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Severe Weather Ravages South Last Weekend - Midwest Today?

by Jamie Robinson        April 19, 2011  |  12:13 pm  |  Category: Latest News

This past weekend saw a large, destructive outbreak of tornadoes in 15 states.  A total of 45 people died in 6 states.  The most recent being a 6 month old in North Carolina that was hospitalized after 25 tornadoes tore through the state Saturday.  Of the 25 tornadoes in North Carolina, 5 of them were rated EF3 (136 - 165 mph winds).  The 25 tornadoes are also the largest outbreak in the state since 1984 when 25 tornadoes broke out on March 28th killing 42 people.

The National Weather Service is investigating 267 reports of tornadoes from this past weekend.  Many of those will be duplicate reports of the same tornado but it underlines the immensity of the outbreak.  The outbreak was the deadliest in the U.S. since 2008.  The hardest hit states were Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Now, a new outbreak is set to hit the midwest today.  The Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of 8 states under a moderate risk of severe weather for today.  The increased risk is along a frontal boundary moving across the nation's mid-section. 

Overview

The threat exists for damaging winds, hail and tornadoes.  

Outlook for Tornadoes

 

Outlook for Hail

It is imperative that spotters and emergency management personnel, as well as the general public, closely monitor this developing situation.  Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can develop rapidly and with very little warning.  Ensure that you have multiple sources of information (e.g. internet, weather radio, TV, Weather Defender) to help provide you with the most up-to-date information to help you remain safe.

Minnesota Governor Declares State of Emergency

by Jamie Robinson        April 8, 2011  |  12:21 pm  |  Category: Latest News

Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in 46 of Minnesota's 87 counties due to high water along the Mississippi, Minnesota, St. Croix and Red Rivers.   As can be seen in these screenshots from Weather Defender, many of these rivers that are currently in experiencing flooding will continue to experience flooding during the April 7 - 12 timeframe. 

 

Reporting stations currently showing flooding concerns (Observed River Stages Layer - available to those with a commercial license)

Flooding outlook for April 7 - 12 (Flood Outlook Layer - available to those with a commercial license)

Unfortunately, the current 3 Day Convective Outlook places parts of Minnesota in a moderate risk of severe weather from Sunday into Monday next week.  This will likely bring additional, unwanted rain to an already water-logged area. 

For those living in the areas affected, be sure to watch for rapidly rising water and be sure to stay tuned to your local news outlets for more details on the local flooding situation. 

 

Flooding a Huge Concern in the Midwest

by Jamie Robinson        March 28, 2011  |  12:49 pm  |  Category: Latest News

Flood watches and warnings are in place from Minnesota down into Mississippi and Louisiana as a result of rain and snowmelt through the midwest.  Cooler temperatures the past few days have helped slow the snowmelt, but new rain and snow for many locations this past weekend have fueled new flooding concerns.

A highway outside of the Minneapolis / St. Paul area near Mankato saw part of Highway 22 collapse as a result of a levee breaking and flood waters eroding the ground under the road. 

Photo Courtesy KARE 11 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

The city of Davenport, Iowa will begin building a wall to protect their water treatment facility later this year.  The project, which partners the city with the Army Corps of Engineers, will cost a reported $11.5 million.  The water treatment facility is the sole water source for over 130,000 people in and around Davenport.

Flooding has affected many areas of the United States this year from the Midwest to the Northeast as well as flooding and mudslides in California. 

Always remember when approaching flood waters to not try to drive through it.  It takes very little running water (as little as 6") to carry a vehicle away.

As severe weather and flooding continue into the spring, be sure to stay ahead of the weather with Weather Defender.

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