Severe Weather: Tornados

It started with sirens.

On one Arkansas street, ten people and seven dogs were crammed in to a tiny storm cellar as the half-mile wide tornado carved it's eighty mile path of devastation above them.

When the noise was gone and the families of this particular street, Aspen Creek Drive, climbed out of the cellar all of their homes were gone. Nothing was left but rubble and the foundations.

Not everyone was so lucky. The Tornado that hit Vilonia, Arkansas was around an EF3 on the 0-5 EF Scale. What that means is that the winds were at least 136mph. Cars were shredded, swept up by the devastating winds and dropped miles from their owners residences, people were found buried in the rubble, or worse in some cases...

As the storm system moved away from Tornado Alley and into the South on Monday night people in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia braced for the damage.

This morning people in Alabama and Georgia woke to howling winds and sirens. The destruction over night raised the death toll to thirty-three, with eleven of the casualties in the newly hit Southern states.

A meteorologist at a local TV station in Tupelo, Mississippi was reporting live when a tornado was dangerously close. In the Youtube video you can see he reports that the tornado was on the ground and moments later you see him yelling off camera to at his staff "Basement, NOW!"

This storm system is just the latest run of severe weather that has laid waste to states across the country. With the same band of storms heading our waydo you know what to do when severe weather hits

What is heading our way is likely to last for at least two days filled with hail, high winds, heavy rain and even the possibility of tornadoes tonight and in to tomorrow.

Charlotte's Morning News with Bo Thompson spoked with both NBC 6 Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich, and WBTV Meteorologist Al Conklin about the system that has us in it's sights.