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Deadly EF2 Tornado Strikes Louisiana Town

Posted by feww on March 6, 2011

Violent storm front spawning deadly tornadoes strikes Louisiana

Violent line of storms moving through Louisiana continues to Mississippi and Alabama

A deadly EF2 tornado with winds exceeding 200kmph (125mph) struck the town of Rayne, Louisiana killing at least one person, injuring 4 dozen others and destroying/damaging more than 100 buildings.

The 300-m wide twister caused an 8km (5 miles) path of destruction.  The tornado destroyed dozens of trailers and snapped hundreds of trees, as it continued to dump up to 7.5cm (3-inches) of rain in some areas, reports say.

“There are houses off their foundations,” State Police Trooper Stephen Hammonds told AP.

“There are houses that have been destroyed.”

Officials evacuated about 1,500 people amid fears of multiple gas leaks in the area.

Several other tornadoes were reported in the state, as NWS issued severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings for New Orleans area.


Eastern Conus Sector (Infrared Channel).  The temperatures are in Kelvin.  Source: NOAA/NWS – Click images to enlarge.

A state of emergency has been declared across southern Wisconsin ahead of a major snowstorm, a report said.

The affected counties include:  Counties affected include Adams, Calumet, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha and Winnebago.


Weather forecast map. NOAA

State of emergency declared in southern Wisconsin

A strong low pressure area is expected to move from the southern Plains across northern Illinois next Tuesday night and Wednesday. Enough warm air ahead of this system will push into southern Wisconsin to result in a rain and snow mix across the central and southern portions of the area, with all snow in the northern counties. A rain and snow mix is then forecast for Wednesday. Even though precipitation looks likely, the is still considerable uncertainty regarding the low level thermal structure of the atmosphere, and where the main rain/snow line will be located. Several inches of snow are possible, especially in the northern most counties. SOURCE: NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI

NWS RADAR IMAGE


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Buffalo, NY Radar – Base Reflectivity – Loop of this image . Source: NWS


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