Since "weatherdude" isn't around, I mean how dare he not be here EVERY SINGLE second there are storms somewhere, I thought I would post this short Diary so people could chat. Here in southern Illinois the first tornado warnings have just started to pop-up. Best I can tell from the reports the worse will pass to the north of me.
Good for me, not so good for those that live in Iowa and other places.
Just to put you in the "mood" here is a pic taken from my front door. Last June. Worse storm I've ever been in outside of that time I was stuck in Baton Rouge when Hurricane Andrew hit. But that is another story!
So in the comments let us know how the weather is where you are. And stay safe people. I also hope it goes without saying if you live in a place tornados are really rare and you get warnings. Don't mess around. Tornados really suck!
Just a few weather related stories:
The current map from the Weather Channel:
Midwest tornadoes: 5 dead, 29 injured in Okla.
Tornadoes raking communities across the Midwest and Plains left five people dead and at least 29 injured in Oklahoma, damaging a hospital, homes and other buildings as a vast severe weather front plunged eastward Sunday across the nation's midsection.
Oklahoma emergency officials said five people died after a tornado touched down at 12:18 a.m. Sunday in and around the northwest Oklahoma town of Woodward, the high winds damaging homes, toppling trees and downing power lines about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The brunt of the damage was reported on the west side of the town of about 12,000 and its outskirts, where search teams scoured the rubble for hours for any still trapped or injured.
Storms also were reported in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska as a wide-ranging storm system lumbered its way across the nation's midsection Saturday and Sunday. Lightning, large hail and heavy downpours accompanied the system, which was so large that it still posed a severe weather threat from Minnnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan in the north to eastern Texas and Louisiana hundreds of miles to the south.
Much of Nebraska Slammed with Severe Weather
Much of Nebraska was affected by severe weather that brought strong winds, rain, flash floods and hail. Tornadoes were reported in western Nebraska. No serious injuries or deaths have been reported.
On Friday, the Storm Prediction Center issued warnings for possible tornadoes for much of Saturday in the center U.S. with a focus on Nebraska, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
Nearly marble-sized hail fell in Norfolk nearly 30 minutes, according to the Norfolk Daily News. The ice chunks accumulated with several inches of rain, leaving drifts in various roadways. The city deployed plows to clear roadways.
A tornado watch for 63 of the state's 93 counties prompted the cancellation of the annual Nebraska spring game. Lincoln Public Schools postponed the prom at North Star High School.
Six homes were damaged in Nebraska City when a storm passed through around 5:30 p.m.