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Midwest, South / Tornadoes / Forecasting #729908

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 05, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Violent weather, including a swarm of tornadoes, across the Midwest & South reported.

(Pierce City, Missouri: Jim Cummins) A wave of tornadoes across Kansas, Missouri & Tennessee featured; amateur videos shown of funnel clouds; scenes shown of damaged property. [Pierce City, Missouri, residents Billy DUNCAN‡, Kenny COBAUGH‡, Rick FENSKE‡– react.] [Jackson, Tennessee, POLICEMAN – describes the damage.] [Missouri Governor Bob HOLDEN†- says the devastation is the worst that’s ever happened in Missouri.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Stockton, Missouri: Kevin Tibbles) The tornado’s impact on Stockton, Missouri, featured; scenes shown of flattened buildings and cleanup efforts.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Pierce City, Missouri: Brian Williams) The experience of Pierce City resident Patricia Wilson‡ during the tornado featured; scenes shown of wrecked homes and the town’s demolished main street. [WILSON, son Anthony WILSON – recount their ordeal.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Robert Hager) The lack of understanding about tornadoes, making it difficult to predict them, featured; amateur videos shown; animation shown illustrating theories on the formation of tornadoes. [Storm Prediction Center director Joe SCHAEFER††- comments on the number of tornadoes that struck in one day.] [Tornado chaser Josh WURMAN††- says our long term goal is to extend the warning time.]

(NOTE – Local weather bulletin on screen.)

Brokaw, Tom;
Cummins, Jim;
Tibbles, Kevin;
Williams, Brian;
Hager, Robert

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