Wednesday, May 02, 2012

May 2nd, 2008 Tornado Outbreak Remembered

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It's a day I will never forget and many Arkansans will not forget as well.  4 Years ago today, we experienced 12 tornadoes and 7 died.

We started our live on air coverage around 8:30 AM with the tornado in Birdtown.  This tornado eventually hit Damascus and was rated an EF3.  Meteorologist Melinda Mayo was reporting live from Toad Suck in Conway that morning and was able to shut down and travel quickly to Damascus and began to report live there.  When all was said and done, we were on the air for almost 9 continuous hours which is still the longest of my career.  These tornadoes were huge and I remember getting pictures in and thinking they reminded me of what you would see out in Oklahoma or Kansas.

This was just one of many outbreaks in 2008.  That year ended up being the 2nd most active tornado year in Arkansas weather history.  We had one more outbreak to deal with for the spring season and that was the Stuttgart EF3 tornado on May 10th.  I'll have more on that later.

Check out some of these incredible viewer pictures and video below from May 2nd, 2008.

Tornado approaching Damascus

KATV viewer photo of a large tornado near Keo (Lonoke) county on May 2nd.
Another view of that tornado from England, AR
Another viewer from Keo
Chicot county tornado on May 2nd
A tornado seen from Carlisle
video

                             Video of a tornado in Chicot county

2 comments:

JackieD said...

Wow, I didn't live here then, but my family told me about it. These pictures are incredible, and not in the good way. Thank you for posting this blog. I know all of Central Arkansas appreciates everything you and your team do.

Vicki and Don said...

9:02 am a tornado hit Greers Ferry and destroyed our house and many others in our neighborhood. We had only been in our house for 18 hours. It's a day that we won't forget.