Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:38:01 GMT
(RNN) - After an estimated 26 tornadoes hit five states on Sunday, and a massive EF-4 tornado leveled the Oklahoma City metropolitan area killing 24 on Monday - more severe weather is expected to impactMore >>
The Storm Prediction Center at the National Weather Service believes there is a high probability for severe weather in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
There is a new internet sensation, and thousands of YouTube videos are making the rounds online. It's called the salt and ice challenge, and it can be very dangerous.
"Kids mainly on YouTube are taking salt and pouring it onto their hands or pouring it onto their skin and then applying ice," explained Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director of Banner's Poison Control Center.
The ice and salt interact and the temperature can drop well below freezing. According to a test by CBS5, after just a few minutes, the mixtures register at less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
"I can't imagine these kids holding it for that long, but there are records I'm told of seven, eight or nine minutes," said LoVecchio.
There are also cases of teenagers hurting themselves while trying this challenge. Last summer, a teenager in Pittsburgh received second-degree frostbite burns after his brother poured salt in a cross shape on his back and then applied ice.
"It's similar if you try to hold dry ice. When you try to hold dry ice if you do squeeze dry ice or grab it, you will get a burn typically. It's the same sort of principal. The moisture in your skin freezes and the moisture in your skin causes a burn," LoVecchio explained.
LoVecchio said there have not been many cases yet here in the Valley, but the Poison Control Center is prepared for any calls.
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:00:58 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:28 AM EDT2013-05-21 07:28:53 GMT
Four days after storms swept through the Ark-La-Tex, people who live along Barron Road in Keithville are still cleaning up. Now, they're bracing for more possible severe weather on Tuesday.More >>
Four days after storms swept through the Ark-La-Tex, people who live along Barron Road in Keithville are still cleaning up. Some lost their homes, others lost their cars. Now, they are bracing for what future storms may bring.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:14:25 GMT
A copy of a daily journal Allen's mother says her son kept, documenting school bullying
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>