Tornadoes in the US

Trump makes perfunctory trip to survey Alabama tornado recovery efforts

By Ed Hightower, 9 March 2019

President Donald Trump’s visit to Lee County appears to have consisted largely of a helicopter overflight and briefings with local officials.

Tornadoes cut a path of destruction across Southeast US

By Nick Barrickman, 29 April 2014

A powerful storm system tore through the Southeast US on Sunday, producing tornadoes that killed an estimated 18 people.

Deadly storm system hits multiple US states

By Kristina Betinis and George Marlowe, 19 November 2013

A powerful storm system passed through 12 US states on Sunday, causing tornadoes that leveled hundreds of homes and killed at least eight.

The social disaster in Tornado Alley

By Naomi Spencer, 23 May 2013

The financial oligarchy’s stranglehold on social life ensures that tragedies such as the one still unfolding in Moore, Oklahoma will be repeated.

Lack of shelters a factor in Oklahoma tornado death toll

By Naomi Spencer, 22 May 2013

As Moore, Oklahoma residents grapple with the destruction from Monday’s tornado, politicians are issuing the usual platitudes of “hope” and “resilience.”

Devastating tornado kills dozens in Oklahoma City

By Niles Williamson, 21 May 2013

On Monday afternoon, a massive tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, leaving a mile-wide swath of devastation.

Tornadoes rip through northern Texas

By Matthew MacEgan, 17 May 2013

On Wednesday, 10 tornadoes tore through the ground of north central Texas leaving at least six people dead and dozens wounded.

At least five dead in US tornado outbreak

By Naomi Spencer, 16 April 2012

Several small towns across the US plains were destroyed by tornadoes over the weekend.

Tornado damages 100 homes in Michigan community

By James Brewer and James Brookfield, 17 March 2012

A tornado touched down in Dexter, Michigan on Thursday evening, causing extensive property damage though apparently no serious injuries.

Tornadoes kill 12 in US Midwest, South

By Naomi Spencer, 2 March 2012

At least 12 people were killed and hundreds injured after a series of violent storms tore through the central US Wednesday.

Obama’s Katrina

By Patrick Martin, 29 June 2011

Large sections of rural and small-town America are being laid waste by storms, floods and wildfires, with little or no assistance from the federal government.

Wildfires rage in Arizona

By Toby Reese, 15 June 2011

The fire, the largest in Arizona’s history, has so far burned over 733 square miles in the state and in neighboring New Mexico.

Rising economic toll from US flooding, storms

By Naomi Spencer, 7 June 2011

Flooding continues along the Missouri River, where hundreds have been ordered to evacuate and still more essential crops are threatened.

Massachusetts tornadoes kill at least three, injure dozens

By Kate Randall, 3 June 2011

At least three people were killed when tornadoes touched down in central and western Massachusetts on Wednesday.

The New York Times and the Joplin tornado’s “silver lining”

By Naomi Spencer, 3 June 2011

With 138 dead in the worst US tornado disaster in more than 60 years, the New York Times published an article Tuesday, prominently displayed on the main left column of its front page, under the headline, “Reconstruction Lifts Economy After Disasters.”

Obama in Joplin: More empty promises to disaster survivors

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2011

While the president promised not to forget the tornado victims, the scale of federal aid is entirely inadequate.

Joplin, Missouri tornado death toll rises to 132

By Naomi Spencer, 28 May 2011

The death toll continues to climb five days after Joplin, Missouri, was devastated by a tornado.

A letter on the Joplin tornado and Wal-Mart

28 May 2011

The WSWS publishes here a reader’s letter in response to “The Joplin, Missouri tornado” on the dominance of Wal-Mart over the region.

Death toll rises in Joplin as more tornadoes hit US Midwest

By Naomi Spencer, 26 May 2011

124 are now confirmed dead from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri. More tornadoes swept across through the region Tuesday and Wednesday, taking at least 15 more lives.