The Weather Channel Sunday, June 23, 2002: In Barnard, South Dakota, storm chaser Roger Hill amazingly videotapes several tornadoes, one of which gets a little too close for comfort. New homeowners Troy and Karla Engelhart are faced with a terrifying ordeal: an F-4 tornado heading straight for their brand-new house. Meanwhile, neighbor Randy Volke attempts to outrun the tornado in his pickup truck but soon realizes what a bad idea it is. By the end of this day, six tornadoes rip through this small town, leaving homes and businesses devastated.
The Weather Channel Van Wert, Ohio, November 10, 2002. Ron and Melissa Mengerink spend the day tidying up their brand-new home. As Ron vacuums, he's unaware that three tornadoes are grinding closer and closer to their area. The tornadoes begin to die off and appear to no longer be a factor, until the third tornado spawns a fourth. The fourth is a monstrous F-4 and heads straight for them. While they seek refuge in the basement, Ron's best friend Jim Foster races away from the twister. He tries to make it to Ron's house, but finds the door locked when he gets there.
The Weather Channel With pristine beaches and the seductive surf, Hawaii is as close to paradise as America gets. Almost one and a half million people live in Hawaii, mostly clustered on the eight major islands that make up the 50th state. And every year, millions of tourists visit the state. In fact, tourism is the backbone of Hawaii's economy. The tourists come to enjoy the hundreds of miles of Hawaiian coastline, pristine beaches, and beautiful clear water. But this water is also a curse, because it could one day bring unthinkable destruction to these shores in the form of a deadly tsunami.
The Weather Channel The vibrant city of Chicago is known as the "windy city", and for good reason: the strong breezes that come off Lake Michigan are part of daily life. With nearly eight million people in the greater Chicago area, it's America's third-largest city. Packed with iconic landmarks, like the Sears Tower, the new Millennium Park, and Wrigley Field, Chicago is also a major financial powerhouse with the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. But one day Chicago could be devastated by a major tornado, although some locals don't believe it. The city already has a long history of tornados, however. Devastating twisters tore through in 1876, 1920, 1961, and again in 1967, when one with 200 mph winds cut 16 miles through the neighboring community of Oak Lawn and all the way into Lake Michigan. If a tornado smashed into Chicago today, and if the rarest and most destructive type of tornado known as an "F-5" hit the city, the destruction would be horrific.
The Weather Channel On May 3, 1999, a band of vicious tornadoes slashed through the heart of Oklahoma. It was one of the most powerful storms to ever strike "Tornado Alley". At least 38 people died, and thousands more were left homeless. One of the memorable events from this storm was how a 10-month old infant was snatched out of her mother's arms. When Amy Cargo's home was struck by a tornado, the mother and child were sucked into the heart of the twister. Aleah disappeared, and Amy feared that her baby girl was dead. This is the story of a mother's frantic search for her child. We talk to Amy and her family, as well as the volunteer firefighter who found the baby.
The Weather Channel The first Category-5 hurricane in 30 years to hit the U.S. devoured southern Florida in 1992. Taking a hurricane for granted will never happen again to the survivors, who tell their tales of living through, at that time, the costliest hurricane in US history.
The Weather Channel San Francisco: a beloved city famous for its cable cars, its Chinatown, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Seven hundred and fifty thousand people live there, drawn to its quality of life. But it's a dream life that could turn into a nightmare at any moment. Scientists believe there's a 62-percent chance the San Francisco Bay Area will be hit by a devastating earthquake sometime in the next 30 years. There will be no advance warning; unlike hurricanes and tornados, earthquakes cannot be predicted. The level of destructive energy unleashed by the coming quake will be more powerful than several hundred atomic bombs.
The Weather Channel January 2005: Southern California is experiencing the second wettest season on record, and torrential rains cause several landslides. Three months later, Californians are beginning to think the danger has passed. But in Laguna Beach, a community set against a steep hillside, water from heavy rains has seeped into the slopes, causing them to become unstable. As a Laguna Beach family, the Stevens, begins their day, they suddenly realize that the hillside beneath their house is giving way. The front door is wedged shut. As the Stevens work to free the door, loud cracking noises associated with the landslide awakens another resident down the street. She races to collect her two small children and runs out into the front yard. Finally the Stevens are able to break through the wedged door and escape. They watch in horror as houses begin to collapse along the street.
The Weather Channel Sizzling beaches, tropical waters, and a sexy nightlife: everything about Miami is hot, hot, hot! Every year, 10 million visitors flock to this city, home of the largest cruise-ship port in the world, to savor its diverse and star-studded culture. But one day soon, the non-stop party in this paradise may come to an end - because Miami's picturesque setting also makes it a prime target...for killer hurricanes. Perched on the end of the Florida peninsula, Miami lies directly between two major bodies of water famous for generating powerful tropical storms: the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. This simple and immutable fact means that in every hurricane season, it has the dubious distinction of being the U.S. city most likely to be hit.