Thursday, March 1, 2007

MARCH 2007: DEADLIER THAN A LION'S DEN

Alabama Tornado 1

Our hearts are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of life among students and teachers at Enterprise High School in Alabama. It is a horrific situation, especially for parents, and words cannot describe the soul-wrenching grief which has descended on that sweet little town. Imagine sending your child to school thinking they will be safe, to never see them alive again. I cannot even begin to fathom the horror some of those parents have now faced.

A DEADLY STORM WHICH IMPACTED THE SOUTHEAST AND MIDWEST TODAY IS MOVING INTO THE MID-ATLANTIC AND NORTHEAST TONIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL SPAWN SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, TORRENTIAL RAIN, STRONG GUSTY WINDS AND POSSIBLE TORNADOES THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. THE FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE WILL BE VERY CHALLENGING DUE TO WIND-SWEPT RAIN, LOCALIZED FLOODING, DOWNED TREES AND ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.

BEFORE YOU RETIRE FOR THE EVENING, PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO CHECK YOUR LOCAL NWS FORECAST AND YOUR CURRENT RADAR FOR POSSIBLE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM/TORNADO WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN YOUR AREA. IF YOUR BASEMENT IS PRONE TO FLOODING, CONSIDER IMPLEMENTING YOUR "PRE-FLOOD" PRECAUTIONS THIS EVENING, AS WELL AS SECURE OUTDOOR ITEMS.

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18 comments:

Mr. Foot said...

TRAGEDY. 8 students and teachers killed at Alabama High School.

WILL MID ATLANTIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS TAKE THIS STORM SERIOUSLY AND CONSIDER A DELAY FRIDAY MORNING DEPENDING ON SEVERITY OF CONDITIONS?

PROBABLY NOT.

WILL PARENTS CALL IN AND COMPLAIN TO DISTRICT OFFICES IF CONDITIONS ARE UNDENIABLY SEVERE IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS?

PROBABLY.

WILL WE READ ABOUT MORE STUDENTS BEING HURT WAITING AT A BUS STOP WHEN STONG WINDS KNOCK DOWN BRANCHES AND TREES.

I SURE HOPE NOT.

Julee said...

Gosh Mr. Foot,

Bob Turk kind of grazed over this weather event by saying maybe some heavy rain tonight and probably tomorrow but it will clear out tomorrow afternoon.
That was it.

We're in line for TORNADOES???????

terpguy said...

Julee-
NWS has a line from DC TO ANNAPOLIS. South if that is a 2% chance. Southern Maryland is in a 5% range.

Mr.B said...

Lock and load. Things look to get dicey overnight.

Mr. Foot said...

MSNBC: 7:44 pm

Update: 13 fatalities inside Enterprise HS. Most horrifically tragic day at an American HS since Columbine.

Are school officials in the Mid-Atlantic paying attention to this?

Mr. Foot said...

A VERY STRONG STORM SYSTEM IS TAKING AIM ON THE MID ATLANTIC STATES TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. LOW PRESSURE OVER THE MID
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY EARLY THIS EVENING WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE TO THE NORTHEAST. THIS STORM SYSTEM HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING HAZARDOUS WEATHER FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST OF THE UNITED STATES THROUGH THE PLAINS STATES AND MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.

AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING WARM FRONT...RAIN WILL FALL ACROSS NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA AND THE EASTERN PAN HANDLE OF WEST VIRGINIA.

THE RAIN WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT WITH 1 TO AS MUCH AS 3
INCHES OF RAINFALL EXPECTED. THIS RAIN WILL FALL ON ALREADY WET
SOIL AND LIKELY LEAD TO FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS...STREAMS AND
TRIBUTARIES. AS THE WARM FRONT LIFTS NORTH OF THE AREA BY THE
EARLY MORNING HOURS THE STEADY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL MOVE NORTHEAST.
A FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING FOR MUCH OF THE
AREA.

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE COLD FRONT. SOME OF THESE THUNDERSTORMS MAY BE SEVERE WITH DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES POSSIBLE. THE GREATEST RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE ROUGHLY ALONG AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM HARRISONBURG TO WASHINGTON DC TO ANNAPOLIS. THE MOST LIKELY TIME FOR SEVERE WEATHER WILL BE BETWEEN 3 AM AND 8 AM FRIDAY.

DECISION MAKERS AND PLANNERS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR HAZARDOUS
WEATHER CONDITIONS BEGINNING THIS EVENING WITH POTENTIAL FLOODING
AND OVERNIGHT WITH THE RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

A GALE WARNING WILL IS IN EFFECT FOR THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER AND
MARYLAND CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERS TONIGHT.

Mr. Foot said...

Sorry that was text of Special Weather Statement from Baltimore/Washington NWS

Mr.B said...

Trouble ahead!!! Very heavy rain, and a line of strong to severe weather to develop!

Mr.B said...

Mr. Foot. My predicted low tonight was 41. I am down to 39 already. I hope it does not drop to far or we are in for a surpize.

Mr. Foot said...

Enterprise HS update:

Number of fatalities has been lowered due to accidental double counting of initial reports by emergency workers. Even so, losing the life of one child at your high school can be terribly devastating to the entire community and especially the classes that child attended. Please remember these families in your thoughts and prayers.

terpguy said...

My heart goes out to those people hit by this weather. I cannot fathom the loss of a child.


1.36" of precip here in Fallston.

Everybody try to have a nice Friday.

Mr.B said...

Mr. Foot I lost your e-mail address. Can u e-mail me to let me know about tomorrow??

E.H. Boston said...

Really starting to feel like winter is ending.

Highs today at my house reached a warm 59 degrees. Yesterday we had about a half inch of snow quickly washed away by 2"+ of rain.

Early in the week highs should be in the 20's but DRY and by Friday we are back in the 50's?!

E.H. Boston said...

Heads up PA and NJ people on this site.

You guys got yourself a SNOWSTORM a coming!

Lucky ********!!

You know I am going to be wishing this one to explode off the coast and move NE and give Boston a foot.

kristine said...

NO...there cant be a snowstorm in PA...please tell me it is just flurries or that Philly is not included. My father is having MAJOR surgery Tuesday morning in Philly...please,please,please say it aint true!!!!

wvmommyof4 said...

Whats up with Wednesday? I have noticed our temps for the week are way down and they are now calling for snow on Wed.

Julee said...

... and my mother is having surgery on Wednesday ... sister coming in from out of town ...

Will we be having another flakey surprise like we did last Sunday?

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