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2014-04-28 12:10:41 PM  
I once acquired the phone code from the meteorology department at my school. Anyone that called the weather line that day was assured there was a "100% chance of tornados... tomorrow."
 
2014-04-28 12:33:39 PM  
There's, what 17 deaths so far from yesterday's?  And they're saying the worst may be yet to come?  Yeah, this one's no joke.  Stay safe indeed.

/not in the path
 
2014-04-28 01:21:20 PM  
I grew up with hurricanes, tornados and water spounts in Florida. I'm used to preparing for bad storms and disasters. Yes, tornados are very bad and dangerous. It's good to be prepared  Just don't go mental about it.

Here in Huntsville, Alabama, they're in a panic already. Schools are closing early. Parents are leaving work early to get their kids. Grocery stores have probably already been emptied of bread and milk.

Here are some helpful hints for those of you who think having fresh bread and milk are the most important preparation.

Fill your cars' gas tanks up.
Fill your bathtubs with water as a drinking water source, or at least to flush waste away.
Flashlights and batteries. Candles too. And don't forget matches for candles.
Alternative cooking stove, like a propane gas stove.
Nonperishable food (not just milk & bread) for yourself and/or family for two weeks.
Two weeks worth of drinking water. Use your hot water heater as an alternate supply, if necessary.
First aid kits plus medications to cover two weeks. That included condoms for those sexually active and easlly bored.

Please add more suggestions freelly.


.
 
2014-04-28 01:50:50 PM  

AirForceVet: Please add more suggestions freelly.


Battery/crank/solar powered radio receiver.

Believe it or not, you likely won't be able to get internet service for a while.  The local cell network may also be down, or commandeered by the authorities.  Having a way to get news (and keep entertained) can make a big difference.

Another plus, if you've got family members who might be out and about is some sort of radios to communicate back and forth:  Good quality FRS/GMRS radios will let you keep in touch within a couple of miles*.   No license is required for FRS radios.  GMRS ones do require a license, but like CBs in the 1970's, practically nobody bothers.  CBs can be useful also, because they generally have more range than GMRS.

The gold standard here, of course, is amateur radio, but it requires you to actually take a test and get a license, and many people are put off by that.  They shouldn't be, though:  You no longer need to take a Morse code test for any license, and there is some next-level shiat going on, like high-speed broadband mesh networks.


*Don't believe the marketing crap about "up to 36 miles range".  Figure on about half a mile to a mile for FRS, and a couple miles for GMRS.  Sometimes you'll get more depending on the terrain, but don't count on it.
 
2014-04-28 01:56:54 PM  

AirForceVet: Here in Huntsville, Alabama, they're in a panic already. Schools are closing early. Parents are leaving work early to get their kids. Grocery stores have probably already been emptied of bread and milk.


Boy are they going to feel silly when the tornado only destroys a bunch of houses and leaves all those empty schools and offices untouched.
 
2014-04-28 02:00:22 PM  

dittybopper: Battery/crank/solar powered radio receiver.

Believe it or not, you likely won't be able to get internet service for a while.  The local cell network may also be down, or commandeered by the authorities.  Having a way to get news (and keep entertained) can make a big difference.

Another plus, if you've got family members who might be out and about is some sort of radios to communicate back and forth:  Good quality FRS/GMRS radios will let you keep in touch within a couple of miles*.   No license is required for FRS radios.  GMRS ones do require a license, but like CBs in the 1970's, practically nobody bothers.  CBs can be useful also, because they generally have more range than GMRS.

The gold standard here, of course, is amateur radio, but it requires you to actually take a test and get a license, and many people are put off by that.  They shouldn't be, though:  You no longer need to take a Morse code test for any license, and there is some next-level shiat going on, like high-speed broadband mesh networks.

*Don't believe the marketing crap about "up to 36 miles range".  Figure on about half a mile to a mile for FRS, and a couple miles for GMRS.  Sometimes you'll get more depending on the terrain, but don't count on it.


God, you are SUCH an USAFSS/ESC/AFIA geek!  :-)

/If you ain't Skivvy Nine, you ain't shiat!
 
2014-04-28 02:29:39 PM  
img.fark.netI took this last night out spotting for the second line coming through Texas.  We were out reporting events most of the day in NE Texas, SW Arkansas.  This was Alba, Tx last night around midnight.  Pretty decent wall cloud and a big hail core.
 
2014-04-28 02:34:22 PM  
So your best bet it to be some place that does not begin with a vowel?
 
2014-04-28 02:36:22 PM  

AirForceVet: Please add more suggestions freelly.


Bike helmets for warnings.
 
2014-04-28 02:38:56 PM  
i.imgur.com\\\

There is already a line of storms firing just in front of the occulsion from Omaha back down to MO. Some potential supercells in front of the main squall as well.
 
2014-04-28 02:40:31 PM  

Somacandra: [ Some potential supercells in front of the main squall as well.


And while I was typing the first Sev warning went out along I-80.
 
2014-04-28 02:40:42 PM  
Additionally.  Be safe.  No need to be farking during a tornado.

Wait.  I meant Farking.  Capitalized.
 
2014-04-28 02:45:20 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: Additionally.  Be safe.  No need to be farking during a tornado.

Wait.  I meant Farking.  Capitalized.


Real men simultaneously do both during a tornado.
 
2014-04-28 02:48:03 PM  
Thanks, Omaha!
 
2014-04-28 02:53:44 PM  
omaha HUSSEIN nebraska, here... it's 62º and sunny right now.
 
2014-04-28 02:53:56 PM  

AirForceVet: God, you are SUCH an USAFSS/ESC/AFIA geek!  :-)

/If you ain't Skivvy Nine, you ain't shiat!


USAFSS?  Sorry, I was actually in the military, not the Air Force ;-)

On the serious side, though, it's truly a good thing to be able to get information in the aftermath of a large natural (or manmade) disaster.  Broadcast radio is really good for that kind of thing.  Stuff like where relief supplies will be, or if you are in an evacuation area, or weather alerts.

Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.
 
2014-04-28 02:55:09 PM  
Keep your heads down, and head to shelter if you need to.
 
2014-04-28 03:02:22 PM  
Yeah and my mom and her friend chose today to drive from Ohio to Memphis.

/doing my best to help them avoid weather
//still worried
 
2014-04-28 03:03:53 PM  

BKITU: Thanks, Omaha Peyton!


FTFY.

\doesn't look like this will go as far as my cousins' place in NC, but may be wrong....
\\10 days til I go down there for a wedding
 
2014-04-28 03:45:54 PM  

dittybopper: Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.


Spot on there. Plus, most have access to weather radio and many can be recharged either by built-in hand crank, or the cigarette lighter in your car. Personally, one of mine has AM/FM/weather/FRS/GMRS along with a built in flashlight and a hand crank to recharge it if no other power source is available.
 
2014-04-28 04:01:16 PM  

SurfaceTension: Yeah and my mom and her friend chose today to drive from Ohio to Memphis.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 04:01:19 PM  
i think i speak for everyone present when i state the following:
weknowmemes.com
 
2014-04-28 04:06:47 PM  

FriarReb98: \doesn't look like this will go as far as my cousins' place in NC, but may be wrong....


i.imgur.com

Check Mesoscale Discussion #454. Over the next day or so the threat will more closely approach the coast, according to the current convective outlooks.
 
2014-04-28 04:10:57 PM  

Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.

Spot on there. Plus, most have access to weather radio and many can be recharged either by built-in hand crank, or the cigarette lighter in your car. Personally, one of mine has AM/FM/weather/FRS/GMRS along with a built in flashlight and a hand crank to recharge it if no other power source is available.


Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com
 
2014-04-28 04:12:13 PM  

dittybopper: Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Even something as simple as having a couple of FRS handheld radios you can pass out to family members or neighbors can make a big difference in the aftermath.

Spot on there. Plus, most have access to weather radio and many can be recharged either by built-in hand crank, or the cigarette lighter in your car. Personally, one of mine has AM/FM/weather/FRS/GMRS along with a built in flashlight and a hand crank to recharge it if no other power source is available.

Pfft.

[i60.tinypic.com image 800x600]


all thats fine, but ill keep this, its cheaper:
kd0bik.com
 
2014-04-28 04:14:50 PM  

dittybopper: Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com


Yeah, well....I bet mine's much more portable ;)
 
2014-04-28 04:55:03 PM  
I prayed for the tornado not to hit Tupelo but god ignored me and it wrecked their mcdonalds and outback steakhouse. I tried to save it!
 
2014-04-28 05:12:05 PM  
Tupelo has taken a direct hit and apparently we have a tornado with a debris ball on radar near Philadelphia, MS. For those who don't remember Philadelphia took a direct hit from an EF5 back in the 2011 Super Outbreak.
 
2014-04-28 05:31:00 PM  
More large long track tornadoes being reported now.

There is a large tornado possibly 3/4 a mile wide with a debris ball radar signature is going near Estes/Boon, MS area.

Another possible large tornado near the Alabama state line.

Major damage being reported along Highway 25 in Mississippi.
 
2014-04-28 05:36:41 PM  
fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net

Large Wedge Tornado in Winston County, Mississippi.
 
2014-04-28 05:37:48 PM  

Professor Farksworth: [fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]

Large Wedge Tornado in Winston County, Mississippi.


Should say credit for that photo goes to @markandertoncfd on Twitter.
 
2014-04-28 05:46:47 PM  
i25.tinypic.com

still sunny here in omaha.
 
2014-04-28 05:51:58 PM  
Stay safe, folks, sounds like it's been and getting rough east of Okla.
 
2014-04-28 05:55:18 PM  
Weather Channel just reported a Residential area may have sustained the worst damage from the tornado that hit Tupelo.
 
2014-04-28 05:58:47 PM  
Violent tornado may pass just north of Athens, Alabama. Really strong radar and velocity signature on this thing.

I hope you guys don't mind my constant posting.
 
2014-04-28 06:01:55 PM  
What if I have to return a Redbox DVD on time? I'm leaving the house to do this. I'm not paying a late fee.
 
2014-04-28 06:03:05 PM  
Took a screenshot of the Tupelo couplet (just after passing). 110+ mph radar estimate.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 06:07:16 PM  
Major damage in Louisville, MS. (Credit James Bryant @nlrweatherman)

pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-04-28 06:08:33 PM  
Tornado on the ground heading toward Edwards, MS. Pretty strong velocity signature on this tornado.
 
2014-04-28 06:08:52 PM  
Tornadoes

crooksandliars.com
 
2014-04-28 06:10:36 PM  
If that cow lands in your yard it's yours.
 
2014-04-28 06:11:37 PM  
Athens couplet.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-28 06:11:50 PM  

Professor Farksworth: Violent tornado may pass just north of Athens, Alabama. Really strong radar and velocity signature on this thing.

I hope you guys don't mind my constant posting.


That tornado now has a TORNADO EMERGENCY on it. VERY violent tornado which will at least clip Athens, looks to make a direct hit on Madison Crossroads, MS.
 
2014-04-28 06:11:59 PM  
Our first round of storms for the night is due any minute now.
 
2014-04-28 06:14:18 PM  
I grew up in South Jersey and we never had tornadoes. I now live in the Carolinas and I'm scared crapless of the things.

I call them death clouds.

Once saw the sky turn green during a tornado warning.
 
2014-04-28 06:15:02 PM  
Why do people build their homes in the path of tornados???

J/k. Stay safe Farkers
 
2014-04-28 06:15:15 PM  
Illinois here, just got hit by the storm front, both dogs are cowering under the bed, limbs crashing to the ground from trees, rivers and seas boiling, dogs and cats sleeping together. You get the picture. Oddly, not alot of rain, just high winds. I've been looking at the radar on my kindle, and it looks like the worst of it has gone to the NE. Close your windows folks.
 
2014-04-28 06:16:17 PM  

dittybopper: Battery/crank/solar powered radio receiver.

Believe it or not, you likely won't be able to get internet service for a while. The local cell network may also be down, or commandeered by the authorities. Having a way to get news (and keep entertained) can make a big difference.


CSB:

We bought a crank radio for hurricanes.  One hit bad back in 2012, no power for 5 days.  On day one we cranked the radio up, and it completely sucked.  Could barely get a signal from local news stations.  That sucked!  a day and a half goes by, and in the middle of the night I wake up and realize I have a friggin' battery operated radio/alarm clock sitting 3 feet from me!

Man, I can be a moron sometimes.  Ha!
 
2014-04-28 06:16:58 PM  
There's a reason why the plains Indians were nomadic... stop rebuilding in the same are, dipshiats. You know God farking hates trailer trash.
 
2014-04-28 06:17:26 PM  

AirForceVet: I grew up with hurricanes, tornados and water spounts in Florida. I'm used to preparing for bad storms and disasters. Yes, tornados are very bad and dangerous. It's good to be prepared  Just don't go mental about it.

Here in Huntsville, Alabama, they're in a panic already. Schools are closing early. Parents are leaving work early to get their kids. Grocery stores have probably already been emptied of bread and milk.

Here are some helpful hints for those of you who think having fresh bread and milk are the most important preparation.

Fill your cars' gas tanks up.
Fill your bathtubs with water as a drinking water source, or at least to flush waste away.
Flashlights and batteries. Candles too. And don't forget matches for candles.
Alternative cooking stove, like a propane gas stove.
Nonperishable food (not just milk & bread) for yourself and/or family for two weeks.
Two weeks worth of drinking water. Use your hot water heater as an alternate supply, if necessary.
First aid kits plus medications to cover two weeks. That included condoms for those sexually active and easlly bored.

Please add more suggestions freelly.



Battery operated personal fans.  Especially if you live somewhere hot.
 
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