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Mississippi River flood of 2011 sets all-time flow record, but has crested

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 2:43 PM GMT on May 20, 2011

The great Mississippi River flood of 2011 crested yesterday and today, and the volume of water being pushed toward the Gulf of Mexico is the largest ever recorded on the Mississippi, said Bob Anderson, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers for the Mississippi Valley Division. "It's never been this high; it's never had this much water," he said. "There's just a tremendous amount of strain on these levees." The Mississippi crested yesterday at Vicksburg, Mississippi, reaching 57.06'. This exceeded the previous all-time record of 56.2', set during the great flood of 1927. The river crested at Natchez, Mississippi early this morning, and is now falling. The flood height at Natchez was also the greatest on record--61.91', nearly three feet higher than the previous record height of 58', set in 1937. The opening of the Morganza Spillway on Saturday helped to reduce the flood heights from Vicksburg to New Orleans by 1 - 3 feet, greatly reducing the pressure on the levees and on the critical Old River Control Structure (which, as I discussed last Friday, is America's Achilles' heel, and must be protected.) According the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River is no longer rising anywhere along its length, and the great flood of 2011 has likely seen its peak. Rainfall over the next five days will not be enough to raise the Mississippi River water levels above the crests recorded yesterday and today. While it is great news that the flood has peaked, and the Old River Control Structure and all of the mainline levees on the Mississippi River have held, the fight is not over yet. Water levels will stay high for many weeks, and these structures will take a sustained pounding that could still cause failures. If another incredible heavy rain event like we experienced in mid-April occurs in June, the levee system and Old River Control Structure will threatened. Let's hope we don't have an early season Gulf of Mexico tropical storm that makes landfall over Louisiana. The latest 2-week forecast from the GFS model is not hinting at anything like this, fortunately. It's a good thing (for the sake of the levees) that Louisiana experienced severe drought over the winter and spring--had the water levels been high throughout winter and spring, like occurred in the run-up to the great 1927 flood, the levees would have been soggy and much more vulnerable to failure once the big flood crest hit.


Figure 1. The flow of the Mississippi River past the Old River Control Structure near Simmesport, Louisiana reached its all-time highest volume on record Thursday, when the flow rate hit 2.3 million cubic feet per second (cfs). The flow of Niagara Falls at normal water levels is 100,000 cfs, so the Mississippi's flow was 23 times that of Niagara Falls. Image credit: Army Corps of Engineers.

Recommended reading
My post on the Old River Control Structure, America's Achilles' heel: the Mississippi River Old River Control Structure, is well worth reading, if you haven't done so. I plan on making a follow-up post next week discussing the economic cost of the failure of this critical flood-control structure.

Our weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, has made a very interesting post on the greatest floods to affect each continent.


Figure 2. Track forecast for Tropical Storm Four.

First typhoon of 2011 coming?
In the Northwest Pacific, Tropical Storm Four has formed, and appears poised to become the first typhoon of 2011 by early next week. The storm is expected to head west-northwest or northwest towards the Philippines. While the GFS model predicts Tropical Storm Four will miss the Philippines and recurve northwards towards Japan late next week, it is too early to be confident of this forecast.

Have a great weekend everyone, and I'll be back Monday with a new post.

Jeff Masters
In Bound
In Bound
Chances of over-topping Baton Rouge or Port Allen levees are slim to none. Problems with this volume continuing for 2 weeks or longer is the question of whether the levees will stand the test of pressure. Thank goodness we've been in a drought or else the levees would be mushy inside and out! The Hwy. 190 Bridge in the distance was closed the day before this photo due to a run-away barge that struck the base.
High Water at Baton Rouge
High Water at Baton Rouge
High Water at Baton Rouge

Flood

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Reader Comments

Quoting WibWid:


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Also, though here and hear may sound alike, they are actually two separate words. This is known as a homophone.

Thanks.
Welcome to the blog but you stepped in dog doo. Obviously not a "long time lurker" or a less desirable character. Give you the benefit of the doubt for now.
Quoting Neapolitan:

At least--though some of the cars and trees look like possible EF-5, no?


Unfortunately that may be the case. A fairly populated area. Not good.
1003. Grothar
Quoting AllyBama:
Link

link to the TWC live streaming video from Joplin, MO


The images on that video are awful. Do you know if that is Mike Bettes from the Weather Channel. He just yelled at the crew for wantig to go to a commercial.
yes it is Mike Bettes.
1005. emcf30
Quoting Neapolitan:

At least--though some of the cars and trees look like possible EF-5, no?


Very min EF4 from some of the steams I am seeing . St Johns Hospital area torn up bad.
1006. alfabob
Most likely getting worse before its over, sub-tropical jet is aiding in the development now.
Quoting PcolaDan:


Think you need to learn some things about people before you say something, especially on your first post.


+100
saw a dead body on the weather channel...
Sad as it is, it is good for people to see things first hand. Many people in AL are now believers of the true power of a tornado. Hopefully they will heed any future warnings.
Quoting emcf30:


Very min EF4 from some of the steams I am seeing . St Johns Hospital area torn up bad.

The hospital itself seems to be missing many windows and walls (though what Bettes keeps calling a fire is clearly venting steam).
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National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Griffin confirmed a Joplin has suffered “a direct hit” from a tornado that touched down in the center of town.

At least one tornado reportedly touched down near Rangeline Road and Interstate 44 — near mile markers 10 and 11.

“It went right through the center of town,” he said.

Griffin said the NWS will not immediately send anyone to assess the damage because a severe weather watch is in effect for the entire area, meaning the event is not yet over.

“It’s dangerous right now,” he said.

Griffin said early reports indicate “a major tornado” and “major damage” has been reported in the downtown area.

The St. John’s Hospital and at least one store, a Home Depot, reported significant damage.

LISTEN LIVE Link
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Quoting Neapolitan:

The hospital itself seems to be missing many windows and walls (though what Bettes keeps calling a fire is clearly venting steam).


Yea thats what I was thinking maybe a boiler room
I just heard they are expecting the hospital to explode in Joplin, MO.
1014. emcf30
Does not sound good on the live audio stream
They are now expecting an explosion at the hospital. Just a horrific sight right now.
Debris still falling out of the sky from the Joplin supercell, per KY3. Also medical debris reported to be falling, paperwork, et
Big Flare up from SA

Quoting AllyBama:
Sad as it is, it is good for people to see things first hand. Many people in AL are now believers of the true power of a tornado. Hopefully they will heed any future warnings.



I know I will pay attention the next time they say severe weather, and I am way south in Alabama from where the tornadoes went through
1019. Grothar
Still looks pretty active.

Joplin~ BETWEEN MILE MARKER 10 AND 12. TREES STIPED OF BARK. OVER 20 SEMITRUCKS AND CARS FLIPPED OFF I-44. ALL INTERSTATE SIGNS GONE AND DAMAGE. (SGF)
me too tazzer06..I am in Mobile
Quoting AllyBama:
me too tazzer06..I am in Mobile
me too!
1025. beell
Quoting Neapolitan:

At least--though some of the cars and trees look like possible EF-5, no?


Yes.
Bettis getting all choked up on live feed from Joplin.

Link

homes have disappeared.
Mike Bettes in tears on TV from the damage.
Wow Mike Bettis is all choked up!
Has anyone else noticed the absence of life? Very few people walking around and I haven't noticed any animals..
1030. emcf30
Looks like Mike Bettes is having a breakdown.
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I hate to think about the interior of the hospital. It's a sturdy concrete building, so the exterior structure can appear fairly intact even while the inside is a mess. Here's hoping it was on the southern edge of the path and didn't get the worst winds...
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SPECIAL
05/22/11 18:52 (JOPLIN - ) JOPLIN CITY SERVICES RADIOS ARE DOWN DUE TO TORNADO ACTIVITY. [MAS163]
TECHNICAL RESCUE
05/22/11 18:52 (JOPLIN - ) JCSO REPORTS PEOPLE TRAPPED INSIDE WALGREENS- AFTER A TORNADO CAME THROUGH [NHA023]
TECHNICAL RESCUE
05/22/11 18:49 (JOPLIN - ) PEOPLE TRAPPED ON THE ROOF OF ST. JOHNS HAWTHORNE CENTER- REQ. FIRE DEPARTMENT. [MAS163]
SEARCH & RESCUE
05/22/11 18:27 (JOPLIN - ) JCSO RPTG MULTIPLE CARS FLIPPED OVER, MULTIPLE PEOPLE TRAPPED, SEARCH & RESCUE DETAIL REQUESTED. [ILL279]
SEARCH & RESCUE
05/22/11 18:24 (JOPLIN - ) NUMEROUS BUSINESS AND HOMES DESTORYED BY TORNADO, S&R IN PROGRESS. MANY REPORTS OF ENTRAPMENT. [MAR029]
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Amazing amount of injuries from listening to the live feeds. Seems like they do not have enough medical
supplies and vehicles to transport them
Joplin looks like a war zone with possibly major casualities
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TRAUMA ALERT
05/22/11 19:00 (JOPLIN - ) JCSO ON SCENE CHILD POLE IMPALED INTO CHILDS LEG. [NHA023]
SEARCH & RESCUE
05/22/11 18:57 (JOPLIN - ) APARTMENT COMPLEX HEAVILY DAMAGED BY TORNADO- MULTIPLE INJURIES- POSS. PEOPLE TRAPPED. [MAS163]
1037. emcf30
Pineville massive tornado on the ground with damage
1038. aquak9
no
damnit
NO
there is minimal help at this point.
I fear the loss of life will be a large number.
.
Joplin looks like Tuscaloosa when it was hit last month. Simply tragic.



1043. aquak9
ally♥
welcome granpa

can't watch this
Updated 7:45 PM CST: Joplin High School has been severely damaged. The graduation was today, but was held at Missouri Southern.

Posted 7:40 PM CST: Tornadoes touch down in Joplin leaving a path of destruction throughout the city.

Power lines and phone lines are down. Communications are difficult.

Starting at 20th and Rangeline a tornado destroyed countless buildings throughout the area.

At the 15th and Rangeline Walmart ambulances lined the street as emergency rescue officials across the Four-States have responded to rescue hundreds of residents trapped inside the building.

St. John's hospital was also hit hard by the tornado. One resident living nearly 45-miles away from the hospital says his yard is now full of debris from the hospital-- medical supplies and x-rays.

Officials say the hospital is severely damaged. Chunks of the building were taken out and windows were blown out.

Eastbound and westbound I-44 is closed at mile marker 18 near Joplin due to overturned tractor trailers during severe weather.
Quoting AllStar17:
The Weather Channel has Live Coverage in Joplin, MO right now. Just a horrible sight.
i saw it i was crying!! no more homes for everyone!!
aqua♥
1048. alfabob
1049. emcf30
Thing just get worse
HAZMAT
05/22/11 19:15 (JOPLIN - ) AMMONIA LEAK AT WALMART- AREA CLOSED OFF- DAMAGED BY A TORNADO. [MAS163]
Can't imagine what type of ammonia storage would be at a walmart
Unconfirmed reports of a gas leak in Joplin. Crime scene tape being used to seal off the area.
Quoting emcf30:
Pineville massive tornado on the ground with damage


where is Pineville..guess I could look - duh!
Quoting tazzer06:
Wow Mike Bettis is all choked up!
He's a professional, but again only human, brings out the human side of such a tragedy!
Quoting emcf30:
Thing just get worse
HAZMAT
05/22/11 19:15 (JOPLIN - ) AMMONIA LEAK AT WALMART- AREA CLOSED OFF- DAMAGED BY A TORNADO. [MAS163]
Can't imagine what type of ammonia storage would be at a walmart



More than likely ammonia would be used in the refrigeration of product
The Wal-Mart at 15th and Rangeline is a bit over three miles from St. Johns Medical Center, and Joplin High School is between the two. Based on that rough line, the tornado appears to have bisected the city of 50,000 just south of its downtown, though across many residential neighborhoods and commercial areas.
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Quoting AllyBama:


where is Pineville..guess I could look - duh!

Missouri. I believe that is one of the cells heading toward St. Louis
looking at the Satelite looks the Cayman Islands should be getting rain, very deceiving, at least nothing where I am. :(
A man was sucked out of the hospital. This is just too much.
Quoting Grandpato4:
A man was sucked out of the hospital. This is just too much.


weighted 300 lbs..
Horrible nasty damage in Joplin MO. Anyone knows the exact number of fatalities confirmed at this moment?
Quoting hurricaneben:
Horrible nasty damage in Joplin MO. Anyone knows the exact number of fatalities confirmed at this moment?


Just know of multiple causalities.
1062. unruly
Take cover ASAP just N of Forsyth!
I see no first responders on the live coverage. The sun is also setting which will further complicate the rescue efforts.
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Quoting hurricaneben:
Horrible nasty damage in Joplin MO. Anyone knows the exact number of fatalities confirmed at this moment?

A lot by listing to live audio feeds. They have not even started getting into a lot of the areas. Heck, Some of the first rescues were that of the firefighters who were trapped in one of the fire stations near the hospital
Quoting AllyBama:


you must be kidding? have you not been watching the videos? Emergency people haven't even begun to touch some of the areas damaged by the tornado. At this point, the search and rescue is a diaster in itself. This community is in shock and you are wondering how many people are dead...pathetic..


I know, I'm sorry, I didn't state the sentence correctly. I was in total shock myself with all the damage, I hope the fatality count isn't so high and that they fix the town...I feel really bad seeing stuff like this.
Nobody knows how many dead and injured. It's two hours later and on live feed it doesn't look like anyone is there yet to find survivors. Also, you need expertise to do this so you do not further injure people buried in the rubble. What's scarey is how quiet it is. There are not a lot of people running around. I have never seen anything like this and must go to sleep. Bad news for Joplin, MO.
I just got back home from working Harvest, Huntsville, and Birmingham. AL. You don't get the 360 deg of damage unless you see it in person.
Quoting Chicklit:
Nobody knows how many dead. It's two hours later and on live feed it doesn't look like anyone is there yet to find survivors. Also, you need expertise to do this so you do not further injure people buried in the rubble. What's scarey is how quiet it is. There are not a lot of people running around.


This is my initial take as well. When I have seen coverage of tornadoes before the scene seemed much busier. The area was heavily populated. I just hope the people weren't home.
Quoting AllyBama:


you must be kidding? have you not been watching the videos? Emergency people haven't even begun to touch some of the areas damaged by the tornado. At this point, the search and rescue is a diaster in itself. This community is in shock and you are wondering how many people are dead...pathetic..
no need to be so harsh.

Yes this is horrible news, but it is no reason to rip into a fellow poster who is only curious.

Ben, I'd expect that info to be released eventually, but it looks like an ef4/5, so be patient
hurricanben...I am sorry too for being so rude..I am very upset myself. My state just went through a diaster like this and while I have seen videos, pics, etc. this livestreaming is disturbing.
Quoting hurricaneben:


I know, I'm sorry, I didn't state the sentence correctly. I was in total shock myself with all the damage, I hope the fatality count isn't so high and that they fix the town...I feel really bad seeing stuff like this.
Don't apologize, you asked a honest question and got a rude answer.
Quoting Grandpato4:


This is my initial take as well. When I have seen coverage of tornadoes before the scene seemed much busier. The area was heavily populated. I just hope the people weren't home.

Hey Grandpa. You cannot prepare for a tornado like this. It has leveled the houses. So it's likely there were people seeking shelter in bathrooms under maybe a mattress that could have survived. how would an entire neighborhood know to evacuate? and it's sunday so a lot of them would have been home.
A sad, sad sight. Please pray for Joplin tonight, and for everyone in the path of these storms. My heart is just breaking right now.
It was graduation day there too. One of the HS's was damaged but the graduation service was being held elsewhere
1077. pottery
Quoting AllyBama:
hurricanben...I am sorry too for being so rude..I am very upset myself. My state just went through a diaster like this and while I have seen videos, pics, etc. this livestreaming is disturbing.

Keep Strong, Bama.
And everyone else too.
Looking at this from far away. It's very sad.
I wonder what happened to all of the people in all of those cars? You didn't see them crawling out as Mike Bettes was walking around..
Quoting Chicklit:

Hey Grandpa. You cannot prepare for a tornado like this. It has leveled the houses. So it's likely there were people seeking shelter in bathrooms under maybe a mattress that could have survived. how would an entire neighborhood know to evacuate? and it's sunday so a lot of them would have been home.


In Harvest, AL, several of the survivors I met had homes that the "extras" as a selling point had a shelter. Many died in the area, mostly mobile home owners. Allot of the mobile home owners I met had no idea where their home went.
Quoting AllyBama:
I wonder what happened to all of the people in all of those cars? You didn't see them crawling out as Mike Bettes was walking around..


I am hoping they were empty in the parking lot.
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Quoting AllyBama:
I wonder what happened to all of the people in all of those cars? You didn't see them crawling out as Mike Bettes was walking around..
It's parking lot to hsptl. Hope no one in them. Prbly most empty.
Just fyi, if you qualify for USAA insurance, I recomend them. I have worked 11 disasters and they have always be the top dog.
I need help...does anyone have a contact in Joplin? Just found out that a WU member has family there and lost contact with them when the storm hit.

Aqua are you still on?
The unfortunate part about tornadoes is that, no matter how well informed the public is (due to timely warnings), there is no real way, short of a basement, to escape an EF4 or EF5 twister.
This cell is crazy

Quoting AllyBama:
hurricanben...I am sorry too for being so rude..I am very upset myself. My state just went through a diaster like this and while I have seen videos, pics, etc. this livestreaming is disturbing.


its ok, I understand.
Quoting AllyBama:
I need help...does anyone have a contact in Joplin? Just found out that a WU member has family there and lost contact with them when the storm hit.

Aqua are you still on?
Just said cell phones overloaded and towers down. Inability to contact someone doesn't necessarily indicate anything.
The scary thing is that I don't see very many people on the live feed in Joplin, just damage. Extremely sad.
Quoting AllyBama:
I wonder what happened to all of the people in all of those cars? You didn't see them crawling out as Mike Bettes was walking around..

It's a fairly large parking lot: Street View

Of course, Bettes was confined to just the small area near St. Johns. The path continues northeastward at least three more miles.
CNN also is covering the storm now as well.
Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
Just said cell phones overloaded and towers down. Inability to contact someone doesn't necessarily indicate anything.


I would assume people would be overloading local towers trying to contact friends, neighbors, relatives etc. etc. Doesn't mean it is another Tuscaloosa.
Quoting AllyBama:
I need help...does anyone have a contact in Joplin? Just found out that a WU member has family there and lost contact with them when the storm hit.

Aqua are you still on?


Try Twitter or Facebook... Twitter should have live tweets going on... Remember that tweets don't depend on electricity, most are done by mobile phones...
Quoting wxgeek723:
The scary thing is that I don't see very many people on the live feed in Joplin, just damage. Extremely sad.
Again doesn't mean a lot. If he's doing his job he's getting footage but staying the heck out of the way. Probably lots of action other places judging from audio feed. Not like last event where major TV station in area able to go live with lots of folks.
1095. bappit
Quoting ShenValleyFlyFish:
Just said cell phones overloaded and towers down. Inability to contact someone doesn't necessarily indicate anything.

Also, people probably should avoid calling the area if possible to help by minimizing the load.
A dog was just rescued from a house.
1097. aquak9
neapolitan I am sending you wu mail

please help
For those with Facebook, I found this:
Joplin, MO Tornado Recovery
Don't know if this is real, but i just got in Twitter and found this....

BreakingNews Breaking News
24 deaths in wake of tornado in Joplin, MO, - News-Leader http://bit.ly/jaJ5iR
24 seconds ago

and

lil_guido2000 Tony Dello
Likely more to come unfortunately. RT @BreakingNews 24 deaths in wake of tornado in Joplin, MO, - News-Leader http://bit.ly/jaJ5iR
16 seconds ago


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Per the Fire Chief, the Temporary Morgue has been set up in the Mason Waters area. I have heard in the past 2 to 3 min 3 additional fatalities. They are trying to get to the area of the high school Reports of multiple fatalities, injuries and entrapment. Just in reports of a church on Michigan Street with multiple fatalities. Church has collapsed. 2 survivors have walked out to find help. Equipment can not get into area. Trying to make it in on foot.So So sad
20th & Roundabout: Fire has broken out within 40 yards of an open natural gas leak. #Joplin #tornado
Traffic cam on the interstate was completely blown out according to twitter, purportedly caught the tornado...im gonna look for it.
1105. aquak9
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If you go to Google Maps and go to the street level as if you were driving around it is amazing to see what used to be there compared to what they show on television.
1107. aquak9
grampa I think we're all in a state of shock

we were here for too many tornadoes this year
we've been upset for a few months
and just when we think
we can breathe again

then it happens AGAIN
Well, it's not over yet...we have to contend with this system for a few more days.
Here's video taken from person in car near St. Johns just before the twister hit. Notice the multiple power flashes and blaring sirens, but no visible funnel as the storm was rain-wrapped:

http://videos.kansas.com/vmix_hosted_apps/p/media ?id=90106011

(No embed)
Quoting aquak9:
grampa I think we're all in a state of shock

we were here for too many tornadoes this year
we've been upset for a few months
and just when we think
we can breathe again

then it happens AGAIN


2011 will go down in the record books for tornadoes.
FYI Discovery channel has a show that comes on in 10 minutes about the April Tornado outbreak
Joplin hit hard by major tornado
Posted: 05/22/2011
Last Updated: 1 minute ago

By: Kevin Mitchell

JOPLIN, Missouri - A major tornado caused massive damage in Joplin, Mo. Sunday afternoon, leveling buildings, killing dozens and causing massive damage to many standing structures.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, at least 24 people have died from the tornado.

The tornado caused widespread damage to the city when it struck the town around 6 p.m.

St. John's Regional Medical Center sustained major damage.There were reports of fires throughout the building and fears of an explosion occuring due to broken gas lines.

Many busineses were destroyed and power lines are down throughout the city.

The tornado is thought at this time to have been between three-quarter to one-mile wide and the damage path is at least three miles long. It's ranking on the Fujita (F1-F5) has not been determined.

There are multiple reports of people being trapped in cars and in buildings. The Red Cross has a page set up to help you find people you know who might be missing, and to report your self as being safe. The page is at redcross.org/safeandwell .

Cell phone service has been called spotty at best, and most home phone service is down.

____________________________

From Twitter: Tornado has struck Joplin, MO.; local hospital reportedly on fire - via KSHB-TV http://bit.ly/kNlcTM

____________________
Joplin Pounded By Tornado, Fatalities Reported

POSTED: 6:23 pm CDT May 22, 2011
UPDATED: 8:33 pm CDT May 22, 2011

JOPLIN, Mo. -- A large multi-vortex tornado hit Joplin Sunday evening and caused heavy damage as the city took a direct hit.

Damage was widespread across the south side of Joplin, Mo., John Campbell, operations director for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, confirmed fatalities have been reported, but he did not yet have an exact number or specifics.

Phone communications in and out of the city were largely cut off.

Several media reports said that numerous buildings along Rangeline Road, Highways 37 and 96 were demolished.

Another media report stated that St. John's Hospital was hit directly, along with a Walgreens, Home Depot and several other locations.

There was no initial reports of if anyone was injured in the tornado.
RadioReference.com Live Feed from Joplin (Jasper County)

This is linked to a facebook page where messages can be left.
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Walmart in Joplin WOW
Quoting emcf30:


Walmart in Joplin WOW

OMG How would anyone survive in that?
High alert at Ben Gurion as plane plans emergency landing
By JPOST.COM STAFF
23/05/2011
El Al plane carrying 279 passengers on board takes off en route to New York but forced to return to attempt emergency landing after technical fault found in left wheel; over 70 MDA rescue teams at scene.

A state of emergency was announced at Ben Gurion Airport overnight Sunday because of a technical fault on board an El Al flight expected to land at the airport.

The El Al flight 027, carrying 279 passengers on board, took off en route to New York but was forced to turn back and perform an emergency landing when it was discovered that there was a technical fault in one of the plane's left wheels.
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Multiple pts at nursing home that was destroyed. Request for more personnel, medical supplies and lots of blankets. Atleast 4 pts at hospital lost their lives
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High school
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #21
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM SONGDA (T1102)
9:00 AM JST May 23 2011
==================================

SUBJECT: Category Two Typhoon In Sea East Of Philippines

At 0:00 AM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Songda (985 hPa) located at 10.8N 134.3E has 10 minute sustained winds of 50 knots with gusts of 70 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northwest at 9 knots.

Gale Force Winds
===============
130 NM from the center in eastern quadrant
110 NM from the center in western quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T3.0

Forecast And Intensity
=======================
24 HRS: 11.7N 132.1E - 70 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
49 HRS: 12.8N 130.1E - 80 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
72 HRS: 14.9N 128.0E - 85 knots (CAT 4/Very Strong Typhoon)

Additional Information
====================
Position forecast is mainly based on numerical weather prediction and persistency

Severe Tropical Storm will be upgraded to typhoon within 24 hours

Severe Tropical Storm will develop because of cloud top temperature near cyclone center has become colder and will stay in high sea surface temperature area

Final Dvorak T-Number will be 4.5 after 24 hours
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Link

Joplin Tornado Tweeter page.
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I know we are tired of the Apocalypse Scam... Anyhow here is one of the latest videos... Will keep looking for Weather news...

Setting up a portable morgue unit at Missouri Southern Football field........not good!!!!
1129. txjac
I see these pictures but the devastation is so great that my mind is having a hard time accepting it. It's totally unbelievable
Quoting Neapolitan:
St. Johns Hospitl. Be sure to click for larger image:

Appropriate tropical weather-related image.


Incredible.


Incredible destruction; Never seen a tornado, only water spouts around the island. From what I've read it was three quarters of a mile wide and it had multi-vortexes...
Can a tornado in that magnitude suction things and people out through the windows?
Quoting sunlinepr:


Incredible destruction; Never seen a tornado, only water spouts around the island. From what I've read it was three quarters of a mile wide and it had multi-vortexes...
Can a tornado in that magnitude suction things and people out through the windows?


this tornado did through the hospital windows
1132. RMCF
in caruthersville, MO will this storm keep intensity through the night ? should i be worried?
Oh here ya are Boondocks two tone Baker!!!!!!!!!!




OMG they may have round 2 tomorrow also.......DAM
Quoting RMCF:
in caruthersville, MO will this storm keep intensity through the night ? should i be worried?


Check out from time to time, reports on 28storms.com (right panel on the webpage), or check links like http://thextremeweather.com/links.html or many other links available...http://radar.weather.gov/index_lite.ht m

in 28storms they have the following warnings:

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Howell, Oregon, and Ozark County in MO until 10:15pm CDT. #mowx 20 minutes ago
Tornado Warning for Douglas, Howell, Oregon and Ozark County in MO until 9:45pm CDT. #mowx 28 minutes ago
1136. emcf30
7 DOAs at nursing home I posted info on earlier.
Quoting Barkeep1967:
"you can present them overwhelmingly convincing evidence from thousands of peer reviewed scientists that the globe is rapidly warming-"



Really ? Please enlighten me with this overwhelming evidence.

Yes it is warm but your screaming about how rapid and world ending it is makes you and your kind no better then the doomsayers crying about today.

If you're tired of the whole scam and believe AGW is made up, well then I'm assuming you're one of those who understands climate change and the anthropogenic effects of CO2 from the likes of WUWT? ;-)

The truth is--and has been documented by NASA and thousands of climate scientists is that the globe is warming, and rapidly. And the global extremes that are occurring will only become that of, more extreme. More extreme flooding, violent tornadoes, and large destructive hurricanes. Sure, we can buy into the never-ending propaganda of what Big Oil, the GOP, and the fossil fuel industry wants you to believe. If you don't believe science, the rest is simply banter from denialists that seems to be falling upon deaf ears.
Quoting AussieStorm:
360 Degree view of Joplin

Versatile Iphone application...
Quoting muddertracker:
I can't believe people are looting in Joplin. Makes me sick. People are dead and dying while others are trying to steal? Sick. Shoot on sight.


7.62 FMJ, stops looters dead...

I'm listening to the police scanner for joplin, not sounds good at all there... and here i was hoping the active florida weather season would kick off soon... not if its gonna be like this though... thoughts and prayers to that part of the country...

Quoting GiovannaDatoli:

Why the alt, Neap?
Quoting KoritheMan:

Why the alt, Neap?

Ah, you flatter me. You're wrong--but thanks for the compliment.
Quoting RMCF:
in caruthersville, MO will this storm keep intensity through the night ? should i be worried?


Big one S of Mexico...


My heart goes out for those poor people in Joplin.
If given a choice, I would prefer a hurricane over a tornado or earthquake, because at least a hurricane gives you time to prepare.

Very very sad.

Quoting kimoskee:

If given a choice, I would prefer a hurricane over a tornado or earthquake, because at least a hurricane gives you time to prepare.
Not to mention we understand the complex mechanics of hurricanes much more so than tornadoes.
Quoting Neapolitan:

Ah, you flatter me. You're wrong--but thanks for the compliment.
Alright then. You guys sure do have a similar writing style, though.
Quoting kimoskee:
My heart goes out for those poor people in Joplin.
If given a choice, I would prefer a hurricane over a tornado or earthquake, because at least a hurricane gives you time to prepare.

Very very sad.


my sentiments exactly! People think that we "coastal
folks" are crazy for living in hurricane prone areas..I might not be able to afford the insurance anymore but at least I have ample time to evac if need be.
how many fatalities do we know of?


Joplin tornado wrecked semi trucks photo
http://twitpic.com/51bvve
Meanwhile, Minneapolis police are reporting gunfire and looting in tornado-ravaged parts of that city. A possible first-ever curfew has been imposed.

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/Gunshots- Looting-Prompt-Mpls-Curfew-may-22-2011
Quoting KoritheMan:

Not to mention we understand the complex mechanics of hurricanes much more so than tornadoes.


Tornadoes develop mostly on plains... What about if you live in the mountains? The incidence of tornadoes should be much lower...

Quoting sunlinepr:


Tornadoes develop mostly on plains... What about if you live in the mountains? The incidence of tornadoes should be much lower...
I was referring mainly to the fact that the formation and dissipation of tornadoes are immensely hard to predict.
Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical Astrological Service and Administration
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin #2
TROPICAL STORM CHEDENG (SONGDA)
11:00 AM PhST May 23 2011
====================================

Tropical Storm "CHEDENG" has accelerated slightly as it continues to move in a West Northwest direction.

At 10:00 AM PhST, Tropical Storm Chedeng (SONGDA) located at 11.2°N 133.8°E or 795 kms east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar has 10 minute sustained winds of 50 knots with gusts up to 65 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northeast at 7 knots.

Additional Information
======================
This weather disturbance is expected not to directly affect any part of the country within the next 24 hrs.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.
Quoting KoritheMan:

I was referring mainly to the fact that the formation and dissipation of tornadoes are immensely hard to predict.

Excuse my ignorance, Just my curiosity, don't know if can be backed up by data....
Are there big tornadoes in high elevated areas in the US?
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #22
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM SONGDA (T1102)
12:00 PM JST May 23 2011
==================================

SUBJECT: Category Two Typhoon In Sea East Of Philippines

At 3:00 AM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Songda (985 hPa) located at 11.3N 133.7E has 10 minute sustained winds of 50 knots with gusts of 70 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northwest at 12 knots.

Gale Force Winds
===============
150 NM from the center in northeastern quadrant
110 NM from the center in southwestern quadrant

Dvorak Intensity:

Forecast And Intensity
=======================
24 HRS: 12.1N 131.3E - 70 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
45 HRS: 12.8N 130.1E - 80 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
69 HRS: 14.9N 128.0E - 85 knots (CAT 4/Very Strong Typhoon)
Quoting MississippiBoy:
how many fatalities do we know of?

News outlets are reporting 24, but that number is several hours old, and just listening to emergency radio, bodies are still being discovered. I'll keep my own guesses to myself, but based on the damage photos I've seen, the length and width of the path, and anecdotal stories, I'd say it will end up substantially higher than where it is now.
Quoting sunlinepr:

Excuse my ignorance, Just my curiosity, don't know if can be backed up by data....
Are there big tornadoes in high elevated areas in the US?


Found this one. Medium intensity twister. I would imagine they could become stronger than 130-150 MPH. This one was a massive cyclone at that.

Quoting cycleranger:


Found this one. Medium intensity twister. I would imagine they could become stronger than 130-150 MPH. This one was a massive cyclone at that.






Thanks for the video... Hmm..
Quoting sunlinepr:

Excuse my ignorance, Just my curiosity, don't know if can be backed up by data....
Are there big tornadoes in high elevated areas in the US?

There was a verified (by Ted Fujita) F-4 in northwest Wyoming in 1987 that knocked down 15,000 acres of timber; that was around 9,000 feet or so. There was also n F-3 at 10,800 feet in Utah in 1993. In 2004, a hiker photographed a funnel cloud at 12,000 feet in California, but it wasn't anything you'd call big (picture):

Click for larger image:

Appropriate tropical weather-related image.
I wish that these storms would just DIE. Get it a rest! I got more friends in the path of these storms and I need to go to bed shortly..
1169. mbjjm
from reuters

"Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatcher Charles Bradley said the extent of the damage is still unknown as a variety of state and local agencies send help to the area. He said it appears the devastation could rival that seen in Tuscaloosa, Alabama last month, where more than 30 people died when tornadoes struck on April 27. Across Alabama, more than 230 people died in the tornadoes that swept the state that night"
Quoting Neapolitan:

There was a verified (by Ted Fujita) F-4 in northwest Wyoming in 1987 that knocked down 15,000 acres of timber; that was around 9,000 feet or so. There was also n F-3 at 10,800 feet in Utah in 1993. In 2004, a hiker photographed a funnel cloud at 12,000 feet in California, but it wasn't anything you'd call big (picture):

Click for larger image:

Appropriate tropical weather-related image.

Thanks for that info... very interesting...
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24 people killed as tornado strikes Missouri(AFP)

CHICAGO A tornado killed 24 people in the Missouri town of Joplin, local media reported, less than a month after twisters carved a swathe of destruction through the US southeast.

The Springfield News-Leader newspaper reported that Ryan Nicholls of the Springfield-Greene County office of emergency management confirmed that 24 people were killed.

Joplin, located just miles from the borders of Kansas and Oklahoma, took a "direct hit" from a tornado, the newspaper reported.

"The Home Depot is leveled. The Walmart is destroyed. Gas stations, buildings. Everywhere I could see was either heavily damaged or completely destroyed," said John Miller, a freelance photographer for the News-Leader.

"I saw firefighters and paramedics pull a young girl out of a car at the Home Depot," Miller said. "Part of the building had fallen on the car."

The tornado struck less than a month after a tornado outbreak left 354 dead across seven US states.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated National Guard troops in response to what he described as "significant destruction in multiple areas, including Joplin, where a tornado struck St. John's Regional Medical Center."

The badly damaged medical center was evacuated Sunday.

"These storms have caused extensive damage across Missouri, and they continue to pose significant risk to lives and property" Nixon said in a statement late Sunday.

"As a state, we are deploying every agency and resource available to keep Missouri families safe, search for the missing, provide emergency medical care, and begin to recover." he added.

Nixon warned that the storms are not finished.

"I urge Missourians to keep a close eye on the latest weather information and to follow the instructions and warnings of emergency personnel as these deadly storms continue to move through our state," he said.

Two good links on FB:

Joplin, Mo Tornado Recovery Link

Joplin Tornado Info Link

and gotta love those people at Toomer's for Tuscaloosa! They already got trucks rolling with supplies and help for Joplin!
Link
1173. mbjjm
Joplin background information

Joplin is located in southwest Missouri in the "four states" region encompassing Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. At the edge of the Ozark Mountain region, Joplin has a current population of 49,024. The daytime population swells to 270,000 while the population within a 40-mile radius of Joplin is 400,000, making it Missouri’s fourth largest metropolitan area. Joplin combines the beauty and hospitality of country living with the convenience and commerce of city vitality.

Incorporated in 1873, the City of Joplin is a full-service municipality. It operates under the Council-Manager form of government and has approximately 400 employees delivering a variety of services to the regional community.

Joplin is readily accessible to eight major lakes, numerous clear-water streams, and a number of entertainment and vacation attractions. Located at the crossroads of Interstate Highway 44 and U.S. Highway 71, Joplin serves as the commercial, cultural, financial, educational, medical, recreational and transportation center of a 5,000 square-mile area. Joplin’s regional airport provides ready access to major transportation centers and is served by American Airlines/American Eagle with daily service to Dallas/Fort Worth.

Joplin’s lively interest in cultural activities includes history, arts, concerts, theater and dance. George A. Spiva Center for the Arts features a continuous rotation of famous exhibits, a regional focus gallery, and art instruction for both children and adults. Joplin Little Theater, the oldest continuous community theater west of the Mississippi, allows a creative outlet for local residents. In addition, local colleges and universities offer various cultural opportunities, including the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition. Joplin's Memorial Hall is also a popular venue for concerts and other entertainment events.

A diverse and brisk economy supports the needs of industry in this rapidly growing region. The local economy realizes $220 million direct income each year from tourism which is supported by more than 2,000 hotel rooms and 150 restaurants. In addition to excellent schools, churches, and community activities, Joplin offers a cost of living that is among the most desirable of any city of its size in the country. ACCRA (American Chamber of Commerce Researchers’ Association) currently computes cost of living in Joplin to be 81.6% of the national average for metropolitan areas (Q1-2007). For residential housing, Joplin offers one of best values in the United States. The average value of existing homes in the area is $72,540. New three-bedroom homes typically range from $70,000 to $105,000.

There are several institutions of higher education located in Joplin including Missouri Southern State University, which had a Spring 2004 enrollment of 6,500 plus full-time and part-time students. Other institutions include Ozark Christian College, Messenger College, Vatterott College and the Franklin Technology Center.

Health care providers and related businesses are among the major employers in the area. There are more than 300 physicians and surgeons and over 100 dentists located in Joplin. Providing emergency medical services to residents of the area are St. John’s Regional Medical Center and Freeman Health System. Combined, the hospitals have nearly 750 beds. St. John’s and Freeman hospitals both operate Level II Trauma Centers.
Thanks for the info Nea... looking from the reference you gave found this.

Terrain doesn't factor into the path a tornado will take. That MYTH was dispelled many years ago, by Dr. Ted Fujita. That myth is discussed in a FAQ from the Storm Prediction Center:

There is an old legend that my town is protected from tornadoes by the (hill, river, spirit, etc.). Is there any truth to this? No. Many towns which have not suffered a tornado strike contain well-meaning people who perpetuate these myths; but there is no basis for them besides the happenstance lack of a tornado.
Almost every major river east of the Rockies has been crossed by a significant tornado, as have high elevations in the Appalachians, Rockies and Sierra Nevada. The Salt Lake City tornado of 11 August 1999 crossed a canyon -- descending one side and rising up the other about halfway along its path. In 1987, a violent tornado (rated F4 by Fujita) crossed the Continental Divide in Yellowstone National Park.
BACK UP TO THE TOP

What is the highest-elevation tornado? Do they happen in the mountain West? The highest elevation a tornado has ever occurred is unknown; but it is at least 10,000 feet above sea level. On 7 July 2004, a hiker observed and photographed a tornado at 12,000 feet in Sequoia National Park, California. That probably was the highest elevation tornado observed in the U.S. On 21 July 1987, there was a violent (F4 damage) tornado in Wyoming between 8,500 and 10,000 feet in elevation, the highest altitude ever recorded for a violent tornado. There was F3 damage from a tornado at up to 10,800 ft elevation in the Uinta Mountains of Utah on 11 August 1993. While not so lofty in elevation, the Salt Lake City tornado of 11 August 1999 produced F2 damage. On August 31, 2000, a supercell spawned a photogenic tornado in Nevada. Tornadoes are generally a lot less frequent west of the Rockies per unit area with a couple of exceptions. One exception is the Los Angeles Basin, where weak-tornado frequency over tens of square miles is on par with that in the Great Plains. Elsewhere, there are probably more high-elevation Western tornadoes occurring than we have known about, just because many areas are so sparsely populated, and they lack the density of spotters and storm chasers as in the Plains.
Quoting AllyBama:
I wish that these storms would just DIE. Get it a rest! I got more friends in the path of these storms and I need to go to bed shortly..


Seem to be less intense, no tornado warnings at this
moment... try to get some rest :) Tomorrow they are to return..
I'm just utterly stunned tonight seeing the damage pictures and video and reading all the reports coming out of Joplin, Missouri tonight. God bless them tonight.
Quoting EYEStoSEA:


Seem to be less intense, no tornado warnings at this
moment... try to get some rest :) Tomorrow they are to return..


unfortunately tomorrow I have to work and can't follow...maybe I should just call out..lol..praying for a peaceful night..thanks
Quoting AllyBama:


unfortunately tomorrow I have to work and can't follow...maybe I should just call out..lol..praying for a peaceful night..thanks


I say, just call out and take the day off..lol...sounds like a plan :)
EYEStoSEA..I like the way you think!..lol

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75% of the city of Joplin destroyed.



KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – At least 30 people are known to have been killed by a powerful tornado that plowed through the southwestern Missouri town of Joplin on Sunday, Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges told Reuters by telephone.


Relief and rescue operations continue through the night listen live Jasper County Law Enforcement Agencies
1182. alfabob
Link tropical storm songda
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #23
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM SONGDA (T1102)
15:00 PM JST May 23 2011
==================================

SUBJECT: Category Two Typhoon In Sea East Of Philippines

At 6:00 AM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Songda (985 hPa) located at 11.4N 133.1E has 10 minute sustained winds of 50 knots with gusts of 70 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northwest at 11 knots.

Gale Force Winds
===============
150 NM from the center in northeastern quadrant
110 NM from the center in southwestern quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T3.0

Forecast And Intensity
=======================
24 HRS: 12.2N 131.1E - 70 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
48 HRS: 13.5N 129.6E - 80 knots (CAT 3/Strong Typhoon)
72 HRS: 15.5N 127.2E - 85 knots (CAT 4/Very Strong Typhoon)

Additional Information
====================
Position forecast is mainly based on numerical weather prediction and persistency

Severe Tropical Storm will be upgraded to typhoon within 24 hours

Severe Tropical Storm will develop because of cloud top temperature near cyclone center has become colder and will stay in high sea surface temperature area

Final Dvorak T-Number will be 4.5 after 24 hours
1185. aquak9
(lifts coffee cup quietly to all)
Hmm.. In the Atlantic.
1190. IKE
At least 30 dead in Joplin,Missouri. Terrible.
TWCBreaking TWC Breaking
89 now confirmed dead in Joplin, MO #tornado. Watch live stream of coverage: http://wxch.nl/mGofeP #mowx
1192. IKE
89 dead...omg.
Quoting IKE:
89 dead...omg.
Yeah I just listened to the news conference, that is what they said.. and many missing, door to door search and rescue today. they know that there are folks still trapped.


Add: this is a local radio station that broadcasted the conference, they are running a live stream with call ins, lots of local information: EMERGENCY RADIO FEED

1194. emcf30
Holy crap, just woke and 89 confirmed in Joplin.
1195. IKE
Florida panhandle...long-term.....

LONG TERM...(WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY)...THE EXTENDED
FORECAST PERIOD WILL SEE A MEAN UPPER LEVEL RIDGE OVER THE WEST
CENTRAL PORTION OF THE CONUS AND A MEAN TROF OVER THE EAST. AN
ENERGETIC SHORT WAVE WILL PROGRESS THROUGH THE MEAN TROF POSITION
AND REINFORCE IT BEGINNING THURSDAY AND CONTINUING INTO THE WEEKEND.
THE GFS IS SOMEWHAT MORE AGGRESSIVE WITH THIS SURGE OF ENERGY...
BRINGING IT FURTHER SOUTH INTO THE SOUTHEAST AND MOVING IT EASTWARD
FASTER THAN THE EURO. WILL GO WITH A BLEND OF THE MODELS...AND
INDICATE A WEAKENING COLD FRONT PUSHING SLOWLY INTO THE TRI-STATE
AREA ACCOMPANIED BY AN INCREASE IN CLOUDS AND SHOWERS...BRINGING
POPS UP TO NEAR CLIMO BY FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND. TEMPERATURES
WILL COME DOWN A FEW DEGREES...BUT REMAIN NEAR OR A LITTLE ABOVE
CLIMO IN MOST AREAS THROUGH THE PERIOD.
1196. aquak9
dear God
2011...The year of the twister for sure.
God bless all the victims.
.
TS SONGDA

Is about to ease into Typhoon Status.The Projected course now in ALL models takes this potentially dangerous Typhoon away from land and makes it a Fish.

This is encouraging news for those recovering in Japan from the tsunami and earthquake, but the the nxt 48-72 hrs will see TS SONGDA develop fast into a major Typhoon as outflow is good, WS drops to almost zero,and very warm SSTS.
waterrising folks been saying for a couple yrs "i dont see nothing" well i see it 3 to 6 inches above normal for this time of yr e cen fl.
1201. beell


MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0882
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0507 AM CDT MON MAY 23 2011

AREAS AFFECTED...SOUTHERN KS/MUCH OF OK AND SOUTHERN MO/NORTHERN AR

CONCERNING...OUTLOOK UPGRADE
VALID 231007Z - 231200Z

AN UPGRADE TO A CATEGORICAL MODERATE RISK IS LIKELY WITH THE UPDATED
DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK AT 13Z
. THIS WILL LIKELY INCLUDE PORTIONS
OF SOUTHERN KS/MUCH OF OK AND SOUTHERN MO/NORTHERN AR. FOR
ADDITIONAL METEOROLOGICAL DISCUSSION...SEE THE FORTHCOMING DAY 1
OUTLOOK THAT WILL BE ISSUED BY AROUND 13Z.

..GUYER.. 05/23/2011
New AP story with eyewitness accounts of tornado:

Link

"Sunday's storm in Joplin hit a hospital packed with patients and a commercial area including a Home Depot construction store, numerous smaller businesses and restaurants and a grocery store. Jasper County emergency management director Keith Stammer said an estimated 2,000 buildings were damaged."

1203. IKE

89 dead?! Unbelievable.
1205. emcf30
Quoting islander101010:
waterrising folks been saying for a couple yrs "i dont see nothing" well i see it 3 to 6 inches above normal for this time of yr e cen fl.


Where are you getting that info from. Tampa is the only one well above the YTD average. This chart only goes thru April. May has been below aver.


This is not taking in account for the below average rain fall in 2010 in most areas.

1206. pottery
Quoting Ameister12:
89 dead?! Unbelievable.

So far....
This is really very bad news.
1207. emcf30
1208. pottery
More Severe Weather, everywhere, is something we will all have to be dealing with if the predictions by Climate scientists are correct.
The flooding of the Mississippi is a good example of the after-effects of weather namely the melting of snows from a couple of months ago.
Tornadoes and storms are pretty immediate things, but the effects of weather systems can be felt months later, and in places far removed from the actual event.
1209. emcf30

Joplin Regional Medical Center
A destroyed helicopter lies on its side in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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Pic of tornado before coming rain wrapped outside of Joplin
1211. emcf30
God bless all of the volunteers and hard workers in Joplin. May God shine His light on you as you continue your work.
I'm just stunned looking at that damage from the medical center. Not sure what the final rating will be, but that was definitely a direct hit.
fished the flats ive been fishing since ive been married 25yrs there are no sandys spots anymore every spring we have fished around these shoals. there are no spots to beach the kayak. islands worldwide are reporting water rises. think florida is the exception?
1215. IKE
TWC just said Dr. Greg Forbes thinks the Joplin,Missouri tornado was an EF4.
Quoting TampaTom:
I'm just stunned looking at that damage from the medical center. Not sure what the final rating will be, but that was definitely a direct hit.

I'm assuming structurally it is still sound; although viewing some of those pictures, the building was damaged heavily. Probably EF4 damage.
1217. emcf30
Quoting islander101010:
fished the flats ive been fishing since ive been married 25yrs there are no sandys spots anymore every spring we have fished around these shoals. there are no spots to beach the kayak. islands worldwide are reporting water rises. think florida is the exception?


I obviously misunderstood your first post
5-Day HPC Precipitation Outlook:

This is going to hamper rescue efforts ...



Good morning. So sorry for the people in Joplin.
(moment of silence)

Looks like some moisture coming up from Caribbean to South Florida.
LoopLink

But then again, maybe not...
403 AM EDT MON MAY 23 2011

...SLIGHT RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ATLANTIC BEACHES...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

RIP CURRENTS: THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE ATLANTIC BEACHES TODAY DUE TO EAST WINDS OF NEAR 15 MPH.

THUNDERSTORMS: THERE IS A SLIM CHANCE OF A THUNDERSTORM DEVELOPING ALONG THE GULF COAST LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY THIS EVENING.A FEW LIGHTNING STRIKES WOULD BE THE PRIMARY IMPACT SHOULD ANY STORM MANAGE TO DEVELOP.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

THE CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL INCREASE LATE IN THE WEEK AS MOISTURE SLOWLY INCREASES ACROSS THE AREA.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED.

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Not liking the way the South side of that storm is starting to look heading towards Joplin
1225. KRL
Photos From Joplin

Prayers sent :(
1226. Jax82
Utter devastation


And unfortunately they are about to get hammered with another line of storms in a few minutes.
Quoting KRL:
Photos From Joplin

Prayers sent :(


Oh my God... that's unreal.

I wonder how wide the path of the tornado was. That looks like a very wide swath of damage.
Half a mile wide.
1229. IKE
Webb City is a suburb of Joplin,Missouri.....


At least 89 confirmed fatalites in Joplin, MO, a city of population 50,150, making this the single deadliest twister since 1953. Damage is easily EF-4, and in some cases the storm chasers who were the first to spot the tornado also acted as emergency first responders when the local emergency services were some of the first to be hit by the storm. They should be praised for their heroic efforts.

Today, it looks like a new series of severe thunderstorms are headed into the Joplin area, and residents who can take cover or evacuate should do so. A southern series of cells is moving directly into the new supercell, which is bringing covergence detectable on radar. Let us pause for a moment of silence on this Monday and on this Victoria Day holiday for your Canadian neighbours norht of the border, who will be seeing some thunderstorms today.

Although the world didn't end on May 21, for many people affected by severe weather and even for many relatives and friends of our fellow WU-bloggers, the world did end for them or they came awfully close. As always, the WU-linked Portlight and other local charities like the American Red Cross will be helping victims of the storms in the coming days and weeks. It's also a sobering reminder that any day could be the end for many people, a harsh reality that the poverty-stricken part of the world has to deal with every day.
looks like TVS to the SW of joplin? (how accurate is the little purple triangle on these radar maps?)
Quoting islander101010:
fished the flats ive been fishing since ive been married 25yrs there are no sandys spots anymore every spring we have fished around these shoals. there are no spots to beach the kayak. islands worldwide are reporting water rises. think florida is the exception?


I've been pretty shocked a few times the last 6 months how high the tide came up with no storm or anything to raise it like that~ just south of Patrick Air Force Base. I agree something has changed..
1234. emcf30
Joplin is the cross with the circle around it. About to have another round of weather..
Aerial video just in from Joplin.

Link
1237. kwgirl
Good morning everyone. My thoughts and prayers go out to all people affected by those horrible tornadoes. As Chicklit pointed out, the moisture is starting to stream up from the south. Last night as I was leaving East Martello, I looked to the south and saw the high cloud formation streaming in from Cuba. In addition, on Saturday evening, I spotted a waterspout in Florida Bay. I don't know how long it stayed, but it did dissipate without reaching land. Provided a brief shower for Downtown Key West(per a tourist report). Finally our rainy season is starting, and none too soon.
Quoting Chucktown:
Aerial video just in from Joplin.

Link


This video makes me fear the death toll will go much higher.
Quoting Chucktown:
Aerial video just in from Joplin.

Link
What is really sickening is how long the path of destruction is in that video. It's not just a neighborhood or area of the town, but that tornado cut a line through the entire town. This will most likely be a top 10 deadliest single tornado in US history.
Hopefully the round of storms headed to Joplin will be the only ones they get today...
1241. srada
Watching last night on TWC with Mike Bettes when he first arrived in Joplin was just heartbreaking..seeing him lose it from the scenes he was witnessing just goes to show dosent matter how many weather events we see or cover that each one is different and can overcome even the most seasonal reporters..to see crushed cars and crushed 18 wheelers is just awful..look at what the tornado did to steel and metal, the people taking shelter in houses never stood a chance..just sad..TWC is doing an incredible job in my opinion!
Quoting SouthDadeFish:
What is really sickening is how long the path of destruction is in that video. It's not just a neighborhood or area of the town, but that tornado cut a line through the entire town. This will most likely be a top 10 deadliest single tornado in US history.


The length of the tornado has been reported as "only" 6 miles, which is actually (excuse the oxymoron) short, for a long track tornado. I think the more impressive part is the width, almost a mile wide at times. We'll learn a lot more later today after the NWS is able to survey the area.
Quoting Chucktown:


The length of the tornado has been reported as "only" 6 miles, which is actually (excuse the oxymoron) short, for a long track tornado. I think the more impressive part is the width, almost a mile wide at times. We'll learn a lot more later today after the NWS is able to survey the area.
I meant the tornado track relative to the city. That is relatively short length for a violent tornado. It's just disgusting how much of the city was wiped out. This has been a crazy year for severe weather so far.
Isn't Floodman from somewhere near Joplin?
Hope he and his are safe...

*Raises coffee cup back at Aquak and others*
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


Is this MCS going to track east northeastward up the front, or is it going to spill southeast?
Quoting Chucktown:


The length of the tornado has been reported as "only" 6 miles, which is actually (excuse the oxymoron) short, for a long track tornado. I think the more impressive part is the width, almost a mile wide at times. We'll learn a lot more later today after the NWS is able to survey the area.

The thing is, Joplin itself is only six miles from west to east--and it looks like the tornado got every inch of it. :-\
1250. MTWX
Quoting atmoaggie:
Isn't Floodman from somewhere near Joplin?
Hope he and his are safe...

*Raises coffee cup back at Aquak and others*

I think he still has family there, but he currently lives in San Antonio, TX
1251. emcf30
WARNING: This is audio of people huddled in back of building when tornado hit. If you dont want to hear it dont click on it. It is terrifying.

This video is very dramatic. You don't see anything, but the sound is amazing. A group of people huddled in a cooler to survive the tornado as it destroyed the convenience store they were in.
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Wow Devastating in MO! We really need to REQUIRE stronger and better rebuilding and new building codes. There are homes being built in Florida that will withstand 250-300 mph winds. (Reinforced Concrete)

Obviously nothing would be 100% safe, but with the severe weather much of the country is capable of receiving... we really need to start building better.
1257. HCW