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Tornadoes kill at least 18 as storms pummel Plains, Midwest, and South
foxnews.com ^ | April 28, 2014

Posted on 04/28/2014 4:00:18 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012

At least 18 people were killed Sunday by three separate tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system that moved through the central and southern United States.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed early Monday that at least sixteen people had died after a tornado tore through central Arkansas, while an Oklahoma county sheriff's dispatcher reported that one person had died in the town of Quapaw, near the state's borders with Kansas and Missouri. Fox News has also confirmed that one person died when a tornado hit Keokuk County, Iowa.

The Arkansas tornado touched down about 10 miles west of Little Rock at around 7 p.m. local time and moved northeastward for at least 30 miles, the National Weather Service reported. It missed the state capital but passed through or near several of its suburbs, causing widespread damage in the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia.

According to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, ten of the deaths occurred in Faulkner County, where Mayflower and Vilonia are located. Five more occurred in Pulaski County, and one occurred in White County.

The tornado, which grew to be a half-mile wide, turned buildings into rubble and stripped the leaves and smaller branches off of trees.

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1 posted on 04/28/2014 4:00:18 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Prayers for all the families who lost loved ones and for those whose homes are devastated.

The Weather Channel reporters act as if this is a SCI-FI movie - breathless drama queens. Terror and tragedy should be reduced to sound bites.


2 posted on 04/28/2014 4:37:40 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: sodpoodle

“Should NOT be reduced to sound bites”


3 posted on 04/28/2014 4:38:24 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: sodpoodle

Gave up watching the Weather Channel’s coverage of major weather events a long time ago. Drama queens is right.


4 posted on 04/28/2014 4:47:31 AM PDT by cork (Gun control = hitting what you aim at)
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To: ilovesarah2012
The tornado, which grew to be a half-mile wide, turned buildings into rubble and stripped the leaves and smaller branches off of trees.

Really. A two thousand six hundred foot wide tornado?

5 posted on 04/28/2014 5:07:12 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: raybbr

Yep, really. They can sometimes be as much as a mile wide.


6 posted on 04/28/2014 5:13:49 AM PDT by VOR78
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To: ilovesarah2012
Prayers to all of the victims' families.

Of course, the Marxist in chief will say it was either 1) Global Warming, 2) Tea Party fault or 3) Bush and Republicans fault.

7 posted on 04/28/2014 5:21:14 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: raybbr
re: Really. A two thousand six hundred foot wide tornado?

2600 foot wide tornado? YES! I lived through one. On April 4, 1974 At 4:40PM. I watched a Tornado that was over a half mile across come over the Rt. 35 bypass and destroy my neighborhood, my town and two universities along it's path.
Oh yeah, they get that big and bigger.

Prayers for people struck in this latest outbreak.

8 posted on 04/28/2014 5:25:17 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: raybbr

Reports from last night were EF4-5 and 3/4 mile wide vortex.


9 posted on 04/28/2014 5:28:08 AM PDT by colinhester
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To: raybbr
The Jarrell, Texas tornado was over a mile wide, and literally lifted and obliterated roads.

/johnny

10 posted on 04/28/2014 5:32:24 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: raybbr

The Moore OK tornado was 1.3 miles wide.

http://matchbin-assets.s3.amazonaws.com/secure/users/4005313/assets/8Y26_Possible_tornado_near_Oklahoma_City_595360000_417504_ver1_0_320_240.jpg


11 posted on 04/28/2014 5:33:33 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: ilovesarah2012

12 posted on 04/28/2014 5:46:08 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: raybbr

Video of damage from yesterday in central Arkansas:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f21_1398656395


13 posted on 04/28/2014 5:48:22 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: raybbr

Last year El Reno, OK had a 2.6 mile wide...the largest ever recorded.


14 posted on 04/28/2014 5:51:13 AM PDT by halo66
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To: raybbr

Yes, there are a couple of photos of the “Mayflower Tornado” that show a classic, wedge-shaped funnel, wider than it is tall. Many—but not all—destructive tornadoes have that appearance.

The real question is why we keep losing people in storms that are forecast well in advance. The Storm Prediction Center was warning of a major outbreak two days in advance; they pegged southern/central Arkansas as the most likely area for dangerous, long-track tornadoes by early afternoon and had a PDS watch up 3-4 hours before the Mayflower storm developed. Couple that with warnings from the local NWS in Little Rock and other sources (including the Weather Channel) and virtually everyone along the twister’s path had at least 20 minutes warning time. Yet, 16 people died in Arkansas alone and the death toll will go even higher.

I believe there are several factors that contributed to this. First, in places like Arkansas, there are more people living in mobile homes and we know what a tornado does to that type of structure. However, the Mayflower storm demolished well-built wood and brick structures as well, and that raises another point: if you’re in the path of one of these monsters, the odds of your survival may be slim if you don’t have a basement or tornado shelter. In that regard, Arkansas is like every other state in Tornado Alley; the number of people with basements or shelters is very low.

But I think the biggest problem is complacency on the part of the public. The low-information crowd can’t be bothered with non-stop weather coverage (might interrupt the newest episode of their HBO drama, or at the other end, keep them from watching “Devious Maids on Lifetime).

Viewers who actually tune in receive a flood of information, and assume they know exactly where the storm is, and can go about their regular routine. There was a well-publicized incident during the deadly Joplin tornado where a young couple complained about not being served at a local restaurant because the tornado sirens were going off. They went to another eatery and arrived just in time to be herded into the walk-in freezer, moments before the EF-5 leveled the neighborhood. I wonder if they still go out to eat when their county is under a tornado warning.

Finally, I’ll put part of the blame on local radio stations, which should be a lifeline during a weather emergency. But due to budget cuts, they’ve deferred “live” coverage to local TV stations, cable outlets and the web. But when the power goes out, many of those other sources are unavailable, and when they tune to the local radio station, they hear (in most cases) an automated jukebox. The announcers, with the possible exception of the morning crew, are “voice-tracked” from a personality or format service hundreds of miles away.

When I lived in Mississippi, I remember walking out of a Wal-Mart on a story Sunday night, just as the tornado sirens went off. I jumped in my car and turned on the most popular local station; the announcer assured us that it would be a “beautiful day, with a high near 85.” Not only was the forecast hours out date, the station apparently did not air weather bulletins through through the emergency alert system (EAS).

I don’t know if it was ignorance, indifference, or a lack of warning through the “right” media, but there should not have been that many people on I-40 when the storm blew through last night. It will be interesting to learn if any of the victims died on the highway, or they were killed at home, in the communities hardest-hit by the tornadoes. When you’ve got a deadly tornado churning through the country-side, you don’t need to be in a vehicle, unless you’re law enforcement, another first responder, or someone evacuating from a mobile home.


15 posted on 04/28/2014 5:54:25 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: ExNewsExSpook

A tornado is not like a hurricane which will ravage an entire area. Literally a tornado can destroy one house while leaving a house just across the street virtually unscathed....so even if your town is in the path, the odds for your house getting hit still aren’t all that high.


16 posted on 04/28/2014 5:59:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ExNewsExSpook

I agree with all of your points...the other factor when I chase tornadoes, I find that many of the locals have lived through countless Tornado Watches/Warnings and have never been directly impacted that they just don’t believe they will be impacted.

Your point about well built homes being swept away is the #1 issue, though. You need to be underground or in a new above ground storm shelter to survive the type of tornado that plowed through Arkansas. Many folks do not have that luxury...


17 posted on 04/28/2014 6:00:57 AM PDT by halo66
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To: raybbr

I’m guessing you don’t live in the Midwest.


18 posted on 04/28/2014 6:07:40 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
Today's tornado outlook... http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1probotlk_1300_torn.gif
19 posted on 04/28/2014 6:15:52 AM PDT by halo66
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To: raybbr

Not unheard of. They can get even bigger.

The one in Greensberg, KS was allegedly over 1.5 miles wide. If you google the images of the aftermath, it clearly shows complete devastation 8 blocks wide, which is a mile.


20 posted on 04/28/2014 6:20:13 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: halo66

21 posted on 04/28/2014 6:21:09 AM PDT by halo66
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To: ExNewsExSpook

It’s ok to be in a vehicle if you’re driving in right angles from the storm, sometimes it’s best if you can’t find suitable shelter.


22 posted on 04/28/2014 6:23:36 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: halo66

Would someone please pull HAARP’s plug?


23 posted on 04/28/2014 6:24:31 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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24 posted on 04/28/2014 6:26:21 AM PDT by halo66
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To: halo66
Tornado in Kansas from yesterday...
25 posted on 04/28/2014 6:41:28 AM PDT by halo66
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To: halo66

That’s a big one!


26 posted on 04/28/2014 6:47:40 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: sodpoodle

The drama queens were out in force yesterday! We watched the storm split over Oklahoma, and go around us. We didn’t get enough rain to settle the dust, but East and west of here got clobbered.


27 posted on 04/28/2014 7:03:39 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: sodpoodle
Yeah, the Weather Commercial Channel got bought out for a billion bucks by NBC...and promptly went into the globull warming toilet.

Hopefully others will chime in with good information sites folks can turn to for real-time info that can be tailored to ones specific location before/during/after bad weather.

The Big Map to see whats out there, where it's heading.

Severe WX Warnings National WX Service Warnings-auto-updates every 2 min.

Listen in on 1st responders/trackers/others Stormchasers/Fire/Police/Emergency services, etc.

Local WX Radar with storm tracking one of many that are out there.

Plenty of Android Apps like Raindar, Scanner Radio, etc. provide good information also.

28 posted on 04/28/2014 7:23:05 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The AGW alarmists’ prayers have been answered.


29 posted on 04/28/2014 7:29:18 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: raybbr
Really. A two thousand six hundred foot wide tornado?

You ain't from around here, are ye?

30 posted on 04/28/2014 8:00:12 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: ltc8k6; raybbr

Largest recorded was 2.6 miles wide near El Reno, OK just last year.


31 posted on 04/28/2014 8:02:35 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude

I was referring to the width of tornado at ground level. The funnel may be 2 miles wide but the ground path is not.


32 posted on 04/28/2014 8:08:12 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: raybbr

They’re not all long, skinny things snaking around like Wizard Of Oz. The worst ones don’t really have that classic, recognizable form. It’s more like a black wall of boiling, swirling debris coming at you if you’re unfortunate enough to be that close. A half mile wide, a mile wide, sometimes more than that. From a distance they have a sort of wedge shape, as if a section of the storm cloud itself dropped down to the ground, and that’s not far from accurate. Some are wrapped in heavy rain which disguises them to a point, looking like a squall line. Those are almost as bad as nighttime tornadoes, you don’t really know where they are because the funnel and debris ball are obscured, and more people are injured or die because of it.


33 posted on 04/28/2014 8:11:08 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: raybbr

The ground path IS the recorded width of the tornado. How could it be otherwise?

To be honest, most tornadoes of appreciable size are actually a system of smaller suction vortices which swirl around a central area of circulation. But the whole system of circulation is, indeed, a tornado.


34 posted on 04/28/2014 8:11:33 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: raybbr

Yes it is...


35 posted on 04/28/2014 8:12:32 AM PDT by halo66
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To: raybbr

Go take a look at some historical aerial photos of tornado damage, Greenfield, Kansas would be a start. The whole old downtown section was destroyed by one tornado. Eight blocks are roughly a mile.


36 posted on 04/28/2014 8:16:10 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: raybbr
El Reno, OK tornado ground scar http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/Ground_Scar_from_May_31%2C_2013_El_Reno_tornado.jpg
37 posted on 04/28/2014 8:20:18 AM PDT by halo66
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To: RegulatorCountry
Greensburg, sorry. Before and after below:

Greensburg 2 C KS Before and After 2

38 posted on 04/28/2014 8:27:44 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

We drove through Greensburg a few years ago, but didn’t realize that this was the place that got leveled until we were past it.....always wish we’d have stopped for a lookaround.


39 posted on 04/28/2014 8:30:51 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: ilovesarah2012

As to be expected, warmists are crawling out of the woodwork to blame these on global warming. In 2011 they said global warming caused the higher than average number of tornadoes. In 2012 they said global warming caused the lower than average number of tornadoes. And, of course, they said global warming caused every tornado that did form in 2012.


40 posted on 04/28/2014 8:34:43 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: ErnBatavia

I’ve had something of a morbid fascination with Jarrell, TX but have been told that there’s really nothing there to see, it was stripped down to bedrock pavement and all, along the path of the tornado.


41 posted on 04/28/2014 8:40:13 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
Looks like two separate tornadoes in Arkansas, not one continuous tornado. Embedded image permalink
42 posted on 04/28/2014 8:42:16 AM PDT by halo66
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To: RegulatorCountry

I was chasing that year and went through the damage path 3 days later...place was stripped and the stench of death was horrible as they were still finding human remains in the trees.


43 posted on 04/28/2014 8:44:14 AM PDT by halo66
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To: halo66

Sort of an academic distinction, same path with a break. Wonder if geography had anything to do with that?


44 posted on 04/28/2014 8:50:18 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: halo66

I just don’t want or need to see that sort of thing. The damage itself holds some fascination but the toll in human and animal life affects me too much.


45 posted on 04/28/2014 8:53:10 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Not sure...usually these types of supercells cycle like this with long track tornadoes weakening and another forming to the northeast of the subsequent tornado.


46 posted on 04/28/2014 8:58:14 AM PDT by halo66
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To: RegulatorCountry

I hear you on that...it was heartbreaking and something I never want to come across again.


47 posted on 04/28/2014 8:58:55 AM PDT by halo66
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To: fwdude

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_El_Reno_tornado

People panicked, and tried to drive out of danger, and the death toll could have been very high.


48 posted on 04/28/2014 9:33:28 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: ilovesarah2012

I know I and many others that live in “tornado alley” dread this kind of weather event. I understand the need to get information out to people but the local media around here have to hype it for DAYS before any drops of water fall. And then afterwards, they praise their “life-saving coverage” of the horrible events. It literally makes me sick.

Our severe weather event will be tonight (after dark) when you can’t see anything except flashes of lightening. That’s the worst time IMO for tornadoes to form. Looks like a sleepless night for me. :( Prayers for those in the path.


49 posted on 04/28/2014 9:55:30 AM PDT by ASouthernGrl (BHO sucks - literally or metaphorically, you decide.)
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To: Bulwyf

How do you drive at a right angle to a spiraling tornado?


50 posted on 04/28/2014 10:06:32 AM PDT by PapaNew
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