Saturday, May 03, 2008

Friday May 2, 2008 tornado outbreak



As of 5 a.m. the SPC has recorded 53 tornado reports, 59 reports of high wind, and 73 reports of large hail for a total of 185 severe weather reports. As of this writing, the worst appears to be over but a tornado watch is still in effect for southeastern Louisiana, southeastern Mississippi, and southwestern Alabama. There are two counties with tornado warnings just to the west of Hattiesburg, MS. Strong, but not severe storms are rolling through my part of Alabama, waking up weather geeks to blog abot the weather. Following is an excerpt from the HWO issued by the Huntsville NWS a few minutes ago:

A LINE OF RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE ACROSS NORTHERN ALABAMA
AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE THIS MORNING. ALTHOUGH THE THREAT
FOR STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL EXIST IN AREAS GENERALLY
TO THE EAST OF THE INTERSTATE 65 CORRIDOR...THIS THREAT WILL BE
ISOLATED. DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 6O MPH...AND LARGE HAIL UP TO
PENNY SIZE ARE THE PRIMARY WEATHER THREATS DURING THE MORNING
HOURS. A BRIEF ISOLATED TORNADO WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE...HOWEVER
THIS THREAT IS SLIGHT.

Sadly, the death toll from yesterday's severe weather stands at 7.

2 comments:

Jessica said...

A bad day for everyone here... :( 7 deaths are confirmed during this outbreak... :( Hope next time, people should be aware of the latest weather updates in their area to prevent these kind of accidents..

Mike said...

I assume that you are from Arkansas. My heart goes out to you folks. What a terrible tragedy. It has been a rough year for tornadoes there.