More than 300 tornadoes have been reported in the United States in just 12 days and forecasters warned that the violent weather will return next week.
On Tuesday, the US exceeded its record of 11 consecutive days with at least eight tornadoes on each of those days, according to Patrick Marsh, meteorologist warning coordinator for the federal Storm Prediction Center. The previous 11-day strip of at least eight tornadoes per day ended on June 7, 1980.
& # 39; We get a lot on a lot of these days these days and that is certainly unusual, & # 39; said Marsh.
The National Weather Service (NWS) had already received at least 27 notifications from tornadoes on Tuesday. There have been 934 tornado reports so far this year, against the annual average of 743 observed tornado's.
More than 500 of these reports have arrived in the last 30 days. The actual number is probably lower, because some of the reports are probably from different witnesses who recognize the same twister.
The deadly wave of the weather has already killed one and injured hundreds more, but the slurry of volatile weather shows no signs of letting go in the short term.
Forecasters said the tornadoes and heavy rain showers across the US from the southern plains to New Jersey will decrease towards the end of Thursday, but will start again early next week.
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More than 300 tornadoes have been reported in the United States in just 12 days and forecasters warned that the violent weather will return next week. This house was destroyed on Tuesday night after a tornado was torn by Lawrence, Kansas
The storms targeted Kansas, as several twisters reportedly hit Tuesday night, destroyed homes, uprooted trees, and rushed high-voltage lines. An uprooted tree is seen in Linwood, Kansas
The deadly wave of the weather has already killed one and injured hundreds more, but the slurry of volatile weather shows no signs of delay in the short term (photo: Tornado & # 39; s hit on Tuesday in Kansas)
A severe storm that caused the formation of several tornadoes on Tuesday passes through downtown Kansas City
Rain, hail, thunderstorms and the threat of tornadoes will return from East Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and further to Illinois and parts of the east coast, David Roth, a predictor at the NWS, said early on Wednesday.
& # 39; You cannot take a break, & # 39; said Roth. & # 39; Or not for long. It will clean up Friday, Saturday and Sunday. & # 39;
Provinces in Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were plagued by the barrage of gusts and powerful storms on Monday evening.
The storms then turned to Kansas, as several twisters reportedly hit Tuesday night, destroyed homes, uprooted trees, and pulled power lines.
About 20 tornadoes, including a large rain-packed twister near Kansas City, were reported to stormers and spotters to the NWS when news broadcasted from roofs torn from houses and roads scattered with debris and tree branches.
Kansas City International Airport said on Twitter that travelers found shelter in tunnels in parking garages as the storms passed the airport. The airport later said it was closed when crews cleared up debris.
The extent of the damage in Kansas is still unclear and there were no reports of fatalities or injuries.
Meanwhile, New Jersey and New York City were also forced to brace themselves for the impact on Tuesday evening.
In New Jersey there were reports of a possible tornado in Hopatcong. A weather spotter also reported & # 39; possible tornado damage & # 39; at the Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope.
New Jersey officials also responded to widespread power outages and worn trees.
New Jersey (damage depicted in Stanhope) and New York City were also forced to brace themselves for the clash on Tuesday evening
In New Jersey there were reports of a possible tornado in Hopatcong. A weather spotter also reported & # 39; possible tornado damage & # 39; at the Lenape Valley Regional High School in Stanhope (officers depicted in Stanhope)
New Jersey officials (pictured, in Stanhope) also responded to widespread power outages and downed trees
Provinces in Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia were already plagued by the barrage of gusts of wind and powerful storms that traveled northeast to New York and New Jersey.
& # 39; We are flirting in unknown territory & # 39 ;, said Dr. James Marsh of the Federal Storm Forecast Center about the prospect of a rush on a never before seen twelfth day.
& # 39; Normally you would see a break of a day or two between these long stretches, but we don't get that now. & # 39;
What is causing the wave of recent tornadoes & # 39; s?
The recent rise in tornado activity in the past two weeks has been caused by high pressure across the southeast and an unusually cold trough over the Rockies that forced warm, moist air in the central US to repeated heavy thunderstorms and periodic whirlwinds.
Scientists also say that climate change is responsible for more intense and frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires, but without extensive study they cannot link a single weather to the changing climate.
Although the number of tornado sightings has fallen since 2012, scientists say that the number of tornado's per outbreak is actually increasing, which means that they are becoming more serious.
Florida State University in Tallahassee said that on average four to five tornadoes usually strike as part of a cluster.
But since 1950, the number of days with a cluster of at least 32 tornadoes has more than doubled, while smaller clusters have decreased
A total of 53 suspected tornadoes touched Monday in eight states.
An online overview of storm reports posted by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, showed that 14 suspected tornadoes arrived in Indiana, 10 in Colorado and nine in Ohio.
Six suspected tornadoes were reported in Iowa, five in Nebraska, four in Illinois, three in Minnesota and one in Idaho.
All 77 provinces in Oklahoma are still in a state of emergency.
New York City
Late Tuesday evening, the National Weather service issued tornado alerts for various provinces around Manhattan, and urged the & # 39; dangerous & # 39; storm to stay inside.
The service said strong winds and possible sudden floods could result from the storm, along with a chance of a hail & # 39; the size of quarters & # 39; falling from the sky.
More than a million residents of State Island and the larger metropolitan area now continue to look under tornado. The projected affected area includes 250 schools and 14 hospitals.
# Flying debris will be dangerous for those caught without shelter. Mobile homes are damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely, & NWO said in a statement.
& # 39; This Tornado warning replaces the severe thunderstorm warning issued for the same area & # 39 ;, the service added.
All flights from the city's LaGuardia airport were also justified due to the incoming storms.
Although the airport is in Queens – which was not included in the warning – all flights were stopped as a precaution.
The airport is now operational with limited services, which are expected to delay flights by up to four hours, officials said.
Despite the warnings and a frightening storm, a tornado has never taken place in New York.
Lightning attacks next to the One World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan in New York shortly after tornado warnings were issued in various counties around Manhattan
More than a million residents of State Island and the larger metropolitan area now continue to look under tornado. The projected affected area includes 250 schools and 14 hospitals
Late Tuesday evening, the National Weather service issued tornado warnings for various counties around Manhattan, urging the & # 39; dangerous storms & # 39; to stay inside
Also included in the east coast tornado warnings were parts of northeastern New Jersey, including Hudson County, Union County and Southern Essex County.
Officials have since responded to a number of widespread power outages, cut trees and at least a tornado sighting.
The NWS announced that one of its spotters reported that it saw a funnel cloud at the base of a rotating thunderstorm in Mendham.
In Sussex County, emergency crews were called to the Lenape Valley Regional High School to report that there was & # 39; possible tornado damage & # 39; was through which the structure of the building was searched.
When 50 to 100 people were in the school, they attended an evening dinner in the canteen when the storm struck.
Two people were injured during the ordeal after a tree reportedly fell on a vehicle. The couple suffered only minor injuries and no one was taken to the hospital, a representative of the local sheriff office said.
Others attending the event hid in the gymnasium until the emergency officials told them it was safe to leave.
The campus had & # 39; substantial cables down and uprooted trees & # 39; with less damage to the front of the building, Chief Inspector Paul DiRupo told NJLive.
The school will remain closed on Wednesday because researchers will inspect the full extent of the damage.
So far, officials have not yet confirmed whether a tornado has struck the area.
More than 14,000 Jersey Central Power and Light customers will be without power from Tuesday night, a spokesperson revealed after a series of streamlines fell down in Morris and Sussex County.
It is not yet confirmed whether a tornado has actually hit the area.
Almost full Pennsylvania was also put on tornado on Tuesday, when powerful storms invaded the area from the Midwest.
The extreme recalculation brought with it a number of serious phenomena, including hail stones the size of golf balls, flooding and a number of unusual cloud formations.
Hail was captured in large groves over Lake Winola, with other surrounding areas, including Lancaster County and Schuylkill County, reportedly also affected.
A frightening tornado was observed on the ground in Berks County, near Reading.
Meanwhile, a funnel cloud – the core of a tornado – was documented swirling in formation above the sky of West Nantmeal Township in Chester County.
Hail was captured in large groves over Lake Winola, with other surrounding areas, including Lancaster County and Schuylkill County, reportedly also affected
A resident of Western PA is shown. Kayaking through her backyard after rapid storms has caused flash floods in a number of areas
PA resident Brenda Frederick could not believe how large the hailstones in her backyard were, noting & Holy Hail, Batman & # 39;
At least 11 people were injured in the Kansas City metropolitan area after a & # 39; large and dangerous & # 39; twister formed on the edge of the western outskirts of the city around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
More than 2.1 million people were forced to shelter as the storm shifted east across the heart of the metropolitan area and toward the Missouri border, prompting officials to create a & # 39; tornado emergency & # 39; to announce.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff & # 39; s Department, six people were taken to Lawrence Hospital with injuries during the storm, including one with serious injuries, and five were reportedly transferred to other emergency departments.
The sheriff's office added that & # 39; different homes throughout the county & # 39; suffered considerable damage.
Power lines and trees were also knocked down, as well as debris that blocked many of the provincial roads.
Kansas City International Airport officials suspended flights and moved stranded customers from the terminals to parking garage tunnels to await the storms and tornadoes.
They stayed in the tunnels for more than an hour before the referees had given them everything to return to the terminals.
However, the storm left a lot of debris behind at the airport and caused serious delays, the airport revealed on Twitter.
Airport / airport still closed for planes due to unsafe conditions of area debris, & # 39; an official tweeted at 10 p.m. & # 39; Small pieces can damage aircraft. Crews working on clearing a 2-mile 150-meter-wide runway, taxiways and platforms. Estimated opening after 11 p.m. & # 39;
At least 11 people were injured in the Kansas City metropolitan area after a & # 39; large and dangerous & # 39; twister formed on the edge of the western outskirts of the city around Tuesday 8 p.m. on Tuesday
Mark Duffin, 48, learned from his wife and a television report that the great tornado had traveled to his home in Linwood (pictured above), about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Kansas City; the next thing he knew, the walls of his house were coming down
More than 2.1 million people were forced to shelter as the storm flowed eastward across the heart of the metropolitan area to the Missouri border (Pictured: A family dives under high-voltage lines as they find their way from a tornado damaged Lawrence district)
In a later post, the airport announced that it also carried out checks on their parking places to assess possible damage to customer cars. Although there are no damaged vehicles & # 39; from 11:00 pm & # 39; were reported.
Mark Duffin, 48, learned from his wife and a television report that the big tornado was on his way to his home in Linwood, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Kansas City.
The next thing he knew was that the walls of his house were coming down.
Duffin told the Kansas City Star that he grabbed a mattress, followed his 13-year-old to the basement, and protected the two with the mattress as the house crashed around them.
& # 39; I'm just glad I found my two dogs alive & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; Woman lives, family lives, I live. So that's it. & # 39;
The wind pulled away roofs – leaving homes like gigantic dolls – knocking houses off their foundations, knocking down trees, knocking down power lines and so much debris that it was visible on the radar.
& # 39; The most structural damage appears to have occurred in the Lawrence area when the tornado passed just outside the city boundary & # 39 ;, Lawrence police said in a tweet. & # 39; Please don't see the tornado damage. This only complicates the efforts of care providers. & # 39;
There were also about 13,000 households without power in the Lawrence area from Tuesday.
The winds swept away roofs – leaving homes like giant dollhouses – knocking houses off their foundations, knocking down trees, knocking down high-voltage lines and tumbling so much debris that it was visible on the radar
Heavy equipment is deposited on clear roads and streets by rubble in Linwood
The sheriff's office added that & # 39; different homes throughout the county & # 39; suffered considerable damage
Ohio officials said earlier Tuesday that several & # 39; rapid-fire & # 39; tornado & five million people left without power in the state alone.
Authorities also confirmed a death in Celina, Ohio, about 75 miles northwest of Dayton.
The mayor of the city, Jeffrey Hazel, said that 81-year-old Melvin Dale Hanna died when a Chevrolet Station Wagon was blown into his house during his sleep.
Hanna & # 39; s neighbor, Wendy Knapke, said she was watching as the vehicle was picked up by the tornado, flying over her house and bumping into the back of Hannah & # 39; s house.
Recently widowed, Hanna lived alone and his body was discovered in his bedroom. He was described as & # 39; an incredible father and incredible man & # 39; the Columbus shipment.
Authorities said the most serious damage was reported in Celina. Hazel said there are & # 39; areas that really resemble war area & # 39; in the city with around 10,000 people.
Weather officials said an EF3 tornado hit Celina, but the speed is still being investigated.
Celina Fire Chief, Douglas Wolters, said no fewer than 90 homes were damaged by the tornadoes that were beaten by the region. Wolters estimates that 40 of the houses have suffered considerable damage and that some of their bases have been beaten.
Most people stay with family or friends, but some went to a shelter in nearby Coldwater.
Ohio officials said earlier Tuesday that several & # 39; rapid-fire & # 39; tornado & five million people left without power in the state alone
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley urged residents to check on neighbors, especially those who are home-bound (photo: A house damaged by a tornado is seen in Dayton, Ohio on May 28, 2019)
In a tweet, the city of Dayton urged residents to save water after the storms cut power to water plants and pumping stations
Tornado & # 39; s tears across the Great Plains, Midwest, and warnings issued to the far east of New York for a record-breaking eleventh consecutive day in a row
The storms scattered debris so thick that at some point the crews had to use snow peaks to clear the Interstate 75.
At least half a dozen communities from eastern Indiana to central Ohio suffered damage, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
Mayor Hazel said first responders rescued a few people from their homes overnight and fought a third time to see if anyone else was trapped.
& # 39; It's devastating, & # 39; he added.
Elizabeth Long, a spokeswoman for the Kettering Health Network, said that dozens have been treated in local hospitals for minor injuries.
& # 39; We have had injuries ranging from injuries to the bumps and bruises of people thrown into their homes by the storms & # 39 ;, Long said.
The sheriff asked residents to avoid storm-damaged areas.
& # 39; There are multiple locations that have suffered extensive damage and the roads in those areas must be kept clear so that rescuers can come through to help those in need & # 39 ;, says an explanation.
Ohio's mother describes the terrifying moment when twister tore up her apartment on the top floor while hiding herself with her son in the bathtub
By Sophie Wingate for Dailymail.com
Khalil Murray (left), 23, saves his mother's life when he threw himself over Shannon Barnes (right), 47, to protect her from the impact and falling rubble
An Ohio mother and her son hid Monday night in their top floor apartment when a tornado tore the entire roof of their building.
Shannon Barnes, 47, was clad in the bathroom of her top floor apartment with her son Khalil Murray, 23, when the twister hit the Westbrooke Village complex in Trotwood near Dayton.
& # 39; I was sitting on the tub and Khalil was on the floor and I began to see the hail hit the window & # 39 ;, she told DailyMail.com.
& # 39; Suddenly the building started shaking. The following, you know, it took the roof off the building. & # 39;
& # 39; You could really feel the pressure of it, & # 39; said Barnes about the terrifying tornado.
Murray threw himself over his mother in the bathtub to protect her from the impact and the falling debris.
Murray described struggling to breathe when the twister struck. Air pressure drops within the walls of a tornado.
& # 39; After I saw the tornado descending the roof, I gasped for air & # 39 ;, he said. & # 39; I was in it and I saw the lightning in it and I could not breathe. & # 39;
The young man said he had saved his mother's life. Their house was completely destroyed during the night.
& # 39; I will have to look for something to move because it is damaged, & # 39; Barnes said about her third floor apartment. & # 39; There is nothing to go back to. & # 39;
Barnes is now staying with her daughter in the neighborhood.
The & # 39; rapid-fire & # 39; Tornadoes arrived for the first time in the birthplace of Trotwood, just outside of Dayton, at about 11 p.m. on Monday evening.
The young man said he had saved his mother's life. Their house was completely destroyed during the night
According to the sheriff, there are also & # 39; potentially dangerous situations with streamlines down, unstable trees and possibly gas leaks & # 39 ;.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley urged residents to check on neighbors, especially those who are home-bound.
The power response requires a & # 39; multi-day recovery effort & # 39 ;, Dayton Power & Light said in an early morning sweat. The company said that 64,000 of its customers alone had no power.
In a tweet, the city of Dayton urged residents to save water after the storms cut power to water plants and pumping stations.
& # 39; Due to the large-scale power outage, we are asking all Dayton and Montgomery County customers to save water, & # 39; tweeted the city.
& # 39; We have lost power to both aquatic plants and pumping stations. First responders perform search and rescue operations and clean up debris. & # 39;
City Manager Shelley Dickstein later gave cooking advice for residents. The advice covers & # 39; all water customers in Dayton and Montgomery County & # 39 ;.
Residents in the West Brook district cut off tree members and searched dilapidated buildings in the morning after a suspected Ef4 tornado was touched
The city also said that generators are rushed in.
Heartbreaking images showed families digging the remains of their houses through the rubble.
Some found things to take with them, while others wept over the remains of their homes. Others took photos of the damage and some were seen preparing to clean up their yards.
Republican Government Mike DeWine visited communities heavily affected by the Dayton area tornadoes.
Among the areas he visited is Trotwood, an older Dayton suburb of around 24,500 people, who was hit by a 140 mph wind tornado. The NWS classified the Trotwood tornado as an EF3.
An EF3 is considered to be a strong tornado that causes serious damage, valued on a scale from EF0 to EF5.
During his visits, DeWine spoke with President Donald Trump.
& # 39; Storms & # 39; overnight throughout Ohio and many other states were very dangerous and harmful. My team keeps updating me with reports from emergency managers in the affected states. Listen to your local officials and be resilient. We are on your side! & # 39; Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
He followed that tweet with another who said he had just spoken with DeWine.
& # 39; @GovMikeDeWine has just informed me of the destruction of the many tornadoes that hit Ohio early this morning. My government fully supports the people of the great state of Ohio as they begin to clean up and restore, & Trump wrote.
Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald reported extensive, & # 39; catastrophic damage & # 39 ;.
She said that five busloads of displaced people have been taken to a church where temporary shelter is provided, while the American Red Cross assesses needs.
In Harrison Township, Fire Chief Mark Lynch said the city seemed to have been hit by & # 39; World War III & # 39; and that the & # 39; several years of reconstruction & # 39; would require.
A damaged classroom of a school is seen in Dayton, Ohio on May 28, 2019
Onder de gebieden die hij bezocht, is Trotwood, een oudere voorstad van Dayton van ongeveer 24.500 mensen, die werd getroffen door een tornado met 140 mph wind. De NWS classificeerde de Trotwood tornado als een EF3
President Donald Trump sprak dinsdag met de Republikeinse regering Mike DeWine uit Ohio. Trump twitterde: 'Mijn regering ondersteunt de mensen van de grote staat Ohio volledig wanneer ze beginnen met opruimen en herstellen'
CATASTROFISCH WEER OVER DE CENTRAAL EN MIDDELSTE STATEN VEROORZAAKT 11 GEWELDIGDHEDEN IN TWEE WEKEN
De verwoestende stormen begonnen eerder deze maand toen ze de centrale VS bombardeerden en tientallen destructieve tornado's, massale hagel en schadelijke winden produceerden.
17-19 MEI: TORNADO ALLEY, NOORD-DAKOTA NAAR TEXAS:
Volgens het National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Stormvoorspellingscentrum (SPC) raakten meer dan 30 tornado's op 17 mei in Nebraska en Kansas.
Texas had er minstens zes en één geraakt in Oklahoma.
In die tijd zei de Nationale Weerdienst dat er gebieden waren getroffen met 'sterke tornado's, aanzienlijke schadelijke wind en zeer grote hagel'.
Tornado Alley – van Noord-Dakota tot Texas – was het meest getroffen door het gevaarlijke weer, maar 18 staten in totaal en ongeveer 40 miljoen inwoners liepen gevaar
Een tornadoverdrukker Sheridan, Illinois en hagel zo groot als golfballen was naar verluidt niet ver van Chicago gevallen.
Tegen 18 mei hadden minstens 8 grote tornado's zich voornamelijk in Texas aangeraakt, terwijl een andere naar verluidt Oklahoma had verwoest.
Gedurende dat weekend werden in totaal 18 staten met 40 miljoen mensen getroffen door de stormsystemen.
20 MEI: OKLAHOMA EN TEXAS BEDREIGD DOOR MEER STORMEN
Tornado's werden gespot in Texas en Oklahoma op 20 mei terwijl ongeveer twee miljoen mensen in een breed scala van beide staten zich schrap zetten tegen de waarschuwing van de National Weather Service van de VS dat het risico van twisters in de regio op het hoogste niveau was dat ze in jaren hadden gezien.
At the time, a tornado warning was issued for Reno, Kingfisher and Okarche in Oklahoma. A funnel cloud was also spotted in Paducah, Texas.
The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center issued the highest threat level possible, of a 5 out of 5, for violent tornadoes on May 20.
Soon after the tornado threat was over, the threat of a flash flood in Oklahoma increased. Storm cells that developed followed one after the other in what is called 'training,' leading to scattered reports of flash flooding that night.
MAY 21: TORNADOES IN OKLAHOMA, TEXAS, KANSAS AND MISSOURI AND SNOW IN COLORADO
Four million residents were under a flash flood 'emergency warning' on May 21, including in Oklahoma, where as much as five feet of water entered homes in Hominy, to the northeast of the state.
Some 22 tornadoes were reported across Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri. Rescue crews in boats brought at least 50 people out of flood waters because heavy showers flooded roads and houses.
Meanwhile in Colorado, snow was falling – the latest it has fallen in more than four decades – leaving houses and cars covered and roads coated in black ice.
Four million residents were under a flash flood 'emergency warning' on May 21, including in Oklahoma, where as much as five feet of water entered homes in Hominy, to the northeast of the state. Meanwhile in Colorado, snow (pictured) was falling – the latest it has fallen in more than four decades – leaving houses and cars covered and roads coated in black ice
MAY 22: SECOND CONSECUTIVE DAY OF TORNADOES IN THE MIDWEST
Last week, this dangerous storm system in the Midwest produced dozens of tornadoes for the second consecutive day, leaving two dead, demolishing a racetrack grandstand and damaging a wild animal park.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said an SUV skidded across the center of US 160 and struck a tractor-trailer, killing Brandon Beasley, 23, and his 24-year-old wife, Christin, of Willard, Missouri, who were in the SUV.
Missouri Gov Mike Parson declared a state of emergency, citing worsening flood concerns and soil inundation.
The severe weather started in the Southern Plains on May 20 and moved to the northeast. Missouri and parts of Illinois and Arkansas were in the cross-hairs by Tuesday.
At this point, some 37 tornadoes had been reported across Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri. Those include the previous 22 tornadoes on May 21.
Two barges broke loose and floated swiftly down the swollen Arkansas River in eastern Oklahoma on May 22.
MAY 22 INTO MAY 23: VIOLENT MISSOURI TORNADO
Late Wednesday night, the tornado touched down in Jefferson City, causing heavy damage in Missouri's capital city.
The tornado was blamed for three deaths, and it also left several people trapped in the wreckage of their homes.
The service reported at the time that a 'confirmed large and destructive tornado' was observed over Jefferson City at 11.43pm on Wednesday.
Missouri Public Safety confirmed in a tweet that three people were killed in the Golden City area of Barton County, and several injured in the Carl Junction area of Jasper County.
At this point, the death toll from the week's storms included a 74-year-old woman found early Wednesday morning in Iowa.
Missouri authorities said heavy rain was a contributing factor in the deaths of two people in a traffic accident Tuesday near Springfield.
A fourth weather-related death may have occurred in Oklahoma, where the Highway Patrol said a woman apparently drowned after driving around a barricade Tuesday near Perkins, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
Officials reported a total of seven deaths, including the three deaths in Jefferson City.
MAY 24: DEATH TOLL INCREASES AS FLOOD FEARS RISE
The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central US.
John Reinhardt, 20, and Caitlin Frangel, 19, both of Hazelwood, Missouri, were reported missing on May 15.
Their bodies were found around 4am on a flooded rural road that runs along the river at Portage Des Sioux, about 40 miles north of St Louis.
Heavy rain in recent weeks spurred major flooding in several states.
Flooding along the Arkansas River threatened communities from Tulsa into western Arkansas through the holiday weekend, as water released from an Oklahoma dam combined with additional rain.
MAY 26: TORNADOES CONTINUE AND THE DEATH TOLL RISES TO 11
The devastating weather continued for the entire week and into the weekend as two more people were killed when a tornado tore through El Reno, Oklahoma, Saturday night.
The American Budget Value Inn in El Reno was decimated by the tornado. More than 30 people were reportedly inside the hotel when the twister struck.
Witnesses said they saw people being pulled from the rubble of the hotel in the aftermath. A nearby mobile home park that was also in the tornado's path was completely destroyed. It remains unclear how many people were injured.
Before Saturday's deaths were reported, the death toll from the storms across the Central and Midwest states was at nine.
More than 30 people were inside the hotel when the tornado struck. Pictured are emergency workers checking what is left of the second floor of the hotel. Two people were killed, bringing the death toll to 11
Two tornadoes hit Monday night near the metro area of Dayton, Ohio, just 30 minutes apart, according to the NWS.
The aftermath left some lanes of Interstate 75 north of Dayton.
Plowed trucks scraped branches and debris to reopen the great north-south route, according to Matt Bruning, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Bruning said trying to clear up the debris in the middle of the night is a difficult task, complicated by darkness and crashed power lines.
He said that tow trucks would eventually be confronted with damaged vehicles along the road.
& # 39; We will do a more thorough cleaning after we have opened lanes & # 39 ;, he told the Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon, and noted that tow trucks should also tow damaged vehicles along the roadway.
In Brookville, west of Dayton, the storm tore roofs off schools, destroyed a shed and badly damaged homes. Classes were canceled.
In the county of Montgomery, Sheriff Streck said that many roads were impassable.
The sheriff's office initially said that the Northridge High School gymnasium would serve as an emergency shelter in Dayton, but later said it was unusable.
When another tornado struck about 75 miles away in Circleville, Ohio, the agency warned residents to seek & # 39; cover for 1 hour & # 39 ;.
A tornado was described as & # 39; large and dangerous & # 39 ;. It caused devastation in western Ohio after tearing through buildings and causing widespread damage.
The first destructive tornado first arrived in the town of Trotwood, just outside of Dayton, at about 11 p.m. on Monday evening before traveling through the state.
At that time, the NWS described the tornado as & # 39; extremely dangerous & # 39; en waarschuwde hij inwoners om in hun schuilplaatsen te blijven terwijl het door het dichtbevolkte gebied scheurde.
& # 39; This is a life-threatening situation & # 39 ;, the NWS warned in a tweet.
The agency also said that residents should seek coverage in two nearby provinces.
& # 39; RADAR CONFIRMED TORNADO ONLY SOUTH OF CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO. TAKE COVER IF YOU WILL BE IN SOUTHEAST PICKAWAY COUNTY OR SOUTHWEST FAIRFIELD COUNTY !!! & # 39; een woordvoerder tweette.
Weather officials reported signs on their radars of debris being lifted tens of thousands of feet when the first tornado touched down.
Photos taken by residents showed severely damaged houses and buildings, as well as cut trees and power lines.
Two tornadoes hit the metro area of Dayton, Ohio, on Monday night in the span of just 30 minutes apart, according to the NWS
In Brookville, west of Dayton, the storm tore roofs off schools, destroyed a shed and badly damaged homes. Classes were canceled
Heartbreaking images showed families visiting what's left of their homes to dig through the debris
When another tornado struck around 75 miles away in Circleville, Ohio, just before 1am the agency warned residents to 'take cover'
Since 2012, the tornado figures have brought the United States to rest, with counts that follow on or below the average every year and meteorologists who are still working to find out why.
'A lot of people are trying to answer that, but there's no definitive answer,' Marsh said.
The recent rise in tornado activity in the last two weeks was due to high pressure across the southeast and an unusually cold trough over the Rockies that forced warm, moist air in the central US to repeated heavy thunderstorms and periodic whirlwinds.
Scientists also say that climate change is responsible for more intense and frequent extreme weather, such as storms, droughts, floods and fires, but without extensive study they cannot link a single weather to the changing climate.
'Neither one of these large systems —the high over the Southeast or the trough over the Rockies— are showing signs of moving,' Marsh said. 'It's a little unusual for them to be so entrenched this late in the season.'
Those conditions are ripe for the kind of tornadoes that have swept across the Midwest in the last two weeks, said Cathy Zapotocny, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Valley, Nebraska. Zapotocny said the unstable atmosphere helped fuel many of the severe winter storms and subsequent flooding that ravaged Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri earlier this year.
'We've been stuck in this pattern since February,' she said.
Since 2012, tornado numbers have seen a lull across the US, with counts tracking at or below average each year and meteorologists still working to figure out why
The recent surge in tornado activity over the past two weeks was driven by high pressure over the Southeast and an unusually cold trough over the Rockies that forced warm, moist air into the central US sparking repeated severe thunderstorms and periodic tornadoes
Zapotocny said the number of tornadoes this year was 'basically normal' until the surge this week. May is typically the month with the highest incidence of tornadoes, usually in the Plains and Midwestern states collectively known as Tornado Alley, where most of this year's twisters have hit.
The National Weather Service has received 934 tornado reports so far this year, up from the yearly average of 743 observed tornadoes. More than 500 of those reports came in the last 30 days. The actual number is likely lower, however, because some of the reports probably come from different witnesses who spot the same twister.
Most of the confirmed tornadoes were rated as less-intense EF0, EF1 and EF2s on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. But 23 were classified as EF3 tornadoes, with wind speeds of 136-165 mph. The strongest confirmed tornado this year was the EF4 tornado that killed 23 people in Alabama in March.
So far this year, 38 people have died in 10 tornadoes in the United States, including a combined seven within the last week in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma and Ohio.
The relative quiet in recent years followed the massive tornado that killed 161 people and injured more than 1,100 in Joplin, Missouri, in 2011. The EF5 storm packed winds in excess of 200 mph and was on the ground for more than 22 miles.
Monday's outbreak was unusual because it occurred over a particularly wide geographic area. Eight states were affected by two regional outbreaks, in the high Plains and the Ohio River Valley.
Some parts of the country may see relief in the next few days. Missouri remained under a severe weather threat Tuesday night, barely a week after a massive tornado ripped through the state capital of Jefferson City, but the high pressure system that raised the risk is set to move out of the state by Thursday.
'The main threat is going to be tonight and tomorrow,' said Cory Rothstein, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri.
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