Nightly News | April 18, 2011
>> path barrelled and rolled across the country from the plain states to the deep south . it spread a lot of disaster. there were a number of close calls, weather channel meteorologist jeff morrow is also with us tonight from north carolina . jeff, i watched your coverage all weekend long. an incredible intensity of weather.
>> reporter: yeah, brian . reports of 240 tornadoes have investigators scrambling. they've already confirmed 150 tornadoes. to put that into context, we typically see 163 tornadoes for the entire month of april. the rampage went on for days, terrifying tornadoes touched down in 15 states. the harrowing moments caught on tape.
>> we got two, three. oh.
>> reporter: thursday tushka, oklahoma, not one but several twisters violently spin around each other.
>> oh, my god. this is not good, guys.
>> reporter: friday, clinton, mississippi, a tornado works across an overpass and blue power flashes light up the sky .
>> there goes the roof off the house.
>> reporter: saturday wilson, north carolina , a walgreens store is ripped to shreds. zee
>> that's a walgreens exploding.
>> reporter: it's the deadliest outbreak in the u.s. in three years. at least 44 deaths in six states. all the ingredients come together to create the perfect storm . in this case a big upper air disturbance in the jet steam.
>> is came charging east-southeast and met up with moist air in the gulf of mexico .
>> in gloucester, virginia, he barely escaped.
>> it sounded like a train was coming to hit the house.
>> reporter: in raleigh, north carolina this car still has its lights on and its beeping.
>> this person must have got out of the car fast. you can hear it .t
>> the tornadoes were moving very fast in this case. you had little time to seek shelter.
>> reporter: in boones chapel, alabama the tornado that hit this small town packed 150-mile-per-hour winds. in hard-hit north carolina at least five tornadoes reached similar wind speeds , and that tornado that hit the lowe's traveled more than 60 miles on a fast and brutal path. and, brian , it doesn't look like the nation will get a chance to catch its breath severe weatherwise. they already have a moderate risk of severe weather including the possibility of more tornados from oklahoma to arkansas into the ohio valley for tomorrow and tomorrow night. brian .
>> jeff morrow , the weather channel , with us from north carolina tonight. jeff, thanks for that.