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Powerful Tornado Strikes East China; 78 Reportedly Dead

A powerful tornado and hailstorm struck the outskirts of an eastern Chinese city on Thursday, killing at least 78 people and destroying buildings, smashing trees and flipping vehicles on their roofs. The tornado hit a densely populated area of farms and factories near the city of Yancheng in Jiangsu province, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) south of Beijing. Nearly 500 of people were injured, 200 of them critically, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Roads were blocked with...

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