That night, the
Dayton region of Ohio was devastated by a number of Tornadoes. You can read our
coverage on the EF-4 Dayton, Ohio Tornado here. Find
more of our articles on Tornadoes that have struck the state of Ohio here.
Nightmarish, terrifying are just some of the words that come to mind! A new image of the Dayton, Ohio EF-4 Tornado has emerged online – see below.
This image aka screen grab was brought to our attention by McCall Vrydaghs’ post on her official Facebook account – which you can read below.
“Facebook follower Adam Seas captured the EF4 twister in north Dayton while out filming the storm on Memorial Day evening. Here is a screen grab from the footage. You can clearly see the tornado as it was illuminated by the flashes of lightning.(📸: Adam Seas)”
In case you’re wondering, Vrydaghs is the chief meteorologist of WHIO-TV. The EF-4 Tornado struck on Monday 27th May. You can find our coverage on the Tornado in the links below.
“GOD BLESS THIS MAN! He
had the balls to do it live on the air!” Jamie Simms, website lead.
Last night, a
large and destructive Tornado swept through Dayton, Ohio (OH). However, that
wasn’t the only storm Dayton residents were facing.
Fox 45 meteorologist,
Jamie Simpson launched into a passionate excoriation of the viewers during a
live Tornado warning broadcast when people started to complain on social media
that the warning broadcast was interrupting The
Bachelorette. BOO HOO!
from the beginning! A Tornado watch was issued last night through to 2;00am,
local time for OH. The Fox 45 meteorologist was giving live updates on the
Tornado, which would cause significant damage to the Dayton area later on that
…Then he started to see complaints come in on social media.
In the video below, listen to what Simpson had to say on the complains – transcription can be read underneath.
“Just checking on social media, we have (some) folks complaining already, ‘just go back to the show’.
No, we’re not going back to the show folks! This is a dangerous situation, okay?
It’s your own neighbourhood. I’m sick and tired of people complaining about this. Our job here is to keep you safe and that’s what we’re going to do.
Some of you complain that this is all about my ego. Stop, okay? Just stop right now. It’s not! I’m done with you people, I really am. This is pathetic!”
on went to apologise and say; “it really bothers me that people don’t care
other people’s safety around here”.
users – in particular Twitter – took to the platform to praise Simpson for his
work following what has been called, ‘”the scariest night of their lives” –
read relating tweets below.
Several severe storms, capable of producing very large hail, damaging winds and a couple of Tornadoes, will also be possible across portions of the western half of Texas. Finally, scattered afternoon storms will be possible from Ohio through the Middle Atlantic region.
This will be an updating article – so if you’re in the affected areas. KEEP AN EYE OUT.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Recent forecast models have suggested the possibility of severe weather from Friday through Monday from the central/south Plains to the Ohio valley, Tennessee valley and Dixie Alley, as reported by Zach Walters.
Walters said with it being too far off to make any projections, he will not report on those until Tuesday/Wednesday.
However, he did say when looking at the instability models and other elements there could be a handful of significant supercells across the southern Plains on Saturday. This means one or two Tornadoes could be produced.
We will have more on this potential
severe weather threat when it comes to light.