In the wake of the worst severe weather outbreak so far this season, a drone captured aerial footage of the devastation following the deadly Mayflower tornado which struck Arkansas on Sunday night, April 27, 2014.
On Sunday night, multiple tornadoes spawned from violent thunderstorms tracking from Texas up through Iowa, with the worst of the storms centered around Arkansas.
"One supercell thunderstorm was on the ground for over 100 miles in Arkansas, but the NWS says it spawned at least two large tornadoes along its path," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jesse Ferrell said.
A drone captured an aerial view of the devastation following the deadly Mayflower tornado in Arkansas on Sunday, April 27, 2014. (Video/Brian Emfinger)
Prior to the tornado striking Mayflower, one of the hardest hit areas in Arkansas, a "particularly dangerous situation" was issued.
The same tornado-producing storm struck numerous counties in Arkansas Sunday night, resulting in at least 14 deaths throughout the state.
With numerous buildings and houses leveled, search-and-rescue efforts will continue through Monday, but the death toll is expected to rise.
As the use of drones becomes more popular, the airborne devices may actually aid emergency response teams in the wake of a disaster.
"This kind of footage helps get out the word out about the tornado destruction in a compelling way that hopefully increases awareness of the disaster, ultimately leading to more donations to those in need," Ferrell said. "When coordinated and shared with emergency personnel, this type of video could even help in a search-and-rescue situation and could help the efficiency of National Weather Service storm surveys."
While no storm ratings for the twister have been released yet, prior to the storm the United States had not had a tornado rated EF3 or higher since Nov. 17, 2013, according to the Associated Press.
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours that will break the back of the heat wave in much of the northeastern United States.
Heavy downpours will raise the concern for flash flooding along the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley through midweek.
A stifling heat wave will remain entrenched across the Northeast much of this week, despite a brief reprieve in humidity for some.
Dangerous heat will surge northward and send temperatures rising across the northwestern United States this week.
Severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Northeast on Monday, lashing the region with damaging winds while also unleashing heavy downpours that triggered flash flooding.
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