January 13, 2006
The first tornado outbreak of the year caused a death in Alabama. Three homes were destroyed and a dozen were damaged in Belleville, Conecuh County, Alabama at about 10 AM in the morning. A 59-year-old woman was killed by flying debris in her living room as the walls, ceiling and chimney of her home were torn apart. Her daughter was unharmed. In a separate tornado, 13 children were injured at the Baker K-12 School in Okaloosa County, in the Florida panhandle.
March 11, 2006
Shortly before 10 PM on Saturdy night, an F3 tornado crossed US 61, 1 mile south of St. Mary, Perry County, Missouri, about 80 miles south of St. Louis. A husband and wife, ages 40 and 49, in a pickup truck probably drove right into the tornado. The truck was blown 75 yards from the road and wedged underneath a large propane tank. Both were killed. The couple had just left their home in order to escape the oncoming tornado. They hadn't gotten more than a few hundred yards from their house when the trajedy occurred. Their home survived the storm. The tornado destroyed at least one brick home and several mobile homes, causing several injuries. The path was about 20 miles long, and extended across the Mississippi River into Illinois.
March 12, 2006
There were more than 100 tornado reports today, which means there were probably 50 or more tornadoes in this outbreak. Missouri was hit by 5 killer tornadoes that caused 8 deaths. In Lawrence County, a 63-year-old man was killed in one of 21 homes that were destroyed in and near Marionville. In Henry County, another man was found dead in a field near his destroyed home west of Urich. A damage swath at the south edge of Renick, Randolph County, was especially intense. There were 4 deaths in 3 different homes that were totally destroyed. A 20-mile-long path was cut acrosss Pettis County and more than 100 homes were damaged or destroyed in the southeast part of Sedalia. One woman was killed as she left her mobile home just as the tornado hit. The home was lifted and dropped onto her. Numerous homes were destroyed at El Dorado Springs, Cedar County. Just north of Fordland, Webster County, 19-year-old Matt Suter set a record. He was the first person known to have been carried more than 1000 feet from his destroyed home, and lived to tell about it. He was blown, unconscious, for a record 1307 feet from his disintegrating mobile home to an open field. The previous record was held by a young girl who was carried 1000 feet with her pony, in South Dakota.
April 2, 2006
A second early-season outbreak produced about 40 tornadoes. Much of the devastation occurred in a tri-state swath from Randolph County, Arkansas, across the bootheel of Missouri to Dyer and Gibson Counties in Tennessee. About 1500 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed. A total of 24 people died In Tennessee, 16 in Dyer County, 8 in Gibson County, including 4 in one family. Early in this long track, the tornado ripped apart Marmaduke, Arkansas and Caruthersville, Missouri. Between those two towns, a person died in the community of Braggadocio, Pemiscot County, in the Missouri bootheel. In Illinois, a man was killed when a minimal F2 tornado caused the collapse of the roof of a large department store at Fairview Heights, St Clair County. For a complete look at the Arkansas-Missouri-Tennessee outbreak, check out the National Weather Service Memphis site.
April 7, 2006
The third major outbreak of this early tornado season resulted in the damage or destruction of about 3000 buildings in Tennessee. There were two killer tornadoes. Three people died in trailers and small homes, near Morrison, southwest McMinnville, Warren County. Most of the destruction and 9 deaths occurred in a narrow swath across Sumner County, northeast of Nashville. At Gallatin, million-dollar homes in the "Woodhaven-on-the-Lake" subdivision were destroyed, with three deaths. The other 6 casualties occurred in trailers.
April 13, 2006
An F1 tornado cut a 9-mile-long path from 4 miles southeast of Lone Tree to 2 miles southeast of Adams. A 49-year-old woman died when her mobile home was destroyed 3 miles south of Nichols, Muscatine County.
May 9, 2006
A slow-moving but intense tornado passed across northern Collin County, Texas, shortly after 10:00 PM. Starting just north of Anna, the funnel destroyed a dozen homes in the small farming community of Westminster. An elderly couple, ages 82 and 80, were killed, possibly as they were attempting to seek shelter in a ditch. A teenaged boy died in the destruction of another home. Ten people were injured.
August 24, 2006
A violent tornado moved east across Nicollet and Le Sueur Counties in Minnesota . It leveled many well-built homes and wiped out entire farms, sending at least two dozen people to the hospital. Hundreds of dairy cows were killed. It passed near Nicollet, Kasota, south of St. Peter, to Cleveland. A 90-year-old man, living near the shore of Lake Emily, Le Sueur County, died as a result of the tornado. He was pinned in his destroyed home under a tree that had fallen on the house. Rescuers could not reach him because the roads were blocked by trees. They crossed the lake in order to reach him by boat, then traveled back across the lake to an open road. He died at a Mankato Hospital.
September 16, 2006
Late Saturday night an F2 tornado formed very rapidly, and without warning , in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Touchdown was 3 miles west of Rogers, which is about 20 miles NW of Minneapolis. The funnel moved eastward through town, destroying 16 homes and damaging more than 300 others. A 10-year-old girl was killed in the destruction of her neighbor's home.
November 15, 2006
A family of tornadoes cut an early morning path across parts of Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. At about 3 AM, one of them destroyed and small, frail home and a trailer, 5 miles north-northeast of Montpelier, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana. A 43-year-old man was killed.
November 16, 2006
At about sunrise, a tornado devastated a mobile home park near Riegelwood, Columbus County, in southeastern North Carolina, 20 miles west-southwest of Wilmington. About 40 trailers and 3 brick homes were destroyed. Eight people were killed and 20 were injured.
December 29, 2006
About 20 tornadoes hit Texas in a late-year outbreak. An F2 tornado ripped apart an assisted living home for military veterans in Groesbeck, Limestone County. A 51-year-old man died in the part of the home that was most badly damaged. He was trying to crawl to safety in a hallway.
For a listing of areas that are currently under a tornado watch, check this site. It is "refreshed" every 60 seconds, so it is very current.