President Trump signs bibles during Alabama Tornado visit

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Today, President Donald Trump signed bibles for people affected by the deadly Tornadoes that struck Alabama this past Sunday.

Trump signed the bibles whilst visiting a Baptist church in Opelika, AL – which is presently serving as a disaster relief centre.

Ada Ingram told reports that the president signed several hats and bibles, including one for a twelve-year-old boy, a gesture which drew a round of applause from people who came to see Trump.

The president and first lady Melania Trump spent a majority of the day touring areas in Lee County, AL that were damaged by the Tornadoes.

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Twenty three people including a handful of children perished in the Tornadoes – it’s suffice to say Trump met with the victims.

Trump signed an emergency disaster declaration earlier this week authorising federal aid for the area – find relating tweet below.


UPDATE: Video from Trump’s visit to AL has started emerge online – watch in the videos below.

Original source – The Hill

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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Study: U.S. Tornado frequency is shifting eastward from Great Plains

Tornado Alley is still tops!

This old news however it’s still relevant news.

A study conducted – back in 2018 – found that over the past fourty years, Tornado frequency has increased over a “large swath” of the midwest and southeast and decreased in elements of the central and southern Great Plains – region traditionally associated with Tornado Alley.

The study, conducted by Northern Illinois University’s meteorology professor Victor Gensini and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Severe Storms Laboratory’s Harold Brooks found significant decreasing trends in frequencies of both Tornado reports and Tornado environments over elements of Texas, Oklahoma and northeast Colorado.   

Tornado Alley suffice to say is the top zone for Tornadoes in the United States, however other including the “so-called” Dixie Alley which includes much of the lower Mississippi Valley region are catching up. The researchers identified substantial increasing trends of Tornado reports and Tornado environments in portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Kentucky.

“Regions in the southeast and midwest are closing the gap when it comes to the number of Tornado reports. It’s not that Texas and Oklahoma do not get Tornadoes, they’re sstill the number one location in terms of Tornado frequency. But the trend in many locations is down over the past 40 years”

Victor Gensini, Northern Illinois University’s meteorology professor

Gensini stated that the study also looked at the frequency of Tornadoes in fine-scale using two individual approaches. The researchers tracked the number of Tornado reports from 1979 to 2017, whilst investigation regional trends in the daily frequency of Tornado-environment formation over the same period – 1979 to 2017 – using an index known as the Significant Tornado Parameter (STP).

Frequently used in order to predict severe weather, the index captures the coexistence of atmospheric elements favourable for producing Tornadoes. Both the number of actual Tornado reports and the historical STP analysis showed the eastward uptick in Tornado frequency.

The trend is significant for understanding the potential for future Tornado exposure, damage and casualties. Severe thunderstorms accompanied by Tornadoes, hail and damaging winds cause an average of five point four billion dollars each year across the U.S, events with with ten billion or more in damages are no longer uncommon. Suffice to say we say that with the AL, GA Tornado outbreak this past Sunday.

Previous research has identified the southeast as particularly vulnerable to Tornadoes. Simply because of factors such as longer and larger Tornado paths, expanding population, density, mobile home density and higher night time Tornado probabilities, most Tornado deaths occur in southeast – mid-south region. There’s a theme developing here, you can attach this particular theory to the AL, GA Tornado Outbreak.

The researchers cannot say for certain whether the eastward shift in Tornado reports and environments might be caused by natural or human-induced climate change. We have the opinion that it will be more natural. We found this study fascinating, even a year after it was published. You can read it in full here.

Questions asked regarding mobile home performance during recent Tornadoes

Before we get into the post, we’re going to introduce the man who asked the questions. David B. Roueche is the assistant professor in CE at Auburn, AL University.

Roueche applies engineering principles to understand and reduce impacts of weather-related natural hazards. Now, back to our regularly scheduled post.

In nine separate tweets, Roueche put eight separate difficult questions to Brian Hastings (@AlabamaEMA) regarding mobile home performance during the Tornado outbreak in Alabama and Georgia in which twenty three people killed.

We think it’s fair to say, these questions need to be answered. You can find Roueche’s tweeted questions below.


Now that you’ve had the chance to read them, now you can read some of the replies these questions got below.

We’re not particular impressed with this reply, however we wanted to feature it.

It’s safe to say this particular subject is a much-needed debate in congress. Let us know your thoughts and even answers to Roueche’s questions below in the comments.

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Photo of Lee County, AL EF-4 Tornado track has emerged online

A photo of the Lee County, AL EF-4 Tornado track has emerged online – see below.

The photo was captured by Zach Amason – five thousand feet up in the air whilst on a flight. The photo was posted on Twitter by James Spann.

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News stations won’t stop covering a Tornado simply because the golf is on

This post was inspired by Dennis Mersereau (Forbes Contributor)

The comments really got to us during the outbreak Sunday. It’s suffice to say catostropheres  like Tornadoes bring out a variety of human behaviour. We tend to see this on show at every turn – news station meteorologist on to rescuers and the everyday joe public looking for ways to help after a catastrophic event – like Sunday’s Tornado Outbreak in AL and GA.

However, a passing scroll through social media during a news station’s severe weather coverage illustrates what it looks like when individuals choose a different route. Individuals tend to send news station meteorologists angry (livid, furious) messages – and it even sometimes get to the threats stage – whenever the news station has to stop regular programming (much-loved television show, sports event) to cover severe weather.

Its suffice to say news stations almost (almost) always stop regular programming in favour of covering severe weather events – inc. Tornado warnings. Because we’re writing in the UK, this type of scenario is standard in the U.S. and is rarely disturbed just because the final round of a PGA tour event is on. It’s mind boggling to see the barrage of hate that news station meteorologists get every time a TV show or sporting event is interrupted in favour of live coverage of severe weather events.

This above scenario played out in front of our eyes on Sunday when a violent Tornado outbreak happened in Alabama, Georgia and surrounding areas. The most significant Tornado was an EF-4 (preliminary) which took the lives of twenty three people in Lee County, Alabama. Whilst news station meteorologists warned people – to seek shelter – who were in the soon-to-be affected area – they had to go through cruel, bitter and spiteful tweets from viewers to put a PGA golf tournament back on air – see in tweets below.

FYI: no matter how much pressure the news station meteorologists receive from d**khead viewers to put a PGA golf event back on when a Tornado is destroying homes and changing lives, it’s extremely unlikely that a news station will ever chose to run normal – irrelevant TV – programming whilst a significant Tornado is occurring. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

As Mersereau said in his post, “no matter how much selfish and angry hate mail people send”.

Our personal point of view can be found below.…

“ITS NOT GONNA HAPPEN! You’ll just have to wait and see Tiger Wood’s meet his next mistress on the course later…”

News stations report severe weather events – Tornado warnings – simply because it’s a hugely (massively, enormously…) important service which essence saves lives. A severe weather/Tornado warning ticker scrolling across the screen isn’t enough to save lives. The viewers in the path of what could be a significant Tornado need to see the radar, hear the towns and street names mentioned in order to drive home and face the particular scenario.

“I’m getting angry whilst writing this post just thinking of people moaning about such a thing. We’re going to close this post on this last paragraph!”

Jamie Simms, website lead

With the incredible technology at our disposal today, we have the ability to track Tornadoes in real-time – see debris being lofted in the air. It would be irresponsible, thoughtless and stupid not to use the incredible technology we have at presently in order to warn people in the path of a severe storm – Tornado.

Thanks to Dennis Mersereau for inspiring this post. We highly suggest you go and read his version on the same subject here.

Chaser who went above and beyond in AL Tornado Outbreak offers update

Read this first: Selfless chaser goes above and beyond in AL Tornado Outbreak

We’re not going to say anything, we’re going to turn it over to Rich Lewis to give us his update – which he posted on his Facebook wall.

“Just want to give everyone an update. I just got back home to Birmingham about 30 min ago. I can’t find the words to describe how I am feeling emotionally. I’m exhausted and have so much on my mind. 14 hours of SAR operations has taken its toll on me. The damage I witnessed in Beauregard AL was horrific.

The only damage I’ve seen that was worse was Joplin. The entire area looked like a war zone. Trees were debarked as if you’d peel a banana. Homes completely wiped from their foundations. County Rd 39 and Cave Mill Road, the epi-centre of ground zero had pavement scoured away which was a big factor in the EF-4 rating.

Photo credit: Rich Lewis

At 6 am we still had 20 people missing and many still trapped under rubble. Sadly two more casualties were uncovered bringing the fatality total to 24. A specialized team with cadaver dogs was present, and seeing that hit me hard in the pit of my stomach. They aren’t there for search and rescue.

They are there prepared for recovery. It doesn’t get any more sobering than that. Overnight SAR concentrated heavily on the wooded areas surrounding the heaviest damage path. One crew found a gentleman displaced 1/4 mile away from his home. The crew I was with found multiple survivors buried under mounds of tree debris.

Photo credit: Rich Lewis

I talked to numerous survivors that have lost their entire family. One young man lost both his parents, and both sets of Grandparents to this tornado. Children were amount the casualties, the youngest a 6 year old boy, an 8 year old little girl, and a 10 year old girl who will never come home from a sleepover at a friend’s house.

It was about as bad as it can get. I cried almost the whole way home this afternoon.

I believe casualties could have been lessened significantly if people had taken the warnings more serious. The common theme I heard throughout today was we didn’t see a tornado, we didn’t know one was on the ground. Some of the worst killers hide shrouded in rain. Just because you don’t see a tornado, doesn’t mean there isn’t one.

Photo credit: Rich Lewis

Lead time was 9 minutes from the moment the tornado touched down to the epi-centre of ground zero in the heaviest damage zone. However the first reports of this storm going tornadic happened just east of Montgomery and 1:30 and was tornado warned shortly thereafter.

It is vital to be weather aware on days such as yesterday. Have a ready action plan in place. And if you know you’re in the path of a tornadic storm, that’s the time to start taking precautions. Don’t wait until you hear sirens, don’t wait until you see the tornado, because it’s too late.

Yesterday’s tornado was so heavily rain-wrapped very few got a glimpse of the monster lurking behind the walls of precip anyways. Yesterday and into the overnight will stay with me for the rest of my life. This isn’t my first tornado disaster or SAR, but this one was definitely different.

It hit me harder as it’s the first time I connected with the victims on a deep emotional level. I want to take this moment to thank everyone for their kind messages, words of encouragement, gratitude, and the all the posts. I was overwhelmed when I saw the amount of support I had when I got home. Today was very rough, but each and every one of you reminded me why it’s important to give back. Thank you.”

Again, we can’t thank you enough for what you did Rich.

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Incredible drone footage of Lee County, AL Tornado

Incredible footage!

Drone footage of the deadly Lee County, AL Tornado has emerged online – watch in the video below.

The footage was captured by Taylor Campbell yesterday, however the footage was uploaded to Live Storms Media’s official YouTube account.

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Lee County, AL Tornado captured on bar surveillance camera

The videos keep coming!

The Lee County, AL Tornado has been captured on a bar surveillance camera – watch in the video below.

The video was posted by WKRG today on their official YouTube account.

If you look closely, you can see the cell tower collapse more clearly.

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