March 1st, 2012
06:34 AM ET

Massive storm system weakens after 12 deaths

Weary residents may get some good news Thursday as the monster storm system that already battered many Midwestern states and caused a dozen deaths is expected to weaken.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center downgraded its outlook for severe weather from moderate to slight over the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. It said there was only a 5% probability of tornadoes through Thursday morning.

The death toll from the enormous storm system that plowed through the Midwest and spawned more tornadoes as it moved east was at 12 late Wednesday, authorities said.

Hardest hit was Harrisburg, Illinois, a town that was thrashed by a pre-dawn EF4 killer tornado that packed 170 mph winds. Six people were killed in the southern Illinois city, many were injured or left with harrowing stories like Justin Hicks.


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  1. banasy©

    12 deaths due to storms.
    This early inthe year.
    Oh, bot...

    My sympathy to the families of those who perished.

    March 1, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I meant, 'Oh, boy.'

      March 1, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |