Forget about “The Wizard of Oz.” Tornadoes are causing many more deaths and devastation east and south of Kansas these days.
And they often do so in the darkness of the night.
And as if that wasn’t enough, southeast twisters tend to strike early at night – usually when more dangerous.
Here is a closer look at what’s behind the change:
Since 2000 there have been almost 89% of the 1,653 Americans killed by tornadoes – not including this week’s victims – to the east of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, according to an Associated Press analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.