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. >> our meteorologist eric van dam is here to tell us about the storms. >> you know one of the reasons that tornado in lee county was so destructive is it was on the ground for over 70 miles. >> that is unbelievable. >> an incredible amount of time. an incredible amount of distance, throwing debris and obviously causing fatalities as well. i want to summarize what happened last weekend. it's relevant what we are going to speak about. on average, we see about five tornado in the state of alabama, georgia and about six of the florida. just in one day alone last weekend, we saw 37 tornadoes across four states. in the entire month of march, we only see 78 tornadoes on average so we have almost gotten to 50% of our average tornado monthly frequency and it's fought even the middle of the month just yet, today the potential exists for more tornadoes, this time a little further to the north and west from the areas hit so hard last weekend near the border of alabama and georgia. so we will focus our attention across mississippi into western sections of tennessee, more on that? just one second.
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meteorologist eric van dam has looked into this. he said there was no weather or thunderstorm activity in that area, or where it took off. or the area where it crashed just a few minutes later. >> and, robin, the amount of time that the plane from takeoff to losing contact. apparently, it took off at 8:38 local time. and lost contact at 8:44 a.m. which is in line from what you're saying. this crash not happening too far from the international airport. it was in the air a short amount of time. >> reporter: it does seem like it was in the air a short amount of time. i'm trying to figure out where it was and how long it took emergency responders to get there. a lot would come from the international airport and from addis itself. they do have an emergency management system here. there's been a few this week, we know communications were pretty bad. we understand some travel alerts were issued by different embassies, not to fly into the international airport. due to what would seem to be some unrest. perhaps they were called on social media for protests in the square, which is the main place
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