Monster severe weather outbreak across southeastern USA

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  1. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    This outbreak is one for the record books... as I post this, three tornado-producing thunderstorms are ravaging northern Alabama and moving towards Tennessee. It's entirely possible that the tornadoes produced by this outbreak will break the all time monthly record for April... and could even challenge the all-time daily record, set back in 1974 by the so-called super outbreak.

    Also noteworthy is that The Weather Channel has issued a TOR:CON (Tornado Condition Index) value of 10 for northern Alabama, where the worst of the weather is - this is the first time a value of 10 has ever been issued. The scale, for the curious, goes from 0 to 10, and represents the likelihood of a tornado within a 50 mile radius of the highlighted area.

    Fortunately, I am not located in the bulls-eye for these storms... but I could still be affected, as I am in the "severe zone" for today.
     
  2. iliketyla macrumors regular

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    I heard about this 'cause where I work this is causing a lot of problems due to delays in shipping.

    Stay safe buddy!
     
  3. MacNut macrumors Core

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    It is looking like portions of Alabama have been wiped off the map.
     
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    Still isn't going to stop me from going out to get sushi.
     
  5. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Here is a video of a tornado coming through Tuscaloosa.

    Video is here.

    Still pichere.

    More video here.
     
  6. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    That one was about a mile from my house, maybe less. My wife and I are really fortunate that we only lost power; last I heard around 40 are dead, around 600 injured.
     
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    Very scary stuff. We get quite a few tornadoes here, I've seen the damage they can leave behind.
     
  9. iLucas macrumors 6502

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    Here in southern Indiana it's been bad as well. It has rained every day for the past 6 days and the rivers are way up. The road from my house to work is even underwater, which I have only seen a few times. So many trees and debris is everywhere around here. Tomorrow it's supposed to be sunny though, I guess we'll find out
     
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    POTUS is heading to Tuscaloosa, to have a peek.
     
  11. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    Our neighborhood is without power (as is most of North Alabama) but we didn't have any damage. Latest stats I've heard are 210 dead in Alabama, and some 400 people missing in Tuscaloosa alone. Please keep this part of the country in your thoughts and prayers.
     
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    Holy crap, that was one hell of a tornado.:eek:
     
  13. FroMann macrumors 6502

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    Watched videos of both tornados and aftermath damage. Unbelievable that these same storms passed by North Carolina.
     
  14. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    We had a town in northern part of the state (Mississippi) named Smithville that got basically wiped off the map. Total population of the town was around 900, and they had 13 people killed. The NWS rated the tornado as an EF-5, the first one in the state since 1966. Check out the pics here.

    Not quite as wide a swath of damage as northern Alabama, but huge in proportion to the population.
     
  15. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    I hate to say it, but the death count is probably understated and the missing count is probably overstated. I know some people who work at the local hospital, and they were running out of room for the bodies...and body parts. Since they can't issue death certificates until they've been properly identified, chances are that more than a few of the missing are actually dead.

    Rescuers pulled 3 people from the rubble in the Alberta City area yesterday, still alive.

    The outpouring of support, from local and from other areas, has been nothing short of miraculous. I don't think there's a church within 100 miles who hasn't taken up a collection for the victims. Local vendors are doing their best to feed everyone; the local Target today was handing out water, ice, and fresh produce of all things, and they're just one of many.

    Schools are still currently closed, and the city is under a curfew from 8p-6a. This is mainly to discourage looters. The University of Alabama has cancelled final exams and spring graduation.

    We just got power back here about an hour ago (naturally right after my wife and I went and bought more supplies expecting not to be restored until Wednesday). Personally, my wife and I were incredibly lucky. Rosedale Courts, what used to be a housing project where President Obama toured, is maybe half a mile from our house. It's not a matter of rebuilding it, it's a matter of clearing away the rubble and building something else.

    If anyone would like to make a donation, as there is still much to do and many people needing all manner of things, please contact Tuscaloosa Temporary Emergency Services or the American Red Cross.
     
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