Gotta Watch: Surviving the storm
April 18th, 2011
10:31 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Surviving the storm

Fast-moving storms ripped through the Southeast over the weekend, spawning tornadoes that flattened parts of North Carolina. The storm killed at least 45 people in six states, including Virginia, Oklahoma, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.

In today's Gotta Watch, we're looking at the aftermath of the devastating weather system that crippled the region.

Inside the storm – Get an inside look of the storm that killed 22 people in North Carolina and leveled parts of that state. The damage was so severe, it nearly wiped out an entire rural town.
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Split-second decisions – When a tornado had a Lowe's hardware store in its sights, employees had little time to shepherd customers to safety. They worked quickly, saving dozens of lives in the process.

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Tornado tackles Mississippi – From a safe distance, a local captures video of a twister quickly making its away across a Mississippi reservoir.

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  1. Jazzzzzzz

    Woo, look at that U-haul. Looks a little like all those cars flipped around in J-pan

    April 18, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. ole Lady

    Wow. Spring is blowing in. Sad for the lives lost and for the suffering the survivors must endure. The more people spread out on the planet more in mothers nature's path.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Spring sure is roaring in! It's been rather chilly around here, so conditions aren't right for tornados...yet.

    Condolences to those who have lost cherished family members, and to those who have lost every they own. I am so sorry.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. addi

    Above some one has posted Clips and pictures from Libya ....OOppps

    April 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan B

    Great work on the part of the Lowe's employees and everyone working together under extreme conditions, so glad nobody was seriously hurt. Practice and planning for mother nature paid off. Best of luck with the cleanup.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pointless1

    Amazed at the power of mother nature... Sorry for those who lost their lives.

    April 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan B

    My comment above was strictly pertaining to the Lowe's story, my heart goes out to everyone else that these devastating storms have effected and for the loss of life.

    April 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |