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WeatherNation Top 5 – Week of Tornadoes

25 Apr 2020, 9:30 pm

Our Top 5 Videos of the Week capture tornadoes caught on camera from the Central Plains to the Gulf Coast.

We start in Sanford, Florida, where a tornado moved eerily close to a neighborhood.  This was just one of several tornadoes that moved through the northern part of the state within just two hours.

Another storm system that developed in the plains spun up a tornado in Durant, OK.  Storm surveys found it had wind speeds up to 105 mph and was on the ground for more than 5 miles.  Nearby, another tornado unfortunately led to the death of two people in Madill, OK.  This destructive storm was rated an EF-2 with winds up to 135 mph.

A cluster of storms moved through most of the southern part of Georgia, producing several tornadoes including one close to the town of Moultrie.  These storms were tornado warned for a span of several hours for more than 100 miles.

And finally, a waterspout moved ashore becoming a weak tornado in Panama City, FL, causing damage to parts of the downtown area.  This storm had wind gusts between 65-85 miles per hour!

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Meredith is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the American Meteorological Society.  She was born and raised in Cleveland but has worked from coast to coast covering almost every type of weather.  She's been live out in the field during destructive tropical storms on the Gulf Coast of Florida, raging wildfires in Southern California, and covered the wreckage from tornadoes in t... Load Morehe Great Plains. In 2009, she reported on the damaging hail storm during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and in 2017, the historic California winter storms that produced record rain totals and devastating flash flooding.  Prior to joining WeatherNation, Meredith worked at KEYT/KKFX in Santa Barbara, CA, KOTA-TV in Rapid City, SD, WWSB-TV in Sarasota, FL, and began her career as an intern at WGN-TV in Chicago.  She was Santa Barbara's "Favorite Weathercaster of the Year" in 2016 and the Community Partner of the Year in 2017 for her volunteer work with Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties and awarded with the 2018 Valparaiso University Alumni Association First Decade Achievement Award. Meredith co-chairs the American Meteorological Society Station Scientist Committee, which focuses on raising greater awareness & outreach when it comes to science education for viewers.  She's also an accomplished reporter, producing weather and science stories including rocket launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base and the new GOES-16 satellite and it's impacts on weather forecasting.  Meredith's also worked on features that took her paragliding along the coast, white water rafting in Northern California, learning to surf in the Pacific Ocean, and how to be an aerial photographer while flying a single engine plane!

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