A Night of Tornado Chaos in Oklahoma City: 9 Killed, 71 Injured

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 7:21 PM GMT on June 01, 2013

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It was a terrifying evening of tornado chaos and extreme atmospheric violence in the Oklahoma City area on Friday. Three tornadoes touched down near the city, killing nine, injuring at least 71, and causing widespread destruction. Huge hail up to baseball-sized battered portions the the metro area, accompanied by torrential flooding rains, widespread damaging straight-line winds, and lightning that flashed nearly continuously. The strongest tornado, which touched down west of Oklahoma City in El Reno, has been preliminarily rated an EF-3 with 136 - 165 mph winds. The tornado warning for the storm was issued 19 minutes before it touched down. Two other EF-3 tornadoes touched down near St. Louis, Missouri, and NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) logged 20 preliminary tornado reports on Friday. Tinker Air Force Base on the east side of Oklahoma City reported sustained winds of 68 mph, gusting to 88 mph, at 8:09 pm CDT. The Oklahoma City airport had sustained winds of 53 mph, gusting to 71 mph at 7:26 pm. These winds were generated by the massive and powerful downdrafts from the supercell thunderstorm that spawned the El Reno tornado. Thankfully, Friday was likely the peak day for this week's severe weather outbreak, as SPC is calling for only a "Slight Risk" of severe weather Saturday and Sunday.


Figure 1. TWC's Mike ‪Bettes‬ crew caught this image of the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado of May 31, 2013 before the tornado caught them and rolled their vehicle.



Figure 2 and 3. Radar reflectivity (top) and Doppler velocity (bottom) images of the May 31, 2013 El Reno, Oklahoma tornado.


Figure 4. Preliminary tracks of the three tornadoes that touched done near Oklahoma City on May 31, 2013. Image credit: NWS Norman, OK.

Tornadoes and cars: a dangerous mix
A vehicle is about the worst place you can be in a tornado, as the tornado's winds can easily roll a car. (The only place less safe is probably a mobile home, as a tornado's winds can roll mobile homes almost as readily, and mobile homes don't come with seat belts and air bags.) At least five of the deaths in Friday's El Reno tornado occurred in vehicles attempting to flee. There was one local TV station that urged residents without underground shelters to get in their cars and "get south" in advance of the tornado that was approaching Oklahoma City, since chasers were reporting that the El Reno tornado may have been so strong that only an underground shelter would have provided adequate protection. This terrible piece of advice likely contributed to the incredible traffic jams that we saw on I-35, I-40, I-44, and other local roads Friday night. Thousands of cars were bumper-to-bumper on the roads as a dangerous tornado approached them. Had the El Reno tornado plowed directly down one of these car-choked interstates, the death toll could have easily exceeded 500. If you are located in a metro area and don't have an underground shelter, the best thing to do it to take shelter in an interior windowless room or hallway, with protective furniture over your body. Getting in a car and attempting to flee the tornado is the worst thing you can do in an urban area. You may not be able to see the tornado if it is dark or the tornado is wrapped in rain. You are likely to encounter hazardous winds, rain, and hail, run into unexpected traffic, or flooded or debris-blocked roads that will put you directly in the path of the tornado. Even without an underground shelter, most people will be able to survive a dangerous EF-4 tornado. Case in point: during the Mannford, Oklahoma EF-4 tornado of 1984, a packed church received a direct hit, and everyone in the church survived. The only fatality was a man who drove to the church to get his wife. (Thanks to wunderground member AGWcreationists for this link.) It's better to abandon your vehicle and take shelter in a ditch, if you are caught in a car during a tornado.


Video 1. The Weather Channel storm chasers weren't the only ones who got themselves in an extremely dangerous situation on May 31. StormChasingVideo.com storm chaser Brandon Sullivan and his chase partner Brett Wright got caught in the tornado northwest of Union City, OK and slammed with debris as the tornado hit a barn that exploded in front of them.


Video 2. When the hunters became the hunted: Weather Channel storm chasers ‪Mike Bettes and two photographers were in their Tornado Hunt vehicle when they were hit by a tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma on May 31,‬ ‪2013. ‬The tornado picked their car up off the ground and rolled it 6 - 8 times before depositing it in a field 200 yards away. All the occupants were wearing seat belts and the air bags deployed, likely saving their lives. Bettes sustained minor injuries, including stitches in his hand. It was the first injury sustained by a Weather Channel personality covering violent weather, according to company spokesperson Shirley Powell.

A storm chasers' nightmare
Cars and tornadoes can prove a dangerous mix even for the world's most experienced storm chasers. Driving at high speeds though heavy rain, large hail, and high winds is hazardous. If one is lucky enough to chase down a tornado, even the most experienced chasers can find themselves in a serious life-threatening situation when unpredictable events occur. Tornadoes by their nature are unpredictable, and can change course unexpectedly, or pop up suddenly. It's particularly dangerous when a tornado is wrapped in rain, making it hard to see, or if a chaser is operating in a heavily populated area, where roads may suddenly become congested. All four of these conditions occurred Friday during the El Reno tornado, and it is very fortunate that multiple chasers were not killed. The El Reno tornado was wrapped in rain and difficult to see as it headed west towards Oklahoma City. The twister suddenly made a jog to the southeast as a Weather Channel team led by Mike Bettes was attempting to get in front of the storm, and the tornado lifted their vehicle off the ground, rolled it multiple times, and hurled it 200 yards into a nearby field. StormChasingVideo.com storm chaser Brandon Sullivan and his chase partner Brett Wright got caught in the tornado northwest of Union City, OK and slammed with debris as the tornado hit a barn that exploded in front of them. Meteorologist Emily Sutton and storm chaser Kevin Josefy of local Oklahoma City TV station KFOR also had a very close call with the El Reno tornado Friday afternoon. They got too close to the tornado, and were forced to floor the car in reverse to escape flying debris. With branches of trees crashing around them, Sutton began feeling debris hitting her back, and realized that the rear windshield of the car must have gotten destroyed. Both were uninjured. Reed Timmer's armor-plated "Dominator" chase vehicle had its hood torn off by the tornado. Wunderground member Levi32 was out storm chasing during the El Reno Tornado, and got stuck in traffic on Highway 4 and couldn't move. "We looked up above the car and saw the wall cloud over top of us, with very quick rotation and rising scud indicating the updraft. We were definitely too close. We made it home safely last night, but not until after an insanely wild day. One hour of chasing turned into six more of being chased by at least 2 tornadoes and a 3rd wall cloud, one of which was the one that went right through downtown Oklahoma City. At one point we were stuck in traffic underneath the El Rino wall cloud watching rotating, rising scud directly above the car. I am hoping and praying that the daylight does not reveal more fatalities.

Would I go again? Yes, but not today, or tomorrow, and I would take even greater care. We had no clue we would get caught the way we did. I thought we had done everything right. We were kind of freaking out for a while. That velocity signature you guys saw with radar folding and multiple vortices - we were under the southern edge of it. We never got a clear view of the tornado, but we could tell just how close it was to our north. It was unreal. The inflow got pretty strong.

We were almost ready to jump out and take cover right before we found a route south, which ended up being slow. It became a six-lane highway south as everyone panicked and drove on the wrong side of the road. Even we did so. We thought we were clear until we saw the training of tornadic supercells on radar, all connected somehow. I've never seen anything like that. My best pictures of the day were of the wall cloud that followed behind the El Reno storm. We didn't see a funnel from that one either, but it chased us south for a long time, and we heard from radio that it spawned a confirmed tornado in Tuttle, when we realized that we were in Tuttle.

A third mesocyclone showed up behind that one as we continued slowly south, eventually reaching Blanchard. It looked weaker than the others but we weren't going to escape it, so we took shelter in a storm room in the local grocery store for about an hour. It then took a long time to find a way around the huge hail cores to get back home. Lightning flashes were occurring 10 times per second as we drove home in the dark. It was almost calming to watch as we got over the semi-shock that we were all in. None of us in the car had seen a tornado before. We didn't see one yesterday, but we were chased by two."



Video 3. Birth of the El Reno wedge tornado. As the tornado touched down, it produced a rare display of suction vortices.

Video 4. Storm chasers Jeff Piotrowski and Kathryn Piotrowski captured impressive footage of a double vortex tornado near El Reno, Oklahoma on May 31, 2013.

Severe storms causing major flooding
The 5.64" of rain that fell at the Oklahoma City Will Rogers Airport on Friday was their 6th wettest day in city history, and brought the total rainfall for the month of May to 14.52", the wettest May in Oklahoma City's history (Thanks to BaltimoreBrian for this link.) The North Canadian River in Oklahoma City rose sixteen feet in twelve hours, cresting at its 2nd highest flood on record this Saturday morning. The heavy rains have spread eastwards on Saturday, causing more flooding problems. Paducah, KY had its wettest June day and 3rd wettest day on record on June 1, with 5.73" of rain (all-time record: 7.49" on 9/5/1985.) Major flooding is occurring along a substantial stretch of the Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.


Figure 5. The North Canadian River in Oklahoma City rose sixteen feet in twelve hours, reaching its 2nd highest flood on record this Saturday morning.


Figure 6. Radar-estimated rainfall in the Oklahoma City area reached 8+" over some areas from Friday's storm.

Remains of Hurricane Barbara may bring heavy rains to Mexico, Florida, and Cuba
Today, June 1, is the official first day of the Atlantic Hurricane season, and we already have our first Atlantic tropical disturbance to talk about. Hurricane Barbara, which died on Thursday as it attempted to cross Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec into the southernmost Gulf of Mexico, has left behind an area of disturbed weather over the southernmost Gulf of Mexico. There is very little heavy thunderstorm activity associated with Barbara's remnants apparent on satellite loops this Saturday afternoon. 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. NHC is giving the disturbance a 10% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone by Monday. Moisture from the remnants of Barbara may combine with moisture from an area of heavy thunderstorms expected to build over the Western Caribbean this weekend, and begin bringing heavy rains to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and Western Cuba on Sunday and Monday. These heavy rains may spread to Southwest Florida as early as Monday night. The computer models predict that this disturbance should be large and poorly organized, making development into a Gulf of Mexico tropical cyclone unlikely.

My next post will be Monday at the latest.

Jeff Masters

LotsOfWater... (CalicoBass)
from the heavy rains overnight, flowing over this low water bridge. We were waiting to see if something about our size drove over it okay (we were in a Toyota Pickup), this is a bit bigger than us, lol.
LotsOfWater...
Sunset Strike (mrwing13)
NE Oklahoma is under the gun, again today. Severe weather, threatens to produce more damaging storms.
Sunset Strike
tornado (modernsourdough)
near bennington, ks
tornado

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368. scottsvb
4:44 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
If for example the GFS is correct on this run..landfall is around 1002mbs.. winds 45-50mph. If the LLC is closer to the convection...it could be alittle stronger around 55-60mph but if its MLM is far east of the LLC..then 40-45mph will be at landfall..but again it's all speculation for another 24hrs at least.
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367. scottsvb
4:42 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
CMC does develop things alittle too fast. Still the GFS is showing 1001mb at it's strongest...which means 999 or 1000mb in realtime (models are usually 1-2mb weaker than expected) but not always....nothing is exact
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366. stormchaser19
4:40 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
CMC...56 Hours It's way too fast than the GFS
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365. K8eCane
4:39 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
SKYEPONY...that's good info. My daughter lives in Owensboro, KY. By monitoring this blog yesterday, I was able to let her know she could have sevsere weather later and sure enuf a few hours later she was under a tornado watch. This blog is handy
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364. scottsvb
4:38 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
Quoting ProgressivePulse:


Appreciate your thoughts Scott.


ty....I don't post all the time due to work and other things but I try to post during activity.
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363. ProgressivePulse
4:36 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
Quoting scottsvb:
GFS 00z Run is out... what does it mean? Nothing yet... still Sunday is the day we will have a good idea. Why on Sunday? Cause by then we will be under the 120hr landfall range and within 72hrs of development. We want to see persistance of the GFS and ECMWF. GFS still does a convective feedback split of moisture coming up Monday-Tues before the main surge on Thurs into Friday... Now the GFS doesn't develop this trough until Weds morning (78-84hrs)..so we want to see the 12Z run Sunday and the 00Z run 24hrs from now to have a idea on when or if this does develop and where exactly.

So in all, we still have 12-24hrs of model watching. Still the 0z run of tonights ECMWF is coming out in 2hrs


Appreciate your thoughts Scott.
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362. scott39
4:36 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
Hello everyone, The remants of Barbaras energy will be inland for the next 48 hours due to a ESE-WNW steering flow. Wind shear may relax enough over 5 days for a TD to develope.20-30kts is currently in the area, but there is an outflow Jet ventilating the GOM/BOC. I dont expect more than a TD or weak TS, striking possibly from La. to the W coast of Fl.....a rain event at best. This is just a warm up. All the ingredients are forcasted for a very exciting hurricane season. Cape Verde part of the season is going to produce some beasts.
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361. ProgressivePulse
4:34 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
It' going to be a resonating feature this year. The Bermuda high is going to be a dominant B****!
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360. AussieStorm
4:34 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
Quoting unknowncomic:
Catchy tune--would get a like if this were FB.

You can it if you want.
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359. scottsvb
4:34 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
GFS 00z Run is out... what does it mean? Nothing yet... still Sunday is the day we will have a good idea. Why on Sunday? Cause by then we will be under the 120hr landfall range and within 72hrs of development. We want to see persistance of the GFS and ECMWF. GFS still does a convective feedback split of moisture coming up Monday-Tues before the main surge on Thurs into Friday... Now the GFS doesn't develop this trough until Weds morning (78-84hrs)..so we want to see the 12Z run Sunday and the 00Z run 24hrs from now to have a idea on when or if this does develop and where exactly.

So in all, we still have 12-24hrs of model watching. Still the 0z run of tonights ECMWF is coming out in 2hrs
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358. stormchaser19
4:33 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
Quoting GTcooliebai:
Perfect timing too for our potential Gulf storm.

Yes!!!!
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357. AussieStorm
4:33 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
A message from Robert Brookens (Barometer Bob)


The last 24 hours a lot has happened.

First the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season began today. Are your prepared? Have you found out if you live in a Storm Surge Evacuation Zone? Or if you live in a Flood Zone? Have you created your Hurricane Plan? Have you built that Hurricane Survivor Kit? What about your Family Communications Plan? Last but not least, what about that Pet Plan?
Now is the time to Be Prepared! Not when officials issues a Hurricane Watch for your area! having everything you need now will help ease the stress and help the entire system before, during and mostly after a hurricane makes landfall.
So much to do, and so little time when a hurricane watch is issued.
Get Ready Now! Do Not Procrastinate Be Aware and Be Prepared!

Now, late yesterday while I was out with my family celebrating my daughters graduation, a very disturbing situation unfolded. There was a moderate risk of severe weather in Oklahoma, and as the tornadoes began to develop, the media was telling people that they could escape the storm by driving south. First of all, rule of thumb, "WE Hide from The Wind"! Second "WE Run From The Water"!
If it means building an underground shelter as some people have done in some Plains States, or build a Safe Room that is offered by numerous companies, or build your own. Many people survived the Moore, OK. a couple of weeks ago by getting into their bathtubs. Though this would be considered an option of last resort, we would not, and surely the media should not tell people they can escape an approaching tornado by running outside and getting into their cars and driving southward away from the storm. Not all tornadoes follow the rule of physics by going southwest to northeast. By people getting on the roadways during rush hour to say the least created more traffic on the roadways. This will lead to nothing but confusion, traffic jams, and worst of all additional injuries and fatalities.
Some residents have storm shelters in their yards. Some people shared those shelters with their neighbors. The idea is DO NOT place yourself in any further danger by leaving your dwelling and getting into your car to try and outrun a tornado or any other severe weather event.
Put yourself and your family in the center of your home, as low to the ground as possible with as many walls between you and the outside. If this means yanking all of the shelves out of a hall closet, so be it. It could save your life! being on the road trapped in traffic is no where you want to be. You can and will be injured or killed by these destructive forces of Mother Nature.

Now, I have many many friends that are Storm Chasers. Many of these men and women are also highly respected in the weather community. Some are what is being labeled as "Thrill Seekers". Many of these Storm Chasers have saved lives over the years. I am proud that many Storm Chasers have stepped up to the bat to help promote Weather Awareness Education! But, at the same time, some are placing themselves at risk by "Getting The Shot". Though these are seasoned chasers, it is in my opinion they are setting a very poor example not just to the rest of the weather community, but those youngsters that want to be storm chasers.
Imagine what could have happened yesterday. Storm Chasers in general were very lucky to escape with their lives as very many of the other chasers I know of that were in the damage path of the storm. I have seen a number of videos, and I am honestly shocked we didn't loose a number of these chasers to the storm.
How can we promote Severe Weather Safety if we are placing ourselves in the path of a wedge tornado? Do you think people will find our antics a bit disturbing? I have been often asked that question by the public. Some have even gone as far as saying they believe it's all a publicity stunt to get more ratings and sell more video and pictures. Seriously!!
We have got to remember, the National Weather Service relies on spotters to inform them a tornado is on the ground. They can only see through radar that one is either imminent or possibly on the ground until a debris signature is evident on the radar screen.
The tornadoes of May 31 were of a different origin. There were numerous satellite vorticity and they shifted their forward motion. This alone can kill and maim people. Even the best researchers don't understand tornadoes to the point.
So let's lead by example, Be responsible chasers.
The public is also to blame. These same people that have become the fans of the storm chasers are getting into their cars driving from who knows where with the little ones and adding to the traffic situation. But combined, public traffic, people attempting to escape the tornado, and storm chasers is adding up to a dangerous mix that almost happened yesterday. Numerous fatalities that include storm chasers!

As for the media! Get your heads out of the clouds and come back down to Earth! The media has the venue to educate as well as share the "Live Breaking News"! Educating the public 10 minutes before a tornado is a good reminder to them what to do. But, at the time the sirens wail, and the NOAA Weather Radio goes off, people go outside so they can see it for themselves. Scary, guess what, they aren't watching YOU anymore! Education should be 365 days a year! Producers give the most air time to the money maker, at this point is sports. It should be Saving Lives!
So the media has a bigger responsibility to the public then anyone does. Get your viewers to be prepared and be aware of the weather year round not just when severe weather is possible.

I know some may find this a bit offensive, and some may think I am dead on. Either way we have a responsibility to our family, friends, neighbors, and followers. In that order!

So please everyone get a NOAA Weather Radio, Have a Severe Weather or Hurricane Plan, as well as a Communications Plan. It's not IF but When severe weather or a hurricane will affect us where we live!
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356. Skyepony (Mod)
4:32 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
Extreme Weather in KY, USA on Sunday, 02 June, 2013 at 04:19 (04:19 AM) UTC.
Description
Transportation officials urged motorists in western Kentucky to use "extreme caution" while traveling due to flash flooding brought on by heavy rain. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says several counties were reporting water over roadways on Saturday that have not flooded before. Todd says highway crews in McCracken and Carlisle counties are having difficulty getting signs up because so many roadways are flooded. McCracken County Emergency Management Director Paul Carter told WPSD-TV that crews were dispatched to help about 30 people get out of homes and a motel where water rose quickly Saturday morning. Ron Bryant, who was staying at a Days Inn with his wife, Rebecca, said he heard gurgling from water coming in under the door. "I stepped out of bed into 2 inches of water," he said. Rescue crews were on hand to help them get to higher ground. The Red Cross set up a temporary shelter at a church in Paducah, but a spokeswoman said no flood victims had arrived by mid-afternoon. No injuries were immediately reported. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for counties in far western Kentucky and reported more than 5 inches of rain had fallen in Paducah on Saturday, which is about an inch more than what it normally averages for the entire month. The showers in Paducah let up Saturday afternoon. Forecasters said they couldn't rule out a stray thunderstorm Saturday night, but severe weather was not expected.
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355. K8eCane
4:26 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
I WANT TO MAKE A POINT. With hurricanes, its true we at least have several days warning. HOWEVER, if you live in a hurricane prone area you must have your tornado safety plan ready to implement. Landfalling hurricanes are notorious for spawning tornados.Ive been in several landfalling hurricanes and I don't remember any that there was not tornado warnings going up all over the place. HAVE YOUR SAFETY PLAN READY TO IMPLEMENT.
OK im done
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354. unknowncomic
4:25 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
Quoting AussieStorm:
Catchy tune--would get a like if this were FB.
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353. AtHomeInTX
4:25 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
I admit, I've been mainly watching the gulf, but GFS also takes something and tries to spin it up across the Atlantic too. To this point anyway.

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352. gator23
4:25 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
Quoting GTcooliebai:
Yep right smack dab on Tampa Bay. I would say as a moderate TS. That would be 2 TS in 2 years for the area.


I wouldnt say smack dab in the middle. A bit north. I need the rain so Im cool with it.
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351. GTcooliebai
4:24 AM GMT on June 02, 2013
Quoting Skyepony:
GOES13 recovery is on going & going well. Hopefully June6th we have GOES13 return to being GOES-EAST.
Perfect timing too for our potential Gulf storm.
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And the story is not over...150 hours
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349. Skyepony (Mod)
GOES13 recovery is on going & going well. Hopefully June6th we have GOES13 return to being GOES-EAST.
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Remember this guys? Levi had a good time forecasting this;)
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Quoting Gearsts:
Not great but for June is not bad.


It's almost Debby. part II
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Quoting ProgressivePulse:


Help "must" come from outside. I think coastal cane areas should form a unified coalition in efforts to reduce costs and increase response time.

I'm assuming you mean decrease response times. This is actually a workable plan if it's done between states using existing volunteer organizations. FEMA USAR teams are very valuable resources (I was part of one) but we don't show up until after the disaster. If the five states that have Gulf coastlines (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida would create an interstate compact to bring in trained volunteer teams before the storm strikes, and then have plans to move them out before the storm once the evacuations are as complete as they'll ever be, I think you'd find thousands of people willing to volunteer and be trained. Even for large hurricanes, one or more of these states would be relatively unaffected and could send manpower to areas that were under threat. We developed a somewhat similar plan and organization in the San Francisco Bay Area and it worked, and continues to work well. The only real issue who covering those volunteers for Worker's Comp and how states split the costs of activations. It can be done if we don't sit around and wait for FEMA to come up with a plan.
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Quoting stormchaser19:
129 hours and Touchdown!!!!
Yep right smack dab on Tampa Bay. I would say as a moderate TS. That would be 2 TS in 2 years for the area.
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Not great but for June is not bad.
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129 hours and Touchdown!!!!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
GFS hasn't split the system in two yet.



Zonal trough this run..
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120 hours, no splits!!!
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It doesn't take anything but the eyes, and a satellite lol, to realize that something is going to come from this mess. Good thing Bettes is out for repairs, Tuesday would have been prime for another flipping, in Florida go figure?
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
Somehow, this car is still working after being tossed by a twister... this was sighted in metro OKC today.



Crazy.

It's Photoshopped. The only place this image shows up in a Google image search is the one here on the blog. There should be another copy on the web somewhere if it was real.
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Quoting stormchaser19:
AT 93 HOURS
LOL I counted and the Lows triple the Highs, 21-7. 23-7*
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GFS hasn't split the system in two yet.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Pay attention to what?

;)


Kiss A TA13, lol.
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If this don't get you to jump in your car and head to Florida--

ACTIVE WEATHER WILL OCCUR OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS AS DEEP
MOISTURE REMAINS IN PLACE, ONLY TO INCREASE BY THE MIDDLE PART OF
NEXT WEEK OVER SOUTH FLORIDA AS IT LOOKS AS THOUGH WE WILL BE ON
THE TROPICALLY MOIST SIDE OF A TROUGH OR LOW WITH PWATS SURGING UP
TO NEAR 2.5 INCHES. THIS COULD SPELL VERY HEAVY RAINFALL AND
FLOODING CONCERNS NEXT WEEK. RAINFALL SOMEWHERE COULD BECOME
EXCESSIVE, BUT WHERE THAT SETS UP REMAINS UNCERTAIN. SOME MODEL
RUNS SHOW THE EXCESSIVE RAINS OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO, WHILE OTHER
RUNS PLACE IT OVER SOUTH FL. HARD TO SAY AT THIS POINT. RIGHT NOW
TUE-THU LOOKS WETTEST. THERE ARE ALSO INDICATIONS OF WIND FIELDS
BECOMING POTENTIALLY FAVORABLE FOR MINI-SUPERCELL TORNADO
POTENTIAL BY LATE TUE AS HELICITY INCREASES IN A VERY TROPICALLY,
MOIST ENVIRONMENT. SO A LOT TO KEEP AN EYE ON HERE IN THE COMING
DAYS. /GREGORI

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Quoting ProgressivePulse:


Just giving you "S" KTM. I know you know that I know and he knows to tell the other girl that he knows and there is a 80% probability that he knows too.

You get that?


I read ya. ;)
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Should have new avatar coming up soon. It's my new Bluestorm5 logo for future forecasts in my future blogs.
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AT 93 HOURS
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90 hrs. here we go GFS is getting consistent here.

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Quoting KoritheMan:


I didn't see that post until after I made my comment. Either way, I was merely complimenting what you said. Wasn't trying to be a smartass.


Just giving you "S" KTM. I know you know that I know and he knows to tell the other girl that he knows and there is a 80% probability that he knows too.

You get that?
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GFS 00z 78 HOURS
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Quoting ProgressivePulse:


Did you not read 316? Does anyone pay attention around here?

Pay attention to what?

;)
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Quoting ProgressivePulse:

SYNOPSIS FOR THE GULF OF MEXICO
1004 PM EDT SAT JUN 1 2013

.SYNOPSIS...ATLC HIGH PRES RIDGE EXTEND W ACROSS NORTHERN GULF
THROUGH MON THEN SHIFT E THROUGH WED. TROUGH WITH EMBEDDED LOW
PRES CENTER 1006 MB IN S BAY OF CAMPECHE DRIFT IN N-NE SUN AND
MON. WEAK COLD FRONT EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO FAR NW GULF SUN AND
REACH FROM BIG BEND FLORIDA TO 28N94W THEN DRIFT N BACK INLAND
TUE AND WED.


Broad low indeed. Typical early July sheared mess..





June, you mean?
Member Since: August 1, 2011 Posts: 28 Comments: 8074
Quoting ProgressivePulse:


Did you not read 316? Does anyone pay attention around here?


I didn't see that post until after I made my comment. Either way, I was merely complimenting what you said. Wasn't trying to be a smartass.
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Small tornadic supercells possible on Tuesday in SEFL. "DONT'T GET IN YOUR CAR"
Member Since: August 19, 2005 Posts: 5 Comments: 5458
Quoting K8eCane:


I cant help but think that actions like that have far reaching implications. If those guys had died, would their life insurance pay their loved ones? that could be considered suicidal behavior. some insurance companies would try to find a way not to pay. They clearly willingly put themselves in a terrible situation


Are their vehicles insured also?
Member Since: September 30, 2007 Posts: 9 Comments: 15977
Quoting KoritheMan:


This is going to be one those typical sheared June systems. The real action starts later.


Did you not read 316? Does anyone pay attention around here?
Member Since: August 19, 2005 Posts: 5 Comments: 5458
Quoting ProgressivePulse:


We all see the big mass to the right WKC. It's the little one's on the left that catch my attention.

oh ok let watch
Member Since: June 13, 2009 Posts: 2 Comments: 12716
Quoting AussieStorm:
The day that should change tornado actions and storm chasing forever


I cant help but think that actions like that have far reaching implications. If those guys had died, would their life insurance pay their loved ones? that could be considered suicidal behavior. some insurance companies would try to find a way not to pay. They clearly willingly put themselves in a terrible situation
Member Since: April 26, 2006 Posts: 5 Comments: 3222
Quoting ProgressivePulse:
It's going to have a tough life but I think 84.9W 20.0N is our potential seed.



This is going to be one those typical sheared June systems. The real action starts later.
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