U.S. Tornadoes Maps and Images 2011

The tornado outbreak that killed at least 327 people in the Southeast last week may have been the largest in U.S. history, with an estimated 305 twisters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The storms have destroyed or damaged power plants, power lines, gas stations, and water supplies, leaving more than 1 million people without electricity. Thousands are homeless or without fuel or safe drinking water. Three nuclear power plants have shut down and are offline.

Here are maps and images concerning the recent tornadoes.

1. NASA’s Earth Observatory has satellite images and animations of the weather system that spawned the tornadoes.

2. Google Maps’s collection of tornado maps and images with American Red Cross  shelter locations.

3. The Wall Street Journal’s map of storm reports.

4. Map of storm reports from maptd.com.

5. MSNBC’s tracking map shows the path of the weather system along which the tornadoes grew.

6. A New York Times map showing hour-by-hour tornado reports.

7. Satellite and aerial images from before and after the tornadoes from the New York Times (with slider tool)

8. A gallery of images from Google

9. Satellite images of Alabama after tornadoes. (See at http://goo.gl/28f6M. Also before/after photos at http://goo.gl/RtXTN)

Source: Directions Magazine; The Map Room; ABC News; Businessweek  Picture from: ABC News

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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