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Sunday Discussion: The 11-17-13 Midwest Severe Weather Outbreak


Today was a rough day across the midwest.  As of this writing, six people have been killed in Illinois and over 70 preliminary tornado reports and over 400 total severe weather were reported today.  This post is going to highlight some of the top photos and videos of the destruction today.  These people are going need some help.  Washington Illinois was one of the hardest hit towns today, these images from Twitter are tough to see.

This video from the YouTube channel Mike Brady shows the damage from Washington, IL taken with Google Glass.

Here is another video from the YouTube channel 28storms where Richard Williams took this video.

Here are more Twitter images from the tornadoes in Illinois from places like Centralia, Gifford, LaSalle County, Gardner, Peoria, Roanoke, and Pekin.

One issue I had today was the NFL not delaying the Ravens vs. Bears game until the storms were right on top of the stadium.  I shared this image from WNST and it got retweeted by many.  Thanks for sharing that image!

Here are videos of the tornadoes and storm damage from the YouTube channels Live Storms NetworkKDR Media, and US Tornadoes via Karla Konieczki.

The storms then moved into Indiana.  Here are tornado and damage pictures from Bone Gap, Lebanon, and Kokomo.

Here is one more video showing the tornadoes and damage from Indiana and Illinois from the YouTube channel StormChasingVideo.

And at the end of the day, the storm chasers did help out the people who were affected by the storms.  Plus you need a sunset of the tough day.

If you want to help the victims of the tornadoes today, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army can use some donations.  To give to the American Red Cross online, click here.  You can also donate $10 via mobile by texting REDCROSS to 90999.  To donate to the Salvation Army online, click here.  You can donate $10 via mobile by texting STORM to 80888.  I also wanted to highlight the team from Peoria TV station WEEK-TV for actually taking cover before the tornado hit their TV station.  When severe weather is coming, take cover!

And before I wrap this post up, I wanted to talk about The Weather Channel.  Last Tuesday, they came out with new weather graphics for all of their live programming.  Everything from the radars to the forecast computers were updated.  Now, weather information is scrolling at the bottom of the screen 24/7, even during commercials.  Here is a before and after video.

TWC did a good job with the live weather coverage today, but my only problem is the addition of even more non weather programming.  Unless severe weather is happening, you will see reality programming on TWC from 2-5 pm and 8 pm until 4 am the next morning.  On weekends, TWC will show other programming from 2 pm until 4:30 am the next morning.  All times are Eastern.  I guess they have to show something when the weather is non-eventful since people won’t watch.  Yep, I miss the old days of The Weather Channel.

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