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SubRosa
Wow. That is terrifying. Thank goodness you and your brother are ok. I have lived in the Midwest for almost all of my life, but have thankfully never been near a tornado.

Which is a good thing, since we Witches have a bad history with those things... wink.gif
Acadian
Like SubRosa said - Wow. So glad you and your brother are okay. ohmy.gif
Decrepit
A short after-storm update by a station unknown to me:

Violent tornado rips through Jonesboro (YouTube video)
SubRosa
That is terrible! sad.gif
mALX
QUOTE(Decrepit @ Mar 28 2020, 08:34 PM) *

Gah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! panic.gif

Holy crappoli! Strong tornado plowed through a portion of the city 8-10 miles away this afternoon. The city where I do all my shopping, have medical appointments, etc. The city where my Brother lives.

I watched it on TV from start to finish, having been alerted to possible severe weather at my online-weather-site-of-choice. Turned on my local TV station. Solid severe weather reporting, to the exclusion of all else, which is still going on. The tornado was first reported south of us, heading Northeast. The funnel then disappeared. Our weatherman said not to trust it, as it looked as if it would reform, possibly over the city. Which is exactly what happened. Class 3 or 4 was his guess, not yet confirmed. They had a live-cam active, pointed at the storm cloud. We saw the funnel reform, touch the ground, and carve a path through the city, debris flying. Darn scary! The city's big mall, where I worked some years ago, was hit hard. Among stores receiving the most damage, our area's only book store, and Best Buy. (A little sad irony, when talking on the phone earlier today, pre storm, with my brother, he mentioned the that only reason the visit the mall these days is its book store. I agreed. So much for mall visits.)

I called my bro soon as it was safe after the tornado passed beyond the city. He's okay, as is his property.

I'm fine too. Well, as fine as a decrepit person can be. My little town was at first included the tornado's possible path, but it ended up passing us to the east.

I suspect clips of this to appear on YouTube, but at the moment my internet is responding at a snail's pass. Oh...here it is...what we saw as the tornado touched down and passed through the city!

(YouTube Video) KAIT8 ABC live shot from Skycam of Jonesboro AR tornado, March 28th 2020 (YouTube video)


Oh, I am so glad you and your Brother are safe! My heart and prayers go out to anyone who was affected; and by the size of that storm and the debris = Jonesboro will most def be declared a disaster area so the government can help them fund repairing and rebuilding.

I do have to say this, though: In the face of and throughout the crisis; that news crew was amazing! They went street by street; they know their town by heart to be able to know which cross streets are coming up; etc. Also = throughout the broadcast they gave detailed warnings that someone might not have thought of (like putting football helmets on the children; getting to a spot with only inner walls; etc). Best news crew coverage I've ever seen on any tornado or even any hurricane landings.



Decrepit
QUOTE(mALX @ Mar 29 2020, 03:14 PM) *

I do have to say this, though: In the face of and throughout the crisis; that news crew was amazing! They went street by street; they know their town by heart to be able to know which cross streets are coming up; etc. Also = throughout the broadcast they gave detailed warnings that someone might not have thought of (like putting football helmets on the children; getting to a spot with only inner walls; etc). Best news crew coverage I've ever seen on any tornado or even any hurricane landings.

Agreed. KAIT8 has somehow been able to retain an amazing weather team for decades, despite occasional personnel turnover. (The fellow we see in-studio is, I believe, 'fairly' new to the station. The fellow whose voice we hear is a well-established veteran.)
mALX
QUOTE(Decrepit @ Mar 29 2020, 04:59 PM) *

QUOTE(mALX @ Mar 29 2020, 03:14 PM) *

I do have to say this, though: In the face of and throughout the crisis; that news crew was amazing! They went street by street; they know their town by heart to be able to know which cross streets are coming up; etc. Also = throughout the broadcast they gave detailed warnings that someone might not have thought of (like putting football helmets on the children; getting to a spot with only inner walls; etc). Best news crew coverage I've ever seen on any tornado or even any hurricane landings.

Agreed. KAIT8 has somehow been able to retain an amazing weather team for decades, despite occasional personnel turnover. (The fellow we see in-studio is, I believe, 'fairly' new to the station. The fellow whose voice we hear is a well-established veteran.)


They really deserve any praise they get for how they handled the whole situation.



Decrepit
Doh! Severe Thunderstorm Warning just issues. Tornado watch too.
mALX
QUOTE(Decrepit @ Apr 8 2020, 08:10 PM) *

Doh! Severe Thunderstorm Warning just issues. Tornado watch too.


Urgh; stay safe! Good luck for both you and your Brother!




Decrepit
QUOTE(mALX @ Apr 9 2020, 01:47 AM) *

QUOTE(Decrepit @ Apr 8 2020, 08:10 PM) *

Doh! Severe Thunderstorm Warning just issues. Tornado watch too.


Urgh; stay safe! Good luck for both you and your Brother!

Thanks. The area indeed had another long-lasting tornado on the ground. Thankfully, due to the direction this front traveled (east southeast) it stayed a bit to the south of us (and Jonesboro). Had it taken its normal path (roughly northeast) it might have been a different story. Or not. Who's to say? KAIT again covered the tornado to the exclusion of all other programming. I watched from the sofa until around 2100. Nodded off. Woke around 2120 to see regular programming on the tube. Don't know what if any damage this tornado caused, other than hitting one mobile home. While I was watching it mainly passed through open fields.
mALX
QUOTE(Decrepit @ Apr 9 2020, 05:37 AM) *

QUOTE(mALX @ Apr 9 2020, 01:47 AM) *

QUOTE(Decrepit @ Apr 8 2020, 08:10 PM) *

Doh! Severe Thunderstorm Warning just issues. Tornado watch too.


Urgh; stay safe! Good luck for both you and your Brother!

Thanks. The area indeed had another long-lasting tornado on the ground. Thankfully, due to the direction this front traveled (east southeast) it stayed a bit to the south of us (and Jonesboro). Had it taken its normal path (roughly northeast) it might have been a different story. Or not. Who's to say? KAIT again covered the tornado to the exclusion of all other programming. I watched from the sofa until around 2100. Nodded off. Woke around 2120 to see regular programming on the tube. Don't know what if any damage this tornado caused, other than hitting one mobile home. While I was watching it mainly passed through open fields.


Oh, I'm so glad it didn't hit the same places that had already been devastated by the last one! Sounds like you and Brother are okay though; and that is always good.


SubRosa
It's been snowing all night, along with high winds. Just love Spring.
Decrepit
Hmmm... just checked out the weekend forecast. As of now we're getting strong T-storms Sunday from 0300 until nighttime. Unlike our past few storm days, when severe storms were 'possible,' this Sunday they are 'expected.' Not an overly encouraging forecast, I must say.
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