Killer tornadoes in the south

April 28, 2011 2:16:37 PM PDT
Pure, unadulterated fear - that's what I feel when I see tornadoes, and the damage they inflict.

The tornadoes that ripped across six Southern states last night. The death toll, alas, is a moveable object - upward. At this writing it stands at 290, but it will surely rise.

Whole towns - wiped off the map, literally.

Federal weather experts now say this is the worst tornado outbreak in nearly 40 years - since the so-called "super outbreak" of 1974, when 315 were killed. By the time the counting's over, the outbreak of 2011 could become the new "super outbreak."

Let's hope not, though.

The same systems that spawned the tornadoes in the South passed through out area. Fortunately, there was nothing like devastation, although some trees were downed. Meteorologist Lee Goldberg heads our coverage, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, it's an alarming stat: 247 people who were on the terrorism watch list were allowed to buy firearms.

The number comes from the General Accounting Office, which found that, from February, 2004, to February, 2010, peeps on the watch list were involved in firearm and explosives background checks 1,228 times - and the transactions were allowed to proceed 91 percent of the time.


We're also taking a closer look at something called ZocDoc - a medical scheduling website that is trying to solve the long-wait problem most New Yorkers experience. In fact, the average wait time for a New Yorker to get in to see a doctor is 19 days.

Meanwhile, Liz Cho is in London, anchoring our coverage of tomorrow's royal wedding.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg with his AccuWeather forecast, Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join us, tonight at 11.


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