Tornado Watch until 6 AM EDT for much of Indiana and parts of NE IL and NW Ohio. I’m on the southern edge of the Watch here in Seymour. SPC says “PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE… SEVERAL TORNADOES POSSIBLE NUMEROUS DAMAGING WIND GUSTS LIKELY WITH A FEW SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO 80 MPH POSSIBLE SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE.” Latest observation at Decatur has the wind south at 37 mph with a gust to 58 mph. Taylorville’s wind is north at 24 mph with a gust to 43 mph. Gust to 70 mph reported at Kincaid IL, 65 mph at Mt. Ayr IN, 62 mph at Danville IL, 60 mph at Bethany and Cisco IL. Semi blown off road at Chatsworth IL. Cars stranded in floodwaters at multiple locations in Springfield IL.
Hail this Fri. evening the size of grapefruits in El Reno, Oklahoma. Here’s a preliminary path of the El Reno Tornado. Video from inside the tornado. Preliminary path of Oklahoma City tornadoes. Second picture is one of at least several tornadoes that have hit the Oklahoma City Area. So far, there are five fatalities, inc. a mother and baby that were in a car that was blown off I-40. Two other fatalities were in vehicles. 14 people have been admitted to the hospital in Yukon OK with 3 in critical condition. At least 6 semis have been blown over on I-40. 67,000 are without power in the OKC area. Winds hit 70 mph at the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City. Cells are training over the same area, producing very heavy rain. Tornadoes have been reported at Minco, Newcastle, Tuttle and perhaps near Moore (again). The town of El Reno has been hard hit. A Tornado Hunt vehicle was rolled with injuries. A Tornado Emergency has been declared for the Oklahoma City area. I-40 has been closed. Here’s tornado/storm pics. from the Oklahoma City area. Oklahoma City Police Lt. Jay Barnett:: “We are overwhelmed right now with calls of people trapped in vehicles in high water, to the point that we are having grave difficulty even responding to all of them. The flooding is the major problem in the Oklahoma City metro. Check out this picture of the flooding. Wind Gusts: 87 mph at Tinker AFB SE of Oklahoma City, 66 mph at the National Weather Service in Norman. OK. Windows blown out of KFOR vehicle from 100 mph winds.
Tornadoes have hit near St. Louis. Serious damage reported. Damage is on the northern side of the city, near Lambert Field. Possible injuries. There has been some damage at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals game was canceled. Towns reporting tornadoes: Weldon Springs, Wood River, Earth City (injuries at the Holiday Inn at Earth City) and Maryland Heights where there was damage to the Hollywood Casino. Five tornado warnings now in Illinois. Semis blown off I-55 in central Illinois. Here’s storm pictures from the St. Louis area. (This is Bill Steffen writing from the TravelLodge in Seymour, Indiana – cheap with a coupon from the rest stop).
The National Weather Service survey teams have confirmed six separate tornado touchdowns between 8:30 and 10: 30 pm Tuesday evening. Here’s their summary of the tornadoes. On the Enhanced Fujita Scale, there were 2 EFO tornadoes, 2 EF1 tornadoes, and 2 EF2 tornadoes. The tornado east of Grand Blanc had an estimated maximum wind speed of 130 mph. There were no serious injuries from the twisters. Note that there were also no serious injuries from the Dexter tornado last year. People are heading warnings and taking action, moving to relatively safer locations. Here’s a helicopter view of some of the damage. Rainfall this month is up to 3.24″ for G.R. and 3.92″ for Lansing. Grand Rapids is now 9.01″ above average for precipitation this year. Two EF1 tornadoes hit NW Pennsylvania. Seven people were injured by these tornadoes. Pictures here. Wednesday was a busy day for severe weather in the U.S. with nearly two dozen tornadoes and over 325 severe reports from Massachusetts to Colorado and Wisconsin to Texas.
It was a mostly sunny and warm day here in E. Tennessee. The high temperature in Knoxville was 88. We spent most of the day inside talking with my mother. Mom will be 94 in July. She still loves to cook and we had a nice beef stew this evening. I’m over at my sister’s now, where they have WI-FI. We did get out for a nice walk. Looks like we may drive mom back to Illinois, then come back to Michigan. The Storm Prediction Center reports nearly two dozen tornadoes and over 325 severe reports in the U.S. on Weds. with severe reports from Massachusetts to E. Colorado and Wisconsin to N Texas. Hurricane Barbara with a well-developed eye hits the SW coast of Mexico. I did get a chance to see the overnight NAM (caribou) and the model gives G.R. 1.36″ of rain from Friday PM thru Saturday AM.
Here’s video of one of the Flint area Tornadoes (electric flash around 1:39 into the video). More pictures here and here. Damage video here. Schools are closed today (Weds.) in Byron, Beecher and Goodrich. From Tues. Evening/Night: MAJOR DAMAGE REPORTED AT MPC CASHWAY LUMBER YARD IN DELTA TOWNSHIP (just WNW of Lansing). SEMI TRUCK ROLLED OVER. A funnel cloud was reported NW of Battle Creek by the Fire Dept. No confirmed tornadoes in SW Michigan as I write this early Weds. AM. Trees down near Bath in Clinton Co. and Dansville in Ingham Co. Hail fell in Eaton Rapids. Numerous large tree limbs down in Berrien Co. Spotters report torrential rain in S. Barry Co. and power outages in Cooper, Bedford, Johnstown and Assyria Townships. Flood Advisories continue for Ingham, Clinton and Ionia Counties. Here’s storm reports from SW Michigan, SE Michigan, Indiana border counties down into N. Indiana (gusts to 62 mph at S. Bend and 64 mph at Mishawaka IN). Rainfall: 2.58″ Lansing, 2.24″ Entrican (Montcalm Co.), 1.48″ Big Rapids, 1.68″ Alma.
It looks like there have been at least 3 tornado reports…from Goodrich (significant damage), 4 miles north of Flint and east of Grand Blanc. Damage reports: “HOMES DESTROYED ON HEGEL ROAD. PEOPLE REPORTED TRAPPED IN HOMES. TREES AND WIRES DOWNED ON EAST HEGEL. UNABLE TO GO NORTH TOWARDS ATLAS DUE TO TREES AND WIRES DOWN. PEOPLE REPORTED TRAPPED IN HIGH SCHOOL. BAR COLLAPSED,PEOPLE TRAPPED, EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ON SCENE. DEBRIS ON M15 BETWEEN GREEN AND KIPP ROADS. HOUSE LEVELED ON SOUTH JENNINGS ROAD, 5 MILES SE SWARTZ CREEK. OVER A DOZEN TREES DOWNED ACROSS A QUARTER MILE STRETCH OF BALDWIN ROAD JUST WEST OF FENTON ROAD. POSSIBLE TORNADO DAMAGE, 5 MILES WSW GRAND BLANC.” Here’s a map of the area around Goodrich hit by the tornado this evening. Goodrich is southeast of Flint. Severe T-Storm Warnings for Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties until midnight. Comments from WJRT facebook: “Byron got hit, my son called and told me lots of trees down after freight train ear popping sounds, no power, he says it was real bad!” “York & Harvard…Trees down …lines down…no power…Her neighbor can’t get out the front door!” “…trees down people trapped command center at the Church at Carpenter and Saginaw.” “In Goodrich- My friend went up to the schools, Oaktree and the Middle School have debris and the football field’s soccer nets are gone and the high school is fine. There is a house across from the middle school that got hit bad” “there are down power lines by the high school but no severe damage.” “I live in Lake Fenton and they have that area blocked off.” “…a tornado did hit Thompson road and other areas…my friends family lost their home.” “In Grand Blanc / Gaines there is some very significant damage. All but a few structures are still standing but exterior walls are collapsed and garage blown away on at least one home. Roofs torn off on several others. Vinyl siding wrapped around trees and poles, 1.5 ft thick tree limbs snapped off and deposited 40 ft away on top of a willow tree, debris scattered in all directions…”
This is the current Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 severe t-storm outlook from the Storm Prediction Center. After a quiet few days, things are going to get more interesting, with several chances for strong to even severe storms this week. If things get rolling, they may have to bump up N. KS, S. NE and maybe NW MO and SW IA into a moderate risk for today. Part of that area has seen a lot of rain. The west side of Sioux City IA had 6.6″ of rain and Grinnell, IA had 5.7″. Here’s what SPC says about Tues. PM: “POSSIBILITY FOR A FORWARD PROPAGATING MCS AS IT MOVES TOWARDS THE SRN GREAT LAKES.”
Picture from KTUU shows the spring flood of the Yukon River. Barrow, Alaska had their warmest temperature of the spring on Friday at 39 degrees. The Airport in Barrow is down to 2″ of snow on the ground. They have had a snow cover of 1″ or more every day since Oct. 11, 2012. Barrow is above the Arctic Circle and they get 24-hours of daylight now. From May 12 thru August 1, the sun stays above the horizon 24-hours a day. If you don’t like hot weather, you’d like Barrow. The average high temperature reaches a maximum of only 47 in July. Nome hasn’t been above 38 (even though their average high is 47 right now). They are 9.2 deg. colder than average for May so far. The last time Nome had a high temperature above average was April 27. They are down to their last inch of snow (reaching a high snow cover of 30″ in February. The constant sunshine in May melts the snow some even when the temperature is below freezing. Fairbanks finally had a couple warm days, with highs of 71 on Friday and 76 on Saturday. They are still 9 degrees colder than average for May. The average high temperature in Fairbanks is now 66 (not too far from the average of 72 in G.R. right now). These are the first two days that have been warmer than average since April 2. Anchorage just had back-to-back days in the mid 60s. They are still 4.6 deg. colder than average for May. They had a 1″ or more snow cover thru May 3rd. They also had measurable snow on the 17th and 18th. With the extended daylight, it’s a nice time to check out Alaska webcams, like this one in Barrow, or check out the snow at Thompson Pass or Merrill Pass. Here’s a picture of lenticular clouds in Alaska and people shoveling snow on May 17th in Nome.