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TEXAS FIRES – April 21 Update

Posted by feww on April 21, 2011

TEXAS BURNING FROM STEM TO STERN: TFS

Texas Totals: 828 Structures and 1,779,788 acres consumed by 6,057  fires 

Report: End of Wednesday, April 20, 2011
National Preparedness Level: 1
Southern Area Preparedness Level: 3
TFS Preparedness Level: 5

Texas Fires YTD Totals

Fires: 6,057
Acres Burned: 1,779,788
Structures Destroyed: 828
Source: Texas Forest Service (TFS)

Fatalities
Two firefighters have lost their lives, including one near Lubbock who was killed yesterday
Two sightseers were killed as their plance  circled over fires Tuesday.

Livestock
NO official figures have been released so far. However,  FIRE-EARTH estimates that up to 20,000 heads of cattle may have been killed or injured as a result of the deadly fires since beginning of the year.

Dry Conditions Decimating Texas Crops

Texas farmers produce about 100 million bushels of wheat on average each year, but they would be lucky to produce  a third of that amount this year, says Texas AgriLife Extension Service .

“This year’s crop condition ratings show about 40 percent of the Texas crop in very poor condition, which compares with 65 percent very poor in March of 2006 and 53 percent very poor in May of 2009,” said Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist specializing in grain marketing and policy.

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Tornadoes, storms tear across Midwest and South

Posted by feww on April 21, 2011

34 tornadoes rip through vast area from Oklahoma to Ohio

SPC received reports of 34 tornado sightings, 541 storms including 20 with winds of greater than 65 knots (120+km/h), and 355 hail reports, including 20 reports of the stones measuring 2+inches (5+cm) in diameter between Tuesday evening and Wednesday Morning.

Fatalities: None reported as of posting
Damage:
About 2 dozen homes destroyed in Mid and W. Tennessee (NO reported touchdowns as of posting)
Power Outages:
Storms knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across Tennessee.
Snowfall:
7 to nearly 10 inches for in parts of southeast Minnesota, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and various areas in Michigan


See inset for dates.

Tornado reports (April 19) 

Illinois – 14, Missouri – 11, Ohio – 4, Arkansas – 3, Kentucky – 1, and Oklahoma – 1 (Source: SPC)

April 20 Storm Reports


Brief tornado touchdown was reported along I-10 at Mile Marker 449, Kimble County, Texas late last night. Click image to enlarge.


Tornado touchdown in Bowling Green, Missouri April 19, 2011. Frame grab from a video clip posted HERE.

Weather Forecast for Wednesday Evening/ Thursday

Possible severe storms across “parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley, the Southern Plains, the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic” starting Wednesday evening, with large hail, heavy rains and 60MPH winds forecast for the areas.

“… areas of the South and East, the south-central Plains and the Midwest at Slight Risk of severe weather development through the rest of the week.” NWS reported.


Tornado Toll in North Carolina

The toll for last weekend’s tornado and storm assaults on NC was

  • Deaths: 24
  • Injuries: 133 
  • Homes destroyed: 439 
  • Homes with significant damage: ~ 6,200
  • Businesses destroyed: 21
  • Businesses damaged: 92
  • Source: NC Gov Perdue

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