good evening. we are in the middle still of an urgent violent and explosive weather situation that has thundered from the midwest right through the
. 11 tornados were reported in four hours' time, starting in kansas, then
, then the numbers started to increase. there have now been dozens and before tonight is over we could see 50 of them in the
. at least nine people are dead due to weather in just two of those states, and while it's early yet in
, there have been nearly 250 tornados confirmed already this year. we have it all covered for you tonight.
standing by. we begin our coverage tonight with meteorologist
. he's in
. eric, good evening.
good evening, brian. here in
we saw some of those
on thursday evening, one of those coming right through this community of
. it's a small town, only about 350 residents that live here, so when a tornado of this magnitude comes through, it affects everyone in the community, and those storms continue to rumble tonight.
large tornado crossing the highway just in front of us.
footage shows one of nearly a dozen tornados that ripped through the
overnight. this twister barrelled through
, killing two elderly sisters.
students huddled in a storm shelter as it tore through the building overhead, picking up
and flipping them on their sides.
it just looks like somebody came and stepped on it.
all of the students survived, but seniors three weeks from graduation wonder where they'll finish the year.
from a school standpoint a
. i don't see a possibility of having school in these buildings again.
whoa, that's violent.
at one point the system dropped three tornados
side by side
we got two, three.
, no tornados, but violent winds had tragic consequences. a father and his 18-month-old daughter were sleeping in their
when winds blew a tree onto the trailer, killing both. the child's mother survived. in
, a tree crashed into a home killing an 8-year-old boy and his mother who had climbed into his bed to comfort him.
there was a 2-year-old in the house that was fine that was in a back part. that child is okay.
further east in arkansas, straight-line winds ripped a
from its moorings and tossed it 70 feet, killing a 64-year-old woman and critically injuring her husband. swirling winds created this waterspout over clinton reservoir.
captured dramatic footage of a tornado near jackson. it peeled the roof off of this bank in clinton. police did manage to recover all the money inside. the tornado then
the interstate shut completely down. we have two cars that are flipped upside down.
we're outside the only school here in
. it is a
. it stood for nearly 100 years.
over my shoulder
, one of the most bizarre scenes, a bookcase in what was once a classroom. the books
as if a storm didn't roll through. it's one of those bizarre signs you see in a spring storm. places like the
, missouri, illinois. on the back side, blizzard conditions and icy
starting us off in