Tornadoes, Floods, and Severe Thunderstorms Continue in the Midwest

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:46 PM GMT on May 31, 2013

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It was yet another active day for tornadoes, flooding, and severe thunderstorms in the Midwest on Thursday, with NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) logging 16 preliminary tornado reports. Twisters touched down in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Illinois. The tornadoes missed heavily populated areas for the most part, but seven people were injured in Arkansas in two separate tornadoes, and two other people were hurt by lightning. The severe weather forced organizers of the outdoor Wakarusa Music Festival north of Ozark, Arkansas to delay the start of the festival. The band "Widespread Panic" was one of the groups scheduled to perform, leading to an Associated Press headline from yesterday titled, "Nine hurt in Arkansas storm; Widespread Panic delayed." Heavy rains from this week's thunderstorms have pushed the Mississippi River to major flood stage at most places from Burlington Iowa to Quincy Illinois, and the river is expected to crest near major flood stage at St. Louis early next week. In Iowa, the Cedar River at Cedar Falls, the Iowa River at Marengo, and the Skunk River near Sigourney and at Augusta are also in major flood. The latest forecast from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center calls for a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather today (Friday) over much of Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa in Oklahoma, and Joplin, Missouri, with the potential for several strong EF-2 and EF-3 tornadoes.


Figure 1. Lightning strike from a severe thunderstorm near Guthrie, Oklahoma on May 30, 2013, as photographed by KFOR-TV. (AP Photo/KFOR-TV)


Figure 2. Severe weather outlook for Thursday, May 30, calls for a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather over much of Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri, including Oklahoma City and Tulsa in Oklahoma, and Joplin, Missouri. You can follow today's severe weather outbreak from our Severe Weather page.

A mostly quiet year for violent tornadoes
After a very quiet March, April, and first half of May, the U.S. tornado season has become very active during the last half of May, and is beginning to catch up to normal. TWC's tornado expert Dr. Greg Forbes has a preliminary count of 181 tornadoes for the month of May, through May 29, which is 35% below the 10-year average of 279 through May 29th. May 2012 had only 121 tornadoes. The 2013 tornado tally has risen significantly in the last half of May, due to 7 of the last 15 days having above-average numbers of tornadoes. Fortunately, we are well below-average for strong and violent EF-3, EF-4, and EF-5 tornadoes so far in 2013. 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, only twelve EF-3 and EF-4 tornadoes have been recorded so far in 2013. An average year should have had at least twenty of these tornadoes by this point in the year. Here are the twelve EF-3 and stronger tornadoes so far in 2013, as detailed in Wikipedia's excellent Tornadoes of 2013 page:

EF-5, May 20, Moore, Oklahoma. 24 deaths, 377 injuries, $2 billion in damage.
EF-4, May 28, Ottawa County, Kansas. Intensity based on mobile Doppler radar data. See the Capital Weather Gang's description of this tornado.
EF-4, May 19, Shawnee, Oklahoma. 2 deaths, 6 injuries.
EF-4, May 15, Granbury, TX. 6 deaths, 24+ injuries.
EF-4, May 18, Rozel, Kansas.
EF-4, February 10, Hattiesburg, MS. 0 deaths, 82 injuries.
EF-3, Corning, KS, May 28.
EF-3, May 27, Lebanon - Esbon, KS. 1 injured. Wind gust of 175 mph measured by TIV2 intercept vehicle.
EF-3, May 15, Cleburne, TX. No deaths or injuries.
EF-3, January 30, Adairsville, GA. 1 death, 17 injuries, 363 buildings damaged or destroyed.
EF-3, April 11, Kemper County, AL. 1 death, 9 injuries.
EF-3, May 19, Luther - Carney, Oklahoma.


Figure 3. 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.


Video 1. Impressive 2-minute timelapse of the Bennington, Kansas wedge tornado of May 28, 2013, as filmed by the Aussie Storm Chasers. As discussed in an excellent blog post by Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang, the violent EF-4 tornado stood still for nearly an hour, and had wind gusts as high as 264 mph at an altitude of 300 feet measured by Doppler on Wheels.

Remains of Hurricane Barbara bringing heavy rains to Mexico
Hurricane Barbara died on Thursday as it attempted to cross Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec into the southernmost Gulf of Mexico. While there is no low level circulation apparent on satellite loops this Friday morning, there is a bit of spin at middle levels of the atmosphere, and the remains of Barbara are kicking up some heavy thunderstorm activity over the southernmost Gulf of Mexico and adjacent land areas of Mexico. Wind shear is a high 20 knots in the region, and the area of disturbed weather is quite small, so I don't expect any development to occur over the next few days. Wind shear is predicted to remain high over the Gulf of Mexico for the next six days, and none of the reliable computers models is calling for tropical cyclone development in the Atlantic during that period. Late next week, wind shear is predicted to drop, and there is a better chance for tropical cyclone development in the Gulf of Mexico or Western Caribbean. Both the GFS and ECMWF models suggest that a strong tropical disturbance with heavy rains may affect Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Western Cuba, and the Southwest Florida by Friday next week.


Figure 4. Remains of Hurricane Barbara in the southernmost Gulf of Mexico as seen by MODIS at 12:05 pm EDT Thursday, May 30, 2013. Barbara had just been declared dead one hour prior to this photo. Image credit: NASA.

Saturday, June 1, is the first day of hurricane season, and I'll post a quick look at what we might expect to see in June.

Jeff Masters

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This was one of the easiest chase days ever. Left Salina, Ks and thought about going after the storms to the NW but turned back after about 15 miles when the storm that spawned this tornado went up. Me and my group setup just west of Bennington about 20 minutes before this tornado touched down, catching a brief rope tornado about 10 minutes before this tornado touched down. It sat almost stationary for about 45 and we watched it's entire life cycle without having to move.
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1310. Skyepony (Mod)
0805 PM TORNADO 2 S HARVESTER 38.73N 90.58W
05/31/2013 ST. CHARLES MO AMATEUR RADIO

TORNADO PASSED THROUGH 1.5 MILES WEST OF THE
INTERSECTION OF TOWERS ROAD AND CAUKSHIILL ROAD.. THERE
ARE NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES IN
THIS AREA.
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1309. Skyepony (Mod)
0820 PM TSTM WND GST FLORISSANT 38.80N 90.32W
05/31/2013 E60 MPH ST. LOUIS MO TRAINED SPOTTER

PEA-SIZED HAIL AND 45-60 MPH WINDS.
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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Severe weather is moving through the viewing area. Send us your storm pics!

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1306. Skyepony (Mod)
0755 PM TORNADO 1 SW WELDON SPRING 38.71N 90.66W
05/31/2013 ST. CHARLES MO TRAINED SPOTTER

TORNADO APPEARS TO DAMAGE STRUCTURE IN THE MISSOURI
RESEARCH PARK.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Just a reminder to some here: while the words are often used interchangeably in the heat of the moment, a casualty is not necessarily a fatality.
I know that, but still good to remind other people.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Just a reminder to some here: while the words are often used interchangeably in the heat of the moment, a casualty is not necessarily a fatality.
This is a very common misconception. Thank you for pointing it out.
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Quoting MrstormX:
Maryland Heights - Apparently something happened at the hollywood casino as well as the holiday inn in Earth City, MO.

That is very near where the tornadic circulation cross I-270. I would imagine it was at least indirectly associated with that tornado.
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
Mass casualty event at Holiday Inn in Earth City, Missouri. Earth City is home to many headquarters of businesses and where St. Louis Rams football players trained. It's a pretty solid city with new buildings and technology.

Just a reminder to some here: while the words are often used interchangeably in the heat of the moment, a casualty is not necessarily a fatality.
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1301. Patrap


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Quoting ScottLincoln:

Looks like there is some elevated rotation with the storm, but doesn't seem to be tornadic right now. The TVS from 0132utc and 0137utc both appear to be exaggerated... I dont think they are real.
What I was thinking as well. Thanks for the response.
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Quoting MrstormX:
Maryland Heights - Apparently something happened at the hollywood casino as well as the holiday inn in Earth City, MO.
Hollywood Casino is a HUGE place on I-270. Hotels, casinos, businesses, etc.
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Quoting JTDailyUpdate:


They are the only confermed casulties out of Oklahoma So Far, Right?

Yes
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Maryland Heights - Apparently something happened at the hollywood casino as well as the holiday inn in Earth City, MO.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Scott you opinion on this?

Looks like there is some elevated rotation with the storm, but doesn't seem to be tornadic right now. The TVS from 0132utc and 0137utc both appear to be exaggerated... I dont think they are real.

The storm cluster has been outflow-dominant for a while now, which has reduced the tornado threat. I would now be concerned with some hail and maybe even more concerned with flash flooding potential, as 3hr rainfall amounts are exceeding values that have only a 2-10% chance of occurring in a given year.

If a tornado were to eventually form, I'd probably expect it near where the outflow is intersection the storm on the east side of the cluster, so roughly between Norman and Shawnee.
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Quoting daddyjames:


Yes, they were found tossed from their car in the I-40 area close to El Reno. :(


They are the only confermed casulties out of Oklahoma So Far, Right?
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Mass casualty event at Holiday Inn in Earth City, Missouri. Earth City is home to many headquarters of businesses and where St. Louis Rams football players trained. It's a pretty solid city with new buildings and technology.

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Quoting MrstormX:
Any damage being reported out of OKC metro?

Yes there is. As there have been 2 deaths reported in the area. However, the scope of the damage is unknown because of all the flooding and the interstates are gridlocked
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It's a twister!
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Quoting Doppler22:
A mother and her child have died in Oklahoma


Yes, they were found tossed from their car in the I-40 area close to El Reno. :(

Edit: report just came in I-40 and Cimmarron Rd near Yukon
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Quoting hydrus:
Training tornadoes...I have never heard of such a thing.
"Training tornadoes" over a major metropolitan area? Unheard of, but clearly not impossible.
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Report of casualties in Earth City, MO...per Fox News STL.
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1287. Patrap
Oklahoma City Radar
NEXRAD Radar
Type
Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range
124 NMI


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1286. Skyepony (Mod)
0835 PM TSTM WND DMG FLORISSANT 38.80N 90.32W
05/31/2013 ST. LOUIS MO TRAINED SPOTTER

12-15 INCH DIAMETER TREE LIMBS BLOWN DOWN
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Quoting MrstormX:
Any damage being reported out of OKC metro?

Have not heard anyhing yet, however your best bet would be local news outkets or Emergency Scanner Feeds from the OKC area
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Scott you opinion on this?
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1283. Patrap
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Quoting MrstormX:
Any damage being reported out of OKC metro?


Yes, and no - still raining too hard at the moment, and Emergency vehicles having difficulties responding due to flash floods in the area.
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A mother and her child have died in Oklahoma
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1280. sar2401
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


I wonder in the 1925 Tri-State Tornado was really training tornadoes

There's not enough data to really know but several locations were hit several times. If there were not training tornadoes, at least one had a ground path of 219 miles. Not impossible, but it seems likely that more than one tornado was invovlved.
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1279. Patrap

573
WGUS54 KOUN 010136
FFWOUN
OKC015-017-027-051-087-109-125-010530-
/O.NEW.KOUN.FF.W.0013.130601T0136Z-130601T0530Z/
/00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
836 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
MCCLAIN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
EXTREME SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
GRADY COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
EASTERN CADDO COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA...
CLEVELAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHERN CANADIAN COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
WESTERN POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 1230 AM CDT

* AT 832 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR AND RAIN GAUGES
INDICATED THAT HEAVY RAIN WAS FALLING OVER THE AREA. UP TO TWO
INCHES OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN. FLASH FLOODING IS ALREADY
OCCURRING.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE
NORMAN...MOORE...CHICKASHA...STELLA...MUSTANG...AN ADARKO...
PURCELL...NEWCASTLE...NOBLE...TUTTLE...SLAUGHTERVI LLE...
BLANCHARD...LEXINGTON...MINCO...UNION CITY...GOLDSBY...PINK...
NINNEKAH...VERDEN...WASHINGTON...AMBER...COLE...DI BBLE...TRIBBEY...
POCASSET...ETOWAH...NORGE...BRIDGE CREEK...LAKE CHICKASHA AND
TABLER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL
CREEKS AND STREAMS...URBAN AREAS...HIGHWAYS...STREETS AND UNDERPASSES
AS WELL AS OTHER DRAINAGE AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. MOVE
UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT DRIVE VEHICLES
INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY

WHEN ENCOUNTERING FLOODED ROADS MAKE THE SMART CHOICE...TURN
AROUND...DONT DROWN.



LAT...LON 3493 9705 3495 9824 3540 9826 3540 9703



KURTZ
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1278. Skyepony (Mod)
0710 PM TSTM WND GST 4 W OKLAHOMA CITY 35.47N 97.58W
05/31/2013 M60 MPH OKLAHOMA OK MESONET

0708 PM TSTM WND GST 3 NNW STILLWATER 36.16N 97.08W
05/31/2013 M58 MPH PAYNE OK ASOS

0720 PM TSTM WND GST 4 W OKLAHOMA CITY 35.47N 97.58W
05/31/2013 M73 MPH OKLAHOMA OK MESONET
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1277. Patrap

246
WFUS53 KSGF 010135
TORSGF
KSC021-010200-
/O.NEW.KSGF.TO.W.0031.130601T0135Z-130601T0200Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
835 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPRINGFIELD HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CHEROKEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS...

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 829 PM CDT...A SEVERE SQUALL LINE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING TORNADOES
THAT MAY NOT BE VISIBLE DUE TO HEAVY RAIN WAS LOCATED NEAR
TREECE...AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

HAZARD...DEVELOPING TORNADO.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. WINDS TO 70 MPH WILL ALSO BE
POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM.

IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL
OCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.
EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BAXTER SPRINGS...COLUMBUS...CRESTLINE...FAULKNER...GALENA ...
HALLOWELL...LAWTON...LOWELL...MELROSE...NEUTRAL... RIVERTON...
ROSELAND...SCAMMON...SHERWIN...SKIDMORE...STIPPVIL LE AND TREECE.

THIS IS A NEW TORNADO WARNING FOR CHEROKEE COUNTY. AN ADDITIONAL
TORNADO WARNING IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN CHEROKEE AND JASPER
COUNTIES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.



LAT...LON 3714 9508 3729 9485 3734 9462 3701 9461
3699 9462 3699 9496
TIME...MOT...LOC 0134Z 257DEG 32KT 3708 9480

TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED
HAIL...<.75IN



BOXELL
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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


I wonder in the 1925 Tri-State Tornado was really training tornadoes

It's been controversial for some time with numerous studies done on the topic. One of the latest big studies I've read seemed to be pretty firm on it being one long track tornado as opposite to a family of tornadoes because they couldn't find evidence of a break in the damage track.
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1275. Skyepony (Mod)
0806 PM FLASH FLOOD 4 WSW OKLAHOMA CITY 35.44N 97.58W
05/31/2013 OKLAHOMA OK STORM CHASER

CARS HALF WAY ENGULFED
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Any damage being reported out of OKC metro?
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1273. Patrap

003
WFUS53 KLSX 010131
TORLSX
ILC061-083-117-010200-
/O.NEW.KLSX.TO.W.0030.130601T0131Z-130601T0200Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
831 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EAST CENTRAL GREENE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
NORTHEASTERN JERSEY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
CENTRAL MACOUPIN COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 827 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR KEMPER...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD...DEVELOPING TORNADO.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL
OCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.
EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
GREENFIELD...PALMYRA...CHESTERFIELD AND HETTICK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.



LAT...LON 3948 9003 3930 8983 3917 9015 3928 9032
TIME...MOT...LOC 0131Z 243DEG 27KT 3924 9017

TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED
HAIL...<.75IN



GLASS
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Storm reports:

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Quoting Patrap:
University of Oklahoma now in path of severe tornado complex; if you are at or near this campus in/around Norman, YOUR LIFE IS IN IMMINENT DANGER. RUSH TO A PLACE OF SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.



Tornado warning for Norman area has expired. Not being renewed.
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1270. Skyepony (Mod)
0810 PM NON-TSTM WND GST 2 NW NORMAN 35.24N 97.47W
05/31/2013 M58 MPH CLEVELAND OK MESONET

0814 PM TSTM WND GST TINKER AIR FORCE BASE 35.42N 97.39W
05/31/2013 M87 MPH OKLAHOMA OK ASOS

0824 PM TSTM WND GST 3 SSE NORMAN 35.18N 97.42W
05/31/2013 M66 MPH CLEVELAND OK OFFICIAL NWS OBS

MEASURED AT NWS FORECAST OFFICE
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1269. Patrap

401
WFUS53 KLSX 010133
TORLSX
ILC005-119-010200-
/O.NEW.KLSX.TO.W.0031.130601T0133Z-130601T0200Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
833 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WESTERN BOND COUNTY IN SOUTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS...
MADISON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 831 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR HARTFORD...AND MOVING EAST AT 70 MPH.

HAZARD...DEVELOPING TORNADO AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. THIS STORM HAS A HISTORY OF
DAMAGING TORNADOES.

IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL
OCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.
EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
MARYVILLE...GLEN CARBON...EDWARDSVILLE...TROY...HIGHLAND...
CARPENTER...WORDEN...MARINE...LIVINGSTON...ALHAMBR A...POCAHONTAS...
SORENTO...RENO...KUHN...FRUIT...HAMEL...KAUFMAN... GRANTFORK...NEW
DOUGLAS AND SHILOH HILL.

THIS WARNING INCLUDES HORSESHOE LAKE STATE PARK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.



LAT...LON 3875 8949 3870 9012 3880 9012 3885 9011
3885 9012 3892 9013 3902 8949
TIME...MOT...LOC 0133Z 259DEG 61KT 3881 9002

TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED
HAIL...1.00IN



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WOW 18Z GFS S FL!
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1266. Patrap
Oklahoma City Radar
NEXRAD Radar
Type
Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range
124 NMI

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Quoting nervouspete:


True.

Also, rescuers have to cope with news reporters, desperate locals and have their own emotional burden from being local themselves. It can't be easy, especially with the chaos involved, and I can quite see how early tolls are highly inaccurate. The worst news will always be reported first, no matter how inaccurate.

We'll know for sure in a few days. Fingers crossed it's EF2-3 at most.


Hopefully there are still a large amount of rescuers from the Moore tornado that will make rescue efforts much easier
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Damage in St. Charles County (St. Louis area):

0805 PM TORNADO 2 S HARVESTER 38.73N 90.58W
05/31/2013 ST. CHARLES MO AMATEUR RADIO

TORNADO PASSED THROUGH 1.5 MILES WEST OF THE
INTERSECTION OF TOWERS ROAD AND CAUKSHIILL ROAD.. THERE
ARE NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ROOF DAMAGE TO SEVERAL HOMES IN
THIS AREA.
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...TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 PM CDT FOR
NORTHEASTERN ROGERS AND SOUTHEASTERN NOWATA COUNTIES...

AT 828 PM CDT...A DAMAGING TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR WATOVA...MOVING
EAST AT 30 MPH. THIS IS A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION...RADAR CONFIRMS
TORNADO DEBRIS IN THE AIR!

SOME LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE...NEW
ALLUWE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IF YOU ARE NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM...TAKE COVER NOW! IF NO
UNDERGROUND SHELTER IS AVAILABLE MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE
LOWEST FLOOR. MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES SHOULD BE ABANDONED FOR MORE
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. AVOID WINDOWS!

NIGHTTIME TORNADOES ARE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS...TAKE COVER NOW! IF YOU
WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE OR HEAR IT COMING...IT MAY BE TOO LATE TO GET TO A
SAFE PLACE!
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1261. Patrap
St. Louis Radar
NEXRAD Radar
Type
Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range
124 NMI

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1260. hydrus
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.

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