Violent EF-5 Tornado Causes Catastrophic Damage in Moore, Oklahoma

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:00 PM GMT on May 21, 2013

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A massive and violent tornado 1.3 miles wide smashed through Moore, Oklahoma near 3 pm CDT Monday, causing catastrophic damage along a 17-mile long path. The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma announced that it has found at least one area of EF-5 damage near Briarwood Elementary School, with winds of 200 - 210 mph. Damage was extreme and covered a huge area, and many buildings swept away down to their foundations. The tornado was on the ground for 51 minutes, from 2:45 - 3:36 pm CDT. This averages out to a 20 mph forward speed, and the tornado was initially moving even slower--20 mph. Violent tornadoes typically move considerably faster, sometimes at speeds in excess of 60 mph, and the relatively slow motion of the Moore tornado contributed to the extreme damage by exposing buildings to a longer period of violent winds than usual. A tornado warning for the storm was issued at 2:40 pm CDT, sixteen minutes before it touched down. On average, a tornado warning comes about thirteen minutes before touchdown. A tornado emergency was declared for Moore at 3:01 pm, about twenty minutes before the tornado entered the west side of the city. The debris ball from the tornado, as seen on Doppler radar, expanded to over two miles in diameter, and debris was carried over 100 miles from Moore. The National Weather Service office in Tulsa, Oklahoma reported at 4:13 pm CDT that they were "seeing reports of light tornado debris falling in the Tulsa metro area again this evening, likely from the Moore area." Tulsa is 100 miles east-northeast of Moore.


Figure 1. The Moore, Oklahoma tornado of May 20, 2013. Image credit: WIkipedia.


Figure 2. A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma, following a tornado on Monday, May 20, 2013. Photo: Sue Ogrocki, ASSOCIATED PRESS.


Figure 3. Flipped vehicles are piled up outside the heavily damaged Moore Medical Center in Moore, Oklahoma, after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013. On the enhanced Fujita Scale, the maximum degree of damage (11), indicating EF-5 winds of 210 mph, is "Significant damage to building envelope" on an institutional building like a hospital or government office. The damage to the Moore Medical Center may qualify as EF-5 damage. Image credit: Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Here is the tornado warning that was issued at 2:40 pm CDT, sixteen minutes before the tornado touched down:

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
240 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN MCCLAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
NORTHEASTERN GRADY COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN CLEVELAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 315 PM CDT

* AT 238 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR NEWCASTLE...AND MOVING EAST AT 20 MPH.

IN ADDITION TO A TORNADO...LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE IS EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...NORMAN...MOORE...NEWCASTLE...BRIDGE CREEK AND VALLEY BROOK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW IN A STORM SHELTER OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OF A STURDY BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS.


At 3:01 pm CDT, five minutes after the tornado touched down and about twenty minutes before the tornado hit the west side of Moore, the NWS issued a "Tornado Emergency" advisory:


BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
301 PM CDT MON MAY 20 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN MCCLAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN CLEVELAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 345 PM CDT

* AT 259 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS AND STORM SPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO NEAR NEWCASTLE. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

THIS IS A TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR MOORE AND SOUTH OKLAHOMA CITY.

IN ADDITION TO A TORNADO...LARGE DESTRUCTIVE HAIL UP TO TENNIS BALL SIZE IS EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...MIDWEST CITY...MOORE...NEWCASTLE...STANLEY DRAPER LAKE...TINKER AIR FORCE BASE AND VALLEY BROOK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING SITUATION. IF YOU CANNOT GET UNDERGROUND GO TO A STORM SHELTER OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OF A STURDY BUILDING NOW.

TAKE COVER NOW IN A STORM SHELTER OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OF A STURDY BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS.


Figure 4. The annual number of EF-3 and stronger tornadoes, 1954 - 2012. The greatest number of these dangerous tornadoes was 131 in 1974, the year of the notorious "Super Outbreak." The minimum was just 15, set in 1987. The average is 43 per year. Image credit: NOAA.


Figure 5. Violent EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes make up only 1% of all tornadoes, but account for well over half of all deaths. Image credit: tornadoproject.com.

A very bad tornado in an otherwise quiet year for violent tornadoes
According to NOAA, the U.S. has averaged 43 EF-3 or stronger tornadoes per year during the period 1954 - 2012. With tornado season nearly half over, we are well below the average pace for these most dangerous tornadoes--only nine EF-3 and EF-4 tornadoes have been recorded so far in 2013. An average year should have had at least fifteen of these tornadoes by this point in the year. Here are the nine EF-3 and stronger tornadoes so far in 2013:

EF-5, 200 - 210 mph winds, May 20, Moore, Oklahoma. Many deaths and injuries.
EF-4, 166 - 200 mph winds, May 19, Shawnee, Oklahoma. 2 deaths.
EF-4, 180 mph winds, May 15, Granbury, TX. 6 deaths, 24+ injuries.
EF-4, 165 - 185 mph winds, May 18, Rozel, Kansas.
EF-4, 170 mph winds, February 10, Hattiesburg, MS. 0 deaths, 82 injuries,
EF-3, 140 mph winds, May 15, Cleburne, TX. No deaths or injuries.
EF-3, 160 mph winds, January 30, Adairsville, GA. 1 death, 17 injuries, 363 buildings damaged or destroyed.
EF-3, 145 mph winds, April 11, Kemper County, AL. 1 death, 9 injuries.
EF-3, 136 - 165 mph winds, May 19, Luther - Carney, Oklahoma.

Moore tornado likely to be one of the five most damaging tornadoes in history
Moore has the unenviable distinction of having previously experienced the 4th costliest tornado in world history, the notorious May 3, 1999 Bridgecreek-Moore EF-5 tornado. There have been only six billion-dollar (2011 dollars) tornadoes in history:

1) Joplin, Missouri, May 22, 2011, $2.8 billion
2) Topeka, Kansas, June 8, 1966, $1.7 billion
3) Lubbock, Texas, May 11, 19780, $1.5 billion
4) Bridge Creek-Moore, Oklahoma, May 3, 1999, $1.4 billion
5) Xenia, Ohio, April 3, 1974, $1.1 billion
6) Omaha, Nebraska, May 6, 1975, $1 billion

The May 3, 1999 Bridge Creek-Moore tornado killed 36 people and injured 583. It damaged or destroyed 8132 homes, 1041 apartments, 260 businesses, 11 public buildings and seven churches. According to rough estimates of the size of the damaged area made by helicopters operated by news9.com and kfor.com, the damage footprint from the May 20, 2013 tornado is easily twice as large. I expect that after the damage tally from the May 20 tornado is added up, Moore will hold two of the top five spots on the list of most damaging tornadoes in history, and the May 20 tornado may approach the Joplin tornado as the costliest twister of all-time.


Figure 6. Severe weather outlook for Tuesday, May 21, calls for a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather over Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and small portions of Southeast Oklahoma and Northwest Louisiana. You can follow today's severe weather outbreak from our Severe Weather page.

Here we go again: Another big severe weather day today in the Midwest
The Moore tornado was the first of twenty tornadoes reported on May 20--the third consecutive day with twenty or more tornadoes in the Midwest. Each of these days had a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather, as advised by NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC.) The SPC is calling for a fourth consecutive day with a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather today (Tuesday), with the greatest danger occurring over Northeast Texas, Southwest Arkansas, and small portions of Southeast Oklahoma and Northwest Louisiana. Once again, we can expect to see isolated supercells capable of spawning dangerous violent tornadoes during the late afternoon and early evening hours. The severe weather outbreak moves east and will begin to wind down on Wednesday, when only a "Slight Risk" of severe weather is expected over New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, plus northern portions of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Maryland.


Video 1. Remarkable time-lapse sequence of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013, taken from a news helicopter.


Video 2. Stormchasers caught the dramatic sounds and sights of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado of May 20, 2013 as it moved through the city.


Video 3. Video of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado of May 20, 2013 taken from a smartphone as the tornado moved across an open field.

Jeff Lechus filmed this remarkable video from his car while trying to get to his son. The flying debris near his car was extremely dangerous, and he is lucky he is alive.

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt discusses the deadliest tornadoes of all time in his April, 2011 post. Since that post, the Joplin, Missouri tornado of May 22, 2011, killed 158 people, making it the 7th deadliest tornado in history.

My post, 2011: Year of the Tornado from December 2011, detailing the remarkable tornado records set in 2011.

I saved a 10-frame animation of the radar reflectivity image from the Moore tornado here.

I greatly appreciate all the valuable links members of the WU community have posted here, and I have used many of them in my posts over the past day. Keep up the great work!

How to help
Portlight Strategies, an organization that supports disaster victims with disabilities, will be working with shelter operators and disability stakeholder organizations in Oklahoma to serve the needs of people with disabilities. Further information and how to offer additional support can be found on their website.

Donations can be made to American Red Cross disaster relief at redcross.org/weather or by texting WEATHER to 90999 to donate $10.

Donations can be made on The Salvation Army's website or by texting STORM to 80888 to donate $10. You can also call to make donations of other monetary amounts at (800) 725-2769.

Jeff Masters

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Storms weakened fast as they approached Nola.
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Be Careful and stay away from helicopters!

According to rough estimates of the size of the damaged area made by helicopters operated by news9.com and kfor.com...

The Daily show had a very heart warming clip for the moment of zen at the end, of a woman following the Moore Tornado.
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Quoting FunnelVortex:


Sounds like your friend made some bad decisions.

Fishing while there is lightning is a big no-no.


Yeah but there was no lightning at the time. Bolt came from a distant thunderstorm. Have you ever heard the bolt out of the blue? That is what happened a bolt came out from a thunderstorm that was about 10 miles away
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Quoting StormTrackerScott:


I agree. However it appears that the possibility of tropical formation seems ligit come the 1st of June as the MJO comes around.



Though the rainy season has started here in Florida, thus far it has for the most part missed my house! Would welcome several inches of rain.
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Quoting StormTrackerScott:
My best friend from high school was killed by lightning while standing underneath a pavilion. He was fishing and lightning hit the fishing pole and struck him in the chest even though he was under a pavilion.


Sounds like your friend made some bad decisions.

Fishing while there is lightning is a big no-no.
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690. Skyepony (Mod)
Precipitate Water POES-AMSU. Just updated...

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On May 20, 2013, NASA and NOAA satellites observed the system that generated severe weather in the south central United States and spawned the Moore, Okla., tornado. Before, during and after the tornado, satellites provided imagery and data to forecasters. NOAA's GOES-13 satellite provided forecasters with images of the storm system every 15 minutes.



On May 20, 2013, a supercell thunderstorm in central Oklahoma spawned a destructive tornado that passed just south of Oklahoma City.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this image of the storm at 2:40 p.m. local time (19:40 UTC). The red line depicts the tornado's track. The twister touched down west of Newcastle at 2:56 p.m. and moved northeast toward Moore, where it caused dozens of deaths and widespread destruction. The tornado had dissipated by 3:36 p.m., after traveling approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers).

Credit: NASA/Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA Goddard; caption by Adam Voiland
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Quoting VR46L:


Cool Hadnt Noticed that !!! Have something to look through my links for now!!




DISCUSSION from estofex.org

... Southern to Central Italy ...

A perhaps unseasonably well developed low pressure system is forecast to affect the area, with surface pressure plunging down to 990 hPa as the low approaches southern Italy by the evening hours. Deepening is forecast thanks to the strong PVA and WAA ahead of the approaching sharp short-wave trough, that should cross Italy in the evening to night hours. At its forward flank, 20 m/s southwesterly flow around 500 hPa is forecast over the area. With southerly to easterly low level flow ahead of the surface low, very favourable vertical wind shear profiles are forecast in the afternoon hours. DLS should reach 20-25 m/s while veering with height in the lower levels should lead to moderate SREH values (locally above 250 m2/s2). With moderate CAPE values around 1000 J/kg thanks to the steep mid-level lapse rates, environment should be conducive to supercells and well organised multicells capable of (very) large hail and severe wind gusts. Tornadoes might occur as well with supercells, especially later on, as low level shear increases and LCLs decrease. Storm coverage could be somehow limited at this afternoon stage due to the enhanced CIN values.

Towards the evening, strong low level convergence and moist low level jet towards the area will likely contribute to the rapid development of a large MCS, capable of producing large swath of very heavy precipitation. A solid Level 2 seems to be warranted for this area.


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Inbound boomers

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Quoting JNTenne:
finally! I thought he'd never LEAVE! okay enough about me.... hope everyone has a safe day out there.. Middle TN has some percip heading in this morning and then unsettled for the rest of the day. probably turnout to be a pleasant warm slightly humid (it is the South afterall) day..


LMAO !!!


Too Funny !!!
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Quoting JNCali:
JNCali signing off.... JNTenne will be henceforth.. been a fun ride
finally! I thought he'd never LEAVE! okay enough about me.... hope everyone has a safe day out there.. Middle TN has some percip heading in this morning and then unsettled for the rest of the day. probably turnout to be a pleasant warm slightly humid (it is the South afterall) day..
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JNCali signing off.... JNTenne will be henceforth.. been a fun ride
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
VR46L, Look at this storm near Tunisia.



Cool Hadnt Noticed that !!! Have something to look through my links for now!!
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Hope they get GOES 13 fixed soon, radar coverage for The Bahamas isn't the best.
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Good Morning again (think the Blog ate my first post). Nice line of T-storms headed into the Big Easy with potential flash flooding but not looking severe at the moment. Things will probably change with daytime heating as the front pushes through Alabama, Georgia and Florida later today.....Not much of a cooling rain shield out front at the moment.
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Quoting StormTrackerScott:
My best friend from high school was killed by lightning while standing underneath a pavilion. He was fishing and lightning hit the fishing pole and struck him in the chest even though he was under a pavilion.


Oh that is terrible. Lightning's some nasty stuff.
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Quoting NasBahMan:
Eastern New Providence Island (Nassau, Bahamas) has recorded 15.29" of rain for the 24 hour period ending at 8 a.M. this morning.


Wow! Thanks for that info.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Impressive...but I'd take it with a grain of salt. A handful of runs last year had Naples receiving between 12" and 18" over the coming week, and we ended up with about 0.25". IOW, it only overestimated reality by a factor of 50 or 60... ;-)


I agree. However it appears that the possibility of tropical formation seems ligit come the 1st of June as the MJO comes around.

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Eastern New Providence Island (Nassau, Bahamas) has recorded 15.29" of rain for the 24 hour period ending at 8 a.M. this morning.
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My best friend from high school was killed by lightning while standing underneath a pavilion. He was fishing and lightning hit the fishing pole and struck him in the chest even though he was under a pavilion.
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Quoting SFLWeatherman:
GFS Precip accum wow!
Impressive...but I'd take it with a grain of salt. A handful of runs last year had Naples receiving between 12" and 18" over the coming week, and we ended up with about 0.25". IOW, it only overestimated reality by a factor of 50 or 60... ;-)
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NOUS71 KNES 221158
ADANES
SUBJECT: PRODUCT OUTAGE/ANOMALY: GOES-13 (GOES-EAST) DATA OUTAGE:

****UPDATE#4: ****RECOVERY EFFORTS FORGOES-13 CONTINUE AND THE
SPACECRAFT HEALTH AND SAFETY ARE NOMINAL. GOES-14 IS BEING ACTIVATED
AND
THE FIRST IMAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE @ 0500 UTC ON THURS. MAY 23RD, 2013.

**UPDATE#3: **INITIAL****GOES-13 RECOVERY PROCEDURE WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.
RETURN TO SERVICE TIME LINE BEING REEVALUATED.**
*
UPDATE#2: *GOES-13 ANOMALY STATUS HAS NOT CHANGED, THE ENGINEER TEAM IS
COMMANDING THE SATELLITE AFTER CONSULTING THE SUPPORT TEAM. COMMANDING
WILL TAKE APPROX. 5 HOURS AND IF SUCCESSFUL SHOULD RETURN TO SERVICE
SHORTLY AFTER THAT.*

UPDATE#1: *GOES-13 ANOMALY CONTINUES, THE ENGINEERS ARE ON
SITE. BARRING
FURTHER ANOMALIES THE EXPECTED RETURN TO SERVICES IS APPROX. 14 HOURS
FROM THIS UPDATE.*

TOPIC: *GOES-13 (GOES-EAST*) *DATA**OUTAGE*
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VR46L, Look at this storm near Tunisia.

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Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Seems Texas didn't come away unscathed by the storms last night sadly.


Lufkin I-HOP employee struck, killed by lightning in parking lot
By Kerri Compton

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A Lufkin woman was struck and killed by lightning during last night's storms.

Around 10:30 p.m., a 32-year-old I-HOP employee was standing in the parking lot holding an umbrella when lightning struck her, entering into her upper torso and exiting through her lower legs. There were a number of witnesses who saw the strike and called for help.

Lufkin police say she was transported to Woodlands Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she later died.

The victim's name has not been released.



Common sense 101 never stand outside in a lightning storm with an umbrella.
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Quoting ncstorm:
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Too Funny!
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Quoting StormTrackerScott:


That looks bigger than the Moore EF-5 tornado.

It wasn't as wide, but the Joplin tornado had stronger winds. Peak intensity is estimated at 225-250 mph against Moore's 210 mph.
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Quoting Skyepony:
Okay we can panic now...


*Topic: *GOES-13 (GOES-East*) *Data**outage*
*

*Date/Time**Issued:***May 22, 2013 0420 UTC*
*

*Product(s) or Data Impacted: ***GOES-13 (GOES-East) Imager Data and
Products****


*Date/Time of Initial Impact:*May 22, 2013 0340 UTC**

*Date/Time of Expected End:*Unknown**

*Length of Outage:*TBD*

*

*Details/Specifics of Change:*Due to an anomaly which occurred approx.
0340z on G-13, East imaging stopped. GOES-15 will enter a full disk
scheduled at 0429z. Engineering is en-route to access the situation and
GOES-15 will run in full disk mode until further notice.*
*



SENIOR DUTY METEOROLOGIST NWS ADMINISTRATIVE MESSAGE
NWS NCEP CENTRAL OPERATIONS COLLEGE PARK MD
0600Z WED MAY 22 2013

UPDATE FROM NESDIS..

GOES-E WENT INTO A `PROTECT` TYPE MODE.. AND WHILE SUPPORT IS
INVESTIGATING THEY WANTED TO PASS ALONG THAT GOES-E WILL STILL
NOT BE BROUGHT BACK INTO SERVICE ANY EARLIER THAN 12HRS FROM NOW
(APPROX. NO EARLIER THAN 1800Z) PER NESDIS. WHEN THEY INVESTIGATE
THE SATL ISSUES MORE CLOSELY THEY WILL BE ABLE TO BETTER FINE
TUNE THE RETURN TO SERVICE TIME FOR GOES-E.

GOES-W WILL CONTINUE IN FULL DISK MODE TO COVER AND THIS WILL
CONTINUE AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.

MORE AFTER 12Z OR WHEN A NEW UPDATE BECOMES AVAILABLE..
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Seems Texas didn't come away unscathed by the storms last night sadly.


Lufkin I-HOP employee struck, killed by lightning in parking lot
By Kerri Compton

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A Lufkin woman was struck and killed by lightning during last night's storms.

Around 10:30 p.m., a 32-year-old I-HOP employee was standing in the parking lot holding an umbrella when lightning struck her, entering into her upper torso and exiting through her lower legs. There were a number of witnesses who saw the strike and called for help.

Lufkin police say she was transported to Woodlands Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she later died.

The victim's name has not been released.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Two years ago today...



That looks bigger than the Moore EF-5 tornado.
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The Hackleburg EF5 in alabama must have been terrible then...a 1.25 mile wide ef5 that went 132 miles and killed 72 people without ever hitting a major city....

Imagine if it had hit somewhere even with 10000 residents.
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Two years ago today...

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Quoting ncstorm:


He got a new anti virus software and it said a virus was on this site to which he bids us adieu..


It's from all of these ads on this site. It seems as if Doc finally took off all these rounchy ads that were on here.
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Quoting BahaHurican:
What happened 2 Largo?


He got a new anti virus software and it said a virus was on this site to which he bids us adieu..
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662. VR46L
Forget that last comment I found one :) But It aint Goes 13

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Another active day across C & S FL.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

.THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
THE COMBINATION OF SUFFICIENTLY DEEP MOISTURE...DAYTIME HEATING...
AND THE AFTERNOON SEA AND LAKE BREEZES WILL PRODUCE SCATTERED TO
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND LIGHTNING STORMS ACROSS EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA
TODAY. INITIAL DEVELOPMENT WILL OCCUR NEAR THE COAST AND AROUND
LAKE OKEECHOBEE AS THE SEA AND LAKE BREEZES FIRST FORM. ACTIVITY
WILL INCREASE IN BOTH COVERAGE AND INTENSITY AS THE ATLANTIC SEA
BREEZE PUSHES INLAND AND INTERACTS WITH LOCAL LAKE BREEZES...THE
WEST COAST SEA BREEZE AND THUNDERSTORM OUTFLOW BOUNDARIES.

SLOW AND ERRATIC MOVING STORMS TODAY WILL BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
ONE TO THREE INCHES OF RAINFALL IN A 60 TO 90 MINUTE PERIOD. THE
NEARBY PRESENCE OF AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH WILL ALLOW SOME STORMS TO
PRODUCE WIND GUSTS ABOVE 40 MPH...FREQUENT LIGHTNING AND HAIL.
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GFS Precip accum wow!
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FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
646 AM AST WED MAY 22 2013

PRC021-031-033-061-087-127-137-221245-
/O.NEW.TJSJ.FA.Y.0098.130522T1046Z-130522T1245Z/
/00000.N.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/
BAYAMON PR-GUAYNABO PR-SAN JUAN PR-TOA BAJA PR-CAROLINA PR-CATANO PR-
LOIZA PR-
646 AM AST WED MAY 22 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN JUAN HAS ISSUED AN

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MINOR FLOODING OF POOR
DRAINAGE AREAS IN
FOR THE FOLLOWING MUNICIPALITIES...

IN PUERTO RICO
BAYAMON...GUAYNABO...SAN JUAN...TOA BAJA...CAROLINA...CATANO AND
LOIZA

* UNTIL 845 AM AST

* AT 640 AM AST...DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR CONTINUE TO INDICATE
ISOLATED TO SCATTERED SHOWERS IN THE ADVISORY AREA. RUNOFF FROM THIS
MORNINGS SHOWERS HAS CREATED URBAN FLOODING ACROSS THE SAN JUAN
METROPOLITAN AREA...WITH ADDITIONAL RAINFALL THIS FLOODING WILL
CONTINUE THROUGH THE MORNING COMMUTE.

MOST FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES. NEVER DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO
AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY. FLOOD WATERS ARE USUALLY
DEEPER THAN THEY APPEAR. JUST ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER IS POWERFUL
ENOUGH TO SWEEP VEHICLES OFF THE ROAD. WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED
ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN AROUND...DONT DROWN.

&&

LAT...LON 1845 6603 1847 6599 1845 6593 1846 6590
1844 6588 1840 6591 1839 6593 1840 6621
1848 6621 1848 6617 1846 6617 1848 6615
1848 6608

$$

DS
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658. VR46L
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What happened 2 Largo?
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Where's my breakfast and coffee?

Scott, hurry up and get to work so I can see how much rain Florida is going to get next week!


GFS Precip accum.

It seems as if the GFS is insistant on bringing a lot of tropical moisture up into FL by the first week of June.

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655. VR46L
Quoting ncstorm:


the cook quit..didnt you hear?

(Largo)


I miss him Around !!Hopefullly his anti virus wouldn't freak the next time he looks in !!


BTW Good Morning Folks!!
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Must be able to multitask with posting images of radar images and breakfast items

Must be a people person and greet all morning bloggers

Must be able to greet Aussie and wish him goodbye in his timezone

Must be able to take internet orders from bloggers and provide breakfast within seconds

Previous applicants need not apply..

Member Since: August 19, 2006 Posts: 13 Comments: 16225
Quoting Skyepony:
Okay we can panic now...


*Topic: *GOES-13 (GOES-East*) *Data**outage*
*

*Date/Time**Issued:***May 22, 2013 0420 UTC*
*

*Product(s) or Data Impacted: ***GOES-13 (GOES-East) Imager Data and
Products****


*Date/Time of Initial Impact:*May 22, 2013 0340 UTC**

*Date/Time of Expected End:*Unknown**

*Length of Outage:*TBD*

*

*Details/Specifics of Change:*Due to an anomaly which occurred approx.
0340z on G-13, East imaging stopped. GOES-15 will enter a full disk
scheduled at 0429z. Engineering is en-route to access the situation and
GOES-15 will run in full disk mode until further notice.*
*


Don't panic - Douglas Adam's Towel Day approaches this coming Saturday

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Quoting ncstorm:


the cook quit..didnt you hear?

(Largo)


That's awful. But I did hear the pay wasn't that good.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Where's my breakfast and coffee?

Scott, hurry up and get to work so I can see how much rain Florida is going to get next week!


the cook quit..didnt you hear?

(Largo)
Member Since: August 19, 2006 Posts: 13 Comments: 16225
Quoting Torito:


i think its heading to F5.


Yeah it got up to an F5 but the fact that it went to an F4 in that short span of time shows the power of that tornado..
Member Since: August 19, 2006 Posts: 13 Comments: 16225
Where's my breakfast and coffee?

Scott, hurry up and get to work so I can see how much rain Florida is going to get next week!
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