What The Deadly Southern Tornado Outbreak Looked Like From Space

You can see the storm cells intensify as they pass over the region.

National Journal
Brian Resnick
April 28, 2014, 2:05 p.m.

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In­tensely strong thun­der­storms pro­du­cing tor­nadoes barreled across the South­ern United States, leav­ing at least 15 dead in their wake on Sunday. The pho­tos of the dam­age are like­wise in­tense.

The largest of the twisters, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports, “carved a 80-mile path of de­struc­tion as it passed through or near sev­er­al sub­urbs north of Arkan­sas’ cap­it­al city. It grew to be a half-mile wide and re­mained on the ground for much of that route.”

Above, via NASA, is what that de­struc­tion looks like from the safe dis­tance of space. You can see the cells of clouds in­tensi­fy in what looks like a white bloom of al­gae as the storm entered the re­gion. “The same sys­tem that spawned these tor­nadoes is ex­pec­ted to bring the pos­sib­il­ity for severe weath­er fur­ther east on April 28 from Cin­cin­nati, Ohio, to New Or­leans, La.,” NASA writes.

Be­low, the Na­tion­al Ocean­ic and At­mo­spher­ic Ad­min­is­tra­tion provides a more de­tailed look as those storm cells as they ap­proached Arkan­sas. Stay safe to­night.

This im­age was taken at 2345Z on April 27, 2014, around an hour be­fore the tor­nado re­ports from May­flower and Vi­lo­nia. (NOAA)