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Arkansas Damage

| 5:56 pm February 24, 2007 | Comments (22)

From Ryan Vaughan at KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, AR… the images are from Dumas, AR, which was hit by a tornado earlier today…




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  1. Ashley says:

    ohmigosh..complete devastation. I hope nothing happens like that here. there has to be fatalites there.

  2. John Talbot says:

    Reminds me of the ’98 F5′ damage in Oak Grove & Rock Creek.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Those warnings seem to be moving pretty well east from where that damage occured. Any idea of whether or not this thing will weaken/strengthen by the time it gets to western central Alabama? Or are we looking at about the same type of situation?

  4. AndyN says:

    Clearing line to the West of Tuscaloosa. I can see the sunset. Wind and dewpoint are increasing.

  5. Vic Bell says:

    That bottom picture is Freds, which used to be Wal-Mart. As you can see the entire south end of the store is gone. The Mad Butcher grocery store is/was just 75 yards right of there. Notice the piece of tin in the left front corner of the picture. McDonalds is just 50 yards to the left of that.

  6. Donnie says:

    Up until about 20 mins ago, the winds went almost calm for about an hour it seems. I know that sounds odd but I really think I had a time of calm winds here in Vance near the Mercedes plant. The winds are picking up again, and something else to note……earlier the breeze had kind of a cool feel to it, but now I can feel a sharp change to a warmer breeze. Something brewing?

  7. Brandon says:

    It’s brewing alright. That line coming into Miss looks mean.

  8. Stephanie Honeycutt says:

    There was a windstorm in Dallas earlier. It was strong enough to close DFW Airport. My husband’s flight was canceled from Las Vegas. Please keep him in your prayers, he will be flying in on SW airlines from Phoneix to BHM at 11:40 pm tonight.

    My nerves are shot.

  9. Stormlover says:

    Wind really picking up its sustained gust in Hamilton…Temp..68..Baro..29.58….PEAK GUST…39 mph

  10. AndyN says:

    Dewpoint in Tuscaloosa ( SouthWest ) is at 49.6 and rising fast. Donnie, the wind was calm here too for a few minutes then BAM! they came back and are warmer. That is the Warm front making it’s way NorthEast.

  11. amber says:

    Oh Stephanie, I am so sorry sweetie, I know you must be worried. Y’all will be in my prayers. I’m sure it will be fine though.

  12. Donnie says:

    Sounds like trouble brewing Andy…..winds are nothing here in Vance like they were earlier……kinda eerie feeling outside

  13. Jennifer says:

    I also noticed the winds calm down a bit here in Fayette County, but now they are back up and going strong.

  14. Chris M. says:

    The dewpoint in Bham is still 39. Hope against hope the storms die down a bit before coming in AL. Although, it looks the farther west you are the better the the higher the dewpoints and thus the higher the chances of some severe stuff. Everyone be safe and keep those families that do have damage and lost love ones in your thoughts and prayers!

  15. amber says:

    Winds have also calmed tremendously here in Randoph Co., Roanoke area. It is so strange, an hour ago the wind was getting rough, now nothing, not even a calm breeze. Time to start downing coffee!

  16. AndyN says:

    Just stepped out on the porch. I can see stars back to the West. Farther West towards Pickens Co. I can see clouds coming.

  17. Donnie says:

    Towards the west (Tuscaloosa) I can see the reminents of the sunset we had earlier. Winds are not even consistent. Blowing one min, then calm for a few, and then it picks back up. Strange stuff!!! Hope this realy isnt the “calm” before the storm. Everyone stay safe

  18. AndyN says:

    Hot off the press from the SPC:

    MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0202
    NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
    0644 PM CST SAT FEB 24 2007

    AREAS AFFECTED…ERN LA…MS

    CONCERNING…TORNADO WATCH 32…

    VALID 250044Z – 250145Z

    DESPITE A NARROWING OF INSTABILITY ACROSS THE LOWER MS
    VALLEY…BOUNDARY LAYER MOISTURE IS SLOWLY RETURNING NWD AHEAD OF
    ADVANCING CONVECTION ACROSS ERN PORTIONS OF MS AND WRN AL. SFC DEW
    POINTS ARE NOW RISING THROUGH THE MID 50S TO NEAR 60F…ENHANCING
    THE PROSPECT FOR MAINTAINING NEAR SFC BASED SUPERCELL STRUCTURES AS
    LINE ADVANCES EWD. THREAT OF TORNADOES WILL SPREAD DOWNSTREAM AS
    LOW LEVELS RECOVER ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL GULF COAST.

  19. AndyN says:

    Talk about Irony. The movie TWISTER is on HBO.

  20. AndyN says:

    UPDATE FROM BMX:

    000
    FXUS64 KBMX 250049 RRA
    AFDBMX

    AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION…RETRANSMISSION
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
    645 PM CST SAT FEB 24 2007

    .UPDATE…MESOSCALE UPDATE.

    ALL EYES HERE FOCUSED ON DEWPOINTS. SEEING SURGE OF MOISTURE COMING
    UP INTO CENTRAL MS NOW. EXPECTING MOISTURE TONGUE TO SLIDE
    EASTWARD…MAYBE NOT AS FAR NORTH…AS ENTIRE UPPER SYSTEM BEGINS TO
    LIFT. OF COURSE ALL OTHER DYNAMICS WILL BE IN PLAY. JUST TO SPOUT
    SOME EYE POPPING EXPECTED NUMBERS…800+ 0-3 KM HELICITY VALUES…
    4 TO 5 0-3 KM EHI…50 KT WINDS AT AROUND 1500 FT. OVERALL THE
    QUESTION REMAINS HOW FAR NORTH AND EAST WILL WE BE CAPPED? THE NEXT
    QUESTION WILL BE…IS THERE ENOUGH FRONTAL FORCING TO OVERCOME THE
    CAP? (MORE THAN LIKELY) THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT EVERYTHING ON THE
    SCOPE TONIGHT WILL BE SPINNING. THAT DRAWS THE QUESTION…WITH
    DEWPOINTS IN MIND…SURFACE BASED VS. ELEVATED. THAT WILL BE HARD TO
    DISCERN TONIGHT. ANOTHER QUESTION IS…WILL THERE BE TOO MUCH SHEAR
    ALOFT TO LOP-OFF TOPS…LIMITING GROWTH AND TORNADO THREAT?
    (POSSIBLY) EVEN IF…DAMAGING STRAIGHT-LINE WINDS ARE STILL ON THE
    TABLE. SOUNDS LIKE I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS. TIMING STILL
    LOOKS GOOD ON THE LINE. THIS BROKEN SQUALL LINE SHOULD SHOOT ON
    THROUGH. THINGS TO LOOK FOR…ESPECIALLY THE FURTHER SOUTH YOU
    GO…ARE TRAINING SUPERCELLS. IF THE NORTHERN PORTION LINE LAYS OVER
    (SW/NE ORIENTATION) AREAS COULD SEE A COUPLE OF ROUNDS IN A SHORT
    TIME.

  21. Josh R. says:

    I have a very good friend in Camden (just SW of Dumas) that works for Entergy and is probably there working now. Doesnt look good….

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