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Tornadoes confirmed in northern VA from Thursday’s storms

Two tornado warnings with to confirmed tornadoes… one EF-0 and one EF-1, occurred last Thursday as a line of thunderstorms moved through central Virginia. Jason was out to document the flooding, but he found himself going after the tornado-warned storms as daylight faded. In the end, he got close, but he did not end up seeing a tornado.

The report: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/lwx/events/20110310tor.php

The description:

…TORNADOES CONFIRMED IN BEALETON VIRGINIA AND CHANTILLY VIRGINIA…

LOCATION…BEALETON IN FAUQUIER COUNTY VIRGINIA
DATE…MARCH 10 2011
ESTIMATED TIME…617 PM TO 620 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING…EF1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…90 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH…4 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON…38.5750N / 77.7605W
ENDING LAT/LON…38.6189N / 77.7013W
* FATALITIES…NONE
* INJURIES…NONE
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT
TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND
PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA.

 

Early morning tornadoes strike the mid-country, cause fatalities

There are now three people confirmed dead in Cincinnati, Arkansas (near the Oklahoma border) as tornadic storms move through the mid-country and race off to the north and east.

There is an article on NWAOnline with more information.

This and other storms are hitting on New Years’ Eve morning when everybody is sleeping in and has the day off. I doubt many people got the warnings in time when the storms first started in western Oklahoma and eastern Arkansas/Missouri.

Here is a SRM of the storms from earlier this morning, the more northern and stronger couplet is the one with the reported fatalities:

 
I would not be surprised to see an upgrade in the severe weather outlook from the SPC in their 1630z update today. This system is definitely more potent than what was originally anticipated. There is currently a tornado watch in effect for most of AR and MO, which extends into far western IL. Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings are ongoing in AR and MO.