Preliminary survey report: EF-2 Tornado struck Rocky, Oklahoma

The featured photo (which can be seen above) was captured by Chad Vandever. 

According to the National Weather Service storm (damage) survey team, preliminary (prelim) results indicate at least an EF-2 hit a small town in Washita County, Oklahoma (OK) – Rocky to be precise – on Tuesday.

Photo credit: Stephen Jones

The Tornado was on the ground for almost thirteen miles – starting in Hobart and ending in Cordell.  The cone Tornado had a width of four hundred yards. The Tornado had a (peak) wind speed estimated at one hundred and fifteen miles per hour to one hundred and twenty miles per hour.

No deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with this Tornado, thankfully. However, at least five mobile homes and several outbuildings were damaged. Trees and utility poles were also damaged.

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President Trump pokes fun at meteorologists for getting it ‘wrong the most’

Even though they got the forecast spot on. We have no words for what the president said.

President Trump ridiculed meteorologists at a recent Wisconsin rally, poking fun at the weather forecasters for a bad prediction. However, he was spouting his own fake news, because the forecast was spot-on.

Thousands of people pilled into the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the rally this past weekend. After meeting loyal supporters and launching puns at politicians he has nicknamed in the 2020 race, the president turned to the meteorologists.

“They thought you were going to have a big snowstorm. A big, big snowstorm. The people that get it wrong the most are the weather forecasters and the political analysts.” 

President Donald J Trump

THREE WORDS: THE FORECAST WASN’T WRONG. 

According to The Washington Post (TWP), there was a storm, but hundreds of miles to the south. Wet snow blanketed southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, including Chicago. The system was not expected to hit northern Wisconsin. 

It is not known who the president was referring to when said “they”. We highly recommend that you read TWP’s article, which you can find here. 

We don’t understand this President, one minute he praises the meteorologists for their work during the deadly Tornadoes – Alabama. The next he is poking fun at them for a “wrong” forecast which in fact was right. 

Maybe he should stick what he knows best…. We can’t say, that’s a defamation case waiting to happen. However, he should be extremely proud of his National Weather Service. That’s all we’re saying. 

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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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The Great Plains Tornado Outbreak of 1991 – relive the outbreak in video

This happened twenty eight years ago today! A handful of iconic and reconisgeable Tornadoes struck on the 26th April 1991.

The 26th April started ominously as storms formed across central and western Oklahoma in the early morning hours which then moved northeast. A Tornado struck Tonkawa, northern Oklahoma around half an hour after sunrise. These storms moved northeast into Kansas…

…However these storms weakened in the late morning hours, but a dry line remained across central Kansas into central Oklahoma.

Storms then redeveloped in the afternoon along the dry line and outbreak of Tornadoes across much of central and southern Plains happened. Before the outbreak ended, over fifty Tornadoes had touched down in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska…

…Five violent Tornadoes touched down in southern Kansas and Oklahoma.

The most significant/deadliest Tornado touched down in Wichita, Kansas when an F5 Tornado swept through the southern and eastern portions of the Wichita metropolitan area – including the McConnell Air Force Base and the town of Andover.

Four other Tornadoes received the F4 rating in this outbreak, three of these violent Tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma. One Tornado overturned several cars on the Cimarron Turnpike before striking Wesport and Skiatook.

A second F4 Tornado struck Oologah, Oklahoma, northeast of Tulsa. The other violent Tornado was the only one to strike within the National Weather Service Norman (branch) area of responsibility – initially touching down east of Enid, around two point five miles from Garber…

…This Tornado ultimately became known as the ‘Red Rock’ Tornado. It touched down at around 6:30pm, moved northeast around sixty six miles over an hour and a half – making it one of the longest Tornado paths document in Oklahoma.

In closing of this outbreak overview, another six Tornadoes touched down in north central and north eastern Oklahoma during the late afternoon and evening of the 26th April 1991.

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 26th April 1991 outbreak thru the lens of a camera in the videos below.

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Preliminary survey report: EF-3 Tornado swept through Ruston, Louisiana

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

According to the National Weather Service storm (damage) survey team, preliminary (prelim) results indicate at least an EF-3 Tornado swept through Ruston, Louisiana (LA) the early hours of Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

The prelim results also indicate that at least an EF-2 Tornado touched down in San Augustine, Texas. Not forgetting to mention an EF-1 Tornado that touched down near Mooringsport, LA.

Going by the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the Ruston Tornado had winds of at least one hundred and thirty five miles per hour or great. The NWS Shreveport branch will release their complete storm report later this evening.

That report will include exact strength and track of the above mentioned Tornadoes.

A mother and her son was killed by this Tornado. Our thoughts, prayers and love go to the family at this time.

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Alabama has been struck by fifty three Tornadoes in only four months

It’s been a busy year for Tornadoes in Alabama to say the least!

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham, Alabama (AL) have put out a statement this week looking at 2019’s Tornadoes so far, safe to suggest it was astonishing.

We’re only four months into the 2019 Tornado season, and AL has been struck by fifty three Tornadoes.

Comparing that with 2018, when forty six Tornadoes struck AL – all year.

“The 30-year average count for Alabama Tornadoes in an entire year is 47. Therefore, we have already eclipsed the year average and we are not even through the spring severe weather season.”

NWS Birmingham, AL (Branch)

It’s suffice to say that this loosely runs from March through to May. One of the 2019 Tornadoes was the deadly EF-4 that struck Lee County on the 3rd March, killing twenty three people.

Find further relating-statistics from the weather service below:

  • There were twenty eight Tornadoes in AL in March – highest on record since 1950.
  • The Fifty three Tornadoes in AL before the end of April rank second all-time behind 2011.
  • AL has had nine Tornado days already in 2019. The thirty-year average is not far away, twelve point six.
  • The Fifty three Tornadoes confirmed so far this year make 2019 already number thirteen far annual number of Tornadoes since 1950
  • Of the fifty three Tornadoes confirmed so far this year, twenty four have been EF-0s and twenty three have been EF-1s. There have also been five EF-2 Tornadoes and one EF-4 Tornado.

“2019 still has a long way to go!”

NWS Birmingham, AL (Branch)

This post was inspired by this relating article produced by AL.com. You can read that article here.  

Video of Tornado passing the NWS Paducah, KY weather office

A video of today’s Tornado passing the NWS Paducah, Kentucky weather office has emerged online – watch in the video below.

The video was captured by one of the staff members and was posted around twenty minutes on the NWS Paducah official YouTube account.

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Dan Satterfield’s blog on the Lee County, AL Tornado is a crucial read…

…which deserved its own post here on Tornado Videos.

Before we get into post, we’re going to introduce the man behind the blog. Dan Satterfield has worked as an on-air meteorologist for over thirty years in Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma.

Now back to our regularly scheduled post. Satterfield took to his blog on agu.org and penned his thoughts on the Lee County, Alabama Tornado. Suffice he did an excellent job, read two excerpts from the post below.

Excerpt 1

“Sirens Are So Last Century

Let’s get the sirens out of the way first. They are not (and never were) designed to be heard indoors. We are talking 1930’s technology, and while some days it may not seem like it, we are living in 2019. People have smart-phones that make Star Trek communicators look old fashioned, and every one of them will alert you to severe weather warnings. Weather sirens are so last century and frankly are a total waste of tax money except in a few specific locations. There are better and more cost-effective ways to alert people to severe weather danger.”

Excerpt 2

“Plenty of Warning

The Storm Prediction Center issued an outlook 24 hours in advance of the tornado that was dead on. They issued a Watch more than 2 hours before the storm and they deserve credit for what I would almost label an eerily accurate forecast. Most residents had at least 9 minutes under a Tornado Warning before the monster cloud with 170 mph winds developed at 2 PM CST last Sunday.

The Tornado Watch was issued by the SPC at 11:40 AM CST. That is over 2 hours before the tornado formed. Read the wording below.

It’s clear that residents had plenty of warning that deadly weather was possible, but 23 died and 90 were injured along the 23-mile path of the EF 4 tornado. Why such a high death toll with all that warning?”

It’s an absolutely incredible piece, which you can read in full here.

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Drunk driver arrested after crashing into NWS building in Texas

We guess he wanted to take a look at the radar scans for this weekend’s potential severe weather outbreak.

A man has was arrested for drunk driving after an accident in Midland, Texas. Wondering how this is Tornado videos related? You’ll find out in one sec…

…According to police, the drunk driver crashed into the National Weather Service (NWS – Midland branch) building causing damage to the exterior. No injuries were reported.

However, the driver remains in police custody.

Photo credit: KWES

Preliminary EF-4 Tornado damage has been found according to NWS

In a tweet posted approximately fifteen minutes, The National Weather Service (NWS – Birmingham, AL branch) has suggested EF-4 Tornado damage has been found.

The damage was found along County Road 39 just east of Cave Mill Road in southwestern Lee County.

Winds have been estimate at one hundred and seventy miles per hour. Single family homes were completely destroyed.

This is a developing story and will have more as it comes.

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NWS suggests First Lee County Tornado ‘at least an EF-3’

NWS had someone on the ground in Lee County before the sun went down.

The National Weather Service (NWS – Birmingham, AL branch) has suggested via a tweet that the first Tornado impact Lee County, AL was at least an EF-3.

In the tweet, NWS also suggested that it was ½ mile wide. However, this pending further/more detailed assessment today.

This is a developing story and will have more as it comes. However, we firmly believe that it was a low-end EF-4.

It is with regret that we have to report that twenty three people have been killed by the Tornadoes including an eight year old girl. Related article can be read here.

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National Weather Service confirms an EF-2 Tornado struck Burnsville, MS

Before we get to the video! The National Weather Service (Memphis branch) has confirmed an EF-2 struck Burnsville, Mississippi this past Saturday.

So what does that mean? The following bullet points will explain:

• The EF-2 had an estimated wind speed of one hundred and fifteen miles per hour.
• The EF-2 had a path length of eight miles.
• The EF-2 had a width of one hundred and fifty yards.

We’re happy to report on this one, no injuries/deaths were caused. However, it did cause some significant damage.

We’ve saved the best till last! This has got to be the best video we’ve seen so far. A new video of the significant Burnsville, Mississippi has emerged online – watch below.

The video which was sent to Local 24 Memphis by Nathan Blount (who took the video) on the 24th February 2019.

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National Weather Service confirms an EF-3 Tornado struck Columbus, MS

The National Weather Service (Jackson, Mississippi branch) has confirmed an EF-3 struck Columbus, Mississippi this past Saturday.

So what does that mean? The following bullet points will explain:

• The EF-3 had an estimated wind speed of one hundred and thirty seven miles per hour.
• The EF-3 had a path length of almost ten miles – nine point six to be exact.
• The EF-3 had a width of four hundred and forty yards.

Sadly, we hate this part! The EF-3 caused one death and eleven injuries.

It’s suffice to say we’re not surprised by this rating! Why? because of the videos coming out of the area – see below.

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San Diego Padres pitcher Brett Kennedy throws as a funnel cloud forms

This is a once in a lifetime photo for sure! Incredible shot K.C.

A photo of (MLB1) San Diego Padres’ pitcher Brett Kennedy throwing as a funnel cloud forms in the background has emerged online – see below.

1: Major League Baseball team.

K.C. Alfred captured the photo of the Padres’ pitcher throwing as the funnel formed in the background on the 22nd February 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.

How do we know it was a funnel cloud? Well, the National Weather Service in Phoenix confirmed on radar that there was rotation south-southwest of the Padres field (2:35pm – U.S. time.

Approximately three hours ago, K.C. Alfred shared another photo of yesterday’s funnel cloud as the MLB team took to batting practice.

Right time! Right place! #comestomind

Truly breathtaking! Photogenic rope Waterspout at sunset in Lebanon

A photogenic & breathtaking Waterspout1 has been captured on camera in Beirut, Lebanon…

…Watch in the video to the right hand side.

The video which was sent to Nash from Nashville by Douaa Shreim (who took the video) on the 19th February 2019.

1: Since we haven’t covered Waterspouts in detail yet (page coming soon), find an official definition below.

“Waterspouts are similar to Tornadoes over water. However, Waterspouts tend to be broken down into two categories: tornadic Waterspouts and fair weather Waterspouts.

Tornadic Waterspouts are simply Tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water – its suffice to say Waterspouts have the same characteristics as a normal Tornado.”

National Weather Service, NOAA – https://www.weather.gov/mfl/waterspouts

What we mean by characteristics is: high winds/seas, hail and frequent dangerous lightning.

When it comes to fair weather Waterspouts, you’ll just have to wait until the page is built…

… We’re keeping that a secret! #welikekeepingsecrets