What a day in weather. Today, a major tornado outbreak occurred in Nebraska. Twin tornadoes struck the town of Pilger Nebraska. And the damage was extensive! So below, here are some of the best pictures and videos from the twin tornadoes today.
This week, the southeast experienced a major severe weather outbreak. There were multiple reports of tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and severe flooding. Things got started on Sunday in Arkansas when a powerful EF4 tornado tore through Mayflower and Vilonia Arkansas. Extreme damage was caused.
On Monday, a lot of tornadoes struck across Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states. Here are some damage pictures on Twitter and some amazing tornado videos.
On Wednesday, major flooding took place along the Alabama and NW Florida Gulf Coasts. The area got 15-25 inches of rain in 24 hours, and that is going to cause major flooding. Many roads were washed out, rivers rose to record flooding levels, and many homes received flood damage. Remember, if the road ahead of you is covered with water, turn around and don’t drown!
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So, the people in Alabama and the southeast will need our help! Volunteers have been out in the damage zones clearing damage since the storms struck. If you can not volunteer, you can still help! You can send money to the American Red Cross or The Salvation Army to help with the relief effort. To donate to the American Red Cross, donate online by clicking here. Or donate $10 by texting the word “REDCROSS” to 90999. For donations to The Salvation Army, donate online by clicking here. Or donate $10 by texting the word “STORM” to 80888.
Before I talk about what is going to happen on Monday and Tuesday in Alabama and the southeast, let me say this. This severe weather event will be nothing like the April 27th tornado outbreak in 2011. That day, we had 60+ tornadoes and over 1000 miles of tornado tracks. Yes, I think there will be tornadoes, some long track. Yes, there will be some damage, but this is nothing like April 27th! I know some people are scared, but don’t be! Make sure you have a way to get the weather warnings when it happens in your area. And when the warning happens, get in your safe place!
On Monday and Tuesday April 28-29, Alabama and the southeast is going to see some severe weather. On both days, there will be severe storms that could have damaging winds, large hail, heavy rains that cause flooding, and yes, a few tornadoes is possible. On the Monday threat, the biggest threat for the bigger severe storms will be over central and northern Mississippi and northwest Alabama. A PDS tornado watch has already been issued, and this area is under a moderate risk for severe weather. Timing for the storms is from mid-afternoon through late night Monday. And everyone in Alabama will have a chance to see severe weather!
For the Tuesday threat, a moderate risk has already been issued for most of Alabama and Mississippi. The only question mark is how strong the storms will be on Tuesday. The atmosphere could be worked over from the Monday storms, and that could limit the storms for Tuesday. But with the moderate risk already issued for much of Alabama on Tuesday, I think there is still a severe weather event on Tuesday. And the storms could contain damaging winds, large hail, heavy rain and flooding, and a few tornadoes. The timing will be around mid-afternoon and lasting through late night Tuesday.
So yes, there will be two rounds of severe weather on Monday and Tuesday, both rounds could contain severe storms that can cause damage. This setup will be nothing like the major April 27th outbreak we saw a few years ago, but it only takes one severe storm causing damage to your property to make it your own April 27th. So, expect to see some storms on Monday and Tuesday that could be severe, here is my call map for both days.
- Check your weather radios and make sure that they work. DO NOT DEPEND ON SIRENS TO ALERT YOU REGARDING TORNADOES. SOME MAY BE RAIN WRAPPED AND CANNOT BE SEEN! You also may not hear a siren in some areas, or if you are indoors. Be sure your weather radio has new, good, back up batteries.
- Keep a close watch on current weather conditions. Pay attention to local weather, news, and social media sources. *Find your local NWS page, like it, follow it, set it for notifications, etc.
- You can get wireless emergency alerts (WEA) on your cell phone, without having to use an app. These are sent to affected areas, and look like a text message. There is an audible alarm when they are sent also. Charge all of your cell phones and if you have back up batteries, charge those too. Locate your car chargers and have them ready- that may be the only way that you can charge your phone.
- Make sure you have a portable radio with good batteries.
- If you have a generator-fill it with gas, and have extra gas on hand, stored safely in proper gasoline containers. Check your generator to make sure it is running properly. Know how to operate your generator safely, and NEVER have it indoors. It must have proper ventilation or you can die from carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Fill up your cars with gas.
- Find the lowest, most interior, small room in your home- closet, bathroom, hallway, interior rooms with no windows, under the stairs- and do a run through of what you will do if severe weather occurs.
- Have a safety plan. Know that if a tornado is in your area where you will go- GET TO YOUR SAFE PLACE. Either get in your basement or in the smallest closet on the lowest floor- or an interior hallway. We have seen numerous people survive in a bathtub with a mattress over them.
- Have your kids practice until they automatically know where to go and what to do in case of a tornado emergency.
- We cannot stress enough-those of you who live in mobile homes-have a plan to be somewhere safe. Your mobile home is not safe!
- Have your helmets in your safe place. Protecting your head and neck is critical. Also have cushions, blankets, pillows, etc, to cover your head and neck.
- Wear a whistle or air horn if you have one, it can alert rescuers to your location.
- Make sure that everyone is wearing shoes. Flip flops and sandals are not recommended as safe footwear. (At night, make sure shoes are in your safe place and have everyone put them on).
- If you are in a restaurant, grocery store, or gas station/convenience store for any reason, and a tornado comes through- get in the cooler- it will save your life. If you are in your vehicle, look for one of these types of places to get inside and get in the walk in cooler.
- **NEVER try to outrun a tornado in a car and do not seek shelter under overpasses.
- Get some cash together if you can and put it ON YOUR BODY. Have ID, Social Security Cards, debit/credit, and insurance cards ON YOUR BODY.
- Have a list of your prescriptions, and put your medications in a Ziploc bag- all together with you- in your shirt if you have to.
- If you have a child or adult who wears diapers, have some, along with baby wipes, in your emergency kit.
- Have extra bottles, powdered formula, and bottled water for infants who still drink formula in your emergency kit.
- You can use a plastic tote to keep items needed in a weather emergency ready to go. You can include canned food and a can opener, bottled water, pet food, bug spray, sunscreen, gloves, flashlights, tarps, personal hygiene kit, cleaning products, and more.
- Have a plan for your pets as well. Have ID on your pets. If you don’t have a tag with your info…put it on duct tape on their collar and write your name with a permanent marker with your contact info and address.
- Have a plan for how to contact family members and friends before, during, and afterwards. Texting is probably best, and you can use social media also. If you are not going to be in your home, let someone know. You can also let someone know exactly “where” in your home you are taking shelter.
Auburn sports legend Bo Jackson will be doing Bo Bikes Bama again this weekend, around Auburn! Bo Bikes Bama has become an annual bike ride to raise money for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund which has repaired hundreds of homes and built 27 community storm shelters since the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. The fund also provides crucial disaster preparedness and emergency management resources for the state of Alabama. This weekend, there will be a charity auction, a 22-mile bike ride, and a 62-mile bike ride, and did I mention that on the same day is the Auburn Tigers A-Day game!
On Friday April 18th, the Bo Bikes Bama Silent Auction takes place at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art from 6-9 pm. Join legend Bo Jackson for a silent auction event the evening before the third annual Bo Bikes Bama charity bike ride in Auburn Alabama. Enjoy hors d’ oeuvres, beer and wine while browsing a silent auction featuring signed memorabilia from athletes and entertainers. All proceeds benefit the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, which has repaired hundreds of homes and built 27 community storm shelters since the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Tickets, donations and purchases are tax deductible and help prepare the state of Alabama for future natural disasters.
On Saturday morning, Bo Bikes Bama takes off for a bike ride around the plains. This year, the third annual Bo Bikes Bama ride will take place in Auburn Alabama on A-Day, Saturday April 19th. Participating riders can choose either a 62-mile or 22-mile route. Both routes will take riders through the campus of Auburn University, while the 62-mile route will carry riders through Tuskegee and neighboring Macon County. Here is the map of the routes below. The darker color route is the shorter route while the lighter color is the longer route!
The ride will begin and end at the The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The 62-mile route begins at 7 am while the 22-mile route begins at 9:30 am. All riders will get a jersey number, t-shirt, light snacks and water at the rest stops, and a meal at the end of the ride. Of course, the day is topped off by the Auburn Tigers A-Day game at Jordan Hare Stadium on Saturday April 19th at 2 pm. Tickets are $5 each. Of course, if you can not make it to Auburn for Bo Bikes Bama or for the A-Day game, you could always watch the A-Day game live on ESPN!
Learn more about Bo Bikes Bama at: https://bobikesbama.com/
This weekend in Huntsville, the 4th annual Rocket City Weather Fest will take place at the Shelby Center on the UAHuntsville campus. If you or anyone in your family are interested in the weather, this is the event for you! The event will feature local Huntsville student and professional chapters of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. They are hosting this free Weather Festival that is great for weather enthusiasts of all ages!
The event will have weather research vehicles which you can sit in and take pictures. You can attend short presentations like Severe Weather 101. Several storm shelters will be featured, and anyone can participate in hands-on demonstrations and kids’ crafts. Special guests at the event will include Greg Carbin from the NOAA Storm Prediction Center. And Dr. Greg Forbes of The Weather Channel will also be there. And you can share your thoughts during the Weather Communication Town Hall Discussion. The event will also have great raffle prizes, presentations, activities and exhibits, there will be something for everyone! Plus, local meteorologists from the Huntsville TV stations and the Huntsville NWS will be there!
Some of the activities at Rocket City Weather Fest includes a weather balloon launch, weather science vehicles, weather instruments, and kids activities! Some of the seminars at this event will include weather briefings, looking back on the 1989 Huntsville tornado and the 2011 Super Outbreak, forecasting tornadoes, weather communication town hall, and discussions on lightning and severe weather. Sponsors for Rocket City Weather Fest includes Alabama Saf-T-Net, UAHuntsville, Jacquelyn Jackson Photography and Miller and Miller Inc.
The entire event is free! And the event will take place on Saturday February 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm. The event will take place at the Shelby Center on the UAHuntsville campus which is located along Sparkman Dr. To learn more about Rocket City Weather Fest, go to: http://www.rocketcityweatherfest.com
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