I'll begin with the devastating tornado outbreak centered on Oklahoma. Killer tornadoes occurred east of Oklahoma City Sunday then a vicious powerful tornado struck parts of Oklahoma City Mon. Moore was hard hit just 14 years ago when a monster EF-5 tornado pounded the city in early May. The death toll will be even greater with this tornado as Moore was again in the crosshairs. Very preliminary estimates are the storm was an EF-4 tornado. Tons of video are streaming in -- click ** here ** for dramatic time lapse video of the super cell tornadic storm.... ** here ** for a slideshow of photos... ** here ** to see a preliminary track of the 20 mile long, 40 min. tornado from the Norman Nat. Weather Service.... ** here ** for some interesting insight from Dr. Jeff Masters.
From the Salvation Army - John & Sharon Autry in Oklahoma City wrote this account Mon. evening:
From Lieutenant Sharon Autrey, Corps Officer Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
We were at our quarters (parsonage),-we live in the Moore area-when the tornado touched down. We actually got in our minivan with our children and outran it! We saw it headed for us as we left the driveway.
We have now received word that the house was spared, but haven't been able to get to it to be sure. I kept our children home from daycare this morning out of worry, and I still have yet to hear if their daycare teacher has survived. (It's a home daycare not far from the storm's path.)
It's 9:00 PM and my husband (Leiutenant) John Autrey is serving with several other Emergency Disaster Services caregivers right now. Not sure yet where he is sleeping, or if he will.
The kids and I are at the home of Lt. Nicole and Captain Bobby Parker's house (the Parkers are responsible for Salvation Army youth work in the States of Arkansas & Oklahoma) for the night. We left the house without even shoes on the kids' feet. Nicole picked us up at a Target on the north side of town so John could head back to the devastation.
A few stats:
* Up until May 15th, the U.S. had gone the deepest into May without at least an EF-1 tornado. Now there have been multiple large tornadoes + fatalities.
* Only about 1% of all tornadoes are EF-4 or EF-5.
* Oklahoma City has been hit by the most tornadoes of any city in the U.S. and the world(!).
Locally...the First Coast has had its share of heavy storms, & the pattern will continue through Thu. before diminishing some Fri. & considerably just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Right now it looks as if a wind shift to the northeast will bring some drier air to the area Sat.-Mon. with plenty of sun, less rain or storms & a bit cooler air, especially at the beaches.
Photos below are from Dustin where hail fell Mon. afternoon in Middleburg...Carolyn in Fleming Island where there was also some hail.
The image below is from 1st Alert Doppler HD & shows outflow getting pushed north past I-10 from t'storms to the south. This outflow boundary was initiated from intense storms in Marion Co. (1 person was killed in Ocala when a tree fell on a car) that then spread north propagating the t'storm activity at the same time. Storms produced about 5 min. of hail in Lake City as well.