Company Helps Community Rebuild After Tornado
Sixty-six tornadoes wreaked havoc on the United States this weekend,
resulting in at least 21 deaths and pushing the season's fatality
total to 97 deaths (the most since the 1998 tornado season). The
storms also have left glass shops scrambling to get all the repairs
In one of the hardest hit towns, Neosho, Mo., residents are still
grappling with the enormity of the destruction.
According to glazier Jamie Hatfield of C-V Glass, the town has
lost 76 homes in the storm. Its been bad, he explains.
People have lost everything they own.
As Hatfield spoke to USGNN.com, he indicated that there were approximately
50-60 windshields scattered around his business, as the company
will focus its energies this week replacing automobile glass before
moving on to residential repairs next week.
Its as bad as Ive ever seen it in 35 years,
Hatfield says, as two more windowless cars pulled up to his establishment.
At least 800 tornadoes have been reported or observed since March,
the start of the tornado season. While the most violent storms hit
Missouri, Oklahoma and Georgia, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic also
were hammered with heavy rains.
The National Weather Service estimates that at least eight tornadoes
were spawned in Oklahoma along six storm tracks. One severe tornado
touched down in the Missouris southwest corner about 6 p.m.
Saturday and cut a path of destruction nearly a mile wide at some
The tornadoes have left dozens injured and thousands without power.
Clean up, as well as search and rescue, continues, with officials
worried that the death toll may continue to rise.
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