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You don't have to be outdoors to be hurt or injured by a nearby lightning strike, like this one in New Mexico. The pain for survivors can be lifelong.
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July 17, 2015 Deaths in the U.S. from lightning strikes are up in 2015, compared with recent years. A convertible won't save you. Get inside at the first rumble of thunder, and stay away from plugged-in appliances.
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Tornadoes killed at least 17 people on Sunday and Monday. But some managed to stay safe in underground shelters like the one at right in Vilonia, Ark.
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April 29, 2014 In a tornado, debris flung by high-speed winds can cause deadly injuries. A sturdy shelter is the best protection, but even lying in a ditch may save your life. Or putting on a bike helmet.
A happy twist of events: Jacob Montgomery and Dexter are reunited.
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November 29, 2013 Jacob Montgomery's apartment was destroyed last week when a tornado ripped through Washington, Ill. The Illinois Guardsman survived, but was separated from his 6-month-old pit bull named Dexter. Nine days later, something amazing happened.
A Moore Medical Center patient sits in the parking lot after a tornado damaged the hospital on Monday.
May 21, 2013 Nick Stremble, a registered nurse and manager at the hospital, described what he saw Monday. As winds ripped through the facility, people started "to tumble and roll and be pushed down the hall," he said.
An aerial view shows an entire neighborhood destroyed by Monday's tornado in Moore, Okla.
May 21, 2013 Sens. Tom Coburn and James Inhofe have become the faces of pushback on federal emergency spending. Now the deadly and devastating tornado in their home state has put them in an awkward position.
Barbara Garcia, right, sits with friends after a tornado destroyed much of their neighborhood in Moore, Okla. During an interview with CBS, Garcia found her dog buried in the wreckage of her house.
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May 21, 2013 In a stroke of luck that added a rare bright spot to what has been a sad story of widespread devastation and loss of life, Moore, Okla., resident Barbara Garcia was reunited with her dog in dramatic fashion — during an interview with CBS.
May 23, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, reporting the Arab Spring, and drawing the line between sex, power and consent. In the second hour, PBS host Bill Moyers, and cleaning up after a tornado.
April 28, 2011 A satellite camera caught the action as the storms built and then roared across the South.
April 28, 2011 The National Weather Service's Storm Reports page tells a lot about how far-reaching the severe weather, which left at least 200 people dead, was on Wednesday.
April 28, 2011 Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has posted a video in which he warns that "today, we're going to see more severe weather." So, he says, "have a safe place to go and act quickly" if a tornado is near.
Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
April 28, 2011 "You're talking about whole neighborhoods of housing just completely gone. Churches, gone. Businesses, gone. I'm not talking about just roofs being blown off, but just completely gone," says Mayor William Bell. Dozens of deaths have been reported.
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April 28, 2011 The strength of the tornadoes that have swept across much of the South in the past few days, killing at least 178 people as they tore through, is all too terrifyingly clear in the eyewitness videos starting to appear on the Web.
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April 15, 2011 Now that the federal budget for the current fiscal year is headed for President Obama's desk, the House is preparing to vote on next year's budget.
June 21, 2010 A tornado that struck Billings, Mont. Sunday destroyed an arena and left more damage in its trail.
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