First EF-4 tornado of 2013 injures 82 near Hattiesburg, MS

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:10 AM GMT on February 12, 2013

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The strong tornado that swept through Hattiesburg and Oak Grove in Lamar County, Mississippi, on Sunday has been rated an EF-4 with 170 mph winds, making it the first violent EF-4 tornado of 2013. The tornado hit Hattiesburg at 5:12 pm CST February 10, injuring 82 people and causing widespread damage over a 20-mile-long path. Miraculously, there were no deaths.The only other violent EF-4 tornado ever to hit Lamar County occurred on April 24, 1908, according to NWS Jackson.


Figure 1. Oak Grove High School football field near Hattiesburg, MS after Sunday's tornado. Damage was rated EF-4 near the high school, and there was clear evidence of the tornado being multi-vortex over a portion of its path. Image credit: NWS Jackson Facebook page.

The 2013 tornado season is off to an unusually busy start--a pattern we also saw last year. The January 29 - 30, 2013 tornado outbreak now has 56 confirmed tornadoes, including the only EF-3 tornado of the year, which hit Adairsville, GA, on January 30, killing one person. The outbreak is now ranked as the second largest January tornado outbreak since records began in 1950 (the largest: 128 tornadoes on January 21 - 22, 1999 .) NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged twelve preliminary reports of tornadoes on Sunday, from Mississippi and Alabama. This brings the tally of preliminary tornado reports for the year to 100. On average, we've had just 72 preliminary tornado reports by February 10 during the previous seven years, 2005 - 2011.


Video 1. Hotel worker Rynal Grant caught this impressive video of the February 10, 2013 Hattiesburg, Mississippi tornado.

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Hattiesburg, MS Tornado (apphotos)
This photo provided by Jordan Holliman shows a tornado moving through Hattiesburg, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Major damage was reported in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. (AP Photo/Jordan Holliman)
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado (apphotos)
A business at 5133 Lincoln Road Extension in Hattiesburg, Miss., is damaged after an apparent tornado Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Cook)
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado (apphotos)
A heavily damaged vehicle sits near the front of the University of Southern Mississippi on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg Miss., Feb 10, 2013 after a tornado passed through the city Sunday afternoon. (AP Photo/Hattiesburg American, Ryan Moore)
Hattiesburg, MS Tornado

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From pages 21-23 of Sandy's TCR, there's this bit of reasoning:

Sandy
Sandy
Sandy
Sandy
Sandy
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Just skimmed through the Sandy Report; the first 23 pages is an overview of the storm, 24 through 125 are just data tables on the storm; and 126 through 157 are dedicated for images
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Quoting Neapolitan:
The TCR for Sandy is out. It's 157 pages long, the storm was upgraded to a Category 3 prior to landfall in Cuba, and it was officially a 70-knot post-tropical when it made landfall in New Jersey.

And now you know.

It's so long- it should be made into a book.
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The Weather Channel‏@weatherchannel

Just in: NOAA upgrades #Sandy to a Cat 3 hurricane just before it struck Cuba in Oct 2012. Makes it one of 2 major hurricanes in 2012.
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GINO

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178. ARiot
Quoting Neapolitan:
Thus saith the ostrich... ;-)

Thanks for the video, Xandra. In case you're interested, Climate Progress published an excellent article on a similar theme just a few days ago.


Indeed. Just imagine how much energy is required to warm that much water two degrees above seasonal average.

I know the math can, and has, been done, but it's hard to understand that much heat energy applied to the world's oceans, on average, in a time as short as our lives. It's simply epic.
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The TCR for Sandy was just released. It's a novelesque 157 pages long, the storm was upgraded to a 100-knot Category 3 prior to landfall in Cuba, and it was officially a 70-knot post-tropical storm when it made landfall in New Jersey.

"Preliminary U.S. damage estimates are near $50 billion, making Sandy the second-costliest cyclone to hit the United States since 1900. There were at least 147 direct deaths recorded across the Atlantic basin due to Sandy, with 72 of these fatalities occurring in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States. This is the greatest number of U.S. direct fatalities related to a tropical cyclone outside of the southern states since Hurricane Agnes in 1972."

And now you know.
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Quoting Xandra:
Links Between Powerful Storms and Ocean Temperatures

"WeatherNation Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas examines the link between abnormally warm sea-surface temperatures and powerful storms. Topics include the recent southern tornadoes, the blizzard , and Superstorm Sandy."




Warm water contributes, but the jet stream is the Big Daddy. Here's the southerly loop that's enhancing the convection and instabilty. It dragged the warm low up to New England, too.

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175. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting Chucktown:


Blah, blah, blah, blah...


That year we had that hot spot off FL we had Charley, Frances & Jeanne.

It happens every year somewhere in the world. Look for the anomalously warm water spot & if land is near by they get repeatedly slammed.
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Quoting Chucktown:


Blah, blah, blah, blah...
Thus saith the ostrich... ;-)

Thanks for the video, Xandra. In case you're interested, Climate Progress published an excellent article on a similar theme just a few days ago.
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Quoting Xandra:
Links Between Powerful Storms and Ocean Temperatures

"WeatherNation Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas examines the link between abnormally warm sea-surface temperatures and powerful storms. Topics include the recent southern tornadoes, the blizzard , and Superstorm Sandy."



Blah, blah, blah, blah...
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Hmm... I'm really looking forward to Sandy's TCR. And now its out. Yoohoo!
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Links Between Powerful Storms and Ocean Temperatures

"WeatherNation Chief Meteorologist Paul Douglas examines the link between abnormally warm sea-surface temperatures and powerful storms. Topics include the recent southern tornadoes, the blizzard , and Superstorm Sandy."

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I know AussieStorm posted it a few hours ago, but this is perhaps some of the best tornado video we've gotten in the past few years; definitely the best of this individual tornado.

If I'm not mistaken, judging by their voices, these are the same guys that caught the Joplin tornado.



One thing of note, and I believe the guy said it at the beginning of the video... THERE WERE NO SIRENS!!! I didnt hear a siren until they pulled up to the apartment complex on campus to render aid...

Something that needs to be fixed here in the deep south. With the frequency the past couple of years I would expect sirens everywhere along the coast, however I rarely see or hear them even in Mobile.

This is a problem, someone or some organization needs to have these installed throughout populated areas.
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Quoting tbonehfx:


I heard a siren near these guys early in the video. Were these the guys hanging out the window of the car passed by in the John Sibley video? In fact, now I wonder if Sibley was driving the vehicle with orange flashing lights, as they seem to arrive on scene at about the same time.

I had not noticed that until now. Other chasers were complaining the other day about Sibley using sirens and flashing lights, and they did arrive at almost the exact same time, so I think you're right.
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Quoting pcola57:


I hope they are are alright and the old house was spared Skye..
This is day 4 with this rainy weather here..
Say, does anyone,or can anyone link me to a site that has running rainfall totals for the year?
I thought surely WU would have it but can't find it if there is..
Anyone?

Link: http://water.weather.gov/precip/



Under #1, change from "February 11, 2013 - Today" to "February 11, 2013 - Year to Date" (just scroll down in the box).
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Quoting LargoFl:
gee if you flood easily,heed your warnings today.......


That's a lot of rain! Wipe out the drought in 2 days, along with homes, farms, roads and bridges.

I've been in North Georgia for 1 1/2 weeks. We've had 3" of snow and about 3" of rain since I got here. Trying to side a house but the weather has not been cooperating.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
I know AussieStorm posted it a few hours ago, but this is perhaps some of the best tornado video we've gotten in the past few years; definitely the best of this individual tornado.

If I'm not mistaken, judging by their voices, these are the same guys that caught the Joplin tornado.



I heard a siren near these guys early in the video. Were these the guys hanging out the window of the car passed by in the John Sibley video? In fact, now I wonder if Sibley was driving the vehicle with orange flashing lights, as they seem to arrive on scene at about the same time.
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Quoting pcola57:


I hope they are are alright and the old house was spared Skye..
This is day 4 with this rainy weather here..
Say, does anyone,or can anyone link me to a site that has running rainfall totals for the year?
I thought surely WU would have it but can't find it if there is..
Anyone?


Thanks..

You can find that here at WU. Put in what ever city in the search above or pick one of your favorites. Then click on the weather station in the upper left of the forecast page that comes up to get the history of that station. Click monthly & add them up or custom & select your time.
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Quoting Skyepony:


I know. I was there this last spring too. Got a friend that lost their roof & a cousin..haven't heard if they they tracked down yet. His house is on the west side & his practice is in Petal. Everyone else there I know came through alright. Hoping grandmother's old house is still there. It's right off Hardy St. Should find out more today.


Would be nice for them if it would quit raining.



The storms are training, all right...

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GINO
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Quoting KoritheMan:


That awkward moment when you realize you recognize some of those buildings. I was just there last May.


I know. I was there this last spring too. Got a friend that lost their roof & a cousin..haven't heard if they they tracked down yet. His house is on the west side & his practice is in Petal. Everyone else there I know came through alright. Hoping grandmother's old house is still there. It's right off Hardy St. Should find out more today.


Would be nice for them if it would quit raining.

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cant see how GFS has snow in DC this week..........
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gee if you flood easily,heed your warnings today.......
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Quoting Slamguitar:
On Sandy's TCR: (Sunday from NHC Facebook)

"Our forecast that the Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane Sandy would be released on Monday will end up being a tad optimistic. The report is now scheduled for a Tuesday morning release. (Apparently, even after you put them there, one's ducks don't always *stay* in a row.) Tuesday for sure. Really."

I'm guessing the report will be 164.5 pages.
I was just thinking we are so "into" forecasting that we're even forecasting the date / time of TCR releases.... and then u quote this.... lol
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Do we have to keep an eye on that LOW in the gulf?...
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


maybe more

rumor has it it will get major status upgrade at landfall on cuba
I think it would be right to do so.... that landfall data seriously supports the upgrade...
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Quoting LargoFl:
good morning and TY for the Breakfast buffet lol..you be careful today,alot of flooding happening along the gulf coast etc.


I will, thank you. We're supposed to get another inch to two inches of rain today. I have my rain boots on and my umbrella. We now call the playground 'The Lake' as a good part of it is underwater. I'm about halfway up the state on the west side, so not under the New Orleans severe weather. But there's no where for another inch to two inches of rain to go, everything's saturated.

Everyone have a great Tuesday. Aussie, have a great Wednesday.
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I know AussieStorm posted it a few hours ago, but this is perhaps some of the best tornado video we've gotten in the past few years; definitely the best of this individual tornado.

If I'm not mistaken, judging by their voices, these are the same guys that caught the Joplin tornado.

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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
Hi everyone. I'm on my way to New York City... I'll have pics up this afternoon
have a safe trip
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Miami NWS Disco

HYDROLOGY...
THE 00Z GFS AND 00Z ECMWF IS SHOWING THE PWAT VALUES OVER SOUTH
FLORIDA TO BE IN THE 1.5 TO 1.9 INCH RANGE WHICH IS 2 STANDARD
DEVIATIONS ABOVE THE NORMAL OF 1 INCH. SO AT THIS TIME...TOTAL
RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER SOUTH FLORIDA
FOR LATE THIS WEEK WITH HIGHER AMOUNTS WITH ANY THUNDERSTORMS THAT
DO DEVELOP OVER THE AREA.
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Big rain coming to me in WPB!!:) The Average for the Month is .10
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Hi everyone. I'm on my way to New York City... I'll have pics up this afternoon
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Heavy fog in places here this morning.......
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we have to watch georgia also today for flooding...
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Quoting aislinnpaps:
Good morning, everyone. Evening, Aussie. Woke up to pouring rain and thunder. Supposed to be on and all all day today. Horrible weather for Mardi Gras.

Oatmeal and eggs as you want with bacon and sausage on the sideboard.
good morning and TY for the Breakfast buffet lol..you be careful today,alot of flooding happening along the gulf coast etc.
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Good morning, everyone. Evening, Aussie. Woke up to pouring rain and thunder. Supposed to be on and all all day today. Horrible weather for Mardi Gras.

Oatmeal and eggs as you want with bacon and sausage on the sideboard.
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Flood WarningStatement as of 2:38 AM EST on February 12, 2013
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a
* Flood Warning for
the Ocmulgee River near Macon
* from this evening until Saturday morning.
* At 2 am Tuesday the stage was 16.4 feet... and rising.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 18.0 feet.
* Forecast to rise above flood stage by tonight and continue to rise
to near 19.4 feet by Thursday early afternoon. The river will fall
below flood stage by early Saturday morning.
* At 19.0 feet... minor flooding continues. The Macon Greenway
Ocmulgee heritage trail will begin to flood in areas just north of
the fifth street bridge. Citizens of the trail will need to stop
use. In addition... the lowest sections of the Charles Jones Gateway
Park will flood.
* This crest compares to a previous crest of 19.5 feet on Feb 16 1997.

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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL
ALABAMA...SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...NORTHWEST FLORIDA AND SOUTHEAST
MISSISSIPPI.

.DAY ONE...TONIGHT AND TOMORROW

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH MID EVENING TUESDAY.
OVER THE NEXT DAY...A GENERAL THREE TO FIVE INCHES OF RAIN IS
FORECAST ACROSS THE REGION WITH ISOLATED HIGHER TOTALS WHERE
THUNDERSTORMS REPEATEDLY MOVE ACROSS THE SAME LOCATION. THE RAIN
AREA WILL EXPAND IN INCREASE IN AREAL COVERAGE OVERNIGHT AND
TUESDAY. A NUMBER OF STREAMS AND CREEKS WILL REMAIN OUT OF THEIR
BANKS.

AS A SURFACE LOW DEVELOP TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND MOVES TO THE
NORTHEAST OVER THE REGION...THE AIRMASS MAY ONCE AGAIN BECOMES
UNSTABLE ENOUGH TO SUPPORT A FEW STRONG TO LOCALLY SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING OVER SOUTHWEST
ALABAMA. THE THREAT THEN SHIFTS EAST OF I-65 AND INTO THE
NORTHWEST FLORIDA PANHANDLE. THE MAIN THREAT WILL BE ISOLATED
TORNADOES AND PERHAPS DAMAGING WINDS ALONG BOWING ECHO SEGMENTS.
GIVEN A DEEP LAYER OF CLOUDS AND RAINFALL OVERNIGHT...ATMOSPHERIC
INSTABILITY IS FORECAST TO BE LIMITED THROUGH MID AFTERNOON TOMORROW.
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FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
309 AM EST TUE FEB 12 2013

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN ALABAMA...

CHOCTAWHATCHEE RIVER AT GENEVA (SR 52) AFFECTING GENEVA COUNTY

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

ALL PERSONS WITH INTEREST ALONG THE RIVER SHOULD MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS...
AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. DO
NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. IF YOU SEE FLOOD WATERS...REMEMBER TO TURN
AROUND AND DO NOT DROWN.
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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST
FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

...DENSE FOG IMPACT...
LOCALLY DENSE FOG WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 9 AM THIS MORNING MAINLY
FROM THE TAMPA BAY AREA NORTHWARD AND EAST ALONG I-4. SEA FOG MAY
AFFECT COASTAL COMMUNITIES THIS AFTERNOON AS WINDS TURN ONSHORE.
FOG WILL BECOME MORE WIDESPREAD OVERNIGHT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

A COLD FRONT WILL BRING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TO THE REGION ON
WEDNESDAY. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME...
BUT A FEW STORMS COULD CONTAIN GUSTY WINDS ESPECIALLY NORTH OF THE
TAMPA BAY AREA.

A REINFORCING SHOT OF COLD AIR WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION ON
SATURDAY BRINGING A PERIOD OF GUSTY WINDS AND ROUGH SEAS TO THE
GULF WATERS OVER THE WEEKEND. STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF
ARE ALSO EXPECTED.

COLD AIR MAY RESULT IN FREEZING TEMPERATURES FOR MUCH OF THE AREA
AWAY FROM THE COAST SUNDAY NIGHT.
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easing up on the freezing temps for weekend..good....
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Ryan Maue‏@RyanMaue

GFS 00z continues off-shore track of next week's powerful storm; sprawling at 943 mb w/wide expanse of wind next Mon Link
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