Tornado devastation hits home in the Valley

FRESNO, Calif.

"There's areas that don't even exist anymore. It's just horrific."

Sandie Lohse of Hanford has been glued to her computer looking at videos and pictures of the destruction.

"So devastating. Look at those trees."

Her brother, Alan McCabe lives less than 100 miles from hard-hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Sandie Lohse said, "I'm praying every day that he's safe. That's all we can do at this point."

After trying to reach him for hours, Sandie finally spoke to Alan Thursday morning. He sent these pictures, and described the devastation.

Alan McCabe said, "The closest city next to me is Pell City. They have trees down. They have power lines down and a lot of roof damage too."

Aside from the threat of more tornados--towns all over the south are also dealing with flooding. Rebecca Coburn--a Porterville native---now lives in Black Rock, Arkansas. She took these pictures of homes nearly submerged under-water.

"We step out our front door and just look down the road and you can just see water and it's unbelievable. It's unreal. Until you see it. You don't know how devastating it is."

Action News Meteorologist Kevin Musso says warm water colliding with dry air, is causing this series of storms and tornados. With similar conditions forecasted, he says there may be more ahead.

Kevin Musso said, "We're not out of the woods yet, because may is the peak season for severe weather, so we're at the end of April, this could be tipping its hand to what kind of weather we might see if we move into may, so we could gain be on pace for a record year for tornado outbreaks."



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