Thursday, October 18, 2007

Second Severe Weather Season Here!

3:30 PM UPDATE... SURVEY REPORT FROM NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
...ONE TORNADO FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CONFIRMED IN LINCOLN
COUNTY...
...STRAIGHT LINE WINDS CONFIRMED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY...

ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 18TH...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LITTLE
ROCK SURVEYED THE DAMAGE FROM WEDNESDAYS STORMS IN JEFFERSON AND
LINCOLN COUNTIES.

IN LINCOLN COUNTY...

THE DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH A TORNADO.

THE TORNADO HAS BEEN ASSIGNED AT EF1 RATING ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA
SCALE. EF1 TORNADOES CONTAIN WIND SPEEDS OF 86 TO 110 MPH.

THE TORNADO BEGAN 4.5 MILES WEST OF STAR CITY...AND LIFTED 3.4 MILES
WEST OF YORKTOWN. THE PATH LENGTH WAS 5.4 MILES.

ACCORDING TO THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...

4 HOMES SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE
5 MOBILE HOMES WERE DESTROYED
1 MOBILE HOME SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE

QUITE A FEW BARNS AND OUT BUILDINGS WERE DESTROYED...AND HUNDREDS
OF TREES WERE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED OFF. ALSO...TREES AND POWER
LINES WERE BLOWN DOWN.

IN JEFFERSON COUNTY...

THE DAMAGE IN PINE BLUFF AND TO DOLLARWAY HIGH SCHOOL WAS SURVEYED.
THIS DAMAGE WAS CONSISTENT WITH STRAIGHT LINE WINDS OF 70 MPH.

THE DAMAGE SURVEYS WERE CONDUCTED BY JOHN ROBINSON...WARNING
COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST...AND RENEE FAIR...METEOROLOGIST-IN-
CHARGE.

While this is nothing compared to some places in the state, this is my deck. Around midnight the wind blew over our patio table and the chairs went flying too. Good news...the grill didn't move an inch.

The National Weather Service is conducting surveys today. I talked to John Robinson this morning and he says the damage just west of Star City along highway 212 will be rated EF1 damage with winds around 90-100 mph. More info. will follow in the days to come.

Thanks to the rainfall lately, the rainfall deficit at Little Rock for the year is at 3.50'' while North Little Rock has a surplus of .01''.

Enjoy this nice stretch of weather the next few days.

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