A Bible was found among the Oklahoma tornado debris and returned to its owner. Ironically, the Bible was opened to Isaiah, chapter 32, which reads, "A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest."
The Bible, which belonged to Michael Alexander and his fiancé Sheila Spurlin, was found in nearby debris by a storm chaser named Brandon Heiden. He watched helplessly as the storm tore Lance Carter's home apart, then made sure the family was okay after it was all over. Heiden was the first one to notice the Bible and took a picture of it to help it find its way back home.
Gage Ross, a Carter family friend, stopped by to help begin cleaning up; he spotted the same Bible, which was open to a telling verse in Isaiah 32: "A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest." more >>
Workers will begin removing parts of the Jersey Shore roller coaster Tuesday night. The destroyed attraction became one of the most prolific images of Hurricane Sandy's destructiv power.
Superstorm Sandy devastated most of the New Jersey Shore. But as summer time approaches, the time for rebuilding has come. Workers will begin deconstructing a roller coaster that was submerged by the ocean on Oct. 29 when the hurricane hit at Seaside Heights.
The JetStar roller coaster sitting in the middle of the Atlantic has become one of the most memorable images captured after Hurricane Sandy hit. Deconstruction of the coaster will take about four days, according to The Washington Post. Workers will work around the clock to pull the coaster down, according to Casino Pier officials. more >>
Craig Patterson, an avalanche forecaster, was killed in an avalanche in Big Cottonwood Canyon. He was reported missing on Thursday evening, and rescuers were able to recover his body early this morning.
Patterson, 34, worked for the Utah Department of Transportation and was out on assignment when the avalanche took place. His family reported him missing when he failed to report back to the Department of Transportation. Co-workers found his car parked on the south side of the canyon and contacted police.
Rescuers located his body just before sunset and brought him in. The Department of Transportation is now investigating the incident, and the State Medical Examiner's Office is planning to conduct an autopsy. While it's unknown if Patterson may have accidentally set off the avalanche while checking snow stability, the technique he used has been known to cause avalanches. more >>
A "gigantic jet" of lightning struck over mainland China in 2010, but scientists have just recently begun to understand the rare and fascinating event. The event is named after the bolt's shape- a large cone-shaped electric jolt that resembles an aircraft in a steep nosedive.
The gigantic jet lighting was spotted over eastern China Aug. 12, 2010 at 35 degrees latitude, about 55 miles from the ground. The electrostatic discharge differs from traditional lightning in that it occurs above storm clouds; in this case, the cloud peaked at about 11 from sea level. Despite the event happening over two years ago, this is the first time researchers have documented one in the region.
"This is the first report from mainland China," Jing Yang, an atmospheric scientist from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, told OurAmazingPlanet. She and a team of researchers studied the gigantic jet with Doppler radar data and infrared weather pictures. more >>
Mississippi residents are still recovering Monday after a series of 10 tornados ripped through the town of Hattiesburg and other nearby cities, resulting in the injury of over 60 people.
Over 200 homes were destroyed on Sunday night as local residents shot video of a tornado that some say looked at least a mile wide. After the storm, a sense of gratitude passed around the town when it was revealed that no lives were taken.
"It came through like a freight train. I always heard it sounded like a train. It sounded like Katrina,"Charlotte Waters, who lives in a neighborhood also hit by the 2005 hurricane, told the Associated Press. "I'm blessed. At least I don't have one of those [trees] in my house." more >>
Even as the Northeast was still digging out on Sunday after a massive blizzard, a tornado, part of a wave of severe storms, ripped through southern Mississippi, injuring at least a dozen people, damaging hundreds of homes and parts of the University of Southern Mississippi, and causing widespread power outages.
The twister struck a main street of Hattiesburg in Forrest County less than an hour before dark, mangling homes, commercial buildings and structures on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
At least 10 people were injured in surrounding Forrest County and three were hurt to the west in Marion County, but they weren't aware of any deaths, The Associated Press reported, quoting emergency officials. more >>