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2014-04-28 01:21:20 PM
5 votes:
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.


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2014-04-28 04:01:19 PM
3 votes:
i think i speak for everyone present when i state the following:
weknowmemes.com
2014-04-29 01:20:29 AM
2 votes:

Third_Uncle_Eno: what the heck is a "debris ball" ??


/in prairies Canada. currently +5 and raining lightly.


A debris ball is basically the radar signature from a large cloud of debris that was sucked up by a tornado.

3 years ago, when the big tornado hit Tuscaloosa, AL, there was a huge debris ball.  It traveled over to Birmingham and it actually was raining debris. People were finding pictures, in my neighborhood pink and yellow insulation was falling like snow. There was also pieces of siding and lumber raining down. One piece of that silvery paper-metal stuff that they blow insulation into landed on a powerline near my house and was touching two lines. It was throwing sparks and burnt up.
2014-04-28 08:31:41 PM
2 votes:

thetrenchcoat: 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.


Green sky + temperature drop = time to shiat pants.
2014-04-28 07:54:52 PM
2 votes:
Lets hope we don't repeat this.

ih3.redbubble.net
2014-04-28 07:16:24 PM
2 votes:

hershy799: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

At first I was like WTF? Then I looked at the radar. Looks like a cell wanted to jump the gun for tomorrow.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's already a violent tornado (yet)


Normally when it has a debris ball it is violent just because its throwing debris high enough in the air for the radar to pick it up.

Also the storm just to the west of Atlanta looks like its developing a hook as well.
2014-04-28 07:02:32 PM
2 votes:

RottenEggs: Good advice but I would be careful when filling a bathtub with water if you have small children around .


Also if it's your best place to take cover.
2014-04-28 06:40:12 PM
2 votes:

selena gomez has an anus: So, tornadoes are most frequently hitting and destroying and places with the most conservative climate change deniers.  I won't say its karma, but...


Now's not the time, asshole.
2014-04-28 02:36:22 PM
2 votes:

AirForceVet: Please add more suggestions freelly.


Bike helmets for warnings.
2014-04-29 07:28:19 AM
1 votes:

Pokey.Clyde: dittybopper: Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com

Yeah, well....I bet mine's much more portable ;)


Not more portable than this:

www.powerwerx.com

And it's "opened up" to transmit everywhere it receives (except for the FM broadcast and the weather band).  So in an emergency I could use it not only on the 2 ham bands it covers (2 Meters and 440 MHz), but also FRS/GMRS frequencies, Marine band, and on VHF and UHF business and public safety frequencies like police, fire, and EMS, so long as they aren't digital.
2014-04-29 07:17:40 AM
1 votes:

Livingroom: 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 image 320x480]


What happens when the local infrastructure goes down?  Then you're shiat outta luck.  No Echolink for you.

In the meantime, I've hooked the 2 meter rig and the Heathkit HF rig up to batteries and I'm still communicatin'.
2014-04-29 05:35:32 AM
1 votes:
I was out in Mayflower/Vilonia AR today unloading donation trailers, etc. Relatively large segments of both towns were just levelled.

CSB: When a tornado hit Atkins a few years back, the home of one of my relative's neighbors got wiped out. I was assisting with some debris pick up. There was a pond between the two properties, and a bookshelf had landed half in. I went to flip the shelf out, and stopped cold. Underneath was one of the arms of the neighbor's 6-7 year old daughter.

I'd been told the family had been found dead, I just wish I'd been forewarned that they hadn't been *completely* found.
2014-04-29 01:20:29 AM
1 votes:

Third_Uncle_Eno: what the heck is a "debris ball" ??


/in prairies Canada. currently +5 and raining lightly.


The radar detecting non-precipitation objects in the clouds.
2014-04-29 12:21:14 AM
1 votes:
I will probably lose power in 15 min or so. They are evacuating most CBS42 personnel on top of Red Mountain...

Cameras are out on the mountain.

About to take shelter in 10 min or so
2014-04-29 12:20:34 AM
1 votes:
Hueytown to Birmingham not looking good.
2014-04-29 12:19:29 AM
1 votes:
The Brewers are beating the Cardinals, I am mostly content.

Latest news showing large tornado breaking to the NE, away from Hoover but more towards me in B'ham. Its about to hit some populated areas in Bessemer... this will be bad.  These are also areas where most people do not have basements.

Sky is more light than dark right now, heavy rain.

Tornado Emergency just called... 11:54 supposed to hit Birmingham.
2014-04-29 12:17:18 AM
1 votes:
Huge debris ball southwest Alabama.  They said the storm has gotten even stronger.
2014-04-29 12:10:02 AM
1 votes:

AlHarris31: But yeah, historically we have been OK.


I agree the mountains are a hinderance, but they're far from a silver bullet.
2014-04-29 12:03:20 AM
1 votes:

AlHarris31: The mountain protects us.


That'll work until it doesn't work.  Here's what happened in the Eastern Kentucky mountains in 2012.

upload.wikimedia.org

Here's the Google terrain map of the town.

https://maps.google.com/?ll=37.92118,-83.256884&spn=0.038729,0.07716 2& t=p&z=14
2014-04-28 11:58:43 PM
1 votes:

ontariolightning: AlHarris31: ontariolightning: Birmingham is about to be relocated.

The mountain protects us.

Seriously, they always go around downtown B'ham, but last big set of tornadoes to hit Tuscaloosa we had insulation raining down, but the tornadoes missed Birmingham propper

not if it comes from the NE right?


Nobody expects the spanish inquisition tornadoes form the NE
2014-04-28 11:57:09 PM
1 votes:
Kimberly AL fire department destroyed by direct tornado hit
2014-04-28 11:48:48 PM
1 votes:

ontariolightning: Are you gonna chase the storms tomorrow ds? Looks like from Windsor to Sarnia maybe some hail.


Unlikely for overly-severe weather (short of very isolated pockets of hail), so probably not, but I'll certainly be keeping a weather eye. Still, you're right... SPC has the slight risk extending up here.

www.spc.noaa.gov
2014-04-28 11:26:51 PM
1 votes:
Graysville, AL (just northwest of Birmingham) just took a direct hit from a large tornado with a very well defined debris ball and its about to hit Cardiff head on.
2014-04-28 10:49:25 PM
1 votes:
scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net

"ALL HOMES GONE"

That was the tornado that had the huge debris ball in TN.
2014-04-28 10:33:42 PM
1 votes:

rev. dave: As a lifelong resident of Ga, I will describe how the average Georgian prepares for a tornado.
...
yes, that's right, no prep.  We may freak out about snow, but tornadoes are like the lion and we are the wildebeest.  As soon as we know it is heading our way, dive in the bathtub or something, otherwise we are glad it did not get us.

Only once have I been convinced it was heading right for me and boxed up the critters in crates in the bathroom with me.   Sure if I ever build a house I will have a reinforced basement room as a safe room for twisters.   But that would require money.


As someone who moved to Georgia from Minnesota, it absolutely amazes me that, for as many tornadoes as this place gets, there are so few buildings with basements. Is it just that y'all don't want add to the cost of construction? I really don't get it.
2014-04-28 09:35:32 PM
1 votes:
HUGE debris ball for the Fayetteville tornado.

i.imgur.com
2014-04-28 09:28:53 PM
1 votes:
Very prominent tornado near Fayetteville.

i.imgur.com

i.imgur.com
2014-04-28 08:55:04 PM
1 votes:
BIrmingham, Alabama, you are on deck for possible violent rotating columns of air.
2014-04-28 08:53:33 PM
1 votes:
Eldridge, Alabama, you're the next contestant on "Tornado Monday"
2014-04-28 08:40:00 PM
1 votes:

FlashHarry: thetrenchcoat: 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.

Green sky + temperature drop = time to shiat pants.


that's when this dumb hick quits staring up at the sky and looks for somewhere to hunker down

/green skies at night woah-oh-oh
2014-04-28 08:39:30 PM
1 votes:

trekkiecougar: My daughter, who is in grad school at Univ. of MS in Oxford, is extremely worried about her sweetie.  Her sweetie had to a go to Rome, Ga for a family emergency and


I lived in Rome for 10 years and loved it, but one thing I won't miss is the storms that roll through. They just roll from MS, to AL, right through Rome.

/sorry about your families (extended?) loss
2014-04-28 08:38:45 PM
1 votes:

ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

For perspective:

[i.imgur.com image 561x600]


Fun, my office is in that black hole by Peachtree City.
2014-04-28 08:29:56 PM
1 votes:
My daughter, who is in grad school at Univ. of MS in Oxford, is extremely worried about her sweetie.  Her sweetie had to a go to Rome, Ga for a family emergency and had left there earlier today to come back home to Oxford (she's a professor at Ole Miss). When I spoke to my daughter earlier she told me that a tornado had hit Tupelo and that she was so worried about her sweetie being on the road. I spoke with her sweetie when I got off of the phone with my daughter and she said the sky didn't look right and that she was going to pulll into the next gas station and wait out the storms.

My daughter just texted me, said her sweetie and several other people are hunkered down at a gas station in Hamilton al. 2 miles from them a tornado touched down.

Even when her sweetie can leave there she'll have a hard time getting home: my daughter has heard that trees are blocking both directions of Hwy 78 in Tupelo, and that's way she has to drive to get home ........
2014-04-28 08:26:26 PM
1 votes:

Clever Neologism: AcademGreen: GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]

What is it?

The aftermath of a tornado that hit downtown Atlanta a few years back, I believe.

Destroyed the corner of the lofts one of my friends used to live in.


2008.  And sorry to mention, but those lofts? Cursed.
2014-04-28 08:20:45 PM
1 votes:
SPC has upgraded to HIGH risk for MS and AL, which I believe is extremely rare for nighttime events.
2014-04-28 08:13:54 PM
1 votes:
Strong rotation now near Millport AL.

i.imgur.com
2014-04-28 08:05:22 PM
1 votes:

GhettoWinter: Lets hope we don't repeat this.

[ih3.redbubble.net image 278x550]


No kidding. That could have been so much worse. A little earlier that day and it would have hit the crowd leaving the Georgia Dome.
2014-04-28 07:59:13 PM
1 votes:
It seems the tornado missed the radar in Brandon, which is a very good thing.
2014-04-28 07:58:33 PM
1 votes:
Major damage reported in Richland.

Confirmed tornado southwest of Crystal Springs, MS.
2014-04-28 07:54:43 PM
1 votes:
scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net

Tornado near Columbus.
2014-04-28 07:53:55 PM
1 votes:
anyone got some streams from mississippi?
2014-04-28 07:53:49 PM
1 votes:

ds_4815: Cripes. Another rotating cell following almost immediately behind the previous one, just north of Huntsville.

[i.imgur.com image 505x500]


Hope they stay north.  Got inlaws in Joppa (it's between Arab & Baileytown).
2014-04-28 07:51:54 PM
1 votes:
CONFIRMED tornado on the ground near Columbus, MS. Moving NE at high rate of speed. Near highway 89 at Alabama state line.
2014-04-28 07:50:52 PM
1 votes:

vudukungfu: Professor Farksworth: Carthage, MS in the direct path of a tornado.

Put 5 gal buckets of water in the basement.
We don't want to lose you.


I'm safe and sound in Kentucky. (For now)
2014-04-28 07:49:52 PM
1 votes:
Brandon, MS (including the kdgx radar and the NWS in Brandon) in the direct path of a tornado. Entering the Cone of Silence.
2014-04-28 07:49:52 PM
1 votes:
I got nailed by a bunch of bees in the face while driving past the CDC today only to get home to tornadoes. Thanks, Atlanta.
2014-04-28 07:49:35 PM
1 votes:
30 miles SW of Atlanta. Dark and gloomy and still. My husband is in the driveway feverishly trying to finish the engine rebuild he started on my son's truck three days ago before all hell breaks loose.
2014-04-28 07:47:57 PM
1 votes:
Parts of Jackson, MS look like they could be in trouble. I used to have to go out there for weeks at a time for work. I hope my old co-workers are staying safe.
2014-04-28 07:45:43 PM
1 votes:

Professor Farksworth: Carthage, MS in the direct path of a tornado.


Put 5 gal buckets of water in the basement.
We don't want to lose you.
2014-04-28 07:44:47 PM
1 votes:
Cripes. Another rotating cell following almost immediately behind the previous one, just north of Huntsville.

i.imgur.com
2014-04-28 07:43:28 PM
1 votes:
Carthage, MS in the direct path of a tornado.
2014-04-28 07:41:25 PM
1 votes:
Somehow Jackson is dodging a lot of bullets. Another large tornado reported north of Jackson.
2014-04-28 07:40:02 PM
1 votes:
Newscaster on Weather.com just got a little too excited seeing a hook on the radar in Newnan.  Almost excited to see the hook and possible tornado.

/never good to see your home town on Weather.com
//other home in Rome gets it tonight
///now home in Kentucky narrowly avoids it tonight
////hopefully
//Slashamania
2014-04-28 07:39:44 PM
1 votes:
Damage reported in Richland, MS just south of Jackson.
2014-04-28 07:34:35 PM
1 votes:
pbs.twimg.com

This is the tornado near Canton, MS.
2014-04-28 07:31:24 PM
1 votes:
Confirmed twister between Huntsville and Chattanooga, now just over the AL-TN state line.

i.imgur.com
2014-04-28 07:30:11 PM
1 votes:

ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.

I just bought that. THANK YOU!

No prob! Be sure to fool around with all the buttons, lots of cool features.

Another confirmed large tornado just north of Jackson MS.

[i.imgur.com image 434x500]

One thing I don't like about my Galaxy S3 (unless I just haven't learned how to do it or there's a function in the app) is that you can't screen shot.

http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Screenshot-on-Galaxy-S3


Thank you again! Enjoy a free month of Total Fark! :D
2014-04-28 07:27:49 PM
1 votes:
"About 300 using James Clemens High School auditorium as storm shelter. Report says people have bought dogs, cats and one monkey."

SAVE THE MONKEY
2014-04-28 07:25:00 PM
1 votes:
three years ago yesterday, i about got sucked up in an ef0. FARK TAHT shiat RIGHT TO HELL!
of course, the line will be here in knoxville after dark.....of course it will be.
/no sleep tonight, tank full, emergency bug-out bag loaded and wx radio charged.
//long nite ahead
2014-04-28 07:24:23 PM
1 votes:
pbs.twimg.com
2014-04-28 07:23:32 PM
1 votes:

ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

For perspective:

[i.imgur.com image 561x600]


If that thing is a long track like most of the ones today have been, Atlanta may take anything from a brush to a hit on the chin.

Since the storms are moving slower than the ones in MS, I'm not sure really how to phrase things for the Atlanta area except "Better safe than sorry." Both storms are still powerful and could still drop violent tornadoes.
2014-04-28 07:20:55 PM
1 votes:

Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.

I just bought that. THANK YOU!

No prob! Be sure to fool around with all the buttons, lots of cool features.

Another confirmed large tornado just north of Jackson MS.

[i.imgur.com image 434x500]

One thing I don't like about my Galaxy S3 (unless I just haven't learned how to do it or there's a function in the app) is that you can't screen shot.


http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Screenshot-on-Galaxy-S3
2014-04-28 07:20:24 PM
1 votes:

Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.


cwmemory.com
2014-04-28 07:20:08 PM
1 votes:
Three fatalities being reported in Limestone County Alabama.

Those cells in Georgia are looking NASTY.
2014-04-28 07:19:26 PM
1 votes:

Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.


For perspective:

i.imgur.com
2014-04-28 07:19:09 PM
1 votes:
Lofted debris on the radar near Corinth, GA.
2014-04-28 07:18:07 PM
1 votes:

Professor Farksworth: hershy799: Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.

At first I was like WTF? Then I looked at the radar. Looks like a cell wanted to jump the gun for tomorrow.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's already a violent tornado (yet)

Normally when it has a debris ball it is violent just because its throwing debris high enough in the air for the radar to pick it up.

Also the storm just to the west of Atlanta looks like its developing a hook as well.


Debris ball spotted on radar
2014-04-28 07:17:47 PM
1 votes:

ds_4815: Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.

I just bought that. THANK YOU!

No prob! Be sure to fool around with all the buttons, lots of cool features.

Another confirmed large tornado just north of Jackson MS.

[i.imgur.com image 434x500]


One thing I don't like about my Galaxy S3 (unless I just haven't learned how to do it or there's a function in the app) is that you can't screen shot.
2014-04-28 07:15:16 PM
1 votes:

Professor Farksworth: ds_4815: RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.

I just bought that. THANK YOU!


No prob! Be sure to fool around with all the buttons, lots of cool features.

Another confirmed large tornado just north of Jackson MS.

i.imgur.com
2014-04-28 07:15:04 PM
1 votes:
2014-04-28 07:14:34 PM
1 votes:

Professor Farksworth: ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.


At first I was like WTF? Then I looked at the radar. Looks like a cell wanted to jump the gun for tomorrow.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's already a violent tornado (yet)
2014-04-28 07:14:27 PM
1 votes:
Ah,yes. Summer has arrived in The ATL. Just great.......
2014-04-28 07:11:45 PM
1 votes:
ATLANTA YOU MAY BE IN THE SIGHTS OF A VIOLENT TORNADO!

WELL DEFINED HOOK ECHO WITH DEBRIS BALL TO YOUR SOUTHWEST.
2014-04-28 07:05:28 PM
1 votes:

ds_4815: fjnorton: ds_4815: Took a screenshot of the Tupelo couplet (just after passing). 110+ mph radar estimate.

That app has better resolution than the weather channel

RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.


I just bought that. THANK YOU!
2014-04-28 07:03:00 PM
1 votes:

fjnorton: ds_4815: Took a screenshot of the Tupelo couplet (just after passing). 110+ mph radar estimate.

That app has better resolution than the weather channel


RadarScope is $10 for either Android or Apple, and worth every penny. Dual-pol and HD products, among others.
2014-04-28 06:57:41 PM
1 votes:
CONFIRMED by Alabama State Trooper there is a tornado on the ground heading for Hackleburg.
2014-04-28 06:57:04 PM
1 votes:

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.


.


Good advice but I would be careful when filling a bathtub with water if you have small children around .
2014-04-28 06:54:25 PM
1 votes:
Any livestreams out there to newscasts?
2014-04-28 06:54:18 PM
1 votes:
On a plane right now waiting to take off from DSM to DFW. Pilot is rushing folks to get settled and wants to leave early. The only time AA pilots want to leave early is when they don't want to leave *much* later...

/glad we got a miss last night in TUL
2014-04-28 06:52:51 PM
1 votes:

tinfoil-hat maggie: Hunstville


are you boozin' again, Maggie?
2014-04-28 06:52:39 PM
1 votes:
Hazel Green is in the path of what could be a Multi-Vortex tornado.
2014-04-28 06:50:30 PM
1 votes:
Hackleburg and Phil Cambell could both be about to take another direct hit. I hope this one is not as strong as the last one.
2014-04-28 06:50:04 PM
1 votes:

thismomentinblackhistory: thetrenchcoat: 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.

That's a bad sign.


Indeed.
2014-04-28 06:49:18 PM
1 votes:

Professor Farksworth: Large tornado north of Bolton, MS heading in the direction of Pocahontas, MS.


Looks like a large one headed towards Columbus, MS. Not sure if the same one. I've got the NWS radar up.
2014-04-28 06:47:21 PM
1 votes:

thismomentinblackhistory: thetrenchcoat: 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.

That's a bad sign.


it's light refracting off hail. Which IS a bad sign if you like your roof and car.
2014-04-28 06:45:32 PM
1 votes:

thetrenchcoat: 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.


That's a bad sign.
2014-04-28 06:42:28 PM
1 votes:
Large tornado north of Bolton, MS heading in the direction of Pocahontas, MS.
2014-04-28 06:38:44 PM
1 votes:

Professor Farksworth: Video of the Tupelo, MS tornado.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnZswj6NXrw&feature=youtu.be


Yikes, that,s a huge wedge tornado and probably doing EF4 damage at least.

I'm watching on radar one that is gonna cross I-65 soon with a nasty debris ball for a bit, west, northwest of Hunstville.
2014-04-28 06:33:24 PM
1 votes:
Tornado Emergency for Hamilton and Hackleburg, AL.

Hackleburg, AL was hit by an EF-5 tornado in the 2011 Super Outbreak.
2014-04-28 06:33:22 PM
1 votes:
I like stormy weather and I'm well insured, but all this shiat started about ten miles east of me yesterday.

My ex was both a pathological liar and had a fear of God, so she was terrified of lightning.
2014-04-28 06:31:44 PM
1 votes:

dittybopper: 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.


I have. Srsly.

Got the call-in on it too.

Wanna know what I learned from that situation? Get your bare asses back in the car before the hail starts!
2014-04-28 06:24:26 PM
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Professor Farksworth: Weather Channel just reported a Residential area may have sustained the worst damage from the tornado that hit Tupelo.



GODDAMMIT. :-(
2014-04-28 06:18:13 PM
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dittybopper:USAFSS?  Sorry, I was actually in the military, not the Air Force ;-)

Oh, that's right. I recall you're an Army dittybopper, not the Air Force AFSC, formerly stationed at Augsburg.

I spend several assignments working with dittyboppers. My personal favorite was at RAF Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, England as an AN/FLR-9(V) technician.  Good times.

i1126.photobucket.com

/Threadjack over.
//I return you all to your regularly scheduled weather panic and mayhem.
2014-04-28 06:11:50 PM
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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 06:11:37 PM
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Athens couplet.

i.imgur.com
2014-04-28 06:08:33 PM
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Tornado on the ground heading toward Edwards, MS. Pretty strong velocity signature on this tornado.
2014-04-28 06:07:16 PM
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Major damage in Louisville, MS. (Credit James Bryant @nlrweatherman)

pbs.twimg.com
2014-04-28 06:03:05 PM
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Took a screenshot of the Tupelo couplet (just after passing). 110+ mph radar estimate.

i.imgur.com
2014-04-28 05:55:18 PM
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Weather Channel just reported a Residential area may have sustained the worst damage from the tornado that hit Tupelo.
2014-04-28 05:51:58 PM
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Stay safe, folks, sounds like it's been and getting rough east of Okla.
2014-04-28 05:37:48 PM
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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 05:36:41 PM
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fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net

Large Wedge Tornado in Winston County, Mississippi.
2014-04-28 05:31:00 PM
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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 05:12:05 PM
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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 04:14:50 PM
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dittybopper: Pfft.

i60.tinypic.com


Yeah, well....I bet mine's much more portable ;)
2014-04-28 04:12:13 PM
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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 04:10:57 PM
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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 03:45:54 PM
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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 02:55:09 PM
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Keep your heads down, and head to shelter if you need to.
2014-04-28 02:53:56 PM
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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 02:40:42 PM
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Additionally.  Be safe.  No need to be farking during a tornado.

Wait.  I meant Farking.  Capitalized.
2014-04-28 02:40:31 PM
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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 02:38:56 PM
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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 02:00:22 PM
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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 01:50:50 PM
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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 12:33:39 PM
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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 12:10:41 PM
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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."
 
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