Tornadoes, floods, and fires continue to pound U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:13 PM GMT on April 27, 2011

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The nation's unprecedented April tornado-fest continued full force last night, with NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logging 57 tornado reports, 295 cases of damaging thunderstorm winds, and 254 reports of large hail. The 2-day tornado count from this latest huge April tornado outbreak is already 102. With another "high risk" forecast for tornadoes today, the tornado total for this week's outbreak may rival the April 14 - 16 tornado outbreak (155 confirmed tornadoes) as the greatest April tornado outbreak in history. It is unprecedented to have two such massive tornado outbreaks occur so close together, and the April preliminary tornado count of 654 is truly stunning. Even adjusting this number downwards 15% (the typical over-count in preliminary tornado reports) yields a probable April tornado total of 550. This easily crushes the previous April tornado record of 267, set in 1974. An average April has "only" 163 tornadoes, so we are already 300% over average for the month, and may approach 400% after today's outbreak. According to a list of tornado outbreaks maintained by Wikipedia, only two other tornado outbreaks have had as many as 150 twisters--the May 2004 outbreak (385), and the May 2003 outbreak (401). One positive note--there has only been one violent EF-4 or stronger tornado this year, despite the fact we've already had about 2/3 of the 1200 tornadoes one typically gets for the entire year. Over the past 20 years, we've averaged 7 violent EF-4 or EF-5 tornadoes per year, so we should have had 4 or 5 of these most dangerous of tornadoes so far this year.


Figure 1. Satellite image of last night's storm at 8pm EDT April 26, 2011. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Fortunately, no one was killed in last night's tornado frenzy, but four twisters caused injuries, with 7 injuries in Hesterman, Mississippi, and 3 in Beekman, Louisiana. Over 100 homes were damaged when a tornado struck Edom, Texas, approximately 75 miles East of Dallas. One woman was injured when her mobile home was destroyed. The only killer tornado of the current outbreak occurred on Monday night at 7:30 pm CDT when a 1/2 mile-wide EF-2 tornado struck the small town of Vilonia, Arkansas. Four people died in the town, where 50 - 80 buildings were destroyed. Tornado warnings were issued 30 minutes before the storm hit, contributing to the relatively low loss of life.


Figure 2. Storm chaser video of a tornado yesterday in Ben Wheeler, Texas.

Another very dangerous tornado outbreak expected today
The busiest April in history for tornadoes continues full-force today, as NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued their highest level of severe weather potential, a "High Risk" forecast, for Northern Alabama, Southern Tennessee, and adjoining portions of Georgia and Mississippi. This is the second day in a row, and third time this year, that SPC has issued a "High Risk" forecast. The devastating North Carolina tornado outbreak of April 16, which generated 52 confirmed tornadoes that killed 24 people in North Carolina and 2 people in Virginia, was the other "high risk" day. Numerous tornado warnings have already been issued in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Ohio, and Alabama this morning, but today's main action is expected to erupt late this afternoon as the cold front from a low pressure system currently over Arkansas moves eastwards over the "high risk" area. Strong daytime heating in a very moist, unstable airmass will allow a tremendous amount of energy to build up ahead of the front. The arrival of the cold front will force the warm, moist air upwards, allowing the pent-up energy to burst out and fuel supercell thunderstorms.

Related post: Are tornadoes getting stronger and more frequent?


Figure 3. Severe weather threat for Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Unprecedented flooding predicted on Ohio River
This week's storm system, in combination with heavy rains earlier this month, have pushed the Ohio River and Mississippi River to near-record levels near their confluence. The Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois is expected to crest at 60.5 feet on May 1. This would exceed 100-year flood stage, and be the highest flood in history, besting the 59.5' mark of 1937. Heavy rains of 10 - 15 inches have inundated the region over the past few days, and one levee breach at Black River levee near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, has resulted in the evacuation of over 500 homes. Poplar Bluff has received 15.45" of rain since Friday morning. The greatest rain gauge-measured precipitation from the storm occurred in Springdale, Arkansas, where 19.70" inches has fallen since Friday morning.


Figure 4. The latest River Flood Outlook from NOAA shows major flooding is occurring over many of the nation's major rivers.

Extraordinary intentional levee breach of Mississippi River halted by lawsuit
In a sign of just how extreme this flooding situation is, yesterday the Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for flood control efforts on the Mississippi River, announced plans to intentionally destroy a levee protecting the west bank of the Mississippi River in Southwest Missouri. The destruction of the levee is intended to relieve pressure on the levees at Cairo, Illinois, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Cairo is currently under a voluntary evacuation order. The levee to be destroyed, located at Birds Point, is called a "fuse-plug" levee, and was designed to be destroyed in the event of a record flood. The levee protects 132,000 acres of prime farmland along the New Madrid Spillway, which is designed to take 550,000 cubic feet per second of water flow out of the Mississippi and redirect it down a 3 - 10 mile wide, 36 - 56 mile long path along the west side of the Mississippi. An 11-mile long section of the levee upstream at Birds Point, and 5-mile long stretch at the downstream end, are set two feet lower than the surrounding levees and filled with holes to accommodate dynamite. These levees will be destroyed if the Army Corps has its way, but a lawsuit by the state of Missouri is currently blocking the way. The Army Corps has now agreed to wait until Saturday to decide whether or not to blow the levee. The Army Corps' website has an unofficial damage estimate of $100 million for destroying the levees and flooding the New Madrid Spillway. At least 100 people live in the spillway and have been evacuated, and it would likely take many years for the farms to recover after flooding. The levees have been blown and the spillway opened only once before, back during the record flood of 1937.

Midwest deluge enhanced by near-record Gulf of Mexico sea surface temperatures
The deluge of rain that caused this flood found its genesis in a flow of warm, humid air coming from the Gulf of Mexico. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs )in the Gulf of Mexico are currently close to 1 °C above average. Only two Aprils since the 1800s (2002 and 1991) have had April SSTs more than 1 °C above average, so current SSTs are among the highest on record. These warm ocean temperatures helped set record high air temperatures in many locations in Texas yesterday, including Galveston (84°F, a tie with 1898), Del Rio (104°F, old record 103° in 1984), San Angelo (97°F, old record 96° in 1994). Record highs were also set on Monday in Baton Rouge and Shreveport in Louisiana, and in Austin, Mineral Wells, and Cotulla la Salle in Texas. Since this week's storm brought plenty of cloud cover that kept temperatures from setting record highs in many locations, a more telling statistic of how warm this air mass was is the huge number of record high minimum temperature records that were set over the past two days. For example, the minimum temperature reached only 79°F in Brownsville, TX Monday morning, beating the previous record high minimum of 77°F set in 2006. In Texas, Austin, Houston, Port Arthur, Cotulla la Salle, Victoria, College Station, Victoria, Corpus Christi, McAllen, and Brownsville all set record high minimums on Monday, as did New Orleans, Lafayette, Monroe, Shreveport, and Alexandria in Louisiana, as well as Jackson and Tupelo in Mississippi. Since record amounts of water vapor can evaporate into air heated to record warm levels, it is not a surprise that incredible rains and unprecedented floods are resulting from this month's near-record warm SSTs in the Gulf of Mexico.


Figure 5. Departure of sea surface temperature from average for April 25, 2001. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS.

Fierce winds fan Texas, New Mexico fires
Fierce winds fanned raging fires across eastern New Mexico and Western Texas yesterday, thanks to a powerful flow of air feeding into the Midwestern storm system. Temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s combined with humidities less than 10% combined to make yesterday a nightmare fire day for firefighters attempting to control the worst springtime fires in the history of the region. At 3:53 pm MDT yesterday in Carlsbad, New Mexico, the temperature was 87°F, winds were 38 mph gusting to 46, and the humidity was 8%--a perfect storm for extreme fire weather. In Fort Stockton, Texas near the huge Rock House fire, the temperature was 91°F, winds were 35 mph gusting to 44, visibility was reduced to 5 miles due to haze and smoke, and the humidity was 5% at 5:53pm CDT. According to the Interagency Fire Center, wildfires in 2011 have already burned nearly 2.3 million acres in the U.S. This is the greatest acreage on record so early in the year, and is more area than burned all of last year. The largest U.S. acreage to burn since 1960 was the 9.9 million acres that burned in 2007, so we area already 25% of the way to the all-time record fire year--with summer still more than a month away. The fire weather forecast for today is better then yesterday, with winds not expected to blow nearly as strong.


Figure 6. Major wildfires and smoke plumes as visualized using our wundermap with the "fire" layer turned on.

For those who want to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the widespread destruction this month's severe weather has brought, stop by the portlight.org blog.

Jeff Masters

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I haven't seen a storm like this in quite some time. Still no rain in Seguin, Tx. Pic taken in Seguin storm near Martindale.
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Seating along the shore
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Taken within minutes after the storm cell had passed directly overhead.
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This is a shot of a lightning strike associated with some severe storms moving through this evening in Southaven, MS.
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BCH Medical Center ham radio Report,

DESTROYED
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There's another tornado heading towards Tuscaloosa.
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Another one building west in Tuscaloosa. Two tornadoes in close proximity!
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Oh god! Another storm capable of producing a tornado is heading into Tuscaloosa.
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SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
517 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

ALC125-272245-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0109.000000T0000Z-110427T2245Z/
TUSCALOOSA AL-
517 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR TUSCALOOSA COUNTY UNTIL
545 PM CDT…

...TORNADO EMERGENCY CONTINUES FOR BROOKWOOD AND ABERNANT...

AT 515 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS...OR 6 MILES EAST
OF HOLT...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
WOODSTOCK JUNCTION AND 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF VANCE AROUND 525 PM
CDT.
ABERNANT...LAKE VIEW AND 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BULL CITY AROUND 530
PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THE TORNADO INCLUDE EAST BROOKWOOD AND
CAFFEE JUNCTION.

THIS INCLUDES...
INTERSTATE 20 EXIT NUMBERS 68 THROUGH 97...

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER...CALL 1-800-856-0758.

LAT...LON 3321 8776 3357 8732 3352 8732 3351 8729
3347 8734 3340 8722 3337 8723 3331 8715
3331 8712 3324 8708 3324 8715 3320 8718
3314 8719 3314 8728 3309 8734 3311 8776
TIME...MOT...LOC 2217Z 244DEG 50KT 3324 8738

$$
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Quoting weathergeek5:
Report of a frozen Teddy Bear falling in Guntersville from EricFisherTWC on Twitter


Thats a Astronaut Teddy now,,cuz he went up to 65K feet and back..

Crazy one of dem Days.

That Teddy had a Home.

Lawdy
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I live in Macon, MS and got out of Dodge a couple hours ago (I am a met-in-training so I know what I'm doing). There was tree branch debris falling vertically out of the cloud north of town. My town was spared, but this is making me sick to my stomach. :(
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Tornado emergency for Huntsville!

TORNADO WARNING
ALC089-272230-
/O.NEW.KHUN.TO.W.0090.110427T2205Z-110427T2230Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
505 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR...
CENTRAL MADISON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA
...

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 502 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A TORNADO NEAR MADISON...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH. A TORNADO HAS
BEEN CONFIRMED ON THE GROUND NEAR WALL TRIANA AND HWY 72.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
HUNTSVILLE.
MERIDIANVILLE.
MOORES MILL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW! MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT WEDNESDAY EVENING
FOR NORTHERN ALABAMA AND CENTRAL TENNESSEE.

&&

LAT...LON 3474 8645 3467 8678 3483 8679 3493 8653
TIME...MOT...LOC 2205Z 243DEG 49KT 3476 8674

$$

CCC
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Report of a frozen Teddy Bear falling in Guntersville from EricFisherTWC on Twitter
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That Debris ball is HUGE!
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I just read someone's status update on twitter that said "Good God, it's coming right at us...my last night."....spine tingling to read that.
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1st Tuscaloosa. Next is Birmingham. This could be the worst tornado outbreak since April 3, 1974.
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University of Alabama is getting wacked right now
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It's not over yet… tornado emergencies still being issued in Mississippi

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
515 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

MSC101-123-129-272245-
/O.CON.KJAN.TO.W.0155.000000T0000Z-110427T2245Z/
SMITH MS-NEWTON MS-SCOTT MS-
515 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 545 PM CDT FOR
SOUTHEASTERN SCOTT...NEWTON AND NORTHEASTERN SMITH COUNTIES…

...THIS IS A TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR THE WARNED AREA...

AT 516 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR NEWTON MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
CHUNKY AND LITTLE ROCK BY 525 PM CDT...
DUFFEE BY 530 PM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS THAT A TORNADO IS OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. YOU
SHOULD ACTIVATE YOUR TORNADO ACTION PLAN AND TAKE PROTECTIVE ACTION
NOW.

THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. THIS
STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING STRONG TO VIOLENT TORNADOES. IF YOU ARE
IN THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO...TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY!

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 PM CDT WEDNESDAY EVENING
FOR MISSISSIPPI.

&&

LAT...LON 3226 8892 3223 8911 3223 8931 3219 8932
3216 8950 3231 8952 3258 8911 3257 8891
TIME...MOT...LOC 2216Z 249DEG 40KT 3232 8908

$$
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Large Debris ball just ENE of Tuscaloosa! Cap still holding in mobile, but breaking down!
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F5 TVS-reeling from the debris ball..and still chugging

New Cell back building west of her..


Unreal,,the Back door is open and this is going very,very bad

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birmingham is next
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This afternoon and all these storms is almost surreal... like this has never happened before...

Blessings to all of you with friends/family in harms way...


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And it's just not going to stop!



MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0634
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0501 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

AREAS AFFECTED...MUCH OF MS/AL TO NORTHWEST GA

CONCERNING...TORNADO WATCH 232...235...

VALID 272201Z - 272330Z

THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT FOR TORNADO WATCH 232...235...CONTINUES.

PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION /PDS/ TORNADO WATCHES 232/235
CONTINUE UNTIL 00Z/03Z RESPECTIVELY.

A TORNADO OUTBREAK WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING ACROSS MUCH OF
MS/AL INTO NORTHWEST GA. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS/LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION! CITIES AND AREAS AT GREATEST
RISK INCLUDE BIRMINGHAM...HUNTSVILLE...THE I-59 CORRIDOR OF NORTHERN
AL...AND I-65 NEAR/NORTH OF BIRMINGHAM.

A NUMBER OF SEMI-DISCRETE/LONG-LIVED TORNADIC SUPERCELLS CONTINUE TO
FORM WITHIN A PRE-DRYLINE/PRE-COLD FRONTAL WARM SECTOR FROM
SOUTH-CENTRAL MS NORTHEASTWARD INTO MUCH OF NORTHERN AL. OTHER
TORNADIC STORMS CONTINUE TO INTERACT WITH A MODIFYING EFFECTIVE WARM
FRONTAL-TYPE BOUNDARY ACROSS FAR NORTHERN AL IN THE GENERAL
VICINITIES OF DECATUR/HUNTSVILLE.

THE SPATIALLY WIDE WARM SECTOR IS VERY UNSTABLE AMID MIDDLE-UPPER
60S F SURFACE DEWPOINTS...WITH LOWER 70S F SURFACE DEWPOINTS ACROSS
PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN/MS. MLCAPE VALUES ARE AS HIGH AS 2000-4000 J/KG
WITHIN THE WEAKLY CAPPED WARM SECTOR.

RECENT REGIONAL WSR-88D VWP DATA IS INDICATIVE OF AN INCREASE IN LOW
LEVEL WIND SPEEDS/HODOGRAPH CURVATURE OVER THE PAST FEW HOURS...WITH
0-1 KM SRH VALUES NOW ESTIMATED TO BE IN EXCESS OF 300-400 M2/S2 AND
0-3 KM SRH IN EXCESS OF 600 M2/S2 PER BIRMINGHAM/HUNTSVILLE WSR-88D
VWPS. THIS WILL REMAIN HIGHLY FAVORABLE FOR LONG-LIVED
STRONG/POTENTIALLY VIOLENT TORNADOES WITH ANY SUSTAINED SUPERCELLS
WITHIN THE BROAD/VOLATILE WARM SECTOR INTO THIS EVENING.

WHILE STRONG TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH ANY SUSTAINED
SUPERCELLS WITHIN PDS TORNADO WATCH 232/235...THE RELATIVELY HIGHEST
CONCERN OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS WOULD APPEAR TO BE ACROSS
WEST-CENTRAL AL AND NORTHERN HALF OF AL INTO FAR NORTHWEST GA.
HERE...IN ADDITION TO THE AFOREMENTIONED RESIDUAL SURFACE
BOUNDARY...RELATIVELY STRONG/BACKED LOW LEVEL FLOW IS EVIDENT IN 21Z
SUBJECTIVE ANALYSIS AMID A RELATIVE MAXIMA OF 2-HR PRESSURE
FALLS...ESPECIALLY ALONG/NORTH OF I-20 IN NORTHERN AL.

..GUYER.. 04/27/2011


ATTN...WFO...FFC...BMX...HUN...MOB...MEG...JAN...

LAT...LON 32559038 34728873 34398454 31278702 31499023 32559038
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Lookout Bryant Denny stadium!! This is a very large tornado!!
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God bless that met

his family his home his life as he knows it
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Birmingham downstream,,48 minutes by my count and vector



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It's in downtown. This is absolutely terrible. I'm getting chills.
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university of alabama

be safe crimson tide

heartbreaking
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When will this madness end!!!.Here I shall wave my magical wond.
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Oh my god there's another funnel forming around the Tuscaloosa tornado.
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Quoting 1900hurricane:
That thing on the Tuscaloosa webcam... Is that the tornado?!?!


I'll not soon forget that post and this day..

Sums it up..

The Fingers of God touch Earth..
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SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
508 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

ALC125-272245-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0109.000000T0000Z-110427T2245Z/
TUSCALOOSA AL-
508 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR TUSCALOOSA COUNTY UNTIL
545 PM CDT…

...TORNADO EMERGENCY CONTINUES FOR THE CITY OF TUSCALOOSA...

AT 505 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO.
THERE IS VISUAL CONFIRMATION OF THIS TORNADO ON THE GROUND. THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR MCFARLAND MALL...OR NEAR TUSCALOOSA...
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS...LAKE WILDWOOD AND COALING AROUND 515
PM CDT.
BROOKWOOD AND BEVILLE LOCK AND DAM AROUND 520 PM CDT.
9 MILES NORTHWEST OF VANCE AROUND 525 PM CDT.
ABERNANT...LAKE VIEW...7 MILES NORTHWEST OF WOODSTOCK JUNCTION AND
8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BULL CITY AROUND 530 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THE TORNADO INCLUDE HOLT LOCK AND DAM...
NICOL...CAMP HORNE BSA...PETERSON...FLEETWOOD...CEDAR COVE...I 20
REST AREA NEAR TUSCALOOSA...EAST BROOKWOOD AND CAFFEE JUNCTION.

TO REPORT SEVERE WEATHER...CALL 1-800-856-0758.

LAT...LON 3357 8732 3352 8731 3351 8729 3347 8734
3340 8722 3337 8723 3331 8715 3331 8712
3324 8708 3324 8715 3314 8719 3314 8728
3309 8734 3303 8758 3307 8776 3321 8776
TIME...MOT...LOC 2207Z 244DEG 50KT 3318 8753

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Oh my god! It looks like the Andover F5 tornado
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never mind it's back up


HOLY C***
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That tornado going through Tuscaloosa is absolutely hellacious...
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Wow that was intense, as soon as that transformer or whatever flashed, the camera went out. Prayers out for people Tuscalusa

Stay safe people
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The Cam in Tuscaloosa just went out... Oh my god, this is just... Horrible...
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Live video by Ustream
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485. skook
amazing video, i'm getting chills just watching this
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Can't even fathom what I'm looking at on the Tuscaloosa cam.......
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Its like a Giant Atmospheric Octopus,,with tentacles of couplets snatching up Towns and spitting them out miles away.

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Quoting Ameister12:
Tuscaloosa tornado is an extremely violent multi vortex tornado. It's at least a quarter mile wide.

Headed right at downtown...
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Tuscaloosa tornado is an extremely violent multi vortex tornado. It's at least a quarter mile wide.
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NEXRAD Radar
Hytop, Storm Relative Mean Radial Velocity 1.45 Degree Elevation Range 124 NMI

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Quoting 1900hurricane:
That thing on the Tuscaloosa webcam... Is that the tornado?!?!

Yes. It's coming right at the tower cam...
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There has got to be at least a dozen tornado emergencies issued today.
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That thing on the Tuscaloosa webcam... Is that the tornado?!?!
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foxx- I'm sorry

everything from market street, west to the river, in chattanooga, is damn near tornadic. I see probably 2 sigs for sure.Market street, riverfront parkway, on down thru all of broad street south.

sorry luv.

call your brother back in about 20 minutes.
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Heading for Huntsville next week. Hope it is still there! My UAH Huntsville weather warnings have been toggling all day -- not done yet it seems!

So many trailers in AL. I fear it will be a deadly day. At least there was a lot of warning time, and it's daylight.
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