Joplin tornado toll at 116; dangerous tornado outbreak expected today

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:50 PM GMT on May 24, 2011

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Severe weather is expected again today in storm-torn Joplin, Missouri, as rescuers sift through the rubble of their town that was devastated by the deadliest U.S. tornado since at least 1947. A violent high-end EF-4 tornado with winds of 190 – 198 mph carved a 7-mile long, ¾ to one mile-wide path of near-total destruction through Joplin beginning at 5:41pm CDT Sunday evening. In nine terrifying minutes, the tornado killed at least 116 people, injured 500 more, and obliterated huge sections of the town. Damage from the tornado is so severe that pavement was ripped from the ground, and the level of damage is so extreme that this is likely to surpass last month's Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado as the costliest tornado of all-time.


Figure 1. Radar reflectivity image of the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the Joplin, Missouri tornado, one minute before the tornado touched down at 5:41pm CDT. There is a hook echo apparent, though not a classic well-defined one.


Figure 2. Radar-estimated rainfall for the period May 22 – 24 over the region surrounding Joplin. Rains of 1.83" fell on the city yesterday, a record for the date.

The Joplin tornado's place in history
According to our weather historian, Christopher C. Burt in his post, The World's Deadliest Tornadoes, the death toll of 116 from the Joplin tornado ranks as the deadliest U.S. tornado since at least 1947, when a violent F-5 tornado hit Woodward, Oklahoma, killing 181. However, it is now thought that the Woodward tornado was actually one of a series of tornadoes, and the tornado that hit Woodward killed 107 people. If that is true, we have to back all the way to 1936 to find the last U.S. tornado that killed more people than 2011's Joplin tornado. In 1936, violent tornadoes a day apart hit Tupelo Mississippi (216 killed), and Gainesville, Georgia (203 killed.) NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) rates this year's Joplin tornado as the 9th deadliest U.S. tornado of all-time.

This year's tornado death toll now stands at 482, making it the deadliest year for tornadoes in the U.S. since 1953, when 519 people died. That year, three heavily populated cities received direct hits by violent tornadoes. Waco, Texas (114 killed), Flint, Michigan (115 killed), and Worcester, Massachusetts (89 – 94 killed) all were hit by violent F-4 or F-5 tornadoes. A similar bad tornado year occurred in 1936, when violent tornadoes hit Tupelo Mississippi (216 killed), and Gainesville, Georgia (203 killed.)


Video 1. The last year with more tornado deaths than 2011 was 1953, when three great tornadoes killed more than 90 people each. This old newsreel video shows destruction from the first of these deadly 1953 tornadoes, the May 11, 1953 F-5 tornado that hit downtown Waco Texas, killing 114 people. The wunderground youtube channel has almost 300 old newsreel videos of historically significant weather events.

What's going on?
It's been an incredibly dangerous and deadly year for tornadoes. On April 14 - 16, we had the largest tornado outbreak in world history, with 162 tornadoes hitting the Southeast U.S. That record lasted just two weeks, when the unbelievable April 25 – 28 Super Outbreak hit. Unofficially, that outbreak had 327 tornadoes, more than double the previous record. The legendary April 3 – 4 1974 Super Outbreak has now fallen to third place, with 148 tornadoes. Damage from the April 25 – 28, 2011 outbreak was estimated to be as high as $5 billion, making it the most expensive tornado outbreak in history; the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado of April 27 may end up being the most expensive tornado of all-time—until the damage from Sunday's Joplin tornado is tabulated. Officially, 875 tornadoes hit the U.S. In April 2011, making it the busiest tornado month in history. The previous record was 542 tornadoes, set in May 2003. The previous April tornado record was 267, set in 1974, and April has averaged just 161 tornadoes over the past decade.

So what's going on? Why are there so many tornadoes, and so many people getting killed? Well, the high death toll this year is partly just bad luck. Violent EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes usually miss heavily populated areas, and we've had the misfortune of having two such tornadoes track over cities with more than 50,000 people (the Joplin tornado, and the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham EF-4 tornado in Alabama, which killed 61 people on April 27.) This sort of bad luck occurred in both 1953, when F-5 tornadoes hit Flint, Worcester, and Waco, and in 1936, when F-5s hit Tupelo and Gainesville. However, this year's death toll is more remarkable than the 1953 or 1936 death tolls, since in 2011 we have Doppler radar and a modern tornado warning system that is very good at providing an average of twelve minutes of warning time. The warning time for the Joplin tornado was 24 minutes. The first tornado warning wasn't issued until 1948, and virtually all tornadoes from the 1950s and earlier hit with no warning. On average, tornado deaths in the United States decreased from 8 per 1 million people in 1925 to 0.12 per 1 million people in 2000. Had this year's tornadoes occurred 50 years ago, I expect the death toll would have exceeded three thousand.


Figure 3. Number of strong to violent EF-3, EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes from 1950 to 2011. There are no obvious trends in the numbers of these most dangerous of tornadoes. Image credit: NOAA/National Climatic Data Center (updated using stats for 2008 – 2011 from Wikipedia.)

Tornadoes require two main ingredients for formation—instability and wind shear. Instability is at a maximum when there is record warm air with plenty of moisture at low levels, and cold dry air aloft. April 2011 sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico were at their third highest levels of the past 100 years, so there was plenty of warm, moist air available to create high instability, whenever approaching storm systems pulled the Gulf air northwards into Tornado Alley, and brought cold, dry air south from Canada. The La Niña event in the Eastern Pacific, in part, caused this spring's jet stream to have very strong winds that changed speed and direction with height. This sort of shearing force (wind shear) was ideal for putting a twist on thunderstorm updrafts, allowing more numerous and more intense tornadoes than usual to occur. Was this year's heightened wind shear and instability the result of climate change? We don't know. Over the past 30 years, there have not been any noticeable trends wind shear and instability over the Lower Mississippi Valley, according to the NOAA Climate Scene Investigations team. Furthermore, there have been no upward trend in the number of violent EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes over the past 60 years, or in the number of EF-3 and stronger tornadoes (Figure 3.) However, this year's remarkable violent tornado activity—17 such tornadoes, with tornado season a little more than half over—brings our two-year total for the decade of 2010 – 2019 to 30. At this rate, we'll have more than 150 violent tornadoes by decade's end, beating the record of 108 set in the 1950s. In summary, this year's incredibly violent tornado season is not part of a trend. It is either a fluke, the start of a new trend, or an early warning symptom that the climate is growing unstable and is transitioning to a new, higher energy state with the potential to create unprecedented weather and climate events. All are reasonable explanations, but we don't have a long enough history of good tornado data to judge which is most likely to be correct.

More severe weather today
Yesterday, survivors of the tornado endured a 12-hour period with two severe thunderstorm warnings, a record 1.83” of rain, hail, and lightning that struck two police officers. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) recorded 11 preliminary reports of tornadoes yesterday, along with 315 reports of damaging winds and 182 reports of hail up to 3.5” in diameter. The severe weather threat is much higher today, and SPC has placed a large section of eastern Kansas and eastern Oklahoma in their "High Risk" region for severe weather potential, and warn of the potential for long-lived strong tornadoes. This is their third "High Risk" forecast for the year, and the first since the terrible April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. That day was the busiest tornado day in world history, with 198 tornadoes occurring in a 24-hour period. Over 300 people died. The other "High Risk" forecast by SPC came during the final day of the April 14 – 16 outbreak over the Southeast U.S. Fifty-two tornadoes hit that day, and 26 people died in North Carolina and Virginia. The severe weather threat will continue into Wednesday, when additional tornadoes are likely along a swath from Arkansas to Indiana.


Figure 4. Severe weather threat for Tuesday, May 23, 2011.

Links
The most remarkable audio I've ever heard of people surviving a direct hit by a violent tornado was posted to Youtube by someone who took shelter in the walk-in storage refrigerator at a gas station during the Joplin tornado. There isn't much video.


Video 2. Video of the Joplin, Missouri tornado of May 22, 2011, entering the southwest side of town. Filmed by TornadoVideos.net Basehunters team Colt Forney, Isaac Pato, Kevin Rolfs, and Scott Peake.

Helping out tornado victims
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 Red Cross website, or portlight.org blog. Portlight has been very active bringing aid to the victims of this year's tornadoes. Below is the damage survey from the Joplin tornado:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
938 PM CDT MON MAY 23 2011

...JOPLIN TORNADO GIVEN A PRELIMINARY HIGH END EF-4 RATING...

* DATE...22 MAY 2011
* BEGIN LOCATION...APPROXIMATELY 3 MILES SOUTHWEST OF JOPLIN
* END LOCATION...1 MILE SOUTHEAST OF DUQUESNE
* ESTIMATED BEGIN TIME...541 PM
* ESTIMATED END TIME...550 PM
* MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-4
* ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...190-198 MPH
* ESTIMATED PATH WIDTH...3/4 OF A MILE
* PATH LENGTH...7 MILES
* FATALITIES...116 REPORTED AS OF 3 PM MONDAY
* INJURIES...400 REPORTED AS OF 3 PM MONDAY
* BEGIN LAT/LON...37.06 N / 94.57 W
* END LAT/LON...37.06 N / 94.39 W

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SURVEY TEAMS RATED THE TORNADO THAT KILLED OVER 100 PEOPLE IN AND AROUND JOPLIN AS A HIGH END EF-4 TORNADO.

BASED UPON SURVEYS COMPLETED TODAY...MAXIMUM WINDS WERE ESTIMATED BETWEEN 190 AND 198 MPH. THE TORNADO HAD A MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 3/4 TO ONE MILE.

THE TORNADO INITIALLY TOUCHED DOWN AROUND 541 PM NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COUNTRY CLUB AND 32ND STREET. ADDITIONAL SURVEYS ARE EXPECTED TO BE CONDUCTED TO FURTHER DEFINE THE STARTING POINT AND INTENSITY AT THIS LOCATION.

DAMAGE BECAME MORE WIDESPREAD AS THE TORNADO CROSSED MAIDEN LANE...CAUSING SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO NEARLY ALL WINDOWS ON THREE SIDES OF ST JOHNS HOSPITAL AS WELL AS TO THE ROOF. THE TORNADO FURTHER INTENSIFIED AS IT DESTROYED NUMEROUS HOMES AND BUSINESSES TO THE EAST AND NORTH OF THE HOSPITAL. THE HIGHEST RATED DAMAGE IN THIS AREA WAS TO A CHURCH SCHOOL THAT HAD ALL BUT A PORTION OF ITS EXTERIOR WALLS DESTROYED AS WELL AS TO A NURSING HOME. WINDS IN THAT AREA WERE ESTIMATED AT 160 TO 180 MPH.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO DESTROY OVER 100 HOMES BETWEEN 32ND AND 20TH STREETS. THREE STORY APARTMENT COMPLEXES HAD THE TOP TWO FLOORS REMOVED...OTHER TWO STORY COMPLEXES WERE PARTIALLY LEVELED.

A BANK WAS TOTALLY DESTROYED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE VAULT.

A DILLONS GROCERY STORE ALSO HAD SIGNIFICANT ROOF AND EXTERIOR WALL DAMAGE. LASTLY...THE EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR WALLS OF A TECHNICAL SCHOOL...A MORTAR AND REBAR REINFORCED CINDER BLOCK BUILDING...FAILED.

THE TORNADO CROSSED RANGELINE ROAD NEAR 20TH STREET. THE MOST INTENSE DAMAGE WAS NOTED JUST EAST OF THIS INTERSECTION WHERE A HOME DEPOT WAS DESTROYED BY AN ESTIMATED 190 TO NEARLY 200 MPH WINDS.
IN ADDITION...THE CUMMINS BUILDING...A CONCRETE BLOCK AND HEAVY STEEL BUILDING...HAD ITS STEEL ROOF BEAMS COLLAPSE. SPORTS ACADEMY AND THE WALMART ALSO SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO MOVE EASTWARD ALONG AND SOUTH OF 20TH STREET DESTROYING NUMEROUS WAREHOUSE STYLE FACILITIES AND RESIDENCES THROUGH DUQUESNE ROAD. WINDS IN THIS AREA MAY ALSO APPROACH 200 MPH.

THE TORNADO CONTINUED TO DESTROYING NUMEROUS HOMES BEFORE WEAKENING AS IT TURNED SOUTHEAST TOWARD INTERSTATE 44.

SUBSEQUENT DAMAGE SURVEYS WILL BE REQUIRED TO DETERMINE THE SCOPE OF ADDITIONAL REPORTS ALONG AND SOUTHEAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 71 AND INTERSTATE 44.

FOR REFERENCE...THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

EF0...WIND SPEEDS 65 TO 85 MPH.
EF1...WIND SPEEDS 86 TO 110 MPH.
EF2...WIND SPEEDS 111 TO 135 MPH.
EF3...WIND SPEEDS 136 TO 165 MPH.
EF4...WIND SPEEDS 166 TO 200 MPH.
EF5...WIND SPEEDS GREATER THAN 200 MPH.

Jeff Masters

May 22, 2011 (WisconsinCowboy)
Hailstones in Westfield, WI
May 22, 2011
Wall cloud (weatherfanatic2010)
wall cloud with scud clouds rising up into it that looked like a funnel but were actually not ratating with the wall cloud.
Wall cloud
Tornado? (thomasanthony)
This is a shot looking west toward Topeka Kansas, about 5 miles away, as the wall cloud came closer to my position.
Tornado?
Wall Cloud (thomasanthony)
Rotating wall cloud coming through Perry Kansas. That speck towards the top is a helicopter.
Wall Cloud
Cleora, OK Tornado (okeedoky)
Very active tornado day 5/22 was. About the same time as Joplin, MO was getting hit, we had this one come right over the Grand Lake RV park and put down some EF-3 damage on the other side of the hay field you see.
Cleora, OK Tornado

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RitaEvac - whenever you post a pic it blows my screen width. Your 'whatever' settings are hosed. Your posts are the only ones that do this. FYI



this give RitaEvac the POOF and your screen sould go back too thge way it was
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Damage being reported with tornado on the ground headed towards OKC
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My friends in Tulsa are reporting a green sky to the southwest of Tulsa. Hook echo on the storm in OKC visible in current satellite on the NW side of town near Edmond.
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425. mbjjm
Possible tornado moving across Chickasha, Oklahoma pop 15,850. could move across okc at 6pm cdt
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Headed right towards Guthrie, everyone get to safety NOW. Very likely an EF-4/EF-5 tornado on the ground.

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WFUS54 KOUN 242210
TOROUN
OKC051-087-242300-
/O.NEW.KOUN.TO.W.0049.110524T2210Z-110524T2300Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
510 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN GRADY COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
WESTERN MCCLAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 600 PM CDT

* AT 510 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 3 MILES SOUTH OF RUSH
SPRINGS...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE ACME...AGAWAM...ALEX...BRADLEY...
COLE...CRINER...DIBBLE...GOLDSBY...NINNEKAH...RUSH SPRINGS AND
WASHINGTON.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 96 AND 107.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. LEAVE MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES. IF POSSIBLE...MOVE
TO A BASEMENT OR STORM SHELTER. OTHERWISE MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM OR
HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND OUTSIDE
WALLS.



LAT...LON 3520 9751 3504 9738 3469 9797 3486 9809
TIME...MOT...LOC 2210Z 218DEG 35KT 3478 9791




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RitaEvac - whenever you post a pic it blows my screen width. Your 'whatever' settings are hosed. Your posts are the only ones that do this. FYI
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College of DuPage Meteorology
Severe Weather and Flash Flood Warnings


TORNADO WARNING NORMAN OK - KOUN 510 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011
SVR T-STORM WARNING QUAD CITIES IA IL - KDVN 508 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011
FLASH FLOOD WARNING BLACKSBURG VA - KRNK 608 PM EDT TUE MAY 24 2011
TORNADO WARNING GOODLAND KS - KGLD 507 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011
TORNADO WARNING DODGE CITY KS - KDDC 506 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011
SVR T-STORM WARNING BLACKSBURG VA - KRNK 605 PM EDT TUE MAY 24 2011
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Sheesh...

Warned storms popping up in Kansas now...

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BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
500 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
STEPHENS COUNTY IN SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 459 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM 4 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WAURIKA LAKE. OTHER SEVERE STORMS
WERE LOCATED NORTHEAST OF WAURIKA. THE STORMS WERE MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 40 MPH.

HAZARDS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF GOLF BALLS...
WIND GUSTS TO 60 MPH...

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BRAY...CENTRAL HIGH...COMANCHE...
CORUM...DUNCAN...EMPIRE CITY...LOCO...MARLOW...NORTHWESTERN WAURIKA
LAKE AND VELMA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN PRODUCE TORNADOES WITH NO ADVANCE WARNING.
MOVE IMMEDIATELY TO A STORM SHELTER... BASEMENT OR STURDY BUILDING IF
A TORNADO IS SIGHTED.



LAT...LON 3432 9814 3451 9814 3453 9814 3468 9813
3469 9811 3468 9756 3429 9756 3430 9813
TIME...MOT...LOC 2159Z 222DEG 36KT 3430 9799



CJS


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Debris ball

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Min: 101.1 kts

Max: 93.2 kts

Wind shear: 194.3 = EF-4

194 Kts= 223MPH

EF5=200 MPH

Its well over EF5 if its speed is 194 kts
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414. mbjjm
Tornado headed toward guthrie, ok population 10,000
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amazing to watch live coverage on KFOR unbelievable year
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Shear of 200kts supports that this tornado is an EF5
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Min: 100-105 kts

Max: 90-95 kts

Wind shear: 190 - 200 kts = EF5
In the atmosphere above...only.

The radar is probably missing on some velocity at 1 km resolution, or whatever, and that velocity aloft is probably reduced by ~30% at the surface.
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Min: 100-105 kts

Max: 90-95 kts

Wind shear: 190 - 200 kts = EF5
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http://www.mesonet.org/index.php/weather/meteogram_ img/elre

The El Reno mesonet station recorded a 150mph wind gust.
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Quoting Patrap:
I guess we all saw dat un..

Lordy

Too close!
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Shear of 200kts supports that this tornado is an EF5
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Passed NW of Piedmont...thank god....The police also escorted a lot of people out of Piedmont.

EF-4 still on the ground. Winds likely in the 190 mph - 210 mph.
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WFUS54 KOUN 242150
TOROUN
OKC015-017-051-242230-
/O.NEW.KOUN.TO.W.0047.110524T2150Z-110524T2230Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
450 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN CANADIAN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN GRADY COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHEASTERN CADDO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 530 PM CDT

* AT 450 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR CEMENT...MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE AMBER...BRIDGE CREEK...CEMENT...
CHICKASHA...LAVERTY...MIDDLEBERG...NORGE...POCASSE T...SOUTHWESTERN
OKLAHOMA CITY...TABLER AND TUTTLE.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 44 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 67 AND 101.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. LEAVE MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES. IF POSSIBLE...MOVE
TO A BASEMENT OR STORM SHELTER. OTHERWISE MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM OR
HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND OUTSIDE
WALLS.



LAT...LON 3490 9822 3534 9786 3538 9768 3509 9767
3490 9802 3488 9810
TIME...MOT...LOC 2150Z 214DEG 41KT 3497 9809




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Welp worst case going on right now. All the storms heading into OKC area are now getting tornado warned.
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man this kfor stream has been intense
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look at the Doppler its a line a supercells storming across Oklahoma.

im just a lurker but may as well comment on history.

oklahoma's news coverage is amazing. i hope my okie friends stay attentive.
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It appears the tornado is passing JUST to the north of Piedmont....DO NOT let your guard down though.
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Lotta Lightening in it as well


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New tornado warning, heading directly towards Oklahoma City:

TORNADO WARNING
OKC017-051-109-242245-
/O.NEW.KOUN.TO.W.0046.110524T2142Z-110524T2245Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
442 PM CDT TUE MAY 24 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN CANADIAN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
EXTREME NORTHWESTERN GRADY COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 442 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 3 MILES WEST OF
UNION CITY...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BETHANY...CENTRAL OKLAHOMA CITY...
CHOCTAW...DEL CITY...FOREST PARK...HARRAH...MIDWEST CITY...
MUSTANG...NEWALLA...NICOMA PARK...SPENCER...TINKER AIR FORCE
BASE...UNION CITY...VALLEY BROOK AND YUKON.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 35 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 122 AND 132.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 40 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 124 AND 166.

THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATE 44 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 115 AND 126.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. LEAVE MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES. IF POSSIBLE...MOVE
TO A BASEMENT OR STORM SHELTER. OTHERWISE MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM OR
HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND OUTSIDE
WALLS.

&&

LAT...LON 3539 9714 3538 9768 3532 9807 3551 9808
3554 9715 3551 9714
TIME...MOT...LOC 2142Z 218DEG 35KT 3539 9799

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Flying power poles... o.O
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NEXRAD Radar
Oklahoma City, Velocity Azimuth Display Wind Profile Range 124 NMI

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391. IKE
Oklahoma City needs to watch out shortly. WSW of the city heading toward the city.
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I guess we all saw dat un..

Lordy
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Im seeing how fast this thing is spinning, almost got the chaser. Im gona guess winds in this think are 180-210 mph. Iv watched a lot of videos of EF/F5 and iv never seen a tornado with that rapid and tight rotation at 1/2 miles wide.
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That Okie Nado snapped Poles a Half Mile south of it LIVE on TWC.


Piedmont get down,,Edmond get ready
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Quoting snotly:
just sayin, They don't know if it's EF4 or EF5 until after


There is no doubt in my mind that this tornado will be rated an EF-5.
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Piedmont...your time is up....Let's pray that there are no deaths.

This is likely an EF-4.
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Those chasers from Channel 4 about got wacked. Did you all see that power pole snap around them
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Did anyone else just see WKFOR?!?!!!!

Was filming the twister when the light polls started snapping right next to him. high tailed it out of there!!!
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Quoting Grandpato4:
One home has been reported to be destroyed in El Reno.


This is just unbelievable! :(
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just sayin, They don't know if it's EF4 or EF5 until after
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Quoting LavosPhoenix:
can you post a link to KOCO which doesn't use windows media plugin crap?


You have to use internet explorer for it to play. i opened it using that browser and it worked.
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Omgosh!!!!!!!! did yall see those poles for the storm chasers.
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EF4-EF5 looks on it, also is massive mile wide tornado.
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