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

Rare Sight (Freakofnature1)
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.
Rare Sight
Mississippi @ Burlington (BURGuy)
Seating along the shore
Mississippi @ Burlington
Base of Anvil Cloud 4/26/11 (HuskerMama)
Taken within minutes after the storm cell had passed directly overhead.
Base of Anvil Cloud 4/26/11
Southern Lightning (WeatherRose)
This is a shot of a lightning strike associated with some severe storms moving through this evening in Southaven, MS.
Southern Lightning

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.."Hold fast this tempest Oh Almighty one,,for Lives cannot be replaced"..
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Reed Timmer: Meteorologist and Extreme Storm Chaser
Update: tornado NNW of Gainesville has quickly become a wedge. Tuscaloosa residents start NOW to find immediate shelter. These are moving very fast.
2 minutes ago · 514 · Like ·
Reed Timmer: Meteorologist and Extreme Storm Chaser
Have seen two violent wedges from close range. Tracking tornado just north of Gainesville, AL heading straight for Tuscaloosa. We will stream this live. PLEASE TAKE COVER if in the path

This is the same area he filmed the tornado outbreak couple of weeks ago.
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#413, welcome, glad you decided to join in the fun.. I just didn't want you to think you were being ignored.


Hello everyone, been lurking when I can today.. very interested in these Mid South Storms as I have family and friends in the Jonesboro & Blytheville Arkansas, Memphis TN and my Dad is in North Mississippi (Water Valley near Oxford)

Thank you all for the info..

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I tried counting the danged curve sigs. I didn't even make it thru Miss, lost count, they're everywhere.
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419. skook
Link


live tv news out of bama
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Nashville under tornado warnings:

TORNADO WARNING
TNC037-187-272145-
/O.NEW.KOHX.TO.W.0083.110427T2122Z-110427T2145Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
422 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NASHVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN DAVIDSON COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...
NORTHERN WILLIAMSON COUNTY IN MIDDLE TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 445 PM CDT

* AT 420 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR FAIRVIEW...OR 12 MILES WEST OF FRANKLIN...
AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 75 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
FRANKLIN...NASHVILLE...LP FIELD...BRENTWOOD...FOREST HILLS...BELLE
MEADE...OAK HILL AND BERRY HILL.

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.

&&

LAT...LON 3604 8657 3582 8706 3597 8718 3623 8675
TIME...MOT...LOC 2122Z 235DEG 65KT 3595 8703

$$

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More places under the gun:


SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
422 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

ALC057-107-125-127-272200-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0106.000000T0000Z-110427T2200Z/
PICKENS AL-TUSCALOOSA AL-FAYETTE AL-WALKER AL-
422 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR WALKER...SOUTHEASTERN
FAYETTE...NORTHWESTERN TUSCALOOSA AND NORTHEASTERN PICKENS COUNTIES
UNTIL 500 PM CDT…

...TORNADO EMERGENCY CONTINUES FOR PLEASANT
RIDGE...RIDGE...LEWISTON
...

AT 419 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING A
CONFIRMED TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 7 MILES SOUTH OF
BANKSTON...OR 13 MILES SOUTHEAST OF FAYETTE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55
MPH.

THIS TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
BERRY AND BANKSTON AROUND 425 PM CDT.
BOLEY SPRINGS AROUND 430 PM CDT.
OAKMAN AROUND 440 PM CDT.
PARRISH AROUND 445 PM CDT.
JASPER AND CORDOVA AROUND 450 PM CDT.
LYNNS PARK AND 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF BELOIT AROUND 455 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THIS TORNADO INCLUDE WEST CORONA...
CORONA...GAMBLE AND MANCHESTER.

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

LAT...LON 3400 8737 3399 8711 3390 8709 3389 8700
3387 8697 3380 8696 3379 8700 3372 8703
3360 8718 3360 8719 3348 8734 3338 8768
3353 8794
TIME...MOT...LOC 2120Z 234DEG 48KT 3357 8766

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One more


TORNADO WARNING
ALC089-095-272200-
/O.NEW.KHUN.TO.W.0079.110427T2118Z-110427T2200Z/

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

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN MADISON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA...
NORTHERN MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA
...

* UNTIL 500 PM CDT

* AT 415 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A RAIN WRAPPED TORNADO NEAR JOPPA MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS TORNADO INCLUDE...
HEBRON.
NEW HOPE.
GRANT.

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.

&&

LAT...LON 3439 8658 3443 8658 3465 8642 3453 8615
3430 8645
TIME...MOT...LOC 2118Z 220DEG 50KT 3440 8649

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Hello all, I've been a lurker on here for a few years, and i finally decided to make an account (i used to think you needed a PWS to make one). but anyway, what an outbreak! It seems like "high risk" is an understatement for some areas!
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Good Lord, look at the cell heading into Huntsville, and another very strong rotation just south of Berry, AL...I hope people are listening to these warnings.
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Quoting hydrus:
Warren County, middle TN..Western edge of the plateau..And I have to tell you, REALLY freaky lightening.

Sound's crazy. You better be prepared.
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5 TVS sigs noted


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Quoting 1900hurricane:
Tornado Video from Cullman, AL
incredible footage... wow
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407. xcool
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ABC-33-40-Main


live tvvvvvvvv
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Be alert to what is happening outside as well. Here are some of the things that people describe when they tell about a tornado experience:
1.A sickly greenish or greenish black color to the sky.
2.If there is a watch or warning posted, then the fall of hail should be considered as a real danger sign. Hail can be common in some areas, however, and usually has no tornadic activity along with it.
3.A strange quiet that occurs within or shortly after the thunderstorm.
4.Clouds moving by very fast, especially in a rotating pattern or converging toward one area of the sky.
5.A sound a little like a waterfall or rushing air at first, but turning into a roar as it comes closer. The sound of a tornado has been likened to that of both railroad trains and jets.
6.Debris dropping from the sky.
7.An obvious "funnel-shaped" cloud that is rotating, or debris such as branches or leaves being pulled upwards, even if no funnel cloud is visible.

tornadoproject

They advise that if you think there is a tornado coming not to get in your car and try to outrun it.
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Does not sound good by listening to the live feed
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Quoting Ameister12:

Where are you? Nashville?
Warren County, middle TN..Western edge of the plateau..And I have to tell you, REALLY freaky lightening.
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Quoting 1900hurricane:
Tornado Video from Cullman, AL

That's a very violent tornado. Amazing horizontal funnel.
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Tornado Video from Cullman, AL
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Quoting hydrus:
Gettin pounded .....This is bad..

Where are you? Nashville?
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I have weird and freaky colored lightening outside...
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I lost count.

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT...CORRECTION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
409 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

ALC057-107-125-127-272200-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0106.000000T0000Z-110427T2200Z/
PICKENS AL-TUSCALOOSA AL-FAYETTE AL-WALKER AL-
409 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR WALKER...SOUTHERN
FAYETTE...NORTHWESTERN TUSCALOOSA AND NORTHEASTERN PICKENS COUNTIES
UNTIL 500 PM CDT…

...TORNADO EMERGENCY CONTINUES FOR NEW LEXINGTON...CONCORD...AND
MOORES BRIDGE
...

AT 405 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED 5 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ASHCRAFT CORNER...OR 10
MILES NORTH OF GORDO...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
BERRY AND BANKSTON AROUND 425 PM CDT.
BOLEY SPRINGS AROUND 430 PM CDT.
OAKMAN AROUND 440 PM CDT.
PARRISH AROUND 445 PM CDT.
JASPER AND CORDOVA AROUND 450 PM CDT.
LYNNS PARK AND 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF BELOIT AROUND 455 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THE TORNADO INCLUDE NEW LEXINGTON...WEST
CORONA...CORONA...GAMBLE AND MANCHESTER.

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

LAT...LON 3353 8794 3355 8795 3400 8737 3399 8711
3390 8709 3389 8700 3387 8697 3380 8696
3379 8700 3372 8703 3348 8734 3333 8783
3350 8800
TIME...MOT...LOC 2108Z 234DEG 48KT 3348 8782

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Great article, IFuSaySo. Thanks for posting it.

Question: What is this divebomb exactly, to sum it up?

Loop

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Gettin pounded .....This is bad..
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Where's keeperofthegate?

would be saying tornados and damage everywhere, nothing to see here, move along.
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TWC Breaking: Fatalities reported earlier in Kemper Co, MS were near the town of Preston
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Even more damage in Jasper.
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Quoting emcf30:
I see the TORCON in now a 10 in AL and TN


Only reason TORCON is a 10 is because there ARE tornados on the ground right now.
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Link

Live news feed ABC 22/40.
They have tons of tornados on the ground. Another one in Coleman co large stovepipe. 1/2 mile wide in Lawerence Co. Tn. Major damage being reported
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Damage in Cullman.
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Extremely strong words out of Birmingham:

000
FXUS64 KBMX 272047
AFDBMX

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
347 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER OUTBREAK ONGOING...

.DISCUSSION...

A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION IS CURRENTLY UNFOLDING ACROSS CENTRAL
ALABAMA...AND SUPERCELLS HAVE ERUPTED ACROSS THE NORTHERN AND
WESTERN SECTIONS OF THE CWA THIS AFTERNOON. A FEW TORNADOES HAVE
ALREADY TOUCHED DOWN...AND REPORTS OF MAJOR DAMAGE ARE STARTING TO
COME IN. THE 18Z SPECIAL SOUNDING THAT WAS PERFORMED PRESENTS A
DESTRUCTIVE SETUP...WITH 2700J/KG OF CAPE...EXTREMELY STEEP LAPSE
RATES...AND DRY AIR ALOFT. 0-3 KM HELICITY VALUES ARE ALMOST 700.
THE PARAMETERS WILL ONLY WORSEN AS WE GO THROUGHOUT THE REST OF
THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE TIME FRAME FOR THE WORST SEVERE
WEATHER WILL PERSIST THROUGH THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS FOR
NORTHWEST SECTIONS OF THE STATE...ROUGHLY FROM 2PM TO
8PM...CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE STATE...INCLUDING THE BIRMINGHAM
METRO AREA...FROM 4PM TO 10PM...AND THE SOUTHEAST SECTIONS FROM
6PM TO 2AM. I CANNOT STRESS HOW SERIOUS THIS SITUATION IS. DO
WHATEVER YOU CAN TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE AND PROPERTY NOW...YOUR LIFE
MAY DEPEND ON IT! ALL WEATHER WILL CLEAR THE AREA AFTER 6Z
TONIGHT...SO THE CLEANUP PROCESS CAN BEGIN.

56/GOGGINS
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Three minutes separation from the previous one...

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
358 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

ALC107-125-272115-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0102.000000T0000Z-110427T2115Z/
PICKENS AL-TUSCALOOSA AL-
358 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR WEST CENTRAL TUSCALOOSA
AND EASTERN PICKENS COUNTIES UNTIL 415 PM CDT…

...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR REFORM AND LUBBUB...

AT 356 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR REFORM...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
ASHCRAFT CORNER AROUND 405 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THE TORNADO INCLUDE LUBBUB AND MOORES
BRIDGE.

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

LAT...LON 3353 8817 3353 8767 3338 8759 3310 8816
3343 8818
TIME...MOT...LOC 2058Z 236DEG 42KT 3341 8796

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Quoting scott39:
So... If you live in a Mobile Home and have time to react to a tornadoe....what do you do?
Link
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Photo of tornado near Jonesboro, AR
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Tornado watch for western and central Pennsylvania I would personally expect that to get expanded to my area as the evening progresses.
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Quoting emcf30:
I see the TORCON in now a 10 in AL and TN


They just mentioned it was the first time a 10 has ever been issued. Looks very serious.
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The Cullman Hospital is up and Running on Gen Power,with little damage to the Structure save for the roof.

As per CNN.
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TWC Breaking
Kemper Co., MS confirms 3 dead from likely #tornado #severe
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Reports are that Cullman has been hit hard; the hospital is damaged, and people are trapped in their homes. Awaiting clarifying details...


I had heard that and trying to bring up live audio feeds from the Counties that are affected, but all are offline. The closest I have right now is Huntsville PD.
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Reports of debris falling 15 miles from the Large Tornado in Alabama
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Multiple injuries being reported in Phil Campbell and Hackleburg. Hackleburg Fire Department asking for help
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They're issuing them faster than I can post them!


SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
355 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

ALC063-065-107-119-125-272145-
/O.CON.KBMX.TO.W.0104.000000T0000Z-110427T2145Z/
SUMTER AL-HALE AL-GREENE AL-PICKENS AL-TUSCALOOSA AL-
355 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHWESTERN TUSCALOOSA...
SOUTHERN PICKENS...NORTHERN GREENE...NORTHERN HALE AND NORTH CENTRAL
SUMTER COUNTIES UNTIL 445 PM CDT…

...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR GEIGER AND PANOLA...

AT 351 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR PANOLA...OR 18 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
ALICEVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
NEW WEST GREENE AROUND 400 PM CDT.
WEST GREENE AROUND 405 PM CDT.
MANTUA...BENEVOLA AND UNION AROUND 420 PM CDT.
JENA AND 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF KNOXVILLE AROUND 425 PM CDT.
COKER AND 8 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LAKE LURLEEN STATE PARK AROUND 440
PM CDT.
BRYANT DENNY STADIUM AROUND 445 PM CDT.

OTHER LOCATIONS IMPACTED BY THE TORNADO INCLUDE WARSAW...PLEASANT
RIDGE...LEWISTON...SNODDY...PIONEER...RALPH...ROM ULUS...FOSTERS...
FOSTERS BOAT LANDING AND PALMORE PARK.

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

LAT...LON 3303 8834 3338 8763 3301 8744 3272 8837
TIME...MOT...LOC 2055Z 242DEG 47KT 3292 8826

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SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
355 PM CDT WED APR 27 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHWESTERN TUSCALOOSA...
SOUTHERN PICKENS...NORTHERN GREENE...NORTHERN HALE AND NORTH CENTRAL
SUMTER COUNTIES UNTIL 445 PM CDT...

...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR GEIGER AND PANOLA...

AT 351 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORM
SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR PANOLA...OR 18 MILES SOUTHWEST OF
ALICEVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.
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Any info on those 2 cells west/southwest of Tuscaloosa on the state line? Dekalb appears to have been hit not once, but twice.
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Quoting jeffs713:
A blocking pattern over the Atlantic. Most of these low pressure systems in the trough are getting shunted over Canada and into the arctic.
of course! i saw that huge ridge on the steering maps when folks were all about 91L... Thanks!!
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