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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Figure 2. Vince Sciacca was in a horrific car accident a few years ago, which put him in a coma for nine months and left him with a severe brain injury. Shortly before Superstorm Sandy struck, and after much struggle, he had finally straightened out his equipment needs. The storm came along and destroyed everything. Portlight's project manager, Steve Major, delivered this power chair to Vince on February 2, and will be working with him to replace other equipment, as well.

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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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Quoting LargoFl:


Hey Largo, is that front line moving off of the coast?
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Quoting LargoFl:
J anuary 2010..could we get a repeat this weekend, back then they forecasted SNOW around Jacksonville to maybe Daytona..cant remember IF it really happened...


I remember Jan. 2010. There was snow in Daytona. Some accumulated, but me, being a 12 year old, decided to make A snowball. (Meaning one snowball) It "snowed" for about 30min, then stopped. Then it turned into really cold rain. :-(
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STAY ALERT NORTH FLORIDA....................SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
941 AM EST WED FEB 13 2013

FLC019-031-109-131500-
/O.CON.KJAX.SV.W.0011.000000T0000Z-130213T1500Z/
CLAY FL-ST. JOHNS FL-DUVAL FL-
941 AM EST WED FEB 13 2013

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 AM EST
FOR SOUTHEASTERN DUVAL...NORTHWESTERN ST. JOHNS AND NORTHEASTERN CLAY
COUNTIES...

AT 941 AM EST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS CONTINUED TO
TRACK A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR MANDARIN...MOVING EAST
AT 45 MPH.

OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO UNF...
SAN PABLO...PALM VALLEY...SAWGRASS...PONTE VEDRA BEACH...JACKSONVILLE
BEACH AND NEPTUNE BEACH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF
YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. THIS STORM HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CAUSE SERIOUS
INJURY AND SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

That or dandruff


LOL! Here's the news article - "Massive dandruff blizzard! Scientists have no idea what caused it...Stay tuned for more information!"
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J anuary 2010..could we get a repeat this weekend, back then they forecasted SNOW around Jacksonville to maybe Daytona..cant remember IF it really happened...
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Quoting AussieStorm:







Thanks Aussie! Darn, no Snow for me this year. do you guys have ANY idea how warm it is going to be today??? 86 degrees F!!! Holy smokes thats warm for Florida.
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Quoting kwgirl:
Progressive how? Building the Desalination plant maybe, though we had one for years until it broke. The sewers are an unfunded mandate and should have been done years ago. The county is being forced into doing it, at considerable expense. Imagine that you need to get every home and business hooked up to a central collection system, pump it to a treatment plant and then discharge the affluent somewhere. Not to mention that we are a string of islands connected by bridges. So there will be several treatment plants throughout the county. We won't go into the problems of digging into the coral rock, having little elevation to allow gravity to work and the expense of hooking each home to the system. A lot of people cannot afford the $4,000.00 dollars for the hookup. And I am not sure that pays for the plumber to connect your house, after he has removed the septic system. When you find that there are polio viruses living in your canal because of the septic run off, then you kinda want it done, even if it costs you. I think the most telling study was done with the Queen Conch. It was found that the Queen conch cannot breed in near shore waters because of the amount of estrogen in the water. Our birth control is being flushed and is leaching into the waters and affecting the wildlife. Pretty sad.


Or you could be in one of the cold spots(blue)such as mine.

Link

Where they say it'll cost $25,000 for each residence for a system with a 20 year life span and annual maintainance and certification costs.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Our local mets and CWG think we'll only see conversational flakes.

That or dandruff
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Hello wundergirl12 I'm sorry if I offended anyone yesterday while I had my rants and "acting out" post.


I wasn't aware of your "acting out", so I'm not offended. How are you, btw?
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Tampa 1977...hope no repeat ever.............
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Quoting WunderGirl12:
Morning All!

Are the models still showing snow in Florida??

WunderGirl12





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Quoting LargoFl:
..no probably from back in 1977 when even Tampa had snow


DARN! You had me hopeful for a second...
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Quoting WunderGirl12:


Hi Wash! :-)
Hello wundergirl12 I'm sorry if I offended anyone yesterday while I had my rants and "acting out" post.
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Quoting WunderGirl12:


Where is that? When is that???? Is that recent???
..no probably from back in 1977 when even Tampa had snow
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THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

RAIN IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE TO SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF THE WASHINGTON-
BALTIMORE METRO AREA THIS EVENING. LIGHT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS
ARE LIKELY THIS EVENING ACROSS CENTRAL MARYLAND...PARTICULARLY NEAR
THE MASON DIXON LINE.
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Quoting LargoFl:
LOL
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Quoting LargoFl:


Where is that? When is that???? Is that recent???
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Our local mets and CWG think we'll only see conversational flakes.


Hi Wash! :-)
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Quoting LargoFl:
GFS at 84 hours....snow in the northeast............
Our local mets and CWG think we'll only see conversational flakes.
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I see the models have moved slightly more south with 98W


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looks like this band of heavy rain wants to miss me..
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Morning All!

Are the models still showing snow in Florida??

WunderGirl12
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Quoting pcola57:


Morning kwgirl..
I didn't realize the Keys were so progressive in their approach to this problem..
Kudos to them..
As you know,parts of this state are sooo backward..
The legislature hasn't made a decision on this issue in years..
And where is the leadership from the Governors office?
I have written to my local representatives concerning our water quality here as last year we were voted as the worst tasting water in the US..
No response from them at all..
Sad.. :(
Progressive how? Building the Desalination plant maybe, though we had one for years until it broke. The sewers are an unfunded mandate and should have been done years ago. The county is being forced into doing it, at considerable expense. Imagine that you need to get every home and business hooked up to a central collection system, pump it to a treatment plant and then discharge the affluent somewhere. Not to mention that we are a string of islands connected by bridges. So there will be several treatment plants throughout the county. We won't go into the problems of digging into the coral rock, having little elevation to allow gravity to work and the expense of hooking each home to the system. A lot of people cannot afford the $4,000.00 dollars for the hookup. And I am not sure that pays for the plumber to connect your house, after he has removed the septic system. When you find that there are polio viruses living in your canal because of the septic run off, then you kinda want it done, even if it costs you. I think the most telling study was done with the Queen Conch. It was found that the Queen conch cannot breed in near shore waters because of the amount of estrogen in the water. Our birth control is being flushed and is leaching into the waters and affecting the wildlife. Pretty sad.
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Quoting kwgirl:
Good morning all. I agree, the State of Florida has a miserable track record for taking care of our most vital resource, potable water. The Florida Keys have a well in the Biscayne aquifer and the water is piped 150 miles to provide us with drinking water. In the last few years, our aqueduct authority has built a desalination reverse osmosis plant at the wellhead so we can treat brackish water and combine it with the fresh water. I think the State of Florida should mandate desalination plants with any new construction, along with appropriate reclamation sewage treatment plants. No more discharge into the ocean! The Keys have been building a sewage collection and treatment system throughout the keys (150 linear miles) under an EPA mandate. However, no one forces the counties up north of us to do the same. So as septic tanks leach into our porous soil, the potable water becomes less so. And we won't even get into salt water intrusion. It is all just a matter of time. Will it be the amount of people drawing too much off the aquifer or sea level rise that will be the demise of our aquifer?
Both, most likely. Between the drainage of freshwater into the sea by parking lots and streets directing rainwater into canals, the seepage of saltwater into the aquifer by brackish canals, the over-pumping of freshwater by wells (too many people, too many golf courses and lime-green lawns), lowering of the water table by drought, and sea level rise (about 8" over the past 100 years), the zone of dispersion--that is, the line separating saltwater from the freshwater aquifer--has moved steadily and incessantly inland, forcing the closure of one well after another all across South Florida. Now there are many tens of millions of dollars being spent on bridge technologies such as desalination plants, reverse osmosis systems, and lengthy pipes to the less salty edge of the Everglades. But in forty of fifty years, the sea level will likely rise another foot or two, and that would render much of the Everglades a brackish swamp from which little freshwater will be siphoned at any cost.

As with so many other places, South Florida is in deep trouble...
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Quoting DavidHOUTX:
Now this is interesting!!




What model is that??
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Quoting kwgirl:
Good morning all. I agree, the State of Florida has a miserable track record for taking care of our most vital resource, potable water. The Florida Keys have a well in the Biscayne aquifer and the water is piped 150 miles to provide us with drinking water. In the last few years, our aqueduct authority has built a desalination reverse osmosis plant at the wellhead so we can treat brackish water and combine it with the fresh water. I think the State of Florida should mandate desalination plants with any new construction, along with appropriate reclamation sewage treatment plants. No more discharge into the ocean! The Keys have been building a sewage collection and treatment system throughout the keys (150 linear miles) under an EPA mandate. However, no one forces the counties up north of us to do the same. So as septic tanks leach into our porous soil, the potable water becomes less so. And we won't even get into salt water intrusion. It is all just a matter of time. Will it be the amount of people drawing too much off the aquifer or sea level rise that will be the demise of our aquifer?


Morning kwgirl..
I didn't realize the Keys were so progressive in their approach to this problem..
Kudos to them..
As you know,parts of this state are sooo backward..
The legislature hasn't made a decision on this issue in years..
And where is the leadership from the Governors office?
I have written to my local representatives concerning our water quality here as last year we were voted as the worst water in the US..
No response from them at all..
Sad.. :(


10 U.S. cities with the worst drinking water

1. Pensacola, Fla. (Emerald Coast Water Utility)
Located on the Florida Panhandle along the Gulf of Mexico, Pensacola is Florida's westernmost major city. Analysts say it has the worst water quality in the country. Of the 101 chemicals tested for over five years, 45 were discovered. Of them, 21 were discovered in unhealthy amounts. The worst of these were radium-228 and -228, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, alpha particles, benzine and lead. Pensacola's water was also found to contain cyanide and chloroform. The combination of these chemicals makes Pensacola's water supply America's most unhealthy.
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Now this is interesting!!


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Tornado Chronicles ‏@tornadochron
On this date in 2000 an F3 tornado struck near Camilla GA late in evening, resulting in 11 deaths and 175 injuries.

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GFS at 84 hours....snow in the northeast............
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We are losing our chances of a weekend storm here in D.C.That is good news for me.
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s t.augustine wants to build one and was told.....at what cost??
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Quoting LargoFl:
kWGIRL..Tampa already has one up and running for awhile now.......Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant


The Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination facility is a drought-proof, alternative water supply that provides up to 25 million gallons per day of drinking water to the region.

We have a desal plant here in Sydney. They have turned it off as our dams are now overflowing so it was just wasting energy.
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Quoting LargoFl:
kWGIRL..Tampa already has one up and running for awhile now.......Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant


The Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination facility is a drought-proof, alternative water supply that provides up to 25 million gallons per day of drinking water to the region.
Glad to hear that. I am sure there are some more, but each year we hear about South Florida and how the drain on the aquifer is endangering the Biscayne aquifer. Hence the FKAA decision to build the desalination plant at the wellhead of our "fresh" water source.
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Quoting kwgirl:
Good morning all. I agree, the State of Florida has a miserable track record for taking care of our most vital resource, potable water. The Florida Keys have a well in the Biscayne aquifer and the water is piped 150 miles to provide us with drinking water. In the last few years, our aqueduct authority has built a desalination reverse osmosis plant at the wellhead so we can treat brackish water and combine it with the fresh water. I think the State of Florida should mandate desalination plants with any new construction, along with appropriate reclamation sewage treatment plants. No more discharge into the ocean! The Keys have been building a sewage collection and treatment system throughout the keys (150 linear miles) under an EPA mandate. However, no one forces the counties up north of us to do the same. So as septic tanks leach into our porous soil, the potable water becomes less so. And we won't even get into salt water intrusion. It is all just a matter of time. Will it be the amount of people drawing too much off the aquifer or sea level rise that will be the demise of our aquifer?

That is sad. Aquifers need to be treasured not destroyed. They are the beating heart of nature. Is they become damaged, everything goes downhill from there.
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kWGIRL..Tampa already has one up and running for awhile now.......Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination Plant


The Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination facility is a drought-proof, alternative water supply that provides up to 25 million gallons per day of drinking water to the region.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Chilly--but very seasonal. In fact, most locations are around average, with just a few places in the extreme Southwest cool enough to set or tie some record lows, and just a few places in the extreme Southeast--that is, Florida--warm enough to set or tie some record high minimums. IOW: status quo for mid-February.

Well, it's BRRRR to me. Hence why I said it.
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Quoting pcola57:


I agree..
It's been my observation that water takes a back seat in development decisions here..
Truly a dangerous scenario IMO..
Good morning all. I agree, the State of Florida has a miserable track record for taking care of our most vital resource, potable water. The Florida Keys have a well in the Biscayne aquifer and the water is piped 150 miles to provide us with drinking water. In the last few years, our aqueduct authority has built a desalination reverse osmosis plant at the wellhead so we can treat brackish water and combine it with the fresh water. I think the State of Florida should mandate desalination plants with any new construction, along with appropriate reclamation sewage treatment plants. No more discharge into the ocean! The Keys have been building a sewage collection and treatment system throughout the keys (150 linear miles) under an EPA mandate. However, no one forces the counties up north of us to do the same. So as septic tanks leach into our porous soil, the potable water becomes less so. And we won't even get into salt water intrusion. It is all just a matter of time. Will it be the amount of people drawing too much off the aquifer or sea level rise that will be the demise of our aquifer?
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Quoting SFLWeatherman:
WoW!


I sure hope that comes to pass. We need it here in South Florida
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Quoting SFLWeatherman:
108 days until Hurricane season!


One day more closer.

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...Moderate Drought Conditions developed over southeast PORTIONS OF South Florida...

...Abnormally Dry Conditions rest of South Florida......
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Quoting AussieStorm:

BRRRRRRRRRRR
Chilly--but very seasonal. In fact, most locations are around average, with just a few places in the extreme Southwest cool enough to set or tie some record lows, and just a few places in the extreme Southeast--that is, Florida--warm enough to set or tie some record high minimums. IOW: status quo for mid-February.
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