An outbreak of strong Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are expected today

UPDATE: NEW CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK ISSUED

An outbreak of Tornadoes, some potentially long-track and violent, is expected today into this evening over portions of northwest Texas into western and central Oklahoma.

More-isolated but still potentially dangerous severe weather, including Tornadoes and destructive winds and hail is possible in surrounding parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.

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Today has the potential to be a historic day. We will be covering this high risk event all day/night – here in the UK. To our readers in the affected areas, BE WEATHER READY!

An outbreak of strong Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms is expected today across parts of the southern and central Plains.

Furthermore, many of the storms will have very large hail and wind damage. The severe threat will be concentrated from west Texas and the Texas Panhandle eastward across Oklahoma, Kansas into western Missouri and western Arkansas.

In addition, severe storms with wind damage and hail will be possible this afternoon from southeast New York into southern and central New England.

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RELATED: May 20, 2019 0600 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

The May 15th – 16th Tornado outbreak of 1968

Yesterday and today marks the fifty first anniversary of the outbreak.

The May 15th -16th 1968 Tornado outbreak was a significant and deadly event. The outbreak of Tornadoes affected the states listed below.

  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee

This outbreak produced thirty nine Tornadoes from 3:28pm on the 15th May till 2:50am on the 16th May. This included two F5/EF-5 Tornadoes in Iowa1.

Resource credit: National Weather Service

1: The first F5/EF-5 Tornado swept through five counties and sixty five miles. It affected Charles City just before 5:00pm. This particular Tornado destroyed much of the area. Damage figures were estimated up to thirty million dollars in Charles City alone whilst one point five million dollars in damage was recorded elsewhere. This F5/EF-5 killed thirteen people and injured almost four hundred and sixty people.

FYI: The featured photo of this article is that of the F5/EF-5 that struck Charles City – however the photo was captured two miles southwest of the city by Floyd County Sheriff.

RELATED: 1968 Charles City Tornado – interesting survivor stories feature in this blogpost.

The second F5/EF-5 Tornado affected Fayette County at around 4:57pm. It destroyed or damaged nearly a thousand homes. The hardest hit areas were Oelwein and Maynard where homes were completely swept away from their foundations. Five people were killed by this F5/EF-5 whilst one hundred and sixty were injured.

These were two of four F5/EF-5 Tornadoes that struck the United States during the year of 1968 – the other two; southwestern Ohio on the 23rd April and Minnesota on the 13th June. The next and last official F5/EF-5 Tornado that touched down in Iowa was in Jordan on the 13th June 1976.

The thirty nine Tornadoes spawned during this outbreak killed seventy two people and caused twelve hundred injuries. You can find more details on the outbreak here.

RELATED: May 15 1968 Iowa Tornado Summary – official Facebook page for the Charles City Tornado.

Arkansas billboard business alerts drivers during Tornado Warnings

The above photo illustrates the system.

This is an excellent idea! A business is aiming to keep the people of Arkansas safe by offering advertising billboards to be used during Tornado warnings – severe weather warnings.

The Ashby Street Outdoor Advertising (company) created a system which will aloow a Tornado Warning from the National Weather Service to be broadcasted across all of their electronic signs in the area.

These Tornado Warning messages will run uninterrupted – not bothering the golf veiwers – until the warning ends. These Tornado Warning messages will run uninterrupted – not bothering the golf veiwers – until the warning ends.

This particular system was used on the 30th April in specified areas. The business said the new alert system went into effect and displayed on thirty three digital billboards in northwest Arkansas area alerting drivers of the potential danger.

Jim Matalone, CEO of The Ashby Street Outdoor Advertising, suggested these billboards are seen by nearly one hundred thousand people. Quote from the CEO can be found below:

“Drivers nowadays don’t listen to radio anymore or not as much and hopefully not looking at their phone so if you are thinking about it you might not be aware you might not know there is a Tornado warning. It was a need, we felt like we were able to fill.”  

Funnel cloud/possible Tornado captured on camera west of Des Arc, AR

When video becomes available, we will post it. This is a developing story.

A funnel cloud/possible Tornado1 has been captured on camera west of Des Arc, Arkansas – see in the photo below.

Photo credit: friend of Doug Estes

The photo was captured by a friend of Doug Estes today. Estes posted the photo on his official Twitter account.

1: We will wait for the National Weather Service to confirm.

UPDATE: Video of this “Tornado” has now emerged social media – watch in the footage below.

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Funnel cloud/possible Tornado captured on camera in Scott, Arkansas

When video becomes available, we will post it. This is a developing story.

A funnel cloud/possible Tornado1 has been captured on camera in Scott, Arkansas – see in the photos below.

Photo credit: Janet Lopez
Photo credit: Janet Lopez

The photos were captured by Janet Lopez today. Lopez posted the photos on her official Twitter account.

Structural damage is being reported in the area, so it’s looking more and more like a Tornado.

1: However, we will wait for the National Weather Service to confirm.

UPDATE: Another shot of the funnel cloud/Tornado has emerged on social media – see in the photo below.

Photo credit: James McCool
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Wedge Tornado captured on camera in Boone County, Arkansas

This is a serious and developing situation.

A wedge Tornado has been captured on camera in Boone County, Arkansas – the town of Bergman to be precise – watch in the video below.

The video was captured by Jeff Kinley today. However, KATV meteorologist, Todd Yakoubian posted the video on his official Facebook account.

Find more video and photos of the above Tornado below.

Photo credit: Julie Morrison Barnes
Photo credit: Jim and Rhonda Harris.
Photo credit: TBC
Photo credit: TBC
Photo credit: Ben Pridmore
Photo credit: Renee Hunt

April 2011 Super Tornado Outbreak – relive the outbreak in video

RELATED: Videos of the Violent EF4 and EF5 Tornadoes on April 27, 2011

The April 2011 super Tornado outbreak was one of the biggest, deadliest and most destructive severe weather and Tornado outbreaks in the U.S. Suffice to say some of a handful of the Tornadoes that touched down during the outbreak struck heavily populated areas.

Regardless of alerts well in advance and short term warnings, the Tornadoes/storms killed three hundred and twenty one people and injured almost three thousand people, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA – Storm prediction Center – SPC).

Nearly three hundred and fifty Tornadoes touched down in around of the south, Midwest and northeast states of the U.S. A majority of the Tornadoes that touched down during the April 2011 super outbreak happened on the 27th April, according to the National Weather Service.

The most destructive Tornado, a multiple-vortex EF-4 Tornado, which took the lives of sixty five people and injured more than one thousand people alone swept through Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama during the afternoon/evening on the 27th April.

Suffice to say, within a matter of minutes, ten per cent of Tuscaloosa was destroyed and more than one thousand six hundred people were left homeless – including the students of University of Alabama. It has to be said, the above mentioned Tornado was one point five miles wide with winds of one hundred and ninety miles per hour. 

The Tornado was on the ground for more than eighty miles.

It has to be stated: The same supercell thunderstorm that produced the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham Tornado went onto to spawn other Tornadoes that “skipped” along a three hundred and eighty mile long path from Mississippi to North Carolina.

Three EF-5 Tornadoes, twelve EF-4 Tornadoes and twenty one EF-3 Tornadoes struck during the April 2011 super Tornado outbreak. Some of the violent storms coincided areas that were hit with severe weather and Tornadoes earlier in the month. April 2011 was a busy month!

A destructive and deadly Tornado outbreak took place on the 14th – 16th April, when one hundred and seventy eight Tornadoes touched down and resulted in the deaths of almost fourty people across parts of the Plains, south and eastern seaboard.

In closing, April 2011 saw a record seven hundred and fifty Tornadoes strike the U.S, according to the SPC – records go back to 1950.

We didn’t particularly want to make this a wordy article, however we wanted to give this significant outbreak a well-balanced and detailed introduction. Now you’ve read about it, now relive the April 2011 super outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.

Find an extensive video playlist of the Hackleburg/Phil Campbell EF5 Tornado below.

Furthermore, TV coverage and documentaries in regards to this outbreak can be found below.

UPDATE: A reader brought it to our attention that Smithville, Mississippi was struck by an EF-5 Tornado on the 27th April 2011 – watch two videos of the Tornado below.

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NWS heading to San Augustine, TX to survey damage from Tornado

RELATED: Violent Tornado touches down in San Augustine, TX: Damage reported

The National Weather Service (NWS – Shreveport, Louisiana branch) are sending a team to survey damage after a Tornado touched down Wednesday night/Thursday morning – early hours.

NWS reported a long-tracked supercell thunderstorm passed through deep east Texas, west-central Louisiana moving into the Arkansas/Louisiana area. 

The NWS reported the “potential” storm damage path is approximately one hundred and fifty miles long with “possible” Tornado damage reported in a number of counties/parishes.

You can find out more on this relating story here

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Seat belts save lives! Tornado knocks car/camper off road in Arkansas

Read a press release regarding this video at the bottom of the article.

Mr & Mrs Boerjan should have stopped! In the video below, watch as a Tornado knocks the Boerjan’s car/camper off road in Arkansas.

The video was captured by Savannah Boerjan on the day the Tornado struck. However, the video was then sold to Storyful.

Subsequently, the video broker posted the video on their official YouTube account.

Additionally, find photos below.

Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan
Photo credit: Savannah Boerjan

An Arkansas couple is crediting their seat belts for saving their lives after a run-in with a Tornado.

Savannah Boerjan and her husband Brandon said they were driving home with their newly bought camper van when they saw the Tornado touching down.

Savannah can be heard in the video: “Speed up, get the f**k out of here. Brandon, Brandon, I’m scared.”

The Boerjan’s continued to drive down the road however the Tornado grew.

Before cracking their windshield, blowing debris inside, Savannah shouted: “It’s right there, oh my god. Dear god, heaven please forgive me for my sins. Brandon, we’re going to die. I love you, I love yo…”

Thankfully, the couple sustained minor injuries.

Dust devil captured on camera near Gurdon, Arkansas

The photo’s caption tells you everything you need to know. A dust devil has been captured on camera in Arkansas – near Gurdon to be precise – see in the photo below.

The photo was captured by Kristen and Jason Elliot yesterday – March 17th. However, the photo was posted by Todd Yakoubian on his Twitter account.

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Photos and videos of Tornado damage in AR, MS and LA

Below find photos and videos of damage caused by yesterday’s Tornado in Arkansas,
Mississippi and louisiana .


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Tornado captured on camera in Stuttgart, Arkansas

A Tornado has been captured on camera in Stuttgart, Arkansas – watch in the video below.

The video was captured today by Ciji Morris. However, the video was posted by Live Storm Chasers on their official Facebook page.

Authorities have said two small  Tornadoes touched down briefly in Central Arkansas downing power lines and destroying several buildings.

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Significant Tornado captured on camera in Lonoke County, AR

A significant Tornado has been captured on camera in Lonoke County, Arkansas – south of Carlisle – to be precise. Watch the video of the Tornado below.

The video was captured by Jeff Daniels and posted on his Facebook account – wall – around twenty seven minutes ago.

This is a developing story. We will post more video/photos of this Tornado once it becomes available.

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Tornado captured on camera in Prairie County, Arkansas

A Tornado has been captured on camera in Prairie County, Arkansas – a mile north of Slovak – to be precise. Watch the video of the Tornado below.

The video was captured by Stephanie Prislovsky and posted on Twitter approximately nine minutes ago.

This is a developing story. We will post more video/photos of this Tornado once it becomes available.

UPDATE: Tornado captured on camera just south of Tollville* – watch in the video below.

*Exact location is to be confirmed – we believe it’s in Slovak – however it is in Prairie County, Arkansas.

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