It’s not Islamic extremists who are striking terror into the hearts of Americans.
It’s the weather, the true weapon of mass destruction.
A tornado that killed 117 people in Missouri was the single deadliest twister in the past 60 years, according to National Weather Service.
And roughly 1,500 people have been reported missing.
Deaths and shattered lives defined by a few minutes of catastrophe that last forever.
Until this week, the single most deadliest tornado on record with the National Weather Service in the past six decades was a twister that killed 116 people in Flint, Mich., in 1953.
More deaths have resulted from outbreaks of multiple tornadoes. On April 27, a pack of twisters roared across six Southern states, killing 314 people, more than two-thirds of them in Alabama. That was the single deadliest day for tornadoes since the National Weather Service began keeping such records in 1950.
Mother Nature can be a cruel mistress who cuts like a scimitar across our land, churning it like a World War I battlefield.
And we essentially are powerless as we dangle in the wind, like puppets on a string.