On the Radar: 'Amazingly explosive' storms, more divorces, Syria, volcano
Little Rock, Arkansas, residents clean up the damage Tuesday after violent storms knocked out power to thousands of homes.
April 27th, 2011
09:17 AM ET

On the Radar: 'Amazingly explosive' storms, more divorces, Syria, volcano

Storms slam South - Another round of severe weather is expected to slam the eastern third of the country Wednesday, hours after a series of tornadoes, baseball-size hail and flooding left a trail of destruction.

People were reported trapped in homes in Marshall County, Alabama, after a possible twister struck there Wednesday morning, said Lee Rosser, a logistics specialist for the county Emergency Management Agency. There were also reports of people trapped at a nearby campground, he said.

In Mississippi, three people died overnight as severe weather swept the state, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.

The storm system claimed at least one life Tuesday night in Sharp County, Arkansas, bringing the death toll to 11 in that state since Monday.

The Storm Prediction Center said there's a high chance of severe weather on Wednesday across portions of northern Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia and in southern Tennessee.

"The storms are just amazingly explosive, and they're covering a very large area," said Greg Carbin with the storm center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Divorce rates up as economy improves - When the economy soured, many couples opted to put their divorces on hold, CNN's Mary Snow reports. Now, after several years of declining divorce cases, couples are splitting up as the economic situation gets better. The recession has also changed the nature of divorce cases. In states where the real estate market tanked, instead of fighting over the house, couples wrangled over who would be left with the devalued property.

More unrest in Syria - Terror reigned in the Syrian city of Daraa on Wednesday as intermittent gunfire rang out overnight and snipers held their positions on rooftops, a witness said.

He said the situation "is worsening day after day" after the country's recent anti-government protests started.

Five people were killed by sniper fire Tuesday, including a 6-year-old girl, said the witness, who is not being identified for security reasons. But no funerals have taken place, he said, because security forces occupy the cemetery.

Residents flee volcano in Ecuador - Authorities in Ecuador closed schools and evacuated residents in areas near a volcano Tuesday after ashes spewing from its crater fell on homes and farms, state media reported.

Ashes from Tungurahua - which means "throat of fire" in the native Quechua language - rose more than 7 kilometers (4 miles) into the air Tuesday, a government news agency said.

Authorities issued an alert as monitors detected six eruptions, ranging from moderate to large, and a significant ash cloud Tuesday, state media said.

"According to our observations, damages to crops, pastures and small effects to the health of people are already evident," the country's geophysics institute said.

Royal wedding  Die-hard royal fans are already staking out their spots in preparation for the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who will tie the knot Friday. For full royal wedding coverage, including a wedding guest list, CNN.com's "Unveiled" blog has it all.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    @CRAIG JOHNSON... GETTING BETTER...

    that headline is good...almost perfect...
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    but try this one
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    On the Radar: 'Amazingly violent' storms, 'exploding' volcano, divorces, Syria unrest
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    i think the volcano is more important than divorces

    April 27, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. errtu

    My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He is 12 years older than me, lol. We met online at A'geMingle. com The premiere online community for older women seek younger men or older men seek younger women to meet and share your interests. Ever feel that you would best enjoy someone who is not in your age group? Leave behind the other general dating sites out there and try us.

    April 27, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • laughin

      So you have a va-gina? Hey, that's great! Really!

      April 27, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. errtu

    i dont like to work, and just like to shop and spend money. now that i met my older boyfriend i can take out my friends and charge up his credit cards while he is at work... thanks age-mingl-e!!!

    April 27, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Confucius says: Sugar daddies bring sugar babies!

      April 27, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    lol–>More unrest in Syria

    i think i woulld have a hrd time sleeping also if some one was shooting off a gun all night long..

    April 27, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    RuffNutt eats poly saturated fat. Poly saturated fat.

    April 27, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. RUFFNUTT

    better than rolly poly's

    April 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzzzz

      LOL

      April 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. IKHAN

    Why RUFFNUT? I thought we were a nation of gun lovers & love to hear guns and other 'toys' that we have popping all over the world?

    Just wait till M/s McCain,Lieberman and the likes of Gingrich, Pawlenty, Palin etc push us into Syria.

    April 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      They will IKHAN,if Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton don't do it first. That's all these right-wing thugs in Washington know,that is,killing people and getting us into needless wars while our economy falls apart.

      April 27, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT

    well.. i only fire my gun off responsibly.. like when im shoting target practicing, or turkey hunting.. or a cat wonders on my property..

    heck im even nice and usually give the cat a warning shot right in the hind end...

    an btw i have 3 cases of shotgun shells in case the zombies come..

    April 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |