Nightly News | April 11, 2011
>> amid the violent weather that slammed the midwest in the last two days, the national weather service is still trying to figure out how many tornadoes touched down. they can confirm ten in this active and severe weather front. chris is with us from merril, wisconsin .
>> it was a wild ride for the family that lives here. they found shelter just before a tornado ripped off the top of their home. they were in the basement, and it's easy to see just by looking at this that these violent storms made they mark. in meryl, wisconsin , sirens warn warned residents of an imminent threat . the arrival caught on video. once the storm had blown through, merrill residents saw the devastation.
>> i saw my wife, i covered her. scared the death of me.
>> fortunately, it only claimed property, no lives. a part of the same weather system had already rolled through iowa, flattening part of mapleton. damaging 60% of the town, leaving behind torn debris, shredded insulation, and damage.
>> in virginia, two powerful tornadoes struck there.
>> my house is gone.
>> on the north carolina /dakota bord border, interstate 29 is still under water. portions of it closed indefinitely. adding to a springtime mixture of midwest weather that included hail, tornadoes and floods. and this is where the garage used to be. amazingly, you look at the cars, and at first look, only minor damage. now, the storm system that brought these violent storms is moving off to the east. it's going to be moving through during the overnight hours, track through, bringing the threat for damaging winds, spotty hail, and the chance for isolated tornadoes. good news as we head to tomorrow evening, the biggest threat will be rain on the east coast . we'll get a break, at least for now.
>> i don't know how the car survived, but it seemed to. thank you very much. chris warren in merrill, wisconsin .