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Tornadoes, Storms Continue Deadly Mayhem in U.S. Midwest, South

Posted by feww on May 1, 2017

Tornadoes Wreak Widespread Destruction in Texas

More than 5,000 homes may have been damaged or destroyed by tornadoes, while at least 17 people were killed across the storm battered areas.

Arkansas has declared a state of emergency after at least three people were  killed in severe weather.

The storms were forecast to roll into Alabama before moving north toward Michigan.

Up to 20 million people are under some risk of severe weather, including tornadoes, strong winds, rainstorm and hail, according to NWS.

Millions more are under a flood warning or watch.

 

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States of Emergency Declared for Missouri, Oklahoma as Deadly Tornadoes Hit Texas

Posted by feww on April 30, 2017

Tornadoes in Texas, flash flooding in Missouri kill at least 10 people, injure many dozens

Tornadoes ripped through several towns in East Texas, killing at least 7 people, injuring dozens of others, destroying homes and causing widespread damage to infrastructure, according to local reports.

Missouri governor declared a state of emergency amid threats of flash flooding caused by violent rainstorms throughout The Cave State, which left at least 5 people dead or missing.

Up to 25cm of rain soaked much of the state, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported.

Oklahoma governor declared state of emergency for all 77 counties after severe storms, strong winds, snow and flooding and impacted the Sooner State.

 

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State of Emergency Declared in Louisiana amid Tornado Attacks

Posted by feww on February 8, 2017

Louisiana Gov declares state of emergency amid  severe weather

  • Dozens of people have been injured, with more than 100 buildings damaged or destroyed.
  • NASA’s Michaud Facility in New Orleans has been “severely damaged.”
  • About 2.7 million people in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are at the highest risk of severe weather.
  • SPC/NOAA has received 78 reports of severe weather across seven states, including 9 confirmed tornadoes, as of posting.

Additional details are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Deadly Weather Pounding U.S. South

Posted by feww on January 23, 2017

State of Emergency Declared in Georgia

  • Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes have killed dozens of people in the US south.
  • Georgia has declared states of emergency across seven counties in the south-central section of the state.
  • A major tornado in Mississippi on Saturday killed several people and injured dozens more, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes.

NWS forecasters issued a “high risk” warning of severe storms for parts of Georgia, Florida and Alabama on Sunday.

  • Additional information is available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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FIRE-EARTH Global Weather Alerts 000123

Posted by feww on January 23, 2017

  • CJ Members
  • EAC
  • OC Teams

Severe Weather Alerts

  • Details of the alerts are available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS.

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Disaster Declared in Idaho

Posted by feww on January 20, 2017

Multiple Idaho Counties Declared Disaster Areas

At least eight counties across the state have declared a disaster due to severe weather and extensive flooding, with more snow forecast.

 

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Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

Posted by feww on December 6, 2016

Cost of 200 disasters in the U.S. exceeds $1.1 trillion

Some 200 weather and climate disasters have occurred in the U.S. since 1980, each exceeding  $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2016) in overall damages/costs. The total cost of these 200 events exceeds $1.1 trillion, according to NCDC/NOAA.

Some 12 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States have occurred this year (as of  September), exceeding the 1980–2015 annual average of 5.2 events (CPI-adjusted); the annual average for the most recent 5 years (2011–2015) is 10.8 events (CPI-adjusted).

Four new billion-dollar disaster events have been added during the 3rd quarter, bringing the 2016 event total to 12. This represents the 2nd highest total number of events surpassing the 11 events observed in 2012. The record number of events in one year (since 1980) is 16, as observed in 2011.

The U.S. has also experienced 4 billion-dollar inland flood events during 2016, doubling the previous record, as no more than 2 inland flood events have occurred in a year since 1980. This is a notable record, further highlighted by the numerous other record flooding events that have impacted the U.S. in 2016.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters (2016). https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/

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State of Disaster Declared in Texas

Posted by feww on June 2, 2016

Texas Gov. Declares State of Disaster in 31 Counties Devastated by Severe Weather, Flooding

Gov.  Abbott has declared state of disaster in 31 Texas counties because of the devastation caused by severe weather and flooding event that began on May 26, 2016, and that continues.

The disaster areas are Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Coleman, Colorado, Erath, Fayette, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Jasper, Kleberg, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Lubbock, Montgomery, Palo Pinto, Parker, Polk, Robertson, San Jacinto, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties in the Lone Star State.

On Friday, May 27th, Abbott elevated the activation level of the State Operations Center (SOC) in Austin and continues to urge all Texans to stay on high alert and immediately heed any warnings from their local officials related to this severe flood threat.

“As our state continues to face waves of severe weather and potential flooding, it is crucial that Texans remain vigilant and heed warnings and any evacuation notices from local officials in their areas,” said Abbott. “The State of Texas stands ready to assist all counties affected by severe weather and has dedicated the resources necessary to ensure the safety of those at risk. I would like to thank the first responders who have rescued residents from rising waters and ask all Texans to keep those affected in their thoughts and prayers.”

Abbott’s disaster declaration is posted here.

Evacuations were ordered for areas in two towns in Fort Bend County, about 50km southwest of Houston, after Brazos River rose to historic levels.

Meanwhile, up to 25 cm of rain is forecast for the Houston over the next few days, said NWS, exacerbating the deadly flood conditions that have claimed about a dozen lives, and caused substantial damage in the metro area.

Most of the state is under Flash Flood Warning, Flood Warning, or Flash Flood Watch, as of posting.

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Severe Weather Events Plague Australian Continent

Posted by feww on January 31, 2016

Australia battered by strong winds, heavy precipitation, deadly flooding, a cyclone, mini-tornado, wildfires… and  country-wide rainfall

Severe weather systems are pummeling multiple regions of Australia, with deadly  flash-flooding in Queensland, a destructive “mini-tornado” in New South Wales, ex-cyclone STAN in Western Australia, damaging heavy rain and flooding in eastern Tasmania, while up to 100 wildfires in western Tasmania consume about 75,000 hectares.

Cyclone STAN made landfall about 120 km northeast of Port Hedland, early Sunday morning, reported the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said a unique set of weather patterns were responsible for the nation-wide wet weather event, not expected to be repeated anytime soon. [ABC]

“It’s quite unusual to see this sort of pattern develop right across that broad section of states,” BoM meteorologist told the ABC.

“It is unlikely we would see the same extent again like what we have seen in the past few days.

“This was a unique weather set up.”

In southeast NSW, destructive winds during thunderstorms destroyed several homes at Forbes Creek, about an hour east of Canberra.

Storms lashed South Australia and Victoria on Saturday, cutting power to homes and businesses and causing flash flooding in multiple areas, while in the Northern Territory, a weak monsoon dumped up to 100mm of rain in some areas, causing numerous road closures in Darwin.

Storms also wreaked havoc on Sydney and other parts of New South Wales on Saturday, with major roads flooded and power out several regions.

Floodwaters in southern Queensland killed a man near Bundaberg.

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Louisiana Declares State of Emergency amid Severe Weather Warning

Posted by feww on February 23, 2015

Jindal declares state of emergency in 24 Louisiana Parishes

In advance of severe winter weather in Northern Louisiana, Governor (No Go Zones) Jindal has issued a statewide emergency declaration.

A statement issued by the governor said:

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts another very strong cold front and wintry mix, bringing a band of snow, sleet, and freezing rain which is impacting Midwestern and Southern states and will impact this State over the next several days, potentially resulting in accumulations of ice on roadways and hazardous winter weather conditions throughout the northern portion of the State.

NWS has issued a winter weather advisory and freeze warnings for Northern parishes over the next forty-eight hours making driving conditions hazardous;

currently schools have been closed in numerous Northern parishes due to the hazards posed by this extreme winter weather, and these winter weather conditions threaten the lives and property of the citizens of the State of Louisiana.

Meantime, Commissioner of Administration made the following announcement:

State government offices will be closed [Monday through Thursday?] in the following 24 parishes across Louisiana where hazardous driving conditions and scattered power outages are forecast for the morning due to a mix of rain and sleet, as well as snow and ice accumulation:

Avoyelles, Bienville, Catahoula, Caldwell, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Union, West Carroll and Winn.

 

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Record Freeze Hits England, Wales, N. Ireland

Posted by feww on December 29, 2014

Severe weather action alert issued for large portion of the UK

The UK Met Office has issued a severe weather (“amber”) alert for large portion of England, warning of “a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow” through December 31, which may “increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.”

The country recorded its coldest temperature of 2014 so far at -9C in Cromdale, Moray, on Saturday.

“The record lows come as parts of the UK have already been hit by sub-zero temperatures and forecasters warned of further plunging temperatures over the next three days,” said a report.

The amber (level three) alert is one below a national emergency (“red” alert) and is triggered by the Met Office when weather breaches any of the thresholds that “require social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.”

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Dozens of Tornadoes Attack South Dakota

Posted by feww on June 19, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MULTIPLE TORNADOES
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS
SEVERE STORMS
FLOODING
SCENARIOS 111, 088, 066, 023
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Tornadoes Trap Residents in Wessington Springs, SD

“We know there has been damage and we know that it is significant. At this point, emergency personnel are in route to the city to offer help,” an official told reporters.

“We’ve heard people are trapped in their homes here in town. Search and rescue are out trying to help law enforcement,”  said director of patient care at Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital in south-central South Dakota.

“It really is all still happening right now. The tornado hit across the street from the hospital—really just one block away—and there is stuff and debris everywhere.”

Tornadoes have also touched down in North Dakota and Colorado, according to the Storm prediction Center (SPC).

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Reported tornado damage include

  • Homes obliterated
  • Scores of homes loosing roof
  • Large, rain-wrapped tornadoes touching down in SD
  • Large stove pipe rain wrapped tornado spotted
  • Rope tornado spotted

Flood Disaster

The attack took place just a day after Gov. Daugaard activated more than 120 Soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard to assist the state in flood response operations in southeast South Dakota.

On Tuesday rising flood waters cut off the small city of Canton, submerging homes and businesses cars and highways, and trapping scores of people.

“The severe storm pounded the eastern part of the state Monday afternoon and also slammed southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, where at least one community was evacuated because of a swelling river. Emergency crews rushed to rescue people from their homes and fill sandbags as a defense against the waters,” NBC reported.

Record rains have inundated the region this month, with Sioux Falls receiving more than 10 inches.

“Monday’s storm sent the Rock River in Rock Rapids, Iowa, cresting at more than 24 feet, and it was expected to rise another four feet, officials warned. About 350 people in the Lyon County community of Alvord were ordered to evacuate Monday,” reported KTIV.

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U.S. Severe Weather Report Summary 2014

Posted by feww on June 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DEADLY TORNADOES
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS
SEVERE STORMS
MAJOR DISASTER
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 088, 066
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U.S. Tornadoes, Destructive Winds & Hail Report Summary 2014

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman Oklahoma has listed a total of 8,465 reports of tornadoes, damaging winds and hail for the period January 1 – June 16, 2014 in its annual weather report summary for 2014, as of posting.

  • Tornadoes: 610
  • Winds: 3,127
  • Hail: 4,728

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Annual Severe Weather Report Summary  2014 – Rough Log for January 1 – June 16, 2014

Top 10 Tornado States [up to June 15,  2014]

  1. MS 75
  2. AL 55
  3. NE 47
  4. TX 41
  5. CO 36
  6. MO 31
  7. KS 30
  8. NC 28
  9. IA 25
  10. IL 22

Top Ten Tornado Days of 2014 [as of June 15]
4/28/2014 122
4/27/2014 36
5/11/2014 36
2/20/2014 34
6/6/2014 21
6/4/2014 18
6/8/2014 18
4/3/2014 16
6/7/2014 16
5/26/2014 16

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More Deadly Tornadoes Swoop across Southern US

Posted by feww on April 29, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DEADLY STORMS
DEADLY TORNADOES
STATES OF  EMERGENCY IN MULTIPLE STATES
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Dozens of Tornadoes Attack Five Southern States, Killing at least 23 People

States of Emergency declared in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Georgia as up to 52 tornadoes swoop across the southern U.S.,  leaving trails of death and destruction in AL, MS, TN, GA and KY.

At least 23 people were killed in Alabama and Mississippi after tornadoes struck Monday evening. The  total number of fatalities are not yet confirmed.

The tornado attack follows another round deadly strike by twisters Sunday evening, spawned by the same massive storm system, which left more than two dozen people dead in Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma.

The extent of damage in Tupelo, Mississippi, was described as “devastating” by the mayor, after a tornado tore through the city, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes and businesses.

“It’s a very serious situation … I am just encouraging everyone to stay inside and be weather aware. There is still a very real danger of another line coming through and people still need to be inside,” said Tupelo Mayor.

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Tornadoes, Wind and Hail Reports (Unfiltered) received by SPC as of 04:55UTC on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

States of Emergency Declared in FIVE States

Gov. Bentley declares state of emergency for all Alabama counties

“Some of our communities have already experienced significant damage as a result of the tornadoes that began moving through Alabama earlier today, ” said Bentley in a press release.

Gov. Deal Declares a State of Emergency for Georgia

Gov. Deal declared a state of emergency Monday night in anticipation of the storms.

“At this juncture, we’ve declared the emergency for the entire state because it’s impossible to pinpoint where the weather will hit,” said Deal in a statement. “Georgia is threatened at least through (Tuesday) and perhaps into Wednesday. We’re prepared now and we’ll be ready for recovery should we, God forbid, experience tornado damage or flooding.”

Gov. Bryant Declared a State of Emergency for Mississippi

Gov. Bryant declared a state of emergency on Monday in advance of the storms that forecasters had warned could spawn tornadoes, heavy rains, damaging hail and flash floods.

“This storm system has the potential to create dangerous conditions, and we are monitoring it closely,” said Bryant. “Residents should not overreact (!)  but should make plans now to ensure they are prepared for a variety of conditions, including strong winds and rains and the possibility of hail and tornadoes.”

Gov. McCrory Declares State of Emergency for four N.C. Counties

Governor McCrory declared a state of emergency for Beaufort, Chowan, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties following the damage and destruction caused by Friday’s severe thunderstorms and devastating tornadoes. He warned of more severe weather statrting Monday.

“What I witnessed firsthand in Beaufort, Chowan and Perquimans counties is a stark reminder of how damaging tornadoes can be,” said McCrory. “My heart goes out to the hundreds of people dealing with property damage, injuries, and even the loss of life. In times like these, we must stick together and help each other out, and we will do all that we can to help communities hit by these storms.”

Gov. Fallin Declares a State of Emergency for Ottawa County

Oklahoma Gov. Fallin declared a state of emergency for Ottawa County on Monday after a tornado struck the area Sunday night killing at least one person, destroying Quapaw’s fire stations and scores of other buildings, including homes and businesses.

SPC Damage Reports

  • WINSTON COUNTY, MS, SEVERAL SOURCES ARE REPORTING CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE AROUND LOUISVILLE
  • RICHLAND, MS, TANKER IN DITCH AND MAJOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE NEAR HIGHWAY 49 AND OLD 49 INTERSECTION.
  • MADISON, MS, POWER OUT ON HIGHWAY 463 NEAR MADISON HIGH SCHOOL. ROADS CLOSED AND MULTIPLE HOMES DAMAGED. A FEW INJURIES REPORTED.
  • WINSTON, MS, MHP STARKVILLE REPORTS HEAVY DAMAGE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF LOUISVILLE AROUND THE COUNTRY CLUB (JAN)
  • LOUISVILLE, MS, WINSTON COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER HAS 2 WALLS DOWN AND A THIRD WALL DAMAGED. ALSO HAS A GAS LEAK.
  • MADISON, MS, CONSIDERABLE  DAMAGE AROUND LAKE CAROLINE.
  •  RANKIN, MS, MAJOR DAMAGE IN RICHLAND. REPORTED BY SPOTTER.
  • PEARL, RANKIN, MS, SEVERAL TRAILERS DESTROYED OR DAMAGED IN HIGHLANDS MOBILE HOME PARK. REPORTED BY HIGHWAY PATROL.
  • RANKIN, MS,  MANY HOMES DAMAGED. NUMEROUS TREES DOWN ON SHILOH … PLEASANT … ST LOUIS … WILSON AND GAYDEN ROADS
  • SMITHLAND, LINCOLN, TN,  SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS REPORTED AT SOUTH LINCOLN SCHOOL AND IN A SUBDIVISION NORTHWEST OF THE SCHOOL.
  • CRYSTAL SPRINGS, LINCOLN, TN,  ALL HOMES GONE ON PRICE LANE AND HOWELL HILL ROAD … 9 MILES NORTH OF THE STATE LINE AT CROSSROAD CEMETARY.

The national Weather Service (NWS) has also issued the following forecast.

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap) for April 29, 2014. UPDATE.

A Major Severe Weather Outbreak Continues through Wednesday

A widespread severe weather outbreak is ongoing and will continue across portions of the southern and eastern U.S. Widespread severe storms are expected with damaging winds, very large hail, and a few intense tornadoes.

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Deadly Tornadoes Rake Through Central U.S.

Posted by feww on April 28, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DEADLY STORMS
DEADLY TORNADOES
TORNADO EMERGENCIES
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Severe Thunderstorms Spawning Deadly Tornadoes Kill at least Two Dozen People in Central U.S.

Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of disaster emergency for Baxter Springs, Kansas Sunday evening.

At least a dozen fatalities reported in Arkansas, with many more injuries caused by up to 14 confirmed tornadoes.

Tornadoes have also claimed lives in other parts of America’s midsection.

  • At least 30 tornadoes (29 confirmed) have swooped across six states, as of posting.
  • Tornado reports received by SPC from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Mississippi.
  • A twister hit Quapaw, Ottawa County, Okla., about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, killing at least two people and causing damage, according to the sheriff’s office. The extent of damage was unknown, as of posting.
  • The tornado destroyed the fire station in Quapaw, and caused heavy damage to north end of the town.
  • Arkansas Game and Fish HQ east of Mayflower has been heavily damaged, said SPC.
  • A “mass casualty situation” has been reported by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s office, after a half-mile wide tornado touched down in Vilonia, AR.
  • A massive tornado touched down west of Little Rock, AR, leaving a 30-mile path of destruction.
  • Parts of Pulaski County were devastated with numerous homes completely destroyed, said the sheriff’s office.
  • A powerful tornado damaged or destroyed numerous homes and several buildings in downtown Baxter Springs, Kansas. (Also unconfirmed reports of multiple deaths, 25 people injured.)
  • Another tornado produced an intermittent damage path to the northeast of Hammond, Kansas, after toppling a grain elevator onto railroad tracks, overturning 6 rail cars.
  • A tornado damaged or destroyed several houses in Saltillo, Arkansas.
  • Numerous trees were uprooted in White County, AR.
  • Town of Ferndale, AR, is one of the worst hit areas,  said the sheriff’s office.

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Tornado touches down in Baxter Springs, photo by Trevor Burrows.

Numerous reports of Damaging Winds and/or Destructive Hail have also been sent to the SPC from the above states as well as Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky.

  • Numerous trees and powerlines were down with  quarter size hail reported in Todd County, Kentucky. (The trees are down on cars and houses).
  • Heavy damage to farmhouses and barns reported across Missouri.
  • Thousands of trees, large and small, uprooted or snapped across Iowa.
  • Trees blown onto powerlines and buildings damaged across Carroll, MO.  Quarter sized hail also reported.
  • Farm animals reported missing in Lafayette, MO.
  • Baseball size hail was smashing windows out of vehicles west of Canton, Van Zandt County, Texas.
  • Large hail damaged many vehicles in Wood County, TX.
  • “Tonight, I walked around what was only hours earlier a thriving neighborhood that is now gone. An entire neighborhood of 50 or so homes has been destroyed – many homes are completely gone except the foundation,”  U.S. Representative for Arkansas Tim Griffin told Reuters. “And there is more devastation like this in other parts of Arkansas.”

The national Weather Service (NWS) has also issued the following forecast.

Another round of severe weather and heavy precipitation expected on Monday

The threat for severe weather will last overnight Sunday into Monday morning in the Central and Southern U.S. Another significant outbreak, that could include strong tornadoes, is possible Monday afternoon and night in the Mid-South and Lower Miss. Valley. Severe weather could also impact parts of the Mid/Upper Miss. and Ohio Valleys. Heavy rainfall in the Midwest and South could cause flooding.

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State of Emergency Declared for 35 Oklahoma Counties

Posted by feww on July 25, 2013

Severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding plague Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for 35 Oklahoma counties battered by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding.

A ferocious storm packing 80-mph winds uprooted trees and knocked out power to at least 125,000 customers.

Additional counties could be added to the declaration as damage assessments continue, Fallin said.

The governor’s office earlier issued the following Press Release:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 – Governor Fallin Declares State of Emergency Due to Severe Storms

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today declared a State of Emergency for 35 Oklahoma counties due to severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that began Tuesday.

The counties included in the declaration are: Adair, Atoka, Cherokee, Coal, Craig, Delaware, Creek, Haskell, Hughes, Kay, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

“Heavy winds and flooding have lead to damage throughout the state and left many without power, especially in the Tulsa metro,” said Fallin. “Both government and private sector resources are being utilized to help those affected.”

The declaration can be amended to add additional counties if conditions warrant.

Since Tuesday evening, these Oklahoma counties have experienced damaging straight-line winds, flooding and other severe weather as well as widespread power outages in some areas. Damage assessments are ongoing.

Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

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Another Round of Severe Weather Threatens Eastern U.S.

Posted by feww on June 25, 2013

Predicted thunderstorms could spawn tornadoes from astern Iowa to western Pennsylvania

The Storm Prediction Center has forecast possibility of severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening from the northern Plains across the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valley and into the Northeast and New England. The primary threats will be large hail and damaging winds, especially from eastern Iowa to western Pennsylvania. Some of the storms could produce isolated tornadoes: NWS

Significant Tornado Probabilities

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Any Severe Probabilities

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Excessive Heat Watch

Meantime, NWS has issued Excessive Heat Watch for southern Nevada, SE California and large portions of Arizona, as drought maintains intensity across the region.

Expected High Temperatures (degrees F)

LAS VEGAS (MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT)  ~ 113 to 115
MESQUITE AND THE COLORADO RIVER VALLEY ~ 115 to 123
PAHRUMP  ~  110 to 112
BARSTOW   ~ 112 to 115
MORONGO BASIN   ~ 108 to 115
DEATH VALLEY  ~  125 to 127
KINGMAN  ~  107 to 110

[Source: NWS]

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Mass Evacuations in Germany as Dam on Elbe River Breaks

Posted by feww on June 10, 2013

Tens of thousands evacuated across Saxony-Anhalt region amid devastating floods

Up to 40,000 people have been evacuated across Saxony-Anhalt region in eastern Germany after a dam at the confluence of the Rivers Elbe and Saale south of the state capital Magdeburg burst.

The latest episode in Europe’s most devastating flood saw the water levels in the Elbe River rising to a record 7.48 meters, some 0.76m above the 2002 levels and more than 5 meters above normal, affecting towns and villages near the cities of Magdeburg, Aken and Berlin.

The cost of damage so far is estimated at $8billion dollars,  the Cologne Institute for Economic Research has reported.

Meantime, the Interior Minister for Saxony-Anhalt was quoted as saying that air and land surveillance would be stepped up across the state in response to a threat from a group calling itself the Germanophobic Flood Brigade to attack the dikes.

“Downstream along the Elbe, the town of Lauenburg and the village of Hitzacker in Lower Saxony were bracing for flood waters in the coming days. More rain heavy rain is expected Monday in the states of Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria,” said a report.

Meantime, people in Budapest are bracing as the surging Danube approaches.

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Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Worldwide carbon emissions hit record high in 2012

Global CO2 emissions in 2012 rose by 1.4 percent to 31.6 billion tons, IEA has estimated.

  • The biggest emitter in 2012 was China, which spewed an additional 300 million tons.
  • Additional use of gas to generate power helped reduce the CO2 emissions in the U.S.
  • Japan’s CO2 emissions rose by 70 million tons because the country’s inadequate energy efficiency measure couldn’t offset increasing use of fossil fuels after the Fukushima disaster, said a report.

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Tornadic waterspout filmed in Côte d’Azur, France

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Shallow Earthquake Rattles Northern Territory, Australia

An earthquake measuring 5.8Mw struck the Australian state of Northern Territory on Sunday.

EQ Details:

  • Magnitude: 5.8Mw
  • Event Time: 2013-06-09 14:22:12 UTC
  • Location: 25.966°S 131.976°E
  • Depth: 1.1km (0.7mi)
  • Nearby Cities: 316km (196mi) SW of Alice Springs

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Another Day of Wild Weather across the U.S.

Monday: Severe weather moves East; heavy rain to pummel the Northeast, as record-setting temperatures in the West prompt Red Flag Warnings across multiple states.

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US Map of Weather Hazards for June 10, 2013. Source: NWS

The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a risk of severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon & evening across parts of the Mid-Atlantic, from Maryland across central Virginia and North Carolina and into South Carolina. Damaging winds will be the primary threat though the development of a few tornadoes is possible. There is also a risk of severe thunderstorms across parts of the Tennessee Valley.

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Accelerating Rises in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

Recent Monthly Average Mauna Loa CO2
May 2013:     399.77 ppm
May 2012:     396.78 ppm

Up-to-date weekly average CO2 at Mauna Loa

Week beginning on June 2, 2013: 399.20 ppm
Weekly value from 1 year ago: 395.59 ppm
Weekly value from 10 years ago: 378.50 ppm

Last 5 days of preliminary daily average CO2

  • June 08 – 398.67
  • June 07 – 398.98
  • June 06 – 399.32
  • June 05 – 399.46
  • June 04 – 399.17

-oOo-

Continued…

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Spring Officially Starts Today

Posted by feww on March 20, 2012

 It’s Flooding Awareness Week nationwide!

Life-threatening Floods Possible in the Plains and Mississippi Valley: NWS

“A tremendous setup for heavy rainfall is unfolding in the central/southern Mississippi River Valley and Plains. The weather pattern is very slow-moving, so thunderstorms with heavy rain will repeatedly move over the same area resulting in some locations receiving a foot of rain through midweek.”


US Natural Hazards Map. Source: NWS. Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

Disaster Calendar 2012 – March 20

[March 20, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,457 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Mid-Americanweather expected to include rain, flash floods, wild fire danger, severe storms: NWS
  • Mississippi River Valley. Severe weather, torrential rains and flash flooding could occur across the southern Plains and lower to middle Mississippi River Valley, NWS reported.
  • “An increased risk for wildfires is expected over much of the high plains.”
  • “To the north and west of the rain and flash flood area, Red Flag Warnings have been posted across the northern High Plains, where little precipitation is expected.”
  • “Critical fire danger has been forecast today for parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas.”
  • Rain and thunderstorms expected from the eastern Great Lakes to the Eastern Seaboard and from southern New England to northern South Carolina.
  • “Heavy snow is possible over several areas of western Washington, central Montana, northwest Wyoming and southwest Colorado.”
  • Oklahoma, USA. Power outages reported as flood warning is issued for Oklahoma City area, flash flooding in Norman
  • Idaho.  Flood warnings or advisories have been issued for most of south-central and southeastern Idaho: NWS.
  • Illinois. Flood warnings have been issued for the Illinois River Basin: NWS
    • Risk of severe weather extends over a large area from southwest to northeast Texas, southeastern Oklahoma and part  of southwest Arkansas.
    • “The Storm Prediction Center received 14 reports of tornadoes Sunday – 13 in Nebraska and 1 in South Dakota. Twelve of the Nebraska tornadoes were reported in and around North Platte in Lincoln County with the other reported near Valentine in Cherry County. The South Dakota tornado was reported 21 miles south of Mission in Todd County. Hail at 4.25-inch diameter was reported 19 miles south-southeast of Mission, which joined Quinn in Pennington County, SD, reported a peak wind of 80 mph.”
  • Texas.  At least 3 tornadoes touched down in Texas. The largest hit near the town of Natalia injuring two people and damaging 6 homes, according to SPC.
    • However, the Medina County Sheriff’s Office “received over 300 calls indicating there is damage or injuries” due to the storm, said a woman from the sheriff’s office, local media reported.
    • “It struck us pretty hard,” she said from the county, which is about 30 miles west of San Antonio. “At this point, we have unknown (amount) of injuries, but we have a lot of damage.”

Other Global Disasters

  • Queensland, Australia.  Townsville in the Australian state of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone after a “freak storm” described as “mini tornado” left a 500m path of destruction, leaving at least 60 homes and businesses with major structural damage, a report said.
    • The tornado reportedly packed wind of higher than 111km/h [an EF2 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale.]
    • The worst affected areas were suburbs of Vincent, Gulliver, Currajong and Pimlico, which remain in blackout.
  • North Island, New Zealand.  A severe storm with high winds pounded New Zealand’s North Island felling trees, knocking out power lines and causing extensive flooding.
    • The storm dumped more than two months’ worth of rain on parts of the region, a report said.
    • Severe weather closed schools and forced dozens of flight cancellations in and out of Auckland Airport.
    • More wild weather, torrential rains and flooding are forecast for the region.
  • Germany.  The number of farms reporting Schmallenberg virus have jumped up by more than 10 percent in seven days. [up from 847 farms on March 5, and 908 farms on March 12]
    • Sheep, cattle and goat from 1,000 farms [up from 847 farms on March 5, and 908 farms on March 12] have been tested positive for Schmallenberg virus (SBV) as of March 19, 2012.
    • “The cases occurred in 160 cattle holdings, 799 sheep holdings and 41 goat holdings.”  FLI reported.


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  • France. A total of 824 farms have reported SBV infection in France as of March 16, 2012. That is a rise of 23% in reported SBV cases in a week. (Source: Centre de ressources épidémiosurveillance).


Map of farms in France with reported SBV cases. Source: survepi.org; enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

  • United Kingdom.  Schmallenberg virus (SBV) infection has been identified on 190 farms [up from 158 farms on March 12 and 92 farm on March 2] located in 22 counties. The rise represents a jump of more than 20 percent since March 12, 2012. “Fourteen of the positive cases have been diagnosed in cattle, 176 in sheep,” DEFRA reported.

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State of Emergency Declared in Alabama

Posted by feww on January 24, 2012

Alabama Declares a State of Emergency in All 67 Counties

Deadly tornadoes and severe storms leave at least 2 dead, more than a hundred injured and hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 24

[January 24, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,513 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Alabama, USA.Gov. Bentley has declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties after deadly tornadoes and severe storms left at least 2 dead, more than a hundred injured and hundreds of homes destroyed or damaged.
    • Heavy rains has intensified  flooding across North Alabama.
    • Chilton County: WKLF RADIO STUDIO DESTROYED … AND 302 FOOT TRANSMISSION TOWER WAS TOPPLED AT THE INTERSECTION OF ALABAMA HIGHWAY 22 AND COUNTY ROAD 37. (Source: SPC)
    • Butler County: DAMAGE TO METAL BUILDING WITH ONE INJURED NEARBY. (Source: SPC)


US Tornado Map Jan 23, 2012. (Source: SPC)


US Tornado Map Jan 22, 2012 -UPDATED. (Source: SPC)

Southern U.S. Wintertime Tornado Outbreak

Several damage surveys were completed today in the wake of a tornado outbreak in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama last night. Most of the damage surveyed so far has been rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, indicating considerable damage with wind speeds reaching between 111 and 135 mph. However, the tornado that passed through Clay, Alabama, which is just north of Birmingham has been rated an EF-3. This tornado produced significant damage and was capable of wind speeds between 136 and 165 mph. (Source: NWS)

  • The Storm Prediction Center received 23 tornado reports, 118 high wind reports and 35 large hail reports from Sunday’s outbreak:
  • Arkansas: 10 tornado reports
  • Alabama: 9
  • Mississippi:  2
    • NWS STORM SURVEY DETERMINES AN EF-2 TORNADO WITH MAX EST WINDS OF 120 MPH CAUSED SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE IN EXTREME NE BOLIVAR COUNTY. PATH LENGTH 3.75 MI. (NWS)
  • Tennessee: 1
  • Kentucky: 1
    • TORNADO BEGAN AT HAZEL KY TO NEW PROVIDENCE KY. 100 YRDS WIDE AND 5.6 MILES LONG. PK WND 95MPH. PROPERTY DAMAGE 50K. HUNDREDS OF TREES UPROOTED/SNAPPED. HOUSE WITH SHIN. (NWS)
  • Georgia: 2 tornadoes struck Macon and Dooly Counties Saturday, NWS said.

Tornadoes have destroyed or damaged about 500 homes throughout the region and uprooted/snapped thousands of trees.

Other Global Disasters

  • Papua New Guinea (PNG). A massive landslide has completely buried two villages in PNG.
    • “The landslide is about a kilometer long and about 300 meters wide. There are people buried underneath and a number of them are from what I have heard, children.” Local MP Francis Potape has told Radio Australia.
    • At least 40 people are reportedly missing, reports said.
    • The landslide occurred near Exxon-Mobil’s liquefied natural gas project in the new Hela Province, blocking the main road and stopping work at the site and a nearby airfield.

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Deadly Tornado Season 2012 Begins

Posted by feww on January 23, 2012

More than 21 tornadoes sweep across AR, TN, KY, MS and AL, killing at least 4 and destroying many homes

A line of strong storms swept across the Southeast spawning deadly tornadoes.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 23

[January 23, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,514 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • US Southeast.  A line of strong storms swept across the Southeast spawning deadly tornadoes.
    • At least 21 tornadoes were reported in Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama, SPC said.
    • Twisters have killed at least 4 people in Alabama, destroying or damaging dozens of buildings, trapping residents in their homes and felling trees and power lines.
    • The storms also brought hail and damaging winds to the region.
    • Winds of up to 70mph struck both Memphis and Little Rock areas causing damage to building, and funnel clouds were spotted near Little Rock, NWS reported.
    • SPC received a total 173 reports of tornadoes, strong winds and hail, as of posting.


US Severe Weather Map. Source: SPC

  • Arkansas:
    • Dallas County -2 HOUSES DAMAGED ON HIGHWAY 8 NORTHWEST OF FORDYCE. NO INJURIES REPORTED AT THIS TIME.
  • Alabama:
    • At least 4 people were killed and scores of others injured as storms pummeled Jefferson County, causing “significant damage.”
    • Chilton County – MAJOR STRUCTUAL DAMAGE REPORTED IN MAPLESVILLE WITH PEOPLE TRAPPED IN HOMES
    • Jefferson County – MAJOR STUCTURAL DAMAGE REPORTED NEAR THE 500 BLOCK OF U.S. HIGHWAY 31 IN FULTONDALE.
    • ST Clair County – MAJOR STRUCTUAL DAMAGE REPORTED ON OLD SPRINGVILLE ROAD. INJURIES UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME
    • Jefferson County – MAJOR STRUCTURAL DAMAGE REPORTED IN TRUSSVILLE WITH MULTIPLE TREES DOWNED.
    • Jefferson County – TREES DOWN AND DAMAGE TO HOMES NEAR BALBOA COURT.
    • Jefferson County – SEVERAL HOMES DESTROYED IN THE PARADISE VALLEY AREA IN CLAY. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR.
    • Jefferson County – PAWNEE VILLAGE ROAD COMPLETELY IMPASSIBLE IN TARRANT.

Other Global Disasters

  • Fiji.  About a 1,000 people have been evacuated amid severe flooding in Fiji.
    • The worst affected areas are the northern island of Vanua Levu, and parts of Viti Levu, the largest of Fiji islands and where the capital Suva is located.
    • “In Labasa most of the crops were damaged due to the flooding, they also experienced some strong winds. We have heard that a lot of families have moved to the evacuation centres. Most of the roads were flooded yesterday in Vanua Levu and Vitu Levu as well today. Some of the bridges were damaged, especially in Vanua Levu. And we have just received a report that the river level in Nadi town is rising,” a local meteorologist said.
    • The Fiji Meteorological Service forecast heavy rain to continue over much of Fiji until Wednesday, causing more flooding in low-lying areas throughout the country, a report said.
    • “People living along coastal areas that have been flooded will have to be very careful. During the high tide in the evening, water levels will rise. It they need assistance they should contact the authorities available. If they should move, I suggest they start moving now because the next high tide will be at 6 in the morning. Now both times for these high tides occur in the dark and it will be dangerous if they don’t start moving now.”

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Tornadoes, Severe Weather Continued across the US

Posted by feww on April 16, 2011

Multiple Tornadoes Sighted in Oklahoma and Kansas

Tornadoes and severe storms have claimed about a dozen lives, destroyed homes and school buildings; significant damage reported at Atoka and Tushka, Oklahoma with at least 30 people injured: Reports

  • Lightning knocked a tree into a home in Garland County, Arkansas, killing the two occupants.
  • Falling trees have killed at least four more people in Arkansas, police said.

At least 10 tornadoes touched down the central and southern plains on Thursday (local time), the National Weather Service (NWS) reported. More tornados and powerful thunderstorms expected to strike the south on Friday (see forecast map below).

Tornadoes were sighted  in Atoka, Johnston, Lincoln, Marshall, Murray, Osage, and Pushmataha counties in Oklahoma and in Chautauqua, Cowley and Saline counties in Kansas, NWS reported

“There were reports of significant damage to the Oklahoma communities of Atoka and Tushka. There were 86 reports of high winds with the top recording noted at 80 mph near Russellville in Pope County, Ark. There were also 122 reports of large hail with the largest stones measured at 4.25-inch diameter in Johnston, Murray, Pontotoc and Pushmataha counties in Oklahoma.”

Powerful Spring Storm System Slams the Central Gulf Coast Region with Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorm Winds and Large Damaging Hail

Severe weather threat is expected to move east today, affecting Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Georgia, NWS reported.


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Atlanta, Georgia Radar – Base Reflectivity.  Click image to enlarge. Click HERE to update. 

States of Emergency

  • Alabama.  Gov Bentley is declaring a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties following severe weather which brought tornados, severe t-storms, hail and strong winds earlier today, a report said. At least one person was killed in
    • “This is a serious storm that has already caused significant damage across the South. I hope Alabamians take extreme caution while these storms move through,” said Bentley.
    • “There are confirmed reports of tornado touchdowns in the following Alabama counties:  Monroe, Greene, Marengo, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Choctaw. Multiple injuries have been reported in Sumter, Greene and Marengo counties.” The report said.
    • “An apparent tornado struck Bellington Circle approximately 6 miles south of Linden [Marengo County.] Law enforcement confirmed 1 fatality and at least 4 injuries.” The National Weather Service reported.
  • Mississippi. “A State of Emergency has been declared for 14 Mississippi counties after tornadoes and high winds whipped through the state today, causing multiple injuries, shutting down I-20, ravaging homes and businesses and knocking out power to thousands.” Said a report.
  • Oklahoma.  Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in 26 Oklahoma counties, a report said. The declaration include the following counties: Atoka, Carter, Coal, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Harper, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, Lincoln, Love, Marshall, Murray, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington and Woodward.

From: 2011 Disaster Calendar – April

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Severe Thunderstorms Pummel North and Central Georgia

Posted by feww on April 6, 2011

A strong squall line plows across large parts of the peach state

A tornado with 130 MPH winds (EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale) killed one person and injured two others near Eastman in Dodge County around 2:38 AM EDT, NWS said.

“A strong squall line associated with a cold front moved across the peach state late Monday afternoon into early Tuesday morning, resulting in severe storms across north and central Georgia. The system produced strong gusty winds, heavy rain, pea to baseball sized hail and one tornado. These reports were not limited to just north and central Georgia as damage was observed all across the southeast as the squall line plowed across the area.” NWS reported.


Reflectivity from Dodge County Tornado. Source: NWS-WFO.  Click images to enlarge.

[ Velocity from Dodge County Tornado. ]
Velocity from Dodge County Tornado.

“Straight line winds caused tremendous damage across north and central Georgia. Damage reports included structural damage to houses and chicken coops. Downed trees and power lines caused not only power outages, but also caused structural damage to buildings, and in some cases, trapping people inside. In addition, one of the downed trees on a house killed two people in Jackson (Butts County). On top of the thunderstorm wind damage, hail was reported with the largest being baseball sized hail in Gordon County. For a more detailed report of the damage associated with the squall line view the Local Storm Reports.” More …

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US Weather Forecast: Thunderstorms, Strong Winds, Flooding, Fire

Posted by feww on April 5, 2011

Severe weather forecast for much of the U.S.


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Low pressure system over Chicago with cold front to Dallas moving east

  • Risk of severe weather in conjunction with thunderstorms
  • “A second storm moving onshore over the Pacific Northwest will move to the Upper Mississippi Valley by Tuesday evening. High elevation snow and low elevation rain will move into parts of the northern High Plains, northern and central Rockies on Tuesday.”

A large area of the Southeast and Midwest at risk of severe weather

  • Primary target: Parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
  • Secondary target:  All or parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.
“Parts of the risk area and the central Plains area have also been alerted to driving problems from high winds that will dominate the Plains and the Southeast.
“Forecasters said winds would range from 15-25 mph with gusts to 35-40 mph to areas of 30-35 mph winds gusting to around 50 mph, to sustained winds of 45-55 mph with gusts to 75 mph in western Wyoming. High winds will cause difficulties in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.”

Wildfires:

“Officials hope to avoid a repeat of the wildfire outbreak experienced Sunday in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and Kansas. Wildfire details included:
  • Colorado – Baca County fire near Walsh burned only 30 acres but burned into Walsh and forced evacuation of 120 homes, contained Sunday evening; Crystal Wildland Fire in Larimer County burned approximately 4,500 acres and is 5 percent contained
  • New Mexico – White Fire near Ruidoso burned 2,000-3,000 acres and destroyed at least 4 homes
  • Kansas – Grassland wildfire in Grant Haskell and Stevens counties burned approximately 9,000 acres, 3 homes destroyed, 100 percent contained in Grant County, 70 percent in Stevens County and 80 percent in Haskell County
  • Oklahoma – Guymon Fire burned 7,500 acres and destroyed 12 homes
  • Texas – Fire near Midland burned 500 acres and threatened houses and oil field equipment; Justiceberg fire in Garza County burned 2,000 acres, threatens more than 20 homes; Bates field fire in Ector County burned 2,500 acres but no structures lost, evacuees being allowed to return; smaller fires included Willow View fire in Hardeman County, South Road fire in Yoakum County and Rancho Real fire in Real County.” [Drought Information Update: Drought worsens with limited precipitation in March]

Flooding

NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service showed 111 gauge sites at some level of flooding.

  • 13 sites were at Major Flood levels,
  • 23 sites at Moderate Flood
  • 75 sites at Minor Flood

Additionally

  • 109 sites were at Near Flood

Major flooding is occurring on Devils Lake, Stump Lake, The James River, the Wild Rice River, the Minnesota River, the Cottonwood River and the Mississippi River. Details available at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/index.php?stage=7

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US Severe Weather Forecast: T-Storms, Tornadoes

Posted by feww on April 4, 2011

Tornadoes Could Torpedo Tornado Alley

Arkansas

Texas

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