happen. Most of us don't have flood insurance because we don't live in a flood zone, but now we’re being told we could see water at 10 feet."

 

We're also following tornado recovery efforts in Joplin, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

 

If you experience severe weather in your area, please share photos and footage with iReport. We’re collecting stories about the aftermath of the Joplin, Missouri tornado here; flooding along the Mississippi River here; other tornado footage here and wildfires here. For iReports about flooding outside the Mississippi, extreme heat and other intense weather, please upload to our severe weather assignment.

 

As always, please stay safe. The weather is often unpredictable and sometimes dangerous, so please do not expose yourself to a risky or potentially dangerous situation.

10 Comments
June 2, 2011
Click to view JeremiahD's profile

Is the climate becoming more energized because of global warming?  Oh no, it’s God punishing us for having homosexuals in our society!  Praise Jesus!  Humanity is dumb.  It won’t stop running until both feet are off the cliff.

June 2, 2011
Click to view VoipOfReason's profile

Sounds like the chances of a "doomsdayer" being correct are going up slightly.

June 2, 2011
Click to view JeremiahD's profile

Thank you for driving my point home VoipOfReason.

June 2, 2011
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Where can you go, that the winds of change can’t find you. NOWHERE.  So, spend this time you have available to creating a long term (Independent) plan for the coming events of inevitable changes, which may include death(s), even yours. But, rest assures you will awaken with a purpose/plan to guide you in your new life. PLAN, PLAN…  If not, then continue tumble drying through life’s transition.

 

 

June 2, 2011
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Lol, I hope you are joking Jeremiah.  There is no such thing as God and religion is just a tool to control the masses.  But there is such thing as wind currents and jet streams.  Also, Chinese weather technology is a better explanation then "Jesus indiscrimintly kills people with tornadoes because we have homosexuals in our society."

June 2, 2011
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That was my brand of sarcasm.  Perhaps I was too convincing.  Deities are bedtime stories that dumb people believe in as adults.

June 2, 2011
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Actually these weather patterns fit perfectly to several models, by several metorological agencies and university studies. The Earth is warming. Eather do to us, or it is a normal fluctuations of the earth, the fact remains so. Of course the natural responce of human society is to find something, or someone to blame, instead of working to prepare and reduce the effect of the warming.

June 3, 2011
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Natural Disasters is up more than 85 percent in the US, the earth cleanses itself every 50, 000 years. 2012 just means a new Kingdom will be taking place by means of God. God is the best scientist. Everything that taken place have been prophesied in the bible, but modern religion have created global warming to take away mans belief that God will bring chastisement upon this world because of people disobedience. Satan is the goverment. America (The Mystery Babyon) is under divine judgement. Revelation 17: She sits upon many waters with a crown in her hand, ( statue of liberty) he will use his powers (rain, hail, snow and eathquakes) to bring her to her fall. Because she have decieved many nations and have appeared to be an angel of light but is a beast.

June 3, 2011
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Why isn't this flood getting more national coverage?  It has wiped out comunities and evacuated others in four states - Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa - and is on its way to Nebraska - Beyond the evacuations are some issues e.g. the impact of the loss of desperately needed Blackhawk helicopters to the middle east, esp Afghanistan. The now evident reality that dams built in the 50's are in desperate need of repair or replacement. What little national media coverage there is has not even begun to think about the economic crisis on its way from the season's loss of grain, meat, mineral, energy, fuel production. Midwesterners tend to be reserved - am not sure they even have the language for something this extreme. The tragedy here is not only local and not just short term.  This region needs attention and assistance as much as the other disasters. Would hope that CNN the lead on detailed, accurate coverage.

June 6, 2011
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In my prayers and thoughts...

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