Reports of serious damage are pouring in and situation is getting worse. Storms are headed towards huge population centers like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia...
Severe storms started hammering an area from Missouri into Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina with large hail up to the size of baseballs early this morning.
Powerful storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes flattened buildings in several states, wrecked a small Indiana town and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country in the second powerful tornado outbreak this week. Authorities in Indiana say at least three people have been killed by tornadoes raking the southern portion of the U.S. state.
Widespread damage was reported in southern Indiana, where Clark County Sheriff's Department Maj. Chuck Adams said the town of Marysville is "completely gone." Dozens of houses were also damaged in Alabama and Tennessee two days after storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.
After a relatively benign February, the 2012 Severe Convective Storm season in the United States has brought damage and possible significant losses with eight tornadoes reported yesterday and about 43 tornadoes reported today. This brings the season total through March 1 to 195, higher than the average of 117 over the past six years according to latest EQECAT report.
At 4:56 am CST, February 29, an EF-4 tornado that was part of a larger extra-tropical cyclone, struck the town of Harrisburg, Illinois with population of 9000 people. Initial surveys indicate the tornado was accompanied by estimated winds of 180 mph (300 kph). Preliminary reports indicate that the tornado killed six people and injured nearly 100 in the city of Harrisburg. According to the Harrisburg sheriff's office, 250-300 houses were damaged or destroyed. Additional surveys will be conducted by the National Weather Service in the next day or two.
This week’s EF-4 tornado was part of a larger system which produced a line of severe convective storms across parts of southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, and western Kentucky during the overnight hours of February 29. More severe weather hit Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.
A line of nasty thunderstorms capable of spawning tornadoes is pushing across eastern and central Ohio, eastern and central Kentucky, and Tennessee. Southern Indiana has been hit very hard by large tornadoes. Thunderstorms are firing across portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Large hail, strong winds and tornadoes could all be threats.
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The NWS has confirmed well over 50 tornado reports (separate).. right now at 5:45pm CST — there are over THIRTY (30) active TORNADO WARNINGS issued by the National Weather Service.. … these are WARNINGS … not just tornado watches… but actual confirmed tornadoes developing.
Multiple towns completely destroyed.. multiple F4 and F5 tornadoes plus hail, damaging winds and excessive lightning.
These storms are headed towards HUGE population centers like New York City (NYC) , Boston, Philadelphia — entire states from the South Coast of Georgia/Florida .. through South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Washington DC, Maryland, and Maine.
The time to prepare is now for these areas in the path of this outbreak. (sincedutch.wordpress.com)
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Latest Storm Reports:
5:20 p.m. CST: A tornado was reported on the ground in Crockett, Ky. The storm produce 3 inch hail.
4:58 p.m. CST: A tornado in West Liberty, Ky., trapped several people. Multiple deaths and injuries were reported.
4:22 p.m. CST: A tornado was reported on the ground in Bentonville, Ohio.
4:00 p.m. CST: Police officer just reported a tornado on I-40 in Nashville and that he "is in it!"
12:55 p.m. EST: Homes were damaged and numerous trees were downed by severe thunderstorm winds 3 miles east of Cleveland, Tenn.
12:50 p.m. EST: A tornado was spotted just west of Interstate 75 in Ooltewah, Tenn.
12:07 p.m. CST: An unconfirmed report came in about a funnel cloud in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
11:48 a.m. CST: A funnel cloud was observed in Thompsonville, Ill.
11:41 a.m. CST: A funnel cloud was spotted in West Frankfort, Ill., with golf ball-sized hail pummeling the area.
11:06 a.m. CST: A tornado was reported by the public 6 miles northeast of Ellsinore, Mo.
10:19 a.m. CST: Trees were downed, cars were damaged and a farm house was destroyed near Buckhorn High School, located 4 miles east-northeast of Moores Mill, Ala. People were trapped in rubble with injuries.
10:10 a.m. CST: Tornado observed 4 miles south of Trenton, Ill. Minor damage reported so far with fences knocked down.
10:01 a.m. CST: Rain-wrapped tornado was observed 5 miles west-southwest of Meridianville, Ala.
9:56 a.m. CST: Rain-wrapped tornado reported on the ground 4 miles southeast of Harvest, Ala.
9:40 a.m. CST: Law enforcement spotted a tornado near Route 1 in Meridianville, Ala.
9:30 a.m. CST: Classic hook echo with strong rotation in storm headed toward Cookeville and Monterey, Tenn.
9:25 a.m. CST: A very dangerous storm with strong rotation, potential tornado on the ground north of Huntsville, Ala. It strengthened east of Athens and was headed toward Harvest.
9:20 a.m. CST: Power lines and trees were downed and structural damage occurred 6 miles ESE of Athens, Ala.
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