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A Intense Week of Severe Weather

1 Apr 2016, 4:43 pm

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Tornadoes, hail, flooding, and heavy snow. It was all part of one storm that rolled west to east across the continental US resulting in a very wild week of severe weather.

OKLAHOMA

It all began to unravel on Wednesday evening across the Central Plains as an upper level low ejected out of the intermountain west gathering all the ingredients needed to prompt a few monstrous supercell thunderstorms. Two individual tornadoes were reported across northeast Oklahoma ( one in Claremore, OK and the second Owasso, OK) yielding widespread power outages and several reports of minor injuries with one still in critical condition. Both tornadoes packed winds of 120mph giving them a rating of an EF-2 causing substantial damage to one square mile of a residential area.

These same storms continued tracking east overnight Wednesday, re-gaining strength by Thursday, and dropping more tornadoes late Wednesday.

Governor Mary Fallin today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for seven northeastern Oklahoma counties impacted by tornadoes, severe storms and straight-line winds that occurred earlier this week.

The declaration is for Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa andWashington counties.
The storms caused damage to homes and businesses Wednesday evening and injured seven people. Damage assessments are ongoing in the hardest-hit areas.

Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions.

LOUISIANA

Two EF-1 tornadoes were confirmed in Louisiana by the NWS office on Thursday. One of the tornadoes touched down for a brief period of time in Tangipahoa, LA along with another in Greensburg, LA. The state also took on more rainfall, very heavy at times, falling on already saturated conditions which also caused more isolated flash flooding across the region.

The storms kept marching east tackling Mississippi next.

MISSISSIPPI

Supercell tornadoes formed through the afternoon hours across much of the state of Mississippi. One tornado was reported in New Hope, MS causing significant damage.

ALABAMA

It was primarily in the evening, right after sunset, that storms pushed across the TN Valley and North Alabama. Several Tornado Warnings were issued and, so far, two EF-1 Tornadoes have been confirmed across N Pickens Co by NWS survey crews so far. Another survey crew is on scene in Blount Co.

GEORGIA

Severe storms rolled through parts of South Georgia this morning. One tornado has already been confirmed in Warner Robins where moderate – considerable damage was found at the Robins Air Force Base. No injuries reported.

This same cluster of severe storms continued on a track towards Allentown and Montrose. EF-1 damage was reported with max winds between 86-110 mph. . According to the NWS, the tornado tracked almost 2 miles through Twiggs County before lifting just southwest of the Twiggs-Wilkenson county line near Allentown. The NWS office reported two homes destroyed and approximately six damaged. No injuries reported.


Another confirmed tornado recently touched down west of Waycross, GA.

SEVERE THREAT SATURDAY

The severe weather threat is slowly but surely winding down across parts of the Southeast; however, tomorrow still holds a marginal threat for strong to severe storms across parts of Central Florida. Tornado threat is much lower than recent days; however, damaging winds and the potential for small hail are the primary concern. It is a busy time of the year for the state of Florida given Spring Break so stay weather aware!

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