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Tornadoes, floods, and fires continue to pound U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:13 PM GMT on April 27, 2011

The nation's unprecedented April tornado-fest continued full force last night, with NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logging 57 tornado reports, 295 cases of damaging thunderstorm winds, and 254 reports of large hail. The 2-day tornado count from this latest huge April tornado outbreak is already 102. With another "high risk" forecast for tornadoes today, the tornado total for this week's outbreak may rival the April 14 - 16 tornado outbreak (155 confirmed tornadoes) as the greatest April tornado outbreak in history. It is unprecedented to have two such massive tornado outbreaks occur so close together, and the April preliminary tornado count of 654 is truly stunning. Even adjusting this number downwards 15% (the typical over-count in preliminary tornado reports) yields a probable April tornado total of 550. This easily crushes the previous April tornado record of 267, set in 1974. An average April has "only" 163 tornadoes, so we are already 300% over average for the month, and may approach 400% after today's outbreak. According to a list of tornado outbreaks maintained by Wikipedia, only two other tornado outbreaks have had as many as 150 twisters--the May 2004 outbreak (385), and the May 2003 outbreak (401). One positive note--there has only been one violent EF-4 or stronger tornado this year, despite the fact we've already had about 2/3 of the 1200 tornadoes one typically gets for the entire year. Over the past 20 years, we've averaged 7 violent EF-4 or EF-5 tornadoes per year, so we should have had 4 or 5 of these most dangerous of tornadoes so far this year.


Figure 1. Satellite image of last night's storm at 8pm EDT April 26, 2011. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Fortunately, no one was killed in last night's tornado frenzy, but four twisters caused injuries, with 7 injuries in Hesterman, Mississippi, and 3 in Beekman, Louisiana. Over 100 homes were damaged when a tornado struck Edom, Texas, approximately 75 miles East of Dallas. One woman was injured when her mobile home was destroyed. The only killer tornado of the current outbreak occurred on Monday night at 7:30 pm CDT when a 1/2 mile-wide EF-2 tornado struck the small town of Vilonia, Arkansas. Four people died in the town, where 50 - 80 buildings were destroyed. Tornado warnings were issued 30 minutes before the storm hit, contributing to the relatively low loss of life.


Figure 2. Storm chaser video of a tornado yesterday in Ben Wheeler, Texas.

Another very dangerous tornado outbreak expected today
The busiest April in history for tornadoes continues full-force today, as NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued their highest level of severe weather potential, a "High Risk" forecast, for Northern Alabama, Southern Tennessee, and adjoining portions of Georgia and Mississippi. This is the second day in a row, and third time this year, that SPC has issued a "High Risk" forecast. The devastating North Carolina tornado outbreak of April 16, which generated 52 confirmed tornadoes that killed 24 people in North Carolina and 2 people in Virginia, was the other "high risk" day. Numerous tornado warnings have already been issued in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Ohio, and Alabama this morning, but today's main action is expected to erupt late this afternoon as the cold front from a low pressure system currently over Arkansas moves eastwards over the "high risk" area. Strong daytime heating in a very moist, unstable airmass will allow a tremendous amount of energy to build up ahead of the front. The arrival of the cold front will force the warm, moist air upwards, allowing the pent-up energy to burst out and fuel supercell thunderstorms.

Related post: Are tornadoes getting stronger and more frequent?


Figure 3. Severe weather threat for Wednesday, April 27, 2011.

Unprecedented flooding predicted on Ohio River
This week's storm system, in combination with heavy rains earlier this month, have pushed the Ohio River and Mississippi River to near-record levels near their confluence. The Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois is expected to crest at 60.5 feet on May 1. This would exceed 100-year flood stage, and be the highest flood in history, besting the 59.5' mark of 1937. Heavy rains of 10 - 15 inches have inundated the region over the past few days, and one levee breach at Black River levee near Poplar Bluff, Missouri, has resulted in the evacuation of over 500 homes. Poplar Bluff has received 15.45" of rain since Friday morning. The greatest rain gauge-measured precipitation from the storm occurred in Springdale, Arkansas, where 19.70" inches has fallen since Friday morning.


Figure 4. The latest River Flood Outlook from NOAA shows major flooding is occurring over many of the nation's major rivers.

Extraordinary intentional levee breach of Mississippi River halted by lawsuit
In a sign of just how extreme this flooding situation is, yesterday the Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for flood control efforts on the Mississippi River, announced plans to intentionally destroy a levee protecting the west bank of the Mississippi River in Southwest Missouri. The destruction of the levee is intended to relieve pressure on the levees at Cairo, Illinois, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Cairo is currently under a voluntary evacuation order. The levee to be destroyed, located at Birds Point, is called a "fuse-plug" levee, and was designed to be destroyed in the event of a record flood. The levee protects 132,000 acres of prime farmland along the New Madrid Spillway, which is designed to take 550,000 cubic feet per second of water flow out of the Mississippi and redirect it down a 3 - 10 mile wide, 36 - 56 mile long path along the west side of the Mississippi. An 11-mile long section of the levee upstream at Birds Point, and 5-mile long stretch at the downstream end, are set two feet lower than the surrounding levees and filled with holes to accommodate dynamite. These levees will be destroyed if the Army Corps has its way, but a lawsuit by the state of Missouri is currently blocking the way. The Army Corps has now agreed to wait until Saturday to decide whether or not to blow the levee. The Army Corps' website has an unofficial damage estimate of $100 million for destroying the levees and flooding the New Madrid Spillway. At least 100 people live in the spillway and have been evacuated, and it would likely take many years for the farms to recover after flooding. The levees have been blown and the spillway opened only once before, back during the record flood of 1937.

Midwest deluge enhanced by near-record Gulf of Mexico sea surface temperatures
The deluge of rain that caused this flood found its genesis in a flow of warm, humid air coming from the Gulf of Mexico. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs )in the Gulf of Mexico are currently close to 1 °C above average. Only two Aprils since the 1800s (2002 and 1991) have had April SSTs more than 1 °C above average, so current SSTs are among the highest on record. These warm ocean temperatures helped set record high air temperatures in many locations in Texas yesterday, including Galveston (84°F, a tie with 1898), Del Rio (104°F, old record 103° in 1984), San Angelo (97°F, old record 96° in 1994). Record highs were also set on Monday in Baton Rouge and Shreveport in Louisiana, and in Austin, Mineral Wells, and Cotulla la Salle in Texas. Since this week's storm brought plenty of cloud cover that kept temperatures from setting record highs in many locations, a more telling statistic of how warm this air mass was is the huge number of record high minimum temperature records that were set over the past two days. For example, the minimum temperature reached only 79°F in Brownsville, TX Monday morning, beating the previous record high minimum of 77°F set in 2006. In Texas, Austin, Houston, Port Arthur, Cotulla la Salle, Victoria, College Station, Victoria, Corpus Christi, McAllen, and Brownsville all set record high minimums on Monday, as did New Orleans, Lafayette, Monroe, Shreveport, and Alexandria in Louisiana, as well as Jackson and Tupelo in Mississippi. Since record amounts of water vapor can evaporate into air heated to record warm levels, it is not a surprise that incredible rains and unprecedented floods are resulting from this month's near-record warm SSTs in the Gulf of Mexico.


Figure 5. Departure of sea surface temperature from average for April 25, 2001. Image credit: NOAA/NESDIS.

Fierce winds fan Texas, New Mexico fires
Fierce winds fanned raging fires across eastern New Mexico and Western Texas yesterday, thanks to a powerful flow of air feeding into the Midwestern storm system. Temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s combined with humidities less than 10% combined to make yesterday a nightmare fire day for firefighters attempting to control the worst springtime fires in the history of the region. At 3:53 pm MDT yesterday in Carlsbad, New Mexico, the temperature was 87°F, winds were 38 mph gusting to 46, and the humidity was 8%--a perfect storm for extreme fire weather. In Fort Stockton, Texas near the huge Rock House fire, the temperature was 91°F, winds were 35 mph gusting to 44, visibility was reduced to 5 miles due to haze and smoke, and the humidity was 5% at 5:53pm CDT. According to the Interagency Fire Center, wildfires in 2011 have already burned nearly 2.3 million acres in the U.S. This is the greatest acreage on record so early in the year, and is more area than burned all of last year. The largest U.S. acreage to burn since 1960 was the 9.9 million acres that burned in 2007, so we area already 25% of the way to the all-time record fire year--with summer still more than a month away. The fire weather forecast for today is better then yesterday, with winds not expected to blow nearly as strong.


Figure 6. Major wildfires and smoke plumes as visualized using our wundermap with the "fire" layer turned on.

For those who want to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the widespread destruction this month's severe weather has brought, stop by the portlight.org blog.

Jeff Masters
Rare Sight
Rare Sight
I haven't seen a storm like this in quite some time. Still no rain in Seguin, Tx. Pic taken in Seguin storm near Martindale.
Mississippi @ Burlington
Mississippi @ Burlington
Seating along the shore
Base of Anvil Cloud 4/26/11
Base of Anvil Cloud 4/26/11
Taken within minutes after the storm cell had passed directly overhead.
Southern Lightning
Southern Lightning
This is a shot of a lightning strike associated with some severe storms moving through this evening in Southaven, MS.

Flood Tornado

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Reader Comments

My mother and Father...in the Buckhead area of Atlanta...say local TV is seriously down playing and under reporting...
I watched the Birmingham tv station as the tornado was pasiing thrugh and now watching the atlanta station now on the internet.
1003. emcf30
Quoting RobertM320:
Just heard on the Birm/Tusc ABC feed 33/40: that they were getting a report of a 3 story motel collapsing in Catoosa Co, GA. That may be where the injuries are.


That is where the MCI incident has been declared. your correct.
1004. FLdewey
Quoting Neapolitan:

I just read a report that the DCH medical center in Tuscaloosa had seen 100+ injuries in the ER, but "only" three fatalties.

I'm sure the answer is somewhere between...

In theory in a mass casualty they're leaving the fatalities as they lie, but I agree the numbers always meet in the middle.
Quoting emcf30:
North Ga in Rome/ Ringhold area. 3 story hotel has collapsed with multiple injuries.


Catoosa Sheriff's dispatch just mentioned 40-47 wounded at that location that need transport.
Quoting Neapolitan:
V2 has gone about 200 miles+. If it can stay tornadic for another 80 minutes or so, and if it's determined that it was continuous, it'll be a true tri-stater.


Started in MS...If it makes South Carolina, that would make 4 states.
Just went through Marion, AL

Quoting SavannahStorm:


It will be interesting to see how the cell holds together going up into the Blue Ridge and some very high, rough terrain. Places like Dalhonega, Blairsville and Clayton need to watch out.


High terrain might even through some uncertainty into tornado track. Supercell will be approaching edge of jet stream that steers it.
128 nados and counting...
Incredible.

A SECOND tornado is hitting south of Rome right now, literally the exact same path as the original Tuscalusa/Birmingham tornado.

It's due south of the town right now.
Quoting MississippiWx:


Started in MS...If it makes South Carolina, that would make 4 states.


Or North Carolina. Hopefully the lack of daytime heating will start to weaken these cells but the strongest of tornadoes can occur during the night.
Quoting MississippiWx:


Started in MS...If it makes South Carolina, that would make 4 states.

You're right.
Quoting presslord:
My mother and Father...in the Buckhead area of Atlanta...say local TV is seriously down playing and under reporting...


pressload I'm hearing reports of hundreds dead already and Atlanta is next. The tornadoes look to arrive an about 2 hours give or take.
Quoting RandomText:
Incredible.

A SECOND tornado is hitting south of Rome right now, literally the exact same path as the original Tuscalusa/Birmingham tornado.

It's due south of the town right now.

holy crap.
NOAA weather radio can be a lifesaver in tornadic circumstances.
Report on the Atlanta station that a 3 story hotel collapsed near Rome, Ga.
SEARCH & RESCUE
04/27/11 21:17 (ROME - ) SEARCH & RESCUE ACTIVATION IN THE AREA BY GEMA; NUMEROUS HOMES MISSING; DEBRIS PATH 1 MILE WIDE, [GEO014]
Debris ball is back with the Tri-State Tornado...what a beast. Truly amazing.
1020. emcf30
SEARCH & RESCUE
04/27/11 21:44 (RINGGOLD - ) SEARCH & RESCUE & MASS CASUALTY INCIDENT ACTIVATION; PERSONS TRAPPED & MISSING; FATALITIES FOUND.; SEVERAL TT OT ON I-75 [GEO014]

Live feed of rescue Catoosa County
Link
1021. Patrap
3 story Hotel collapse in Rome GA with mulitple fatalities.
Guys, say what you want about TWC (I normally bash them), but their coverage of this outbreak has been incredible. They have done a fantastic job. Kudos to Dr. Greg Forbes...Gotta give credit where credit is due.
Quoting presslord:
My mother and Father...in the Buckhead area of Atlanta...say local TV is seriously down playing and under reporting...

That would be a first.
Quoting MississippiWx:
Debris ball is back with the Tri-State Tornado...what a beast. Truly amazing.


It's in a location where the radar isn't picking up on it's wind speed very well...

And there is a second tornado in it's wake on the EXACT same line from south of Rome.

I hope emergency crews are aware of this so they don't get killed by the second one while trying to rescue other people.
TWC Breaking
Extensive damage reported in Dadeville, AL. "Direct hit", per emerg. manager.
Quad-State Tornado?



Hackelburg, AL. Marion County:

"Utter devastation"
1030. fredmc
All week long along the Mississippi Gulfcoast the wind has been blowing a steady 30 mph. The result is sand all over highway 90 which runs parallel with the beach. While driving to work I had to slow down about 40 times due to the road disappearing under the sand. In some spots, especially in front of Edgewater Mall, Biloxi, the sand had to be at least a foot high. I saw a SUV stuck in the sand, it had to be towed out. Then some brain surgeon tried to go across a sand bar on the highway, he fish-tailed for about 30 feet and almost crashed. This is about the worse I've seen, the road crews are out day and night scooping up sand. For anyone in my area I strongly recommend using Pass Road or I10 instead for east/west travel. Additionally, please slow down, it's too easy to flip your vehicle when you transition from road to sand. Any cars that are low to the ground, such as sports cars, forget driving HW 90. It's already bad enough, even with me driving a Ranger XLT with 4 wheel drive. So attempting the route in gocart size cars just won't make it.
TWC is asking people in Atlanta to sleep in a basement if they have one as tornadoes are about to come into Atlanta.
Via Twitter: Tornado tracks a few blocks from the University of Alabama. Also, the university has cancelled classes and suspended normal operations tomorrow.
Quoting MississippiWx:
Guys, say what you want about TWC (I normally bash them), but their coverage of this outbreak has been incredible. They have done a fantastic job. Kudos to Dr. Greg Forbes...Gotta give credit where credit is due.

Yes, glad to see they pre empted the canned forecasts for real weather. By the way, I don't think anyone alive today has seen tornadic activity of this scope happen before.
Quoting wxgeek723:
Quad-State Tornado?

Not out of the realm of possibility that it slices through a sliver of SC before heading to NC making 5 states; that being it maintains it's intensity during that.
Quoting Chicklit:

Yes, glad to see they pre empted the canned forecasts for real weather. By the way, I don't think anyone alive today has seen any tornado activity of this scope happen before.


TWC said worst in history.
1037. Patrap
Quoting RastaSteve:
TWC is asking people in Atlanta to sleep in a basement if they have one as tornadoes are about to come into Atlanta.


TWC Breaking
Take cover near Cartersville, GA! STRONG indication of #tornado headed toward the area in 10-15 min!

Quoting cat5hurricane:

My apologies Tom. I owe you a 6 pack.
Thanks, my 21st is coming up soon in about 4 yrs from now ;)


Quoting BahaHurican:
Rasta's post was to the original blogger. Lots of other pple have replied. I'm not sure what cat5 was getting at; seemed out of left field to me.

But then there's a lot of weird debris around tonight... :(

Read #937...he quoted my post so I'm pretty sure he was talking to me
Quoting TomTaylor:

Thanks, my 21st is coming up soon in about 4 yrs from now ;)

Read #937...he quoted my post so I'm pretty sure he was talking to me


Sorry TomTaylor for snapping earlier. I'm just amazed about what's happening right now. Again sorry.
Quoting RastaSteve:
3 story Hotel collapse in Rome GA with mulitple fatalities.
Last thing you want to hear. Truly tragic
Storms kill 54 around South, including 40 in Ala.
3 mins ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The mayor of an Alabama city hit hard by a tornado says at least 15 people have died there, bringing the death toll from severe weather to 54 around the South.

In all, 40 people died in Wednesday's storms in Alabama.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox says sections of the city have been destroyed and its infrastructure has been decimated.

Also on Wednesday, storms killed 11 in Mississippi, two in Georgia and one in Tennessee.
Man, the Huntsville area has had a rough day. On the storm reports page from SPC, you can't see any white on the map. It's solid red from all the tornado reports and the reports are from several different tornadic storms.

Up to 130 now with a lot more to go...

Hearing some gruesome stuff coming from that Catoosa County scanner stream, dunno if I can listen to much more...
10:25 PM EDT on April 27, 2011
... A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 1045 PM EDT for northwestern Cherokee and Bartow counties...

At 1021 PM EDT... Weather Service Doppler radar continued to indicate a severe thunderstorm with extremely strong rotation. A tornado is likely on the ground north of Euharlee... moving northeast at 50 mph. Cassville is in the path of this tornado. Take cover now!Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to Cartersville... Emerson... Cassville... Red Top Mountain State Park... white... Little River Landing... Pine Log... Sutallee... bridgemill...
Funkhouser and Lake Arrowhead.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

This is an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation. This storm is capable of producing strong to violent tornadoes. If you are in the path of this tornado... take cover immediately!

If you see wind damage... large hail or significant flooding... wait until after the storm has passed... and then call the National Weather Service toll free at 1 8 6 6 7 6 3 4 4 6 6.

A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 200 am EDT Thursday morning for northern Georgia.


Lat... Lon 3422 8503 3424 8503 3425 8501 3427 8502
3438 8485 3440 8474 3441 8473 3441 8461
3419 8448 3408 8486 3409 8505 3421 8505
time... Mot... loc 0225z 232deg 44kt 3421 8489


P5 is the cell that went through Marion CO a bit ago, still active.

Quoting SavannahStorm:
Hearing some gruesome stuff coming from that Catoosa County scanner stream, dunno if I can listen to much more...


Can I get a link, please?
Man...

There is another round of storms forming in Mississippi coming in much farther south.

Hope to God the tornados we've seen today have used up most of the energy.

This is not good at all.
.
Quoting sunlinepr:
Storms kill 54 around South, including 40 in Ala.
3 mins ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The mayor of an Alabama city hit hard by a tornado says at least 15 people have died there, bringing the death toll from severe weather to 54 around the South.

In all, 40 people died in Wednesday's storms in Alabama.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox says sections of the city have been destroyed and its infrastructure has been decimated.

Also on Wednesday, storms killed 11 in Mississippi, two in Georgia and one in Tennessee.


Radio Reference link for Tuscaloosa police and fire "offline" last I checked. Go figure. Many other family, friends and business contacts of mine in today's path. Some have responded to me and some have not...Scary.
Quoting KoritheMan:


Can I get a link, please?



Catoosa County Sheriff, Fire, and EMS


From Wikipedia:

"The Super Outbreak is the largest tornado outbreak on record for a single 24-hour period. From April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in 13 US states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and New York; and the Canadian province of Ontario. It extensively damaged approximately 900 square miles (2,330 square kilometers) along a total combined path length of 2,600 miles (4,160 km), with over 300 dead.

The Super Outbreak of tornadoes of 3–4 April 1974 remains the most outstanding severe convective weather episode of record in the continental United States. The outbreak far surpassed previous and succeeding events in severity, longevity and extent."

Do you guys think this outbreak is challeging the Super Outbreak?

Quoting SavannahStorm:
Hearing some gruesome stuff coming from that Catoosa County scanner stream, dunno if I can listen to much more...


I think some must have been stuck on the interstate and took shelter in a ditch but was no safe haven for the power of this tornado in Catoosa, GA.
1054. 7080734
Possibly.
Greensville, SC radar is picking up the cyclonic hook signature from the tri-state tornado, soon to be quad-state tornado.

It's in a bad spot and Atlanta and Tennessee radars can't really get the signature.
ABC 33/40 Birmingham/Tuscaloosa: 13 people in Walker Co., AL have died.
Quoting cat5hurricane:

Not out of the realm of possibility that it slices through a sliver of SC before heading to NC making 5 states; that being it maintains it's intensity during that.

The Tuscaloosa tornado is still going? Or is this another tornado? Somebody fill me in plz
Quoting RastaSteve:


Sorry TomTaylor for snapping earlier. I'm just amazed about what's happening right now. Again sorry.
It's all good. Cat5 is right, we do have a blog for that stuff anyway.
Quoting wxgeek723:
From Wikipedia:

"The Super Outbreak is the largest tornado outbreak on record for a single 24-hour period. From April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in 13 US states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and New York; and the Canadian province of Ontario. It extensively damaged approximately 900 square miles (2,330 square kilometers) along a total combined path length of 2,600 miles (4,160 km), with over 300 dead.

The Super Outbreak of tornadoes of 3–4 April 1974 remains the most outstanding severe convective weather episode of record in the continental United States. The outbreak far surpassed previous and succeeding events in severity, longevity and extent."

Do you guys think this outbreak is challeging the Super Outbreak?



we're passing that now. We are hearing unconfirmed reports of hundreds dead. Again Unconfirmed.
weakening flag on



take these evil visions from my sight
Quoting RandomText:
Greensville, SC radar is picking up the cyclonic hook signature from the tri-state tornado, soon to be quad-state tornado.

It's in a bad spot and Atlanta and Tennessee radars can't really get the signature.

The terrain makes it rather difficult; not to mention there's quick a gap between each of the three adjacent radar locations. It's not like the Plains and Midwest where there are more stations since they are more accustomed to severe weather.
Quoting wxgeek723:
From Wikipedia:

"The Super Outbreak is the largest tornado outbreak on record for a single 24-hour period. From April 3 to April 4, 1974, there were 148 tornadoes confirmed in 13 US states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and New York; and the Canadian province of Ontario. It extensively damaged approximately 900 square miles (2,330 square kilometers) along a total combined path length of 2,600 miles (4,160 km), with over 300 dead.

The Super Outbreak of tornadoes of 3–4 April 1974 remains the most outstanding severe convective weather episode of record in the continental United States. The outbreak far surpassed previous and succeeding events in severity, longevity and extent."

Do you guys think this outbreak is challeging the Super Outbreak?



No I don't think so. I think we'd be lucky to see 148 storm reports. And that's storm reports. The tornado outbreak earlier in April over NC had 150+ reports, but only about 60-70 actual tornadoes.

Nonetheless, this will still go down in history as a significant/historic event.
Quoting RandomText:
Greensville, SC radar is picking up the cyclonic hook signature from the tri-state tornado, soon to be quad-state tornado.

It's in a bad spot and Atlanta and Tennessee radars can't really get the signature.


Luckily that cell is in a very remote and sparsely populated area right now, however the next populated areas in the approximate path are Clayton, GA and Highlands, NC.
I have family in Greenville, SC...
Quoting TomTaylor:

Thanks, my 21st is coming up soon in about 4 yrs from now ;)

Read #937...he quoted my post so I'm pretty sure he was talking to me
LOL, r u expecting interest on the 6pack over the 4yr period??? lol

And seriously. I went back and looked. It was the original poster steve responded to, same as me. I thought it was out of left field, the anti-AGM post, I mean. But nothing serious in the long term, expecially on a night like tonight.... Just amazing the damage one tornado can do... much less bunches like we've seen today...

Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
weakening flag on



take these evil visions from my sight


Was noticing quantity decreasing from earlier in the evening. Just a break or not, whewwww, this is nuts.
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


That storm in extreme NE GA has a large confirmed tornado on the groung and heading for the NC/GA border. Take cover in that area. Damm thing looks like it has a eye. WOW!
Hello all, I am so deeply saddened tonight as the reports keep coming in and the tornadoes continue. In all my many years, I have never seen an outbreak like this one. I feel so fortunate that all my immediate family here in Ms.is safe. Damages were minor for us, a few downed trees, power outages and such.
I watched(on radar) the small storm come over the Ms River from La into Claiborne Cty, Ms. This is the direction from which we usually get our worse storms. This thunderstorm grew rapidly and moved NE into Hinds and Rankin Cty (where I live). In south Rankin, it turned tornatic and grew stronger as it moved on across 4 more counties into Alabama, where it became super and moved into Tuscaloosa,Birmingham,Gadsden, then to Ga, and on and on... I am just in shock at the longevity of such a monster of a storm......
West Virginia's joining the party:

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON WV
1034 PM EDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
EASTERN FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...FAYETTEVILLE...BABCOCK STATE PARK...
NICHOLAS COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...SUMMERSVILLE...RICHWOOD...
WEST CENTRAL POCAHONTAS COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA...
WEBSTER COUNTY IN WEST VIRGINIA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF WEBSTER SPRINGS...
1071. hydrus
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
weakening flag on



take these evil visions from my sight
Amen and amen.
Tornado in virginia per TWC man it keeps going. tornado heading toward Bluefield, VA take cover as the torando will be there in 30 to 45 minutes per TWC.
Quoting hydrus:
Amen and amen.


Dittos!
Quoting AllyBama:
I have family in Greenville, SC...


The storm is not going there.

That's just the closest radar I could find that actually had a half-decent fix on the storm at this time.
Very dangerous tornado heading toward Bluefield, Va take cover folks!
TWCBreaking TWC Breaking
At 9 PM, there were 412,229 power outages in the state of Georgia -- more than the Blizzard of '93. #gawx #severe
1077. FLdewey
I try not to use the word AMAZING too much... but this video is AMAZING.

FF to 4:00 if you want to be amazed... sick video.

133 and still counting...
Quoting BahaHurican:
LOL, r u expecting interest on the 6pack over the 4yr period??? lol

And seriously. I went back and looked. It was the original poster steve responded to, same as me. I thought it was out of left field, the anti-AGM post, I mean. But nothing serious in the long term, expecially on a night like tonight.... Just amazing the damage one tornado can do... much less bunches like we've seen today...

weeeell, I was expecting a mail order in 4 years from now for my 21st birthday. From cat5 of course, since he said he owes me one.

And idk which post you're looking at, but I uploaded the pic if you still don't believe me
Link
1080. srada
I have a friend who just text me from huntsville, Al..said they had to shut the hospital down...city under water, buildings gone..waking up to the news tomorrow will be devasting..
Quoting AllyBama:
I have family in Greenville, SC...


I have family in extreme southern Lexington County. I hope they'll be spared.
Quoting RandomText:
Greensville, SC radar is picking up the cyclonic hook signature from the tri-state tornado, soon to be quad-state tornado.

It's in a bad spot and Atlanta and Tennessee radars can't really get the signature.

Nice coverage today Random Text, but there is no "Greensville, SC."
Okay, must be Greenville.
3 confirmed dead in Ringold, GA- at least 1 unconfirmed additional fatality.
Quoting FLdewey:
I try not to use the word AMAZING too much... but this video is AMAZING.

FF to 4:00 if you want to be amazed... sick video.


Just catching a couple snipets of that qualifies for AMAZING.
Can't tell if the Tuscaloosa tornadic storm is weakening or in just a bad place for radar to pick it up.
Thanks Random because some of them live in trailers! Hopefully they would seek cover at a nearby family home..


FYI - there was a small tornado hit Andrews AFB earlier on the street where my daughter moved from just last week!...
EOS confirms three fatalities in Catoosa, GA.
TWC Breaking
"Extensive damage to homes" in Bartow Co., GA, per EMS. People trapped in homes btwn. Kingston & Cassville

At 9 PM, there were 412,229 power outages in the state of Georgia -- more than the Blizzard of '93.

TWC Breaking
#Tornado near White, GA (Bartow County). Similar path of first supercell into NW Cherokee, Gilmer Counties. Take cover in Jasper!

TWC Breaking
Tuscaloosa City Schools Closed for a week according to local reports
1089. hydrus
I believe the SPC did a superb job with this system. They saved a lot of lives today, and continue to do so this moment. A lot of people went to great lengths to help others.
Quoting hydrus:
I believe the SPC did a superb job with this system. They saved a lot of lives today, and continue to do so this moment. A lot of people went to great lengths to help others.

Agreed. They nailed it.
Quoting MississippiWx:
Can't tell if the Tuscaloosa tornadic storm is weakening or in just a bad place for radar to pick it up.

I think little bit of both...
Quoting cat5hurricane:
133 and still counting...

Thats incredible.

Also, did I call it or what?

post 711 of this blog

Quoting TomTaylor:
More than that.

101 reports as of right now, I'm guessing it will be in the 130s by the end of the night


lol jk. We'll probably creep into the 140s by nights end
Quoting presslord:
My mother and Father...in the Buckhead area of Atlanta...say local TV is seriously down playing and under reporting...


Hi Presslord,
Tell them to go to WSB 2 they are doing an excellent job of following them on thier new radar.
TWC Breaking
Snell, MS - 4 dead. 12 injured - some are serious - according to NWS
A state being overshadowed by the violent tornado in Alabama...Mississippi had some serious tornado damage as well today. Reports are still coming in, some with fatalities:

TWC Breaking
Snell, MS - 4 dead. 12 injured - some are serious - according to NWS
Man this feed from Catoosa CO, is heart wrenching.
Quoting FLdewey:
I try not to use the word AMAZING too much... but this video is AMAZING.

FF to 4:00 if you want to be amazed... sick video.



speechless! Great video FLdewey.
Quoting TomTaylor:

Thats incredible.

Also, did I call it or what?

post 711 of this blog



lol jk. We'll probably creep into the 140s by nights end

yeah, I noticed that man. You said 130. good call. prolly gonna be a few more though before dawn awakes & we see natures fury.
Officer to dispatch. "Do we pick these bodies up or leave them here?" Sheesh.
Quoting cat5hurricane:

yeah, I noticed that man. You said 130. good call. prolly gonna be a few more though before dawn awakes & we see natures fury.
yep, which is unfortunate because those night time 'nados are the worst.
Ha...the beast is still chugging on Greenville Radar. As it gets more in range, it still looks very tornadic.
HOnestly, barring an actual on-the-ground trail, it's going to be impossible to tell if that's actually the same tornado.

The radar coverage in this area is very poor.

It looks like the next frame or two on radar it will cross into N. Carolina.
1103. Titoxd
The Cell is about to become a four-state tornado…

TORNADO WARNING
GAC137-241-NCC113-280330-
/O.NEW.KGSP.TO.W.0020.110428T0243Z-110428T0330Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1043 PM EDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN HABERSHAM COUNTY IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA...
RABUN COUNTY IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CLAYTON...
SOUTHERN MACON COUNTY IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA...

* UNTIL 1130 PM EDT

* AT 1039 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 15 MILES WEST OF
BATESVILLE...OR 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF CLEVELAND...MOVING NORTHEAST
AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BATESVILLE...
MOCCASIN CREEK STATE PARK AND LAKE BURTON...
LAKEMONT AND LAKE RABUN...
CLAYTON AND TIGER...
DILLARD AND MOUNTAIN CITY...
SCALY...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TORNADOES WHICH OCCUR AFTER DARK ARE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS. PEOPLE IN
THE WARNED AREA SHOULD PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR THIS TORNADO. MOBILE
HOMES AND VEHICLES SHOULD BE ABANDONED FOR STURDIER SHELTER.
OTHERWISE...GO TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST LEVEL OF YOUR HOME
OR PLACE OF BUSINESS.

TO REPORT TORNADOES...DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...OR FLOODING...
THROUGH OUR AUTOMATED REPORTING SYSTEM...CALL OUR TOLL FREE NUMBER...
1 8 7 7...6 3 3...6 7 7 2.

&&

LAT...LON 3489 8366 3494 8360 3495 8356 3499 8356
3500 8353 3505 8357 3524 8329 3523 8327
3508 8316 3506 8317 3499 8310 3495 8311
3488 8323 3482 8327 3482 8331 3469 8335
3464 8366 3476 8363 3481 8368
TIME...MOT...LOC 0243Z 237DEG 45KT 3475 8381

$$
07
Cyclonic Voyage - I am listening too...EMS people have their hands full..
Quoting srada:
I have a friend who just text me from huntsville, Al..said they had to shut the hospital down...city under water, buildings gone..waking up to the news tomorrow will be devasting..



Heartbreaking. Head bowed for all those suffering. :(
Quoting TomTaylor:
yep, which is unfortunate because those night time 'nados are the worst.

There was tornado report and warning from the NWS all through the night there. I was in disbelief that this system was so strong.
Quoting MississippiWx:
Ha...the beast is still chugging on Greenville Radar. As it gets more in range, it still looks very tornadic.


I'm amazed, too. It's running over 3000-4500 ft mountains and still has a very strong echo.
Quoting CyclonicVoyage:
Officer to dispatch. "Do we pick these bodies up or leave them here?" Sheesh.


TBH, leave them and continue rescue, recovery is after all heroic measures are exhausted.
Quoting MississippiWx:
Ha...the beast is still chugging on Greenville Radar. As it gets more in range, it still looks very tornadic.

she's still looks alive and well
oh gosh cyclonic...multiple trapped...
Wow, the latest radar image from Greenville shows an impressive hook echo and likely tornado still going...
1113. Patrap
Quoting SavannahStorm:


I'm amazed, too. It's running over 3000-4500 ft mountains and still has a very strong echo.

This one deserves a name like a hurricane. It might have killed more than many canes.
1115. hydrus
Quoting IFuSAYso:


TBH, leave them and continue rescue, recovery is after all heroic measures are exhausted.
Some of those bodies still may have a weak pulse...Its better to make sure they past before writing them off.
That's a long line of red.

Ally - you must be listening to the Catoosa feed. It's terrible - and twitter's full of people reporting truly unbelievable damage and injuries there.
TWC Breaking
At 11p ET...Tornado warnings extend as far N as W. Va. Tornadoes reported as far north as Virginia earlier.
Quoting shoreacres:
Ally - you must be listening to the Catoosa feed. It's terrible - and twitter's full of people reporting truly unbelievable damage and injuries there.


shores, yes I am...just horrible
Quoting AllyBama:
Cyclonic Voyage - I am listening too...EMS people have their hands full..


I can't imagine...

I was PO'd tonight because the AC failed today in the house, 90 degrees today, and won't be fixed till tomorrow. Thermostat sits at 84 right now.

Not PO'd any more...
how do u post a video on here?
Please post, e-mail, forward, etc.LinkThanks!!!
It seems those sirens haven't had a chance to turn off in Knoxville. They've been red all evening:

TORNADO WARNING
TNC009-093-105-123-155-280315-
/O.NEW.KMRX.TO.W.0078.110428T0249Z-110428T0315Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1049 PM EDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
BLOUNT COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
KNOX COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
LOUDON COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
MONROE COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
SEVIER COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1115 PM EDT

* AT 1042 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 6 MILES NORTH OF
MADISONVILLE. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING NORTHEAST AT
50 MPH.
Quoting shoreacres:
Ally - you must be listening to the Catoosa feed. It's terrible - and twitter's full of people reporting truly unbelievable damage and injuries there.


Listening to that feed too. You can hear people in the background intermittently who are in despair. Very difficult to hear.
Quoting hydrus:
Some of those bodies still may have a weak pulse...Its better to make sure they past before writing them off.


I was a fire fighter with the City of Pendleton, OR until the all call for help during the 2004 hurricane season (4 hurricanes). The officer already determined doa.
It ain't just that video that's sick... just sayin'...

I don't think I've got that kinda nerve, pple. That took a live, raw one that I just don't got....
Anyone got a link to the Catoosa feed?


Clayton, GA area, Rabun Gap, Franklin, NC and Highlands, NC need to hunker down NOW!
1131. hydrus
The now Quad-State tornadic storm is just going to go off the East Coast, hit the Gulf Stream, and then turn into a hurricane.
It's hard to say whether it was the same tornado the entire time, but the Tuscaloosa cell has been tornadic for almost 350 miles now.
Quoting CyclonicVoyage:


I can't imagine...

I was PO'd tonight because the AC failed today in the house, 90 degrees today, and won't be fixed till tomorrow. Thermostat sits at 84 right now.

Not PO'd any more...

we have beds to sleep in, clothes to change into, family to talk to, love ones to cuddle. Unfortunately, for many in the towns and cities, they have nothing left. Say a prayer before going to sleep tonight, that GOD gives them strength to pick up the pieces of there now shattered life and to continue walking along the path of life, and to give anyone else that needs a hand to get back on there feet.
1135. 7080734
How long was the Tri-State?
1136. hydrus
Quoting IFuSAYso:


I was a fire fighter with the City of Pendleton, OR until the all call for help during the 2004 hurricane season (4 hurricanes). The officer already determined doa.
I understand...I was in Charlotte County in 04...bad times to say the least.


quad state status achieved
Quoting RandomText:
HOnestly, barring an actual on-the-ground trail, it's going to be impossible to tell if that's actually the same tornado.

The radar coverage in this area is very poor.

It looks like the next frame or two on radar it will cross into N. Carolina.
Do correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is the Tuscaloosa Tornado from earlier.



Storm L0 on the Greenville radar
1139. brla61
Prayers of protection for all in the path of this storm. Prayers of comfort and restoration for all affected by this storm.

Thanks for all the info from everyone. My mom is on the phone right now with family in Hartwell,Ga. Are they in the path for any of the tornadoes?
Quoting RandomText:
Anyone got a link to the Catoosa feed?


Yeah.
Quoting FirstCoastMan:
how do u post a video on here?

Every Youtube video has some buttons underneath them.

Like/Add to/Share/Embed

Click on Embed
The embeded code will appear... with a copule of checkmark boxes
Before copying it --click on Use old embed code and select the size you want to embed... I usually use the 480x390
Select the size by clicking on it; that will update the embed code
Finally, select the embeded code, copy and paste to the blog (directly)
Hope this helps...
Quoting SavannahStorm:
It's hard to say whether it was the same tornado the entire time, but the Tuscaloosa cell has been tornadic for almost 350 miles now.


The debris field on radar has come and gone two more times in the past 40 minutes or so.

Just incredible system. All of this.


Yesterday's surface low was down to 989mb over land...

Now this tornado outbreak today was as bad or worse as the past two days combined...
Hi guys - been a while. I'm just checking on things on the South. Thank you Dr. Masters. This is so much better than reading a news article! By the way, the pictures are amazing!
Quoting TomTaylor:
Do correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is the Tuscaloosa Tornado from earlier.




It is the same storm cell, but it may not be the same tornado vortex for the entire track.
Here's a guy who (mostly) kept quiet and (mostly) held the camera steady:

1138:

Yes, that is the same cell as Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Gadsden, and Rome, and it has been tornadic since it formed in Mississippi.

TWC Breaking
#Tornado warning for Coweta, S. Fulton, Fayette, Heard Co., GA. Psbl #tornado SW of Newnan, GA.
1149. Patrap

Quoting brla61:
Are they in the path for any of the tornadoes?
Looks to me like the worst should stay west of them, but make sure she's vigilant.
Quoting cat5hurricane:
It seems those sirens haven't had a chance to turn off in Knoxville. They've been red all evening:

TORNADO WARNING
TNC009-093-105-123-155-280315-
/O.NEW.KMRX.TO.W.0078.110428T0249Z-110428T0315Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MORRISTOWN TN
1049 PM EDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
BLOUNT COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
KNOX COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
LOUDON COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
MONROE COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...
SEVIER COUNTY IN EAST TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1115 PM EDT

* AT 1042 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 6 MILES NORTH OF
MADISONVILLE. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS TORNADO MOVING NORTHEAST AT
50 MPH.


I used to live in Knoxville and they DO NOT have tornado sirens
It looks like the warning was just dropped on the beast just as it hit the Georgia/N. Carolina line.

HOpefully it will stay dead...
Quoting RandomText:
1138:

Yes, that is the same cell as Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Gadsden, and Rome, and it has been tornadic since it formed in Mississippi.

Ok that's what I thought. This is incredible.
1155. emcf30
Quoting hydrus:
Some of those bodies still may have a weak pulse...Its better to make sure they past before writing them off.


You may not want to here this, and alot of people dont understand, but during Triage you go by a color system Green walking wounded, yellow non ambulatory patients, red serious / critical, black deceased. ,If you have more patients on the scene than you have qualified emergency personnel you have to use your resources and apply to those that have a better chance of survival.Alot of time you have to write off some of the red patients. It sucks and I have had to do it on more than one occasion.
1157. Patrap
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Ah crap.

Nevermind.

The warning box is back again.

Sad...

It's a quad-state cell anyway, with 4 states continues tornado warnings, whether or not it's the same actual tornado.
1159. hydrus
Quoting emcf30:


You may not want to here this, and alot of people dont understand, but during Triage you go by a color system Green walking wounded, yellow non ambulatory patients, red serious / critical, black deceased. ,If you have more patients on the scene than you have qualified emergency personnel you have to use your resources and apply to those that have a better chance of survival.Alot of time you have to write off some of the red patients. It sucks and I have had to do it on more than one occasion.
what a day.
Quoting RandomText:
It looks like the warning was just dropped on the beast just as it hit the Georgia/N. Carolina line.

HOpefully it will stay dead...

dang, so close to breaking that nearly 100 year record.

Warning box is still up on the NWS map tho

1162. skook
Link


Atlanta live news
Quoting IFuSAYso:


Nothing persona, I don't donate to groups that have not been vetted. You should get vetted to give a warm fuzzy.Link


ROFLMAO !! we're more vetted than you can imagine
Quoting 7080734:
How long was the Tri-State?


219 miles.
1166. beell
Quoting presslord:


ROFLMAO !! we're more vetted than you can imagine


Roger that, Press!
1167. emcf30
Quoting hydrus:
what a day.


Like I said, it sucks and i am afraid in the AM, we are going to hear numbers and see damage that will blow our minds. What were are listening to in Ga is happening in dozens of communities what we cannot hear due to feeds being down. You said it WHAT A DAY
Quoting presslord:


ROFLMAO !! we're more vetted than you can imagine


Easy there, big guy. Don't go hurting yourself...:)


What Press said, IFu.
Quoting RandomText:
Ah crap.

Nevermind.

The warning box is back again.

Sad...

It's a quad-state cell anyway, with 4 states continues tornado warnings, whether or not it's the same actual tornado.


This thing's more stubborn than a tough tropical storm under extreme shear.
Quoting TomTaylor:

dang, so close to breaking that nearly 100 year record.

Warning box is still up on the NWS map tho



It's passing over top of Rabun Bald right now, 2nd highest mountain in Georgia at 4696 feet. Then its on to even higher mountains in NC.
Quoting IFuSAYso:


Nothing persona, I don't donate to groups that have not been vetted. You should get vetted to give a warm fuzzy.Link


Yep, I checked your Member Since date, because anyone that has been here any length of time knows Portlight and all the TREMENDOUS work they have done when others wouldn't or couldn't. They are beyond vetted.
Is this settling down some as it approaches Atlanta? Or not?
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
finally a break. Anyone know when the models are predicting the next front to come thru?
From Knoxville radar on long range, you can currently see 21 tornado warning boxes simultaneously on the latest frame.

Outbreak is still going strong, just in a different location.
Bald mtn is the highest point in Ga...for what that's worth
Re #1172... we can hope and pray.

I am going to bed now... overload is happening. I can't imagine what news reports are going to look like in the a.m....

Stay safe, my pple!
1179. hydrus
Quoting TomTaylor:
finally a break. Anyone know when the models are predicting the next front to come thru?
Quoting TomTaylor:
finally a break. Anyone know when the models are predicting the next front to come thru?
A lot of rain with the next front..CMC..Link

Quoting TomTaylor:
finally a break. Anyone know when the models are predicting the next front to come thru?

ZCZC SPCSWOD48 ALL
ACUS48 KWNS 270855
SPC AC 270855

DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0355 AM CDT WED APR 27 2011

VALID 301200Z - 051200Z

...DISCUSSION...
MEDIUM-RANGE MODELS IN DECENT AGREEMENT THROUGH ROUGHLY DAY 6 /MON.
5-2/...IN PROGRESSING A LARGE UPPER TROUGH SLOWLY EWD ACROSS THE
CENTRAL CONUS.

AS A SURFACE FRONT ADVANCES INTO THE UPPER GREAT LAKES/MIDWEST DAY 4
/SAT. 4-30/...IT APPEARS THAT A LACK OF RICHER LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE --
STILL CONFINED TO AREAS FARTHER S -- MAY PRECLUDE SUBSTANTIAL SEVERE
THREAT FROM MO NWD. MORE FAVORABLE SEVERE WEATHER ENVIRONMENT WILL
LIKELY EVOLVE FARTHER S HOWEVER INTO THE SRN PLAINS...AS A SECONDARY
LOW APPEARS LIKELY TO DEVELOP ALONG THE FRONT AS A SECOND PIECE OF
ENERGY ROTATES AROUND THE BASE OF THE MAIN UPPER TROUGH. MODELS DO
DIFFER HOWEVER IN LOCATION OF THE SECONDARY LOW DEVELOPMENT. WITH
ENHANCED LOW-LEVEL WIND FIELD ASSOCIATED WITH THIS LOW LIKELY TO BE
A PRIMARY DRIVER OF GREATER SEVERE WEATHER POTENTIAL...WILL NOT
INTRODUCE A THREAT AREA ATTM DESPITE ELEVATED POTENTIAL APPARENT
SOMEWHERE IN THE SRN OK/NRN AND CENTRAL TX AREA.

THREAT WILL SHIFT EWD DAY 5 /SUN. 5-1/ -- WITH GREATEST POTENTIAL
LIKELY TO RESIDE SOMEWHERE FROM THE TN VALLEY REGION SWWD INTO THE
LOWER MS VALLEY. HOWEVER...SOMEWHAT WEAKER WIND FIELD OVER SRN
PORTIONS OF THE REGION WHERE GREATER MOISTURE/INSTABILITY IS LIKELY
BUT LESS FAVORABLE THERMODYNAMICS FARTHER N WHERE THE MORE FAVORABLE
KINEMATIC CONDITIONS SHOULD RESIDE PRECLUDE FORECAST OF A HIGHER-END
THREAT AREA ATTM.

WITH THE FRONT PROGGED TO CONTINUE EWD DAY 6...CONVECTIVE POTENTIAL
SHOULD LIKEWISE SHIFT INTO THE ERN QUARTER OF THE COUNTRY.
HOWEVER...EVEN LESS FAVORABLE THERMODYNAMIC CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
ATTM.

FINALLY...DIFFERENCES IN THE MODELS DAY 7-8 WITH HANDLING THE
EVENTUAL DEPARTURE OF THIS FRONT OFF THE E COAST CAST UNCERTAINTY
ONTO THE CONVECTIVE POTENTIAL LATE IN THE PERIOD.

..GOSS.. 04/27/2011
Terrible day.....

Brother in Chattanooga got hit earlier, he was lucky...
Now my mother & rest of family is East TN is under the gun...
What a wicked storm system.

God Bless the families....

Portlight - thank you for your GOOD works!
1183. brla61
Quoting KoritheMan:

Looks to me like the worst should stay west of them, but make sure she's vigilant.



Thanks Korithe, we have them on alert! My mom is calling everyone. The majority of our family lives out there.
Quoting presslord:
Is this settling down some as it approaches Atlanta? Or not?


Doesn't appear so, still in the thick of things. Lots still SW of Atlanta.
1185. hydrus
Cant say I like this...
Was this system a hypercane?



False color RGB loop:

Hypercane?


I mean come on.

This has done more damage than many hurricanes, even most hurricanes.
1187. brla61
Quoting Patrap:
We are a 501c3 Non Profit and very much "vetted".

For those who want to lend a helping hand to those impacted by the widespread destruction this month's severe weather has brought, stop by the
portlight.org blog.

Jeff Masters



Will do, payday is friday. paypal is on the way!!
4 month old infant on life support....power outage.....my God...
1189. hydrus
1190. Patrap
Quoting brla61:



Will do, payday is friday. paypal is on the way!!


That's a kind thing, helping us to help others.

Thank you for your support.


Absolutely shocking photo gallery from Tuscaloosa. It looks like an atomic bomb went off...
1192. Patrap
Quoting presslord:
4 month old infant on life support....power outage.....my God...



Need a Generator asap to that locale
1193. hydrus
That tornado headed coming into Transylvania in WNC is headed right at my summer place & friends. Trending north like it may make it to Asheville. Hope the mountains tear it up.

The damage on TV is unreal..
1195. hydrus

Quoting RandomText:
even most hurricanes.
Eh... I dunno about that.
Watching that area closely --- family lives in them thar hills....
Mom is in North East TN & I know there have been some reports of damage.

Prayers....
Quoting Skyepony:
That tornado headed coming into Transylvania in WNC is headed right at my summer place & friends. Trending north like it may make it to Asheville. Hope the mountains tear it up.

The damage on TV is unreal..
1198. brla61
Quoting Patrap:


That's a kind thing, helping us to help others.

Thank you for your support.



Anytime Pat,God spared us here in Baton Rouge. I am so grateful. If I could, I would be out there helping to triage patients.
Been awhile since I've been on here but I see great work continues. This is real time info for me.Glued to the weather channel and this blog all while holding a prayer vigil.. Major multitasking here.

Quoting brla61:



God spared us here in Baton Rouge.
Ah, you live in Louisiana too? I'm very near you, in Prairieville.
Quoting hydrus:




All in the places that don't need anymore.

SOS, send rain to the deep south....
Apparently the "Beast" is still going in N.C.

Greg Forbes just mentioned it and said it's still got a hook echo signature.

I personally can't make it out, but obviously he has better tools available and a lifetime of experience tracking this stuff.
1202. Patrap
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This night is insane, cant say I've ever seen anything as intense as the amount of tornadoes we've been seeing over the last 12 hours.
Quoting Beachfoxx:
Terrible day.....

Brother in Chattanooga got hit earlier, he was lucky...
Now my mother & rest of family is East TN is under the gun...
What a wicked storm system.

God Bless the families....

Portlight - thank you for your GOOD works!


I heard that this morning Beach...I got family in Greenville, TN right near yours..
1205. brla61
Quoting KoritheMan:

Ah, you live in Louisiana too? I'm very near you, in Prairieville.


Yes sir, howdy neighbor
Thoughts on Augusta, GA and Columbia, SC area for the future of this line of storms?
1207. Patrap
G'night wunderland.

And our thoughts and prayer go with those affected by today's and this evening's tragic events.
Quoting KoritheMan:

Eh... I dunno about that.


If we named this super cyclone, it would make the list of the 30 deadliest "hurricanes" in U.S. history, based solely on the deaths in Alabama today.


30 deadliest U.S. hurricanes


This entire complex taken together has killed at least enough people to replace numbers 27 through 30 just today alone.

All told, over the past few days, it has probably done more economic damage than many of the storms on the list.
Can someone tell me where the cell is that has been causing so much heartache today?
1211. hydrus
Quoting CyclonicVoyage:




All in the places that don't need anymore.

SOS, send rain to the deep south....
Florida and Texas could sure use it...Texas more than Florida I believe..What a nightmare this tornado outbreak.
Quoting AllyBama:
Can someone tell me where the cell is that has been causing so much heartache today?


I heard there was a tornado down for 300 miles in alabama but can't find any information on it. Is it the same one?
Edit: found on previous page.
1213. Patrap
Please help in any way one can to any relief agencies.

The needs are great, as the images here show so vividly.

Tornado Impact Images,,
Not sure if this video has been posted of the Tuscaloosa tornado, but it's a must see. If this guy doesn't move his car, he's in the tornado.

Link
Quoting AllyBama:
Can someone tell me where the cell is that has been causing so much heartache today?


It is in N. Carolina headed towards Asheville.


It may have lost it's tornadic characteristics now. It has crossed a lot of rugged and high terrain recently.
What a horrible day! Got family in basement in Georgia now.....My daughter is freaking out!
1217. hydrus
Good night. Prayers to all
Thanks Randon...

Tampa - will be praying for her..
Just a side note and related to the current events. 1974 and 2006 were both record storm seasons, 2011 looks to be the same. 1974 & 2006 both featured average hurricane activity and we're for the most part very tame in terms of intensity.
Will this tornado outbrake force a change in the construction codes in the US?

Sure, that will save lives...
Interesting stuff on the CIMSS blog. Undular bore in the GOM & that thing~ we didn't know what, come out of the Bahamas 4-23.
Ready for round 2 tomorrow. Hopefully not a repeat of 12 days ago.

Cheers all, stay safe.
multiple entrapments and multiple injuries....at just one location...
Quoting hydrus:
Doesn't look good
Quoting hydrus:
A lot of rain with the next front..CMC..Link

Quoting KoritheMan:


SAT. 4-30/...IT APPEARS THAT A LACK OF RICHER LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE --
STILL CONFINED TO AREAS FARTHER S -- MAY PRECLUDE SUBSTANTIAL SEVERE
THREAT FROM MO NWD. MORE FAVORABLE SEVERE WEATHER ENVIRONMENT WILL
THREAT WILL SHIFT EWD DAY 5 /SUN. 5-1/ -- WITH GREATEST POTENTIAL
LIKELY TO RESIDE SOMEWHERE FROM THE TN VALLEY REGION SWWD INTO THE
LOWER MS VALLEY. HOWEVER...SOMEWHAT WEAKER WIND FIELD OVER SRN
PORTIONS OF THE REGION WHERE GREATER MOISTURE/INSTABILITY IS LIKELY
BUT LESS FAVORABLE THERMODYNAMICS FARTHER N WHERE THE MORE FAVORABLE
KINEMATIC CONDITIONS SHOULD RESIDE PRECLUDE FORECAST OF A HIGHER-END
THREAT AREA ATTM.

WITH THE FRONT PROGGED TO CONTINUE EWD DAY 6...CONVECTIVE POTENTIAL
SHOULD LIKEWISE SHIFT INTO THE ERN QUARTER OF THE COUNTRY. ,/em>


Thanks both of you.
About to get a severe thunderstorm here, would not be surprised if we lose power.


Can you tell me how to find that radar keeperofthegate?
Reports now indicate 402,000 homes and businesses in Alabama, w/o power...:(


Oops, forgot I was on my wife's laptop. PSLFLCaneVet...:)


G'night folks. Prayers for all those affected.
Maybe we should just start making houses and stuff under ground, with earthen mounds on top of them, like Hobbits or something.
1230. scott39
At least 40 dead in Al. Mobile is sending a search and rescue team. I pray the morning does not bring more bad news . This is a day I will never forget in my home state of Alabama. Thank you to organizations like Portlight. God Bless to everyone who helps these families in thier time of need and sorrow.
Quoting winter123:
About to get a severe thunderstorm here, would not be surprised if we lose power.


Can you tell me how to find that radar keeperofthegate?
i can give u the link its a tricky site took me over 4 years to figure it all out still learning

Link

Quoting sunlinepr:
Will this tornado outbrake force a change in the construction codes in the US?

Sure, that will save lives...
You're forgetting that our government's top priority isn't saving lives; it's money. In short, no it won't.
Quoting presslord:
multiple entrapments and multiple injuries....at just one location...


Had to stop listening to that, too tough..



OMG so visible.
Quoting KoritheMan:

You're forgetting that our government's top priority isn't saving lives; it's money. In short, no it won't.
I disagree. I find it hard to believe that the government doesn't want to save lives. The question is, will enforcing a new building code be cost effective? I mean, whats the probability for a single house in the middle of Alabama to be hit by two tornadoes within a fifty year span? I'm guessing very low.

On the other hand, hurricanes are much larger and have a higher return rate, therefore it is cost effective to have stricter building codes along the coast.
Quoting CyclonicVoyage:


Had to stop listening to that, too tough..


these people are so impressive...the professionalism is is inspirational
1238. bassis
Any chances those storms in Atalanta hold together to hit Charlotte area of NC?
It looks like to me, the Tuscaloosa damage is within the EF 4 range. I guess there could be other parts that haven't been reached yet that could have saw EF 5 conditions. Regardless, the tornado outbreak over the last 3 days will never be forgotten, and is arguably the worst since 1974.
Tornado heading toward Hampton, Georgia..........TAKE COVER NOW

Quoting SouthDadeFish:
 I find it hard to believe that the government doesn't want to save lives.
Recall Congress' recent plan to curb a significant amount of funding from various NWS programs for the duration of the fiscal year.
Hey guys how are all of you I had the most quietest birthday in a long lime

Quoting wunderkidcayman:
Hey guys how are all of you I had the most quietest birthday in a long lime
Happy birthday! I'm doing fine. Can't say the same for a lot of folks, though. :/
Two debris balls in the tornadic cells south of Atlanta.
Who can explain what's causing the radar return over the entire st of fl. Check tampa radar...
Quoting Skyepony:
Interesting stuff on the CIMSS blog. Undular bore in the GOM & that thing~ we didn't know what, come out of the Bahamas 4-23.

That is the first undular bore I have ever seen.
I hope your friends and property in NC remain safe and intact through these storms.
Quoting SouthDadeFish:
I disagree. I find it hard to believe that the government doesn't want to save lives. The question is, will enforcing a new building code be cost effective? I mean, whats the probability for a single house in the middle of Alabama to be hit by two tornadoes within a fifty year span? I'm guessing very low.

On the other hand, hurricanes are much larger and have a higher return rate, therefore it is cost effective to have stricter building codes along the coast.
We have a 14 trillion dollar debt right now...any bills that suggest spending will get immediately shot down. Changing the building codes, and then implementing the changes would require plenty of spending.

So your idea, while a good one, won't be happening any time soon.
FEMA emergency declaration. Link

Most likely individual assistance will be declared after damage assessments.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC
1221 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
HABERSHAM COUNTY IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF CLARKESVILLE...
SOUTHERN RABUN COUNTY IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA...
NORTHWESTERN STEPHENS COUNTY IN NORTHEAST GEORGIA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF TOCCOA...
CENTRAL OCONEE COUNTY IN UPSTATE SOUTH CAROLINA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF WALHALLA...
Severe storm here weakened, I'm sure it was nothing at all like what's happening in the south. I saw the tornado video on the weather channel taken in Tuscaloosa.. they must have been within a few hundred feet! My heart goes out to the thousands affected.. Good night.
Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
Who can explain what's causing the radar return over the entire st of fl. Check tampa radar...


That is low level moisture being pulled in by the storms to the north.

The stuff is showing up on radar, but most of it is not falling as rain. It is the fuel that is feeding the storm, in this case it just happens to be moving over Florida.


You can go back over the past few days looking at shortwave and RGB satellite, as well as Brownsvill, TX radar, and see the same thing happened pretty much during all of the outbreaks.

It's just a lot of moist, energetic air at low levels being pulled into the front to feed the tornados.
Wunderground needs a delete comment feature, I accidentally quoted myself and edited my post within the quote, d'oh!
Quoting KoritheMan:

You're forgetting that our government's top priority isn't saving lives; it's money. In short, no it won't.

Government's top priority should be public safety, i.e., saing lives.
Business's top priority is making and saving money.
The problem is when government becomes more concerned about business interests than public interests.
Just learned I have another A in grad school for public administration: public budgeting this time.
Just proves it's never too late to try to improve yourself.
Quoting IFuSAYso:
FEMA emergency declaration. Link

Most likely individual assistance will be declared after damage assessments.


sure hope so because they are going to need it!..hopefully the government has funded FEMA for these diasters..
1256. 7080734
Anyone have any info about the southern Chattanooga area in Tennessee? I have a really good friend down there...
Quoting RandomText:


That is low level moisture being pulled in by the storms to the north.

The stuff is showing up on radar, but most of it is not falling as rain. It is the fuel that is feeding the storm, in this case it just happens to be moving over Florida.


You can go back over the past few days looking at shortwave and RGB satellite, as well as Brownsvill, TX radar, and see the same thing happened pretty much during all of the outbreaks.

It's just a lot of moist, energetic air at low levels being pulled into the front to feed the tornados.
Yeah, but why is it visible on radar if it's not actually condensed moisture?
Quoting AllyBama:


sure hope so because they are going to need it!..hopefully the government has funded FEMA for these diasters..


Its nearly an election year.
Is there something here?



Quoting 7080734:
Anyone have any info about the southern Chattanooga area in Tennessee? I have a really good friend down there...

That area was hit hard today, more than once.
1261. 7080734
Quoting Chicklit:

That area was hit hard today, more than once.

Oh god...

Quoting Chicklit:

Just proves it's never too late to try to improve yourself.
Words to live by. Good to see you, btw.
Quoting IFuSAYso:


Its nearly an election year.

That's a strange thing to say.
Anyway, goodnight all. Rough day.
Am sure Dr. Masters will have it all summed up for us sometime tomorrow; unfortunately, it will not be as easy for the folks in the paths of these storms.

Quoting sunlinepr:
Is there something here?

NHC 18z surface analysis depicts a surface trough in the vicinity:


Quoting TomTaylor:
We have a 14 trillion dollar debt right now...any bills that suggest spending will get immediately shot down. Changing the building codes, and then implementing the changes would require plenty of spending.

So your idea, while a good one, won't be happening any time soon.
I don't understand what you're saying? I'm suggesting keeping building codes as they currently are, not increase spending. I was saying the probability to get hit by a tornado is relatively low.
Quoting KoritheMan:

Words to live by. Good to see you, btw.

You too, Korintheman. I always appreciate your comments during cane season which according to someone here today is 34 days away.
Quoting KoritheMan:

NHC 18z surface analysis depicts a surface trough in the vicinity:



Thanks...
Quoting KoritheMan:

Recall Congress' recent plan to curb a significant amount of funding from various NWS programs for the duration of the fiscal year.
My point is, it's not as if they deliberately don't care about saving lives. Sure a large part of it is money, but they had to make cuts somewhere. I strongly disagree with cuts to NOAA and NWS, but they are cutting many other things as well. It's not a perfect system by any means, but the only thing people can really do is be prepared for the worst.
Quoting RandomText:


That is low level moisture being pulled in by the storms to the north.

The stuff is showing up on radar, but most of it is not falling as rain. It is the fuel that is feeding the storm, in this case it just happens to be moving over Florida.


You can go back over the past few days looking at shortwave and RGB satellite, as well as Brownsvill, TX radar, and see the same thing happened pretty much during all of the outbreaks.

It's just a lot of moist, energetic air at low levels being pulled into the front to feed the tornados.

cool job tracking the storms today RandomText.
goodnight.
Quoting Chicklit:

You too, Korintheman. I always appreciate your comments during cane season which according to someone here today is 34 days away.
33 days now chicklit
1272. flsky
Quoting Chicklit:

That is the first undular bore I have ever seen.
I hope your friends and property in NC remain safe and intact through these storms.

I've never heard of this before. I think I saw one of these formations off of Ponce Inlet, FL last year. Very odd looking. I have a picture somewhere.
Quoting SouthDadeFish:
I don't understand what you're saying? I'm suggesting keeping building codes as they currently are, not increase spending. I was saying the probability to get hit by a tornado is relatively low.

What is the cost of an average tornado season in the US? (asuming that saving lives is not the priority and not taking it in consideration)
If you have loved ones missing, or know that your loved ones are safe and want to let other people know they are safe, I recommend checking out this website as the Red Cross has suggested. Link
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
33 days now chicklit

lol keeper.
glad you're keeping watch on things.
Tornado season intensifies, without consensus on why By A.G. SULZBERGER | New York Times | Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 7:23 pm

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All the warning sirens echoing across the Great Plains, Midwest and Southeast this month leave little doubt that the tornado season — which has plowed a trail of destruction through communities from Oklahoma to Wisconsin to Georgia — is off to an unusually busy start.

So far this year, tornadoes have killed 41 people and torn apart countless neighborhoods and, this weekend, one major airport.

As the country braces for several more days of potentially violent weather, meteorologists say the number of April tornadoes is on track to top the record. There have been, according to preliminary estimates, about 250 tornadoes this month and, in all likelihood, more are still to come, said Greg Carbin, the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

“It’s unusual but it does happen,” said Howard Bluestein, a meteorology professor at the University of Oklahoma who specializes in tornado research. “This isn’t a sign that the world is about to end.”

Those same experts note that drawing conclusions about the true size of, or reason for, an increase in tornado activity is difficult because historical statistics are unreliable due to changes in the way storms are tracked and measured.

Although the average number of April tornadoes steadily increased from 74 a year in the 1950s to 163 a year in the 2000s, nearly all of the increase is of the least powerful tornadoes that may touch down briefly without causing much damage. That suggests better reporting is largely responsible for the increase.

There are, on average, 1,300 tornadoes each year in the United States, which have caused an average of 65 deaths annually in recent years.

The number of tornadoes rated from EF1 to EF5 on the enhanced Fujita scale, used to measure tornado strength, has stayed relatively constant for the past half century at about 500 annually. But in that time the number of confirmed EF0 tornadoes has steadily increased to more than 800 a year from less than 100 a year, said Harold Brooks, a research meteorologist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory.

In April 1974, for example, there was a record 267 tornadoes reported but the actual number that occurred is believed to be closer to 500.

“Today we seem to know about every single tree branch knocked down,” Carbin said. “We have eyes everywhere and we have radar and satellite. It would be very difficult for a tornado to sneak through unnoticed.”

Tornadoes form when warm moist air combines with powerful dynamic winds inside a thunderstorm, sending a funnel cloud spinning toward the ground. They are most common in spring, typically peaking in May.

Though scientists believe that climate change will contribute to increasingly severe weather phenomena, including hurricanes and thunderstorms, there is little consensus about how it may affect tornadoes.

It remains unclear, partly because of the lack of historical data and partly because of their unpredictable nature, whether they will increase in number or strength or geographic range.

The large number of tornadoes so far may simply reflect normal variability, Brooks said.

Those assurances do not mean much to people like Kandice Shaw, a frequent business traveler who arrived at her hometown airport in St. Louis to find most of the windows boarded up and many other signs of storm damage. She worried about the increase in violent weather this spring. “We’ve had nothing but tornadoes,” she said. “I feel like I’m living in the Land of Oz.”
Never seen this before from a NWS Forecast Discussion:

Jackson, MS NWS:

UPDATE...MUCH QUIETER CONDITIONS EXIST ACROSS THE REGION OPPOSED TO
EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. DRYLINE/COLD FRONT HAS PUSHED THROUGH MUCH OF
THE ARKLAMISS REGION EXCEPT FOR THE EXTREME SOUTHEAST COUNTIES. AS
SUCH...A HANDFUL OF COUNTIES REMAIN UNDER TORNADO WATCH 243 BUT WILL
SOON BE CANCELED OUT BY 10PM AS THE FRONT SHIFT THROUGH THE ENTIRE
REGION.

HOURLY TEMPERATURES AND DEWPOINTS WERE ADJUSTED TO ACCOUNT FOR GOOD
COOLING AND DRYING TAKING PLACE BEHIND THE DRYLINE. POP AND WEATHER
GRIDS WERE ALSO TWEAKED TO REMOVE CHANCE AND SLIGHT CHANCE
THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE REGION EXCEPT FOR SOUTHEASTERN AREAS OF
MISSISSIPPI. MUCH QUIETER CONDITIONS WILL BE ON TAP FOR THURSDAY AND
THE THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. VALID PORTIONS OF PREVIOUS AFD ARE
ATTACHED AS WELL AS A NEW AVIATION DISCUSSION.


PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER THOSE ACROSS THE SOUTH
THAT WERE AFFECTED BY THE DEVASTATING STORMS ON THIS UNFORTUNATE
DAY.
/ALLEN/
Quoting flsky:

I've never heard of this before. I think I saw one of these formations off of Ponce Inlet, FL last year. Very odd looking. I have a picture somewhere.

You never know what Skyepony will come up with.
She is a very clever person.
all's well that ends well.
As they say in crisis management: 'tonight we stabilize; tomorrow we assess the damage.'
1280. flsky
Quoting AllyBama:


sure hope so because they are going to need it!..hopefully the government has funded FEMA for these diasters..

This is probably something that the "you-know-who's" want cut.
storms appear to be winding down as per plymouth radar more orange now then reds and dark purples like earlier

Quoting SouthDadeFish:
My point is, it's not as if they deliberately don't care about saving lives.
I know, and perhaps I shouldn't have implied such an absolute statement. I'm just rattled about tonight's events. Sorry.

I'm also all for cuts, but only where they're needed. Looking at it objectively, ALL facets of the NWS are needed. At least, if our top priority is public safety.
1283. flsky
Quoting Chicklit:

You never know what Skyepony will come up with.
She is a very clever person.
all's well that ends well.
As they say in crisis management: 'tonight we stabilize; tomorrow we assess the damage.'

It's been a horrible day - which is still not over....
According to this article, only 31.1% of tornado fatalities occur from permanent homes anyway, so increasing that building code wont help too much with lowering the fatality rate. You still have people in mobile homes, which is the main risk, as well as people in vehicles and other things such as this. Link
Very strong rotation heading toward the town of Barnesville, Georgia. Looks like another possible strong to violent tornado. Let's hope that's not the case.
1286. flsky
Quoting Chicklit:

You never know what Skyepony will come up with.
She is a very clever person.
all's well that ends well.
As they say in crisis management: 'tonight we stabilize; tomorrow we assess the damage.'

I know she (he?) is great.
Quoting KoritheMan:

I know, and perhaps I shouldn't have implied such an absolute statement. I'm just rattled about tonight's events. Sorry.

I'm also all for cuts, but only where they're needed. Looking at it objectively, ALL facets of the NWS are needed. At least, if our top priority is public safety.
I definitely agree. Sorry if I offended you, you are not the only one rattled by the crazy weather we have been witnessing. I hope NWS slowly gets its funding back, because as well all know, the cash invested to their programs is definitely worth it.

Quoting flsky:

I know she (he?) is great.
She.
"One of the most devastating in U.S. history: the May 3 Moore, Okla., twister that killed dozens of people had a cost of $1.1 billion in damage, according to the Storm Prediction Center".
MississippiWx, that wording in the NWS discussion is just downright scary. They hardly ever use language like that. The only thing I can recall similar is when they described the threat of Hurricane Ike's storm surge saying: those that do not evacuate will face certain death. (Something like that lol)
Debris ball heading through the town of Barnesville. Almost 100% certain a strong tornado is moving through the town.
I'm off for the night, I will be praying for those affected by the storms over the past days. I could only imagine what it would be like to lose everything you have in 1 minute.

Quoting SouthDadeFish:
I definitely agree. Sorry if I offended you, you are not the only one rattled by the crazy weather we have been witnessing. I hope NWS slowly gets its funding back, because as well all know, the cash invested to their programs is definitely worth it.
For future reference, I am rarely offended. On the rare occasions that I actually am, I will make it known. Our banter was no exception.

As for the funding, I thought that the government had agreed not to cease funding? Perhaps I heard wrong...?
My gosh, I am absolutely stunned at what has happened today. To say it was a a historic tornado outbreak doesn't even begin to do justice. Even the local weather guys down here in Tampa Bay spent tonight covering the tornado outbreak. When I just got back from school around 5 or whenever it was, I turn on the tv, and I see the live camera feed of a massive wedge tornado tearing through Tuscaloosa on the local weather station here. That just gave me the chills.

Even with all the excellent jobs by the NWS to give advanced warnings of these tornadoes, when there are that many powerful tornadoes hitting populated areas sadly I knew some people were going to be caught off guard and killed....


Good Lord let this remind us to not let pride think we have everything under control in the modern world. We knew it was coming, but we couldn't do anything about it.
Quoting SouthDadeFish:
I don't understand what you're saying? I'm suggesting keeping building codes as they currently are, not increase spending. I was saying the probability to get hit by a tornado is relatively low.
sorry man, confused you with sunlinepr. He said something like would the tornado devastation encourage better building codes or something
1298. flsky
Quoting RandomText:
Maybe we should just start making houses and stuff under ground, with earthen mounds on top of them, like Hobbits or something.

They'd just get flooded.
Quoting MississippiWx:
Debris ball heading through the town of Barnesville. Almost 100% certain a strong tornado is moving through the town.



yep got it on radar
Quoting TomTaylor:
sorry man, confused you with sunlinepr. He said something like would the tornado devastation encourage better building codes or something


All those destroyed houses can be rebuilt with newer codes.

How about building something like a concrete small room 6X6, and 4 feet tall, in the middle of every house, {ground level} with a top sliding door, where the family can get into? That would resist a big tornado.... at least could save lives...

What about making it an obligation in order to get insurance?



2 Tornado's just south of Atlanta now!!!!
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
tuscaloosa tornado storm cell looks to be finally dying, tornado is likely gone
Quoting sunlinepr:


All those destroyed houses can be rebuilt with newer codes.

How about building something like a concrete small room 6X6, and 4 feet tall, in the middle of every house, {ground level} with a top sliding door, where the family can get into? That would resist a big tornado.... at least could save lives...
Yea, I know. I agree with you. But I'm just saying I'm not too certain it will happen.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
108 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN BUTTS COUNTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA
JASPER COUNTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTH CENTRAL MONROE COUNTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA
SOUTHWESTERN PUTNAM COUNTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA

* UNTIL 200 AM EDT
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
112 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SMYTH COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
TAZEWELL COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
WESTERN WYTHE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
SOUTHWESTERN BLAND COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

* UNTIL 145 AM EDT.
anyway i am done for this night later all hopefully the weather will give us a much deserved break for a few days iam tied of trackin over the last 3 or 4 days


news in the am come first light is going to be bad i figure hope for the best but expect the worse


iam out

KOTG.


1309. skook
Link


Central Georgia News, live on air
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
118 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY IN EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA...
ALLEGANY COUNTY IN WESTERN MARYLAND...
MINERAL COUNTY IN EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA...

* UNTIL 145 AM EDT
ULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
120 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SMYTH COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
TAZEWELL COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
WESTERN WYTHE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
SOUTHWESTERN BLAND COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

* UNTIL 145 AM EDT.
I'm still coming to terms with how bad this was tonight, my gosh.........


Well, looking into history, there really is no correlation between severe weather outbreaks in the U.S. and a bad hurricane season. Hopefully, that will continue this year. Its just 2011 seems to be having more and more disturbing weather events, and you can't help but wonder if the Atlantic Hurricane Season will follow.

I mean, from a scientific perspective, the severe weather of 2011 doesn't mean the Atlantic 2011 hurricane season will be disturbing too. However, from a emotional perspective, living in Florida, I can't help but fear the future hurricane season a little....
1313. mbjjm
It's been another crazy night of tornados and severe weather.These past few days will go down in history. Overview from cnn
http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action= wp&feedId=3780


EMS is asking for help..........OMG! MAJOR damage they are saying south of Atlanta!
1316. alfabob
WU is saying that the pressure is 28.50in (965mb) just north of Detroit; that's borderline cat 3. Closest real time I can find it this:

Guess i will stay up all nite watching RADARS for my Daughter and others. She is sleeping by her phone and has a mattress in the bathroom if i call her. She is prepared if i call.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
228 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHWESTERN JASPER COUNTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA
NORTHWESTERN JONES COUNTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA
MONROE COUNTY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA
SOUTHERN LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL GEORGIA

* UNTIL 315 AM EDT
Deleted. Old news, I think. My apologies.
Deleted ... bad link
I think that cell from the Tuscaloosa tornado is finally dying out on the Virginia / North Carolina border near Mt Airy. I am pretty sure that is the same storm.
1323. RTLSNK
A quick morning update:

--The SPC lists 153 tornado reports for yesterday;

--The death toll is "officially" around 85, though in reading many local reports, will climb substantially higher;

--Damage should easily climb into the 10 figures;

--There are still tornado-warned cells in Georgia and eastern New York;

--Virginia, Georgia, and both North and South Carolina should see action today, though (thankfully) much more limited than yesterday.
1325. RTLSNK
Yes, they are here, and moving fast.
A short but interesting clip of a tornado near Empire, Alabama, coming down the side of a hill. It's amazing how quickly some of these storms were moving:

1327. RTLSNK
Storm X0, 61 dBZ, 46,000 ft, TVS showing, 1.50" hail, headed for Augusta.
1328. RTLSNK
1329. aquak9
east horizon lighter than west horizon, another sunrise is imminent.

Please, no more nights like last night. Please let the severe weather be over.

(lifts coffee cup to friends, afraid to make eye contact)
1330. RTLSNK
Storm C5, 65 dBZ, 46,000 ft, 2.25" hail, TVS
Good morning. It's almost over, aqua. Thankfully.

The death toll has just doubled, jumping to 159, including 128 in Alabama so far. Good grief.

A new tornado warning at the Florida/Georgia/Alabama junction.
1332. IKE

Quoting BadHurricane:
Stupid american flimsy wooden houses!!!
Maybe the people couldn't afford better.

What a crappy comment.
1333. aquak9
Did you read that link, Nea? It's terrible.

Did you read about the chickens?

Ya'll PLEASE donate blood. Even if your blood does not go to those people who need it in the affected areas, it will allow local blood banks to re-route any extra blood products to them.
1334. RTLSNK
Quoting aquak9:
east horizon lighter than west horizon, another sunrise is imminent.

Please, no more nights like last night. Please let the severe weather be over.

(lifts coffee cup to friends, afraid to make eye contact)


Morning water puppy, lifts coffee cup. :)
I have to say I'm developing a real love/hate relationship with my Midland MR100 Weather Radio. Hate that sound, love the fact that it has given me a 20 minute warning for the last two tornado's. Now if I could just hook the coffee pot up to it that would be nice. :)
1335. aquak9
He might as well have said "stupid japanese farmers living near a nuke plant."

And I'll add a 5.8 right offa Honshu this morning.
1336. aquak9
Quoting RTLSNK:


Morning water puppy, lifts coffee cup. :)
I have to say I'm developing a real love/hate relationship with my Midland MR100 Weather Radio. Hate that sound, love the fact that it has given me a 20 minute warning for the last two tornado's. Now if I could just hook the coffee pot up to it that would be nice. :)


Hi snake. I'll check with Rainman, see what he can come up with. That's an excellent idea. :)

We have 13 radios here, this place is like NORAD when the weather is threatening....I understand that love/hate thing.
Really sad to hear what's happened in the Southern States.
Quoting aquak9:


Hi snake. I'll check with Rainman, see what he can come up with. That's an excellent idea. :)

We have 13 radios here, this place is like NORAD when the weather is threatening....I understand that love/hate thing.




Been up all nite watching Radar while my Daughter and other Family are sleeping. Told her to keep a phone by her ear and she was ready and prepared the best she could if i had called......I SURE WILL be glad to get some sleep later today. Her BoyFriends family spent nearly the entire nite in their basement. My daughter goes to Georgia Southern in Statsboro.....the storm system will be approaching there shortly. This has been one heck of a spring for many who's lives have been changed forever!
1339. IKE
TWC reporting death toll at 170.....total...so far.
Death Toll could easily reach 250 by the end of today... Unfortunately I have a friend that lives in Tuscaloosa.. I have had no contact with him since the tornado
1341. IKE
171 dead....per TWC.

From CNN...Powerful tornadoes and storms in the South killed at least 173 people,
according to state officials. Alabama appears hardest hit with at least
128 dead.
Quoting IKE:
TWC reporting death toll at 170.....total...so far.


Actually, if you add the numbers they quoted, it's 169.

128 in AL, 32 in MS and 9 in GA.
Sure to rise.
1343. RTLSNK
Quoting IKE:
171 dead....per TWC.

From CNN...Powerful tornadoes and storms in the South killed at least 173 people,
according to state officials. Alabama appears hardest hit with at least
128 dead.


Unreal...
Quoting Thundercloud01221991:
Death Toll could easily reach 250 by the end of today... Unfortunately I have a friend that lives in Tuscaloosa.. I have had no contact with him since the tornado

Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, my worst fear began coming to light with the mention of these deaths that jumped overnight on the radio this morning. Just tragic.

My prayers go out to your friend, buddy.
1346. srada
Good Morning Everyone

Watching Good Morning America and the pictures are heartbreaking..we have a window here in Eastern NC from about 1pm to 7pm for Tornados..Prayers for the South are needed desperately..
1347. emcf30
What is unreal, they are not letting the media in the hardest hit areas. I have 2 cousins who go to UA and live off campus. My mom just called and said they just called and are fine. The apartment they live in is severely damaged but still standing. The worked all night helping in the Pleasant Groves area which they live right out side of. But what they said, the death toll is going up in that area. Today is going to be a very hard day for many.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
730 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN RICHLAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
EASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
SUMTER COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
CENTRAL CLARENDON COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 815 AM EDT
Upstate NY:

TORNADO WARNING
NYC105-281200-
/O.NEW.KBGM.TO.W.0018.110428T1133Z-110428T1200Z/

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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
733 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SULLIVAN COUNTY IN CENTRAL NEW YORK...

* UNTIL 800 AM EDT.

* AT 730 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR
MAPLEWOOD...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* THE STORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
LOCH SHELDRAKE...NEVERSINK AND WOODBOURNE BY 740 AM EDT...
GRAHAMSVILLE AND 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WILLOWEMOC BY 745 AM EDT...
1351. IKE
Per MSNBC....

"Ongoing
tornadoes, storms kill at least 183"
Quoting IKE:

Maybe the people couldn't afford better.

What a crappy comment.


Come on please, even here in Croatia people have better houses!

USA facts --> GDP (purchasing power parity): $14.72 trillion (2010 est.)
Croatia facts --> GDP (purchasing power parity): $78.52 billion (2010 est.)
Quoting TampaSpin:
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
730 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN RICHLAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
EASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
SUMTER COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
CENTRAL CLARENDON COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 815 AM EDT


oh, man...
Multiple injuries in VA from a tornado this morning. Even a tornado touch down in Upstate NY this morning. Per TWC. Amazing!
Quoting presslord:


oh, man...


BE SAFE BROTHER
1357. scott39
I heard a report on T.V that there have been 808 tornados this month alone. Call it whatever you want, but something is up with violent weather events around the world. I feel like something has opened up, that we CANT put the lid back on!
1358. IKE

Quoting BadHurricane:


Come on please, even here in Croatia people have better houses!

USA facts --> GDP (purchasing power parity): $14.72 trillion (2010 est.)
Croatia facts --> GDP (purchasing power parity): $78.52 billion (2010 est.)
Like I said...some people can't afford better. Come look at my house. An EF-1 would destroy it.

Go ahead....cut me down.
Hope all these tornado outbreaks isn't a prelude to our hurricane season. I believe 1999, 2005, and 2008 had devastating outbreaks that eventually lead to an active season for landfalling hurricanes. No know there is no direct correlation but it's interesting that I pull up other years with really bad outbreaks and those same years were followed by landfalling hurricanes. Interesting find as I research this, this morning.
Quoting BadHurricane:


Come on please, even here in Croatia people have better houses!

USA facts --> GDP (purchasing power parity): $14.72 trillion (2010 est.)
Croatia facts --> GDP (purchasing power parity): $78.52 billion (2010 est.)

It really isn't going to make too much of a different between a wood frame, brick veneer, or solid 12 inch thick brick home like in Chicago, when a tornado of EF4 caliber that is a mile and a half wide passes directly over you. They will all be destroyed.
There is a Tornado bearing down on Bornwell
Terrible death tolls, actual destruction, and economic damage yesterday alone.

This frontal system and the associated cyclones has been far more deadly than all but a few U.S. hurricanes.



It's damage total may swell into the equivalent of the top 10 U.S. hurricanes.

I just think it's amazing that each year it seems as Tornado Alley has shifted to the SE US. Everyone thought the outbreak on Tuesday would have been big but wasn't instead the monster was unleashed yesterday and the same was earlier this month from Miss to NC which NC had over 150 reports in that state alone. I don't know if it's a change in wx patterns but it seems that something is going on.
Quoting RandomText:
Terrible death tolls, actual destruction, and economic damage yesterday alone.

This frontal system and the associated cyclones has been far more deadly than all but a few U.S. hurricanes.



It's damage total may swell into the equivalent of the top 10 U.S. hurricanes.


You are probably right. Utterly devastating.
Quoting IKE:

Like I said...some people can't afford better. Come look at my house. An EF-1 would destroy it.

Go ahead....cut me down.


I'm tired of these idiot remarks by some people on here. If an EF-4 tornado goes over you everything will be destroyed as witnessed yesterday. Some people I really don't think are educated about the power of these tornadoes. In many cases these tornadoes hit upscale neighborhoods and nothing was left but foundations. Anyways good morning IKE and don't let these fools bother you. Not worth it!
1366. IKE

Quoting RastaSteve:


I'm tired of these idiot remarks by some people on here. If an EF-4 tornado goes over you everything will be destroyed as witnessed yesterday. Some people I really don't think are educated about the power of these tornadoes. In many cases these tornadoes hit upscale neighborhoods and nothing was left but foundations. Anyways good morning IKE and don't let these fools bother you. Not worth it!
True.

Just thought the comment was uncalled for.

Have a nice day.
1367. IKE
Per TWC...32 dead in Tuscaloosa....600 hospitalized.
Quoting RastaSteve:
I just think it's amazing that each year it seems as Tornado Alley has shifted to the SE US. Everyone thought the outbreak on Tuesday would have been big but wasn't instead the monster was unleashed yesterday and the same was earlier this month from Miss to NC which NC had over 150 reports in that state alone. I don't know if it's a change in wx patterns but it seems that something is going on.
somethings going on and its called climate shift
Good Morning.

Loop

I woke up this morning dreaming of sheets of water covering everything, flowing down the driveway, over the road, the lawn, and water was coming in at the front door. Think I'll take a break for a while.
Sad day.
Quoting Neapolitan:
A short but interesting clip of a tornado near Empire, Alabama, coming down the side of a hill. It's amazing how quickly some of these storms were moving:



Nice video NEA!
Morning ya'll. I think the houses are stupid too. Unfortunately, That's what people have [had]. :o( Hindsight is always sooo clear.... The other thing is, I saw one of those videos yesterday from AL where that mile-wide tornado just chewed through the side of a mall or similar building.... I don't think we need to underestimate the power of the storm itself. The brick construction doesn't seem to be much better than wood for tornadoes. What about the poured concrete, or concrete block? [Mind u, after what I saw yesterday, I think anything with a non-flat profile woulda gotten chewed.... spooks!]

My thoughts and prayers go out to those in the impacted areas [5 states!] and warnings and safety wishes extend to those in the potential impact area today.
1372. pottery
What a lot of Bad News this morning.
I truly hope that the weather that is causing these tornados, changes soon.
Fascinating, Deadly, Terrible.
Noboddy needs this kind of stuff.
1373. Jax82
Tuscaloosa, looks like a war zone, i'm sure the death toll will rise as the search continues for survivors.









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4830 Total Gauges 56 Gauges: Major Flooding - Pink Color
356 Locations in Flood 95 Gauges: Moderate Flooding - Red Color
205 Gauges: Minor Flooding - Orange Color
298 Gauges: Observations older than 24 hours 318 Gauges: Near Flood Stage - Yellow Color
9 Gauges: Out of Service 3849 Gauges: No Flooding - Green Color

Heard on the radio just now Unofficially 211 dead and rising as daylight has commenced and people are being found. I'm at work and would be interested in seeing some of the destruction so if you guys could post pics I would appreciate it.
The death toll will likely rival some of our worst US hurricanes. I would say in the top 5 if not top 3.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
805 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN LEE COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
EASTERN SUMTER COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 830 AM EDT

* AT 804 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 12 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF LYNCHBURG...OR ABOUT 8 MILES EAST OF SOUTH SUMTER...
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
LYNCHBURG
Quoting RastaSteve:
Heard on the radio just now Unofficially 211 dead and rising as daylight has commenced and people are being found. I'm at work and would be interested in seeing some of the destruction so if you guys could post pics I would appreciate it.

You got it, partner. We'll all be here most of the day, while keeping those lost and suffering in our thoughts.
Watching the TWC last night, 30 miles away from the in Birmingham it was raining debris. Prayers go out to all effected. What a horrific event.



Have they got a good idea of how strong it was? It had to be at least a EF-3 and EF-4.
Quoting BadHurricane:
Stupid american flimsy wooden houses!!!
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I was watching Jeff Morrow last evening as he was reporting form Birmingham and roofing materials was raining down out of the sky while the tornado was over 15 miles away. I've never seen anything like this. Then as the tornado came into view Dr. Greg Forbes said it appeared to be a mile to 1 1/2 miles wide.
Agreed, Keep.

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
814 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
BALTIMORE COUNTY IN NORTHERN MARYLAND...
HARFORD COUNTY IN NORTHERN MARYLAND...

* UNTIL 845 AM EDT

* AT 809 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO OVER
NORTHWESTERN BALTIMORE COUNTY...OR 10 MILES EAST OF WESTMINSTER...
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
FREELAND...
MARYLAND LINE...
NORRISVILLE...
+15,000 Keeper.
Possible tornado just outside of Tallahassee take cover if you are around FSU campus.
... A Tornado Warning remains in effect until 830 am EDT for
southeastern Gadsden and western Leon counties...

At 816 am EDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar continued to
indicate a tornado. This tornado was located near Fort Braden...
moving east at 25 mph.

Other locations in the warning include but are not limited to midway

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

In addition to the tornado... this storm is capable of producing
quarter size hail and destructive straight line winds.


Lat... Lon 3039 8456 3048 8455 3055 8437 3039 8440
time... Mot... loc 1217z 257deg 20kt 3043 8451

I don't know about the other guy, but the "stupid house" thing is a way of blaming SOMEthing in the face of feelings of absolute inadequacy when confronted by the massive power of nature. This is the same comment you see from people... why did you live in the coastal zone when you know hurricanes are coming... why build a nuclear plant in an earthquake zone.... we as humans just don't always fully understand the devastating powers of nature.

And speaking of nuclear plants, I just read "The Browns Ferry nuclear power plant outside of Huntsville, Alabama, lost offsite power and had to use seven diesel generators to power the plant's three units.

The safety systems operated as needed and the emergency event was classified as the lowest of four levels, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said."

So the reality is we are just not as "big and bad" as we think we are as humans. Hubris r us.

Yeah...

The Florida penninsula should take heed, as the tail of the front has the longest travel time to get there.

They are the only location that is really going to have a day time heating cycle before the front arrives, so todays worst action may be in northern and central Florida.
Quoting pottery:
What a lot of Bad News this morning.
I truly hope that the weather that is causing these tornados, changes soon.
Fascinating, Deadly, Terrible.
Noboddy needs this kind of stuff.
its done today pottery it pushes of the coast soon not much longer we are on the backside of the mess now we have strong winds blowing as the centre lifts up and passes me by temps were 17 at 7 its now 11 falling quickly
Got to love the ignore feature.

a no longer little list
1394. aquak9
bless you Keeper- I'd send you a homemade apple pie if I could
Something else about the "stupid houses". I'll bet some of these pple were living in 3rd generation, maybe 4th generation homes their great grandparents built 100 years ago. Both our knowledge and our climate was different then. Poor houses... did they know 100 years ago that EF-4 tornadoes were going to be a part of their experience????
Quoting aquak9:
bless you Keeper- I'd send you a homemade apple pie if I could


LOL! Good Morning friend I'll try to send you some rain today and then you could offer me up an apple pie as well.
1397. IKE
Live areal images from Ringgold,GA on TWC....from WXIA-TV.
Quoting RandomText:
Yeah...

The Florida penninsula should take heed, as the tail of the front has the longest travel time to get there.

They are the only location that is really going to have a day time heating cycle before the front arrives, so todays worst action may be in northern and central Florida.


Yep already 83 here in orlando going up to 95 before the storms approach. Just the heat alone will create lots of instability here in C FL and then S FL later this evening.
Quoting BadHurricane:


I did not want to hurt anyone. Of course I feel sorry for people who have died. I just wanted to say that they would have a better chance to live in better conditions.
nothing withstands the power of nature remember one time they claim a ship was unsinkable and on the maiden trip it was sent to the bottom to show that nothing can withstand the power from this earth and all it took was an oversize icecube to do the deed
Quoting aquak9:
bless you Keeper- I'd send you a homemade apple pie if I could


LOVE YOU AQUA!....I would send something if I remembered how to bake!..lol
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
nothing withstands the power of nature remember one time they claim a ship was unsinkable and on the maiden trip it was sent to the bottom to show that nothing can withstand the power from this earth and all it took was an oversize icecube to do the deed

+1 Keep
Only other thing I can say this morning is last night really made me understand the power of tornados in a way I never before had.... Let's put it this way; I wouldn't actively choose to live in an area prone to them. Amazing to admit, I think I'd rather deal with the hurricanes, bad as they are. At least you can fool yourself that you've prepared....
1403. Jax82
CNN Live has a live stream coming in of the Georgia and Alabama damage. I also have to say TWC had great coverage of these tornadoes yesterday. Basically live coverage of the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham tornado. Jeff Morrow had an amazing location at the top of a hill just south of Birmingham and got an amazing shot of the Tornado passing north of the city. He was also showing us debris falling from the sky 30 minutes before the storm even arrived. This was at about 7pm, and there were so many Tornado warnings at once it was hard for them to follow them all. An epic and sad day yesterday.
1404. IKE

Quoting BahaHurican:
Only other thing I can say this morning is last night really made me understand the power of tornados in a way I never before had.... Let's put it this way; I wouldn't actively choose to live in an area prone to them. Amazing to admit, I think I'd rather deal with the hurricanes, bad as they are. At least you can fool yourself that you've prepared....
Which is why I'm glad I live in the Florida panhandle....tornadoes here are rare and usually aren't the kind that hit Tuscaloosa yesterday. I can jump in my car and run from a hurricane too!
1405. aquak9
Rasta- I don't think I can even mail an apple pie to orlando...
Re: 1404... Ike, more and more I am realizing that no matter where you live you will have to face some kind of threat from natural events. I guess the thing is to be as smart as you can about it and minimize the effects. Even then you can get surprised...
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC
831 AM EDT THU APR 28 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON NC HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
MARION COUNTY IN NORTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA
FLORENCE COUNTY IN NORTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 915 AM EDT

* AT 827 AM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 7 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF NEW HOPE...OR ABOUT 7 MILES NORTHWEST OF LAKE CITY...
MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* SOME LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
FRIENDFIELD...
HYMAN...
PAMPLICO...
GRESHAM...
BRITTON NECK...
RAINS...
i think i need a break maybe i will get a 24 hr rest o well just in case see ya all sometime friday
Isn't it kinda early in the a.m. for apple pie talk???? lol
1410. IKE

Quoting BahaHurican:
Re: 1404... Ike, more and more I am realizing that no matter where you live you will have to face some kind of threat from natural events. I guess the thing is to be as smart as you can about it and minimize the effects. Even then you can get surprised...
That is true.
Take care, KOTG..
1412. IKE

Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
i think i need a break maybe i will get a 24 hr rest o well just in case see ya all sometime friday
lol.


Apr 28, 8:32 AM EDT

South storm death climbs to 193; 128 in Ala.

Link
1414. FLdewey
What a mess.
Quoting FLdewey:
What a mess.


Morning, Big D.

Definitely.
1416. beell
Focus for today's severe should be over coastal NC for the most part.

Northern parts of Florida should see some thunderstorms but shear will be weakening through the day to 30 knots or less.

Maybe even a chance they will fall under some subsidence S of the departing upper jet.
1417. emcf30

Dedication to tornado victims.Nellie Vin. Abstract
Aquak9 - You can if you use FEDEX. I get tamales every December from my sister-in-law from New Mexico (if my brother-in-law doesn't eat them all on the way to FEDEX)
OK, now I want a basement in Florida.
1420. emcf30
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Sad sad day for all affected by these powerful storms, hoping the rescue efforts will bring us some stories of survivals. Clean up will take a great deal of time and effort and money.
Morning All
Coastal Carolina just went under a Tornado Watch until 4 pm!
Back to the houses thing... this is a topic that comes up every hurricane season.... could better building practices have prevented deaths?

In the case of tornados, it seems to me the number one building thing to do is to minimize or eradicate mobile homes. In the event of a hurricane, mobile home dwellers can evacuate to a shelter. Where do all the residents of a mobile home park go when they have only a few minutes to get away from a tornado?

The other thing that seems to be a lifesaver is a basement. I saw a picture this a.m. that suggested the wooden house which had "disappeared" [3 women were killed in the process] was built on stilts, that is with open space under the flooring, I'm assuming to minimize the effects of flooding. This design is excellent for the kinds of climate problems pple in the area were likely to have dealt with in the past, but not so effective for tornados, which would [and did] lift and toss / shred said house. There was obviously no basement dug into the ground at this house.

Would being made of stone / concrete / brick make such a design less vulnerable to tornados? Would a small "storm basement" in the same yard have helped to protect the lives of those ladies? [I'm keeping in mind that conditions which produce tornados also can produce massive flooding.]

I don't think it's a simple question of "stupid houses'. I'm sure people who are replacing their lost homes want to build better, stronger ones. But what is really going to be best for them going forward still presents a bit of a puzzle...
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
Tornado Watch for portions of

southeast Georgia
eastern North Carolina
eastern South Carolina
coastal waters

Effective this Thursday morning and afternoon from 850 am until
400 PM EDT.

Tornadoes...hail to 1.5 inches in diameter...thunderstorm wind
gusts to 70 mph...and dangerous lightning are possible in these
areas.

The Tornado Watch area is approximately along and 70 statute
miles east and west of a line from 15 miles south of Savannah
Georgia to 75 miles northeast of New Bern North Carolina. For a
complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline
update (wous64 kwns wou2).

Remember...a Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings.

Other watch information...continue...ww 249...ww 250...ww 251...

Discussion...broken band of pre-frontal convection will persist for
the next few hours...with additional development possible closer to
the coast as daytime heating proceeds. The environment is expected
to remain moderately unstable /MLCAPE aoa 1500 j per kg/...with
sufficient vertical shear to maintain a threat for damaging
winds/large hail...as well as a couple of tornadoes with embedded
supercells/bows.

Aviation...tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 1.5 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface
wind gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to
500. Mean storm motion vector 24035.


...Thompson

I know that Alabama is not in "Tornado Alley" but it sure seems that over the past 10 years it seems that they have been hit a lot and by some of the worst tornadoes.

Also, does someone know the percentage of world-wide tornadoes that occur in the US?
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Quoting biff4ugo:
OK, now I want a basement in Florida.
But will it flood? That's what's so problematic about basements south of the Piedmont line. The basement becomes the low point, and the water pours in there... so you have a choice between being bopped in the head or drowning.
Quoting clwstmchasr:
I know that Alabama is not in "Tornado Alley" but it sure seems that over the past 10 years it seems that they have been hit a lot and by some of the worst tornadoes.

Also, does someone know the percentage of world-wide tornadoes that occur in the US?


probably around 95% of the tornadoes
1429. aquak9
paka- thanks- I think apple pie this morning, is something we all need...
1423:

We get it
How you can help:Link
1432. P451
WV Imagery of the outbreak.





Press, somehow I don't think this is a good day to go fishing off SC.....
Tuscaloosa News:

Besides fatalities, casualties and destruction of homes and businesses in the tornado's path, the city's infrastructure was badly wounded. Tuscaloosa Emergency Management Agency off 35th Street had severe damage, and the city's Environmental Service Facility was nearly destroyed with garbage and trash trucks damaged as well.

"We've lost our ability to remove debris and garbage," Maddox said.

Link
Apparently India has some bad tornadoes as well.
Quoting PakaSurvivor:
Aquak9 - You can if you use FEDEX. I get tamales every December from my sister-in-law from New Mexico (if my brother-in-law doesn't eat them all on the way to FEDEX)

mmm.. Tamales...

Good morning, morning crew!
1438. Patrap
Well,the morning light bring the saddest news we all feared.


Death toll up to 193.
Quoting Patrap:
Well,the morning light bring the saddest news we all feared.




Indeed. Just horrific...:(
1441. FLdewey
If you're anywhere near any of the affected areas the best thing you could do is volunteer. Get in touch with the local Red Cross chapter and get your hands a little dirty. The need is great for simple things like distributing water and food to rescue workers. There is also a need for administrative tasks at shelters.

Don't think you can't volunteer - not everything involved in disaster relief requires you to be in top physical shape. Shelters need administrative support, food service, even just being a shoulder to cry on helps enormously.

If now isn't the right time for you take it as a reminder that just a few classes at your local Red Cross will make you a valuable asset in times of disaster.
Quoting biff4ugo:
OK, now I want a basement in Florida.
Same here for SE TX. I've actually priced it for a new house... it adds about 40 or 50% to the cost of the house, due to the waterproofing and such.

Also 1428. Its not nearly that much, more like 60-70%.
1443. Patrap
Ive canceled my Jazz Fest plans and will be working with Presslord on seeing how portlight can help some families.

So sad,,so many lives lost,so many affected.
Quoting FLdewey:
If you're anywhere near any of the affected areas the best thing you could do is volunteer. Get in touch with the local Red Cross chapter and get your hands a little dirty. The need is great for simple things like distributing water and food to rescue workers. There is also a need for administrative tasks at shelters.

Don't think you can't volunteer - not everything involved in disaster relief requires you to be in top physical shape. Shelters need administrative support, food service, even just being a shoulder to cry on helps enormously.

If now isn't the right time for you take it as a reminder that just a few classes at your local Red Cross will make you a valuable asset in times of disaster.



Excellent post, Brother. Kudos.
1445. emcf30


Storms killed 8 in VA.
Quoting FLdewey:
If you're anywhere near any of the affected areas the best thing you could do is volunteer. Get in touch with the local Red Cross chapter and get your hands a little dirty. The need is great for simple things like distributing water and food to rescue workers. There is also a need for administrative tasks at shelters.

Don't think you can't volunteer - not everything involved in disaster relief requires you to be in top physical shape. Shelters need administrative support, food service, even just being a shoulder to cry on helps enormously.

If now isn't the right time for you take it as a reminder that just a few classes at your local Red Cross will make you a valuable asset in times of disaster.

Excellent point. I sometimes think some refuse to help because they are physically unable to or feel helpless. This is inspiring.
What a sad morning for so many after all this severe weather.

I see many of you are debating storm cellers and basements, etc.

Tornadoes are something that happen every spring in the Mid South area.

Where I grew up in Blytheville Ark, we could not have basements because of the water level it would always be flooded.. Even our storm cellers had to be mostly above ground but you build a mount of dirt over the top.

We had one right off our back kitchen door into the laundry room... it was about 5' x 8' with a small opening with bench down each wall to sit on... most of the time it did have a few inches of water on the floor .... but at least you were safe when tornadoes were all over the place.

Bathtubs with a mattress on top of you are suppose to be safe if you have no basement or celler to get in...

I don't think you can build a house strong enough for an F5 tornado...but you can build one strong enough for the smaller ones that mostly destroy mobil homes and awnings, etc.

I will take a hurricane anyday over a tornado.. at least we have advance warning for hurricanes.. a tornado does not provide much of a warning..
Been in a few of them and have had damage to home from one in Jonesboro back in early 70's..

Being able to have a basement is the best.. you can just stay down there while this is going on..put a bed down there and all your supplies...

I pray Nature will calm down for a while and give us a break in all these natural disasters.

Hello everyone..

Cannot wait for Dr Jeff's update today to see what he has to say.
Quoting FLdewey:
If you're anywhere near any of the affected areas the best thing you could do is volunteer. Get in touch with the local Red Cross chapter and get your hands a little dirty. The need is great for simple things like distributing water and food to rescue workers. There is also a need for administrative tasks at shelters.

Don't think you can't volunteer - not everything involved in disaster relief requires you to be in top physical shape. Shelters need administrative support, food service, even just being a shoulder to cry on helps enormously.

If now isn't the right time for you take it as a reminder that just a few classes at your local Red Cross will make you a valuable asset in times of disaster.
Good post, dewey. In fact, even if you r nowhere near a disaster area, it's a good idea to take some Red Cross classes. Disasters happen everywhere, and Red Cross training can be useful at any time. I put this out especially to those in hurricane-prone areas as the season approaches. This is certainly one way to get ready for the season.
Quoting Patrap:
Ive canceled my Jazz Fest plans and will be working with Presslord on seeing how portlight can help some families.

So sad,,so many lives lost,so many affected.

You have a great heart, brother.
1450. aquak9
If now isn't the right time for you take it as a reminder that just a few classes at your local Red Cross will make you a valuable asset in times of disaster.

If you wanna be Red cross, TAKE THOSE CLASSES!!

You can't just become a Red Cross volunteer overnight.

But please, help anywhere, everywhere.

And donate blood.
Seems jazz is the music of the south this a.m.

Anyway, I gotta run - got a 10 a.m. appointment.

PLEASE stay as safe as you can!! We have a lot of bloggers in areas that have already been hit as well as in those that are under threat today. BE CAREFUL!!!

God bless.
1452. FLdewey
Quoting BahaHurican:
Good post, dewey. In fact, even if you r nowhere near a disaster area, it's a good idea to take some Red Cross classes. Disasters happen everywhere, and Red Cross training can be useful at any time. I put this out especially to those in hurricane-prone areas as the season approaches. This is certainly one way to get ready for the season.

Absolutely! Before moving on to the Fire Department I started off with the Red Cross. The FREE training you receive is incredibly valuable 24/7/365.

Now if you've never taken classes before that's okay - the Red Cross will put you to work today. Grunts are always in short supply. ;-) Having said that Aqua is right - if you wish to become an offical Red Cross volunteer sign up and start taking some classes.

Carried over to the new page:

If you're anywhere near any of the affected areas the best thing you could do is volunteer. Get in touch with the local Red Cross chapter and get your hands a little dirty. The need is great for simple things like distributing water and food to rescue workers. There is also a need for administrative tasks at shelters.

Don't think you can't volunteer - not everything involved in disaster relief requires you to be in top physical shape. Shelters need administrative support, food service, even just being a shoulder to cry on helps enormously.

If now isn't the right time for you take it as a reminder that just a few classes at your local Red Cross will make you a valuable asset in times of disaster.
( Patrap)
1454. emcf30


Video of four violent wedge tornadoes from different supercells in eastern Mississippi into Alabama, including the birth of the Tuscaloosa tornado. Sadly, th...
1455. IKE
My son called me...lives in Knoxville,TN....he's okay...but his new 3 month old car is a total loss from hail damage.
Quoting FLdewey:

Absolutely! Before moving on to the Fire Department I started off with the Red Cross. The FREE training you receive is incredibly valuable 24/7/365.

Now if you've never taken classes before that's okay - the Red Cross will put you to work today. Grunts are always in short supply. ;-) Having said that Aqua is right - if you wish to become an offical Red Cross volunteer sign up and start taking some classes.

Carried over to the new page:

If you're anywhere near any of the affected areas the best thing you could do is volunteer. Get in touch with the local Red Cross chapter and get your hands a little dirty. The need is great for simple things like distributing water and food to rescue workers. There is also a need for administrative tasks at shelters.

Don't think you can't volunteer - not everything involved in disaster relief requires you to be in top physical shape. Shelters need administrative support, food service, even just being a shoulder to cry on helps enormously.

If now isn't the right time for you take it as a reminder that just a few classes at your local Red Cross will make you a valuable asset in times of disaster.

Many local municipalities, if they don't hold the classes themselves, can direct you to nearby classes. Speaking locally, I know the city of Tomball and Magnolia sometimes run classes, and The Woodlands frequently runs classes, too.

Don't wait until the skills are needed to show your interest. Get out there now, get some classes done, so when disaster does strike nearby, you are ready to go, and provide some help. The first 24-48 hours are by far the most important for volunteers, as that is when the most difference can be made on a human scale.
Quoting IKE:
My son called me...lives in Knoxville,TN....he's okay...but his new 3 month old car is a total loss from hail damage.
Thank goodness he is ok. Cars can be replaced.
Death toll is now above 200.... At 202. Unbelievable. Link
Quoting IKE:
My son called me...lives in Knoxville,TN....he's okay...but his new 3 month old car is a total loss from hail damage.

Glad to hear he's alright.
Massive list from all the damage reports yesterday via NWS: Link
TWC just reported the death toll now at 213. Staggering amount considering the warning systems, television, etc that we have in place today. Really shows how bad of an outbreak this is.
1462. IKE
1457...1459...thanks to both of you.

Complete Update






Quoting clwstmchasr:
TWC just reported the death toll now at 213. Staggering amount considering the warning systems, television, etc that we have in place today. Really shows how bad of an outbreak this is.

UNBELIEVABLE.

Despite the massive loss of life, big kudos to the SPC, NWS, & NOAA. Their "High Risk" Zone and 45% hatched area for tornado probability was highly effective. They really nailed this one, and I could only imagine their awareness & knowledge from the hard working people there contributed to keeping many safe and out of harms way.

Kudos to a job well done.
1465. FLdewey
Ya... the SPC nailed it and saved countless lives.
1466. IKE
I've never seen a list as long as the one for yesterday on the SPC Storm Reports. Simply incredible.
My sister lives in Arab, Al. and I have not been able to get in touch with her. I started trying to reach out for her about 3:30pm CDT yesterday. Heres to hoping she is OK and Hoping for the best for all of the areas affected by the GIANT OUTBREAK....
1468. Jax82
Unfortunately these powerful tornadoes yesterday hit densely populated areas and downtowns. Even with a 30 minute warning and watching the tornado from your home computer, if you were in the path and took shelter, you can still be blown away. Its going to take weeks to survey the damage to determine the power of the tornadoes but im guessing the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham tornado was the most deadly since it was so long tracked and went thru 2 major cities.
1469. IKE
NEW BLOG!
That death toll is unbelievable...in such a sad way...and so much damage...

Glad your son is ok and his car insurance should pay for the hail damage...
1471. emcf30
Quoting clwstmchasr:
TWC just reported the death toll now at 213. Staggering amount considering the warning systems, television, etc that we have in place today. Really shows how bad of an outbreak this is.


But also, like Jim Cantore stated, the tornado that moved thru Tuscaloosa is in the 2% range. No matter if you seek shelter in a interior room, it does no good. The tornado was so strong. He stated you really needed to be underground with a concrete slab, on top of you, IE fortified shelter. This is scary stuff and I agree with him.
Quoting Jax82:
Unfortunately these powerful tornadoes yesterday hit densely populated areas and downtowns. Even with a 30 minute warning and watching the tornado from your home computer, if you were in the path and took shelter, you can still be blown away. Its going to take weeks to survey the damage to determine the power of the tornadoes but im guessing the Tuscaloosa/Birmingham tornado was the most deadly since it was so long tracked and went thru 2 major cities.

As any tornado is a threat to property and life, these were not only extremely large and intense (EF3, EF4's), but their trajectory was truly something tearing through high populated residential, commercial, and metropolitan areas of large cities as you alluded to. While I'm assuming the probabilities are rather low for both of those to occur, they certainly did yesterday.

Mother nature doesn't care about odds and probability.
1473. kwgirl
Good morning. It is indeed a sad day. I think TWC did an excellant job of warning people. I watched it last night following the storms. As to discussion of building strength, I don't think there is a building that can withstand a direct hit from an F-4 or F-5. The Tuscaloosa damage reminds me of the Hurricane Andrew aftermath. The tornado was probably an F-4. By the looks of the radar, Northern Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are in for it today. Hopefully it will not be as bad or will fizzle out. My prayers are with all the victims of these horrible storms.