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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1260. hydrus
GOES Imager Cloud Top Pressure
June 01, 2013 - 00:45 UTCGOES Imager Spectral Difference
June 01, 2013 - 00:45 UTC
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1259. sar2401
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.

Yes, please, I beg of all of you, unless you know something is absolutely true, don't tweet it and don't put it on FB. These types of false or exagerated reports made my job doing search and rescue much more difficult, since we spent time chasing false reports of people trapped, people injured, etc. The media picks these things up immediately and reports them as news, so don't contribute to more fear than the people there already have.
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1258. Patrap
Preliminary storm report trend for the period: 05-31-2013/12z to 06-01-2013/12z
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1257. hydrus
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


I wonder in the 1925 Tri-State Tornado was really training tornadoes
Maybe..would explain the tragic loss of life.
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My thoughts and prayers to all with these tornados tonight. I hate them at night when you can't see them coming.
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1255. 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.

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Quoting Civicane49:
That is crazy perspective. Beautiful day, la dee da and suddenly, bam! A storm system that's almost as big as the state.
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Quoting hydrus:
Training tornadoes...I have never heard of such a thing.


I wonder in the 1925 Tri-State Tornado was really training tornadoes
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1252. sar2401
Quoting flcanes:
this may be one of the worst outbreaks in history
as for anybody in and around st.louis, get underground now

Um, no. There have been many tornado outbreaks that were worse, the last being in 2011. These outbreaks have certainly been the most intensely media covered of all time.
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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
I want to remind everyone that after the storms end we will be hearing about h toll from these tornadoes and storms.

We all saw how after the Moore tornado the news reports concerning the death toll were extremely inaccurate. 51, even 91 being reported dead. Fortunately that wasn't so.

I suggest after the after the storms have ended or moved on to lightly populated areas that everyone have a good sleep and not take too seriously the very preliminary figures that will be tossed around tonight.


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.
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1250. Patrap
St. Louis
NEXRAD Radar

Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range 124 NMI

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1249. Patrap

419
WFUS53 KLSX 010126
TORLSX
ILC133-163-MOC099-189-010200-
/O.NEW.KLSX.TO.W.0029.130601T0126Z-130601T0200Z/

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

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN MONROE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
WEST CENTRAL ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
NORTHEASTERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI...
SOUTH CENTRAL ST. LOUIS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI...

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 823 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR ARNOLD...AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD...DEVELOPING TORNADO AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

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...
ARNOLD...OAKVILLE...MEHLVILLE...COLUMBIA...DUPO... WATERLOO...
MILLSTADT...FOUNTAIN...KIMMSWICK...NEW HANDOVER...BARR AND
FLORAVILLE.

THIS WARNING INCLUDES MASTODON HISTORIC SITE.

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 3853 9006 3831 9003 3834 9047 3850 9046
TIME...MOT...LOC 0126Z 267DEG 33KT 3842 9040

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



GLASS
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1247. Patrap
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Quoting ScottLincoln:

Looks like the tornado disspated between Hazelwood and Florissant near I-270, and debris signature has diminished significantly.
Could produce another tornado later, of course.


Conditions are conductive definitely respawn down the road, keeping a close eye on it.
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1245. hydrus
Twin Lakes/Oklahoma City, OK (KTLX) - Base Reflectivity (0.5)
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1244. Patrap
Norman is in the warning.

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Ugh... hard to believe tornado is hitting the area where I grew up in STL Metro. I grew up in Chesterfiend and I'm glad town got spared, but I'm worried for my friends in North STL Metro. I know the area very well...
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1242. Sasha
Live streaming St. Louis video...
http://fox2now.com/on-air/live-streaming/
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I want to remind everyone that after the storms end we will be hearing about h toll from these tornadoes and storms.

We all saw how after the Moore tornado the news reports concerning the death toll were extremely inaccurate. 51, even 91 being reported dead. Fortunately that wasn't so.

I suggest after the after the storms have ended or moved on to lightly populated areas that everyone have a good sleep and not take too seriously the very preliminary figures that will be tossed around tonight.
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1240. Patrap
St. Louis Radar
NEXRAD Radar
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Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range
124 NMI

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1238. flcanes
this may be one of the worst outbreaks in history
as for anybody in and around st.louis, get underground now
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1237. Patrap

325
WFUS53 KSGF 010121
TORSGF
KSC021-MOC097-145-010145-
/O.NEW.KSGF.TO.W.0030.130601T0121Z-130601T0145Z/

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

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPRINGFIELD HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EASTERN CHEROKEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS...
WESTERN JASPER COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI...
NORTHWESTERN NEWTON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI...

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 820 PM CDT...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
A TORNADO WAS LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 12 MILES
NORTHWEST OF CARL JUNCTION TO GALENA TO BAXTER SPRINGS...AND MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD...DEVELOPING TORNADO AND PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL.

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...
AIRPORT DRIVE...ALBA...ASBURY...ATLAS...BAXTER SPRINGS...BROOKLYN
HEIGHTS...CARL JUNCTION...CARTERVILLE...CLIFF VILLAGE...
CRESTLINE...DENNIS ACRES...DUENWEG...DUQUESNE...GALENA...IRON
GATES...JOPLIN...LAKESIDE...LAWTON...LEAWOOD...LOW ELL...NECK
CITY...OAKLAND PARK...ORONOGO...PURCELL...REDINGS MILL...
RIVERTON...SHOAL CREEK DRIVE...SHOAL CREEK ESTATES...SILVER
CREEK...WACO AND WEBB CITY.

INTERSTATE 44 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 0 AND 14 WILL ALSO BE IMPACTED BY
THESE DANGEROUS STORMS.

SPOTTERS HAVE REPORTED 70 MPH WINDS AND SNAPPED TREES WITH THIS
STORM!

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 3727 9483 3736 9455 3736 9439 3728 9434
3706 9438 3701 9451 3700 9462 3699 9476
3709 9477
TIME...MOT...LOC 0121Z 243DEG 33KT 3727 9474 3713 9466
3698 9478

TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED
HAIL...1.50IN



BOXELL
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1236. Patrap
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1235. whitewabit (Mod)
Quoting Ricki13th:


It was said on the weather channel.


Thank You !!
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Very impressive considering this is coming from a line that appears to be linear. Still waiting for a radar update to see if its still on the ground.

Looks like the tornado disspated between Hazelwood and Florissant near I-270, and debris signature has diminished significantly.
Could produce another tornado later, of course.
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1233. Patrap
Oklahoma City
NEXRAD Radar

Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range 124 NMI

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1232. Patrap
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Good looking cell up in Wisconsin tornado warned

Link
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Quoting Ricki13th:
The classic comma shape super cell head towards Brigeton
Very impressive considering this is coming from a line that appears to be linear. Still waiting for a radar update to see if its still on the ground.
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1229. Skyepony (Mod)
The Weather Channel Tornado Hunt Team is safe, but shaken up after their chase vehicles took a direct hit by a violent tornado west of Oklahoma City.

(TRACK IT: Maps, Radar & More)

Meteorologist Mike Bettes was chasing the monster rain-wrapped tornado near El Reno, Okla. when he says the storm picked up the heavy chase SUV and threw it an estimated 200 yards.

Bettes and his team members are alive, but they do have minor injuries.

"I saw my life flash before my eyes," Bettes said in a live phone interview as soon as he established phone connection after the incident. He says the airbags deployed and everyone had their seat belts on.

He reported seeing other vehicles that had also been thrown by the storm.
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1228. Patrap
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The classic comma shape super cell head towards Brigeton
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1226. Patrap

973
WUUS53 KSGF 010116
SVRSGF
KSC021-MOC097-145-010200-
/O.NEW.KSGF.SV.W.0124.130601T0116Z-130601T0200Z/

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPRINGFIELD MO
816 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SPRINGFIELD HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
EASTERN CHEROKEE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST KANSAS...
JASPER COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI...
NORTHERN NEWTON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST MISSOURI...

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 815 PM CDT...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WAS LOCATED ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF CARL JUNCTION TO GALENA
TO 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF TREECE...AND MOVING EAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD...PING PONG BALL SIZE HAIL AND 70 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE...TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS. WEATHER SPOTTERS IN CHEROKEE
COUNTY REPORTED TREES SNAPPED AND 70 MPH WINDS IN THE SOUTHERN
PORTION OF THE COUNTY.

IMPACT...PEOPLE AND ANIMALS OUTDOORS WILL BE INJURED. EXPECT HAIL
DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING...WINDOWS...VEHICLES AND CROPS.
EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO
LIKELY TO MOBILE HOMES...ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
AIRPORT DRIVE...ALBA...BAXTER SPRINGS...CARL JUNCTION...
CARTERVILLE...CARTHAGE...DIAMOND...DUENWEG...DUQUE SNE...GALENA...
GRANBY...IRON GATES...JOPLIN...LEAWOOD...ORONOGO...PURCELL...
SAGINAW...SARCOXIE...SHOAL CREEK DRIVE...SILVER CREEK...TREECE AND
WEBB CITY.

INTERSTATE 44 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 0 AND 32 WILL ALSO BE IMPACTED BY
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.



A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT FRIDAY EVENING
FOR SOUTHEAST KANSAS AND SOUTHERN MISSOURI.

LAT...LON 3706 9478 3727 9477 3733 9408 3720 9405
3694 9408 3689 9463 3700 9463 3700 9485
TIME...MOT...LOC 0116Z 259DEG 33KT 3728 9468 3707 9466
3690 9489

TORNADO...POSSIBLE
HAIL...1.50IN
WIND...70MPH



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1225. Patrap

608
WUUS53 KLSX 010112
SVRLSX
ILC061-083-117-119-133-163-MOC099-183-189-510-010 200-
/O.NEW.KLSX.SV.W.0102.130601T0112Z-130601T0200Z/

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ST LOUIS MO
812 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ST LOUIS HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTH CENTRAL GREENE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
EASTERN JERSEY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
SOUTHERN MACOUPIN COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
MADISON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
NORTHWESTERN MONROE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
NORTHERN ST. CLAIR COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS...
NORTHERN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI...
NORTHEASTERN ST. CHARLES COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI...
ST. LOUIS COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI...
ST. LOUIS CITY IN EAST CENTRAL MISSOURI...

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 810 PM CDT...A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WAS LOCATED ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM OLD KANE TO MARYLAND HEIGHTS TO BYRNES MILL...
AND MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

HAZARD...QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND 70 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE...TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS.

IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES AND CROPS IS EXPECTED. EXPECT
CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES...ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
TOWN AND COUNTRY...JERSEYVILLE...BYRNES MILL...CREVE COEUR...ST.
ANN...HIGH RIDGE...VALLEY PARK...HAZELWOOD...DES PERES...LAMBERT
FIELD...FRONTENAC...WOODSON TERRACE...MURPHY...OVERLAND...
OLIVETTE...FENTON...BERKELEY...FLORISSANT...ST. JOHN AND KIRKWOOD.

THIS WARNING INCLUDES BEAVER DAM STATE PARK...CASTLEWOOD STATE
PARK...CONFLUENCE STATE PARK...FIRST MISSOURI STATE CAPITOL HISTORIC
SITE...HORSESHOE LAKE STATE PARK...MASTODON HISTORIC SITE...ROUTE 66
STATE PARK AND SCOTT JOPLIN HISTORIC SITE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMAIN ALERT FOR A POSSIBLE TORNADO! TORNADOES CAN DEVELOP QUICKLY
FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. IF YOU SPOT A TORNADO GO AT ONCE INTO THE
BASEMENT OR SMALL CENTRAL ROOM IN A STURDY STRUCTURE.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION. THESE STORMS ARE PRODUCING WIDESPREAD
WIND DAMAGE ACROSS THE WESTERN PART OF THE ST. LOUIS METRO AREA.
SEEK SHELTER NOW INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.



LAT...LON 3838 8990 3835 9069 3868 9053 3886 9046
3897 9045 3923 9035 3932 8970 3877 8969
TIME...MOT...LOC 0112Z 266DEG 38KT 3921 9032 3873 9043
3842 9060

TORNADO...POSSIBLE
HAIL...1.00IN
WIND...70MPH
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Quoting ScottLincoln:

It's moving through Bridgeton right now along I-270; radar indicating debris thousands of feet in the air. About to cross into Florissant and cross over the EF4 track from a few years back. Should be passing just north of the airport.
I can't believe this. Of all places....
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Quoting whitewabit:


where did you see that ??


It was said on the weather channel.
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1222. Patrap

344
WFUS54 KTSA 010112
TORTSA
OKC105-131-147-010145-
/O.NEW.KTSA.TO.W.0054.130601T0112Z-130601T0145Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
812 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN NOWATA COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN ROGERS COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
WASHINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 810 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF TALALA...MOVING EAST AT 30
MPH.

* SOME LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE...
TALALA...WATOVA...NOWATA AND 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!



LAT...LON 3679 9544 3650 9544 3650 9584 3668 9585
TIME...MOT...LOC 0112Z 253DEG 26KT 3659 9578



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1221. Patrap
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
812 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN NOWATA COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN ROGERS COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
WASHINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHEAST OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 810 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A
TORNADO WAS LOCATED 6 MILES NORTHWEST OF TALALA...MOVING EAST AT 30
MPH.

* SOME LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE...
TALALA...WATOVA...NOWATA AND NEW ALLUWE.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
This could end up being a disaster.


Seems to be a disaster already and its unfortunately getting worse.
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Quoting Ricki13th:


Glad he said that. Tornadoes are dropping ever. The time for chasing them down is over.


And that truck was not drivible.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
St. Louis storm is by far the most intense and dangerous right now.

It's moving through Bridgeton right now along I-270; radar indicating debris thousands of feet in the air. About to cross into Florissant and cross over the EF4 track from a few years back. Should be passing just north of the airport.
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1216. whitewabit (Mod)
Quoting weathergeek5:
CONFIRMED: Mike Jenkins, TWC Sr. Producer/Director, confirms The Great Tornado Hunt has been terminated.


where did you see that ??
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1215. Patrap
St. Louis Radar
NEXRAD Radar
Type
Base Reflectivity 0.50° Elevation
Range
124 NMI


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Quoting Astrometeor:


TWC's Forbes told Bettes to get out of the area and stay away from OKC, they are in no position to do any more chasing.


misunderstood what the post was about, thought there may be a story - sorry.
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This could end up being a disaster.

This is very worrying.
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1212. Patrap
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Quoting Astrometeor:


TWC's Forbes told Bettes to get out of the area and stay away from OKC, they are in no position to do any more chasing.


Glad he said that. Tornadoes are dropping ever. The time for chasing them down is over.
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1210. Patrap

956
WFUS54 KOUN 010110
TOROUN
OKC027-109-125-010200-
/O.NEW.KOUN.TO.W.0067.130601T0110Z-130601T0200Z/

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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
810 PM CDT FRI MAY 31 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
NORTHEASTERN CLEVELAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
CENTRAL POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 804 PM CDT...A THUNDERSTORM WITH A HISTORY OF PRODUCING
TORNADOES WAS LOCATED NEAR STELLA. A TORNADO MAY DEVELOP AGAIN AT
ANY TIME. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS DANGEROUS STORM MOVING EAST TO
SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

IN ADDITION TO A TORNADO...LARGE DESTRUCTIVE HAIL UP TO TENNIS BALL
SIZE...AND DAMAGING WINDS TO 80 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
SHAWNEE...STELLA...TECUMSEH...MCLOUD...PINK...JOHN SON...
BROOKSVILLE...DALE...BETHEL ACRES AND AYDELOTTE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

DO NOT STOP UNDER BRIDGES OR HIGHWAY OVERPASSES. THEY WILL NOT
PROTECT YOU FROM A TORNADO.


LAT...LON 3516 9688 3528 9731 3546 9728 3545 9683
TIME...MOT...LOC 0109Z 276DEG 22KT 3537 9719



AUSTIN
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