Tornado kills two in Missouri; more tornadoes on tap for today

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 12:53 PM GMT on October 18, 2007

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The tropical Atlantic is quiet today, and none of the reliable models are predicting tropical cyclone formation over the next five days.

At approximately 12:15 am CDT this morning, a tornado near Paris, Missouri, killed two people when it ripped apart their mobile home and tossed them 400 feet away. At least four other tornadoes hit Missouri yesterday, and two tornadoes touched down in Texas, and one each in Louisiana and Mississippi. The driver of a Petal Water & Sewer service truck was hospitalized in Mississippi after strong winds picked up his truck and tossed it across I-59.

Another severe weather outbreak is expected today in the U.S., from the Mississippi Valley northward through the Tennessee Valley and the Great Lakes. Tornado Watches have already been posted, and today's severe weather has the potential to generate a few strong, long-track tornadoes. You can follow the outbreak today on our new interactive tornado map, which will post the tornado damage reports as they are received. The new feature also allows one to plot all the historical tornado activity back to 1950 for any region in the U.S. If you take a wunderphoto of a tornadic storm or tornado damage, and click on the "tornado" type of image flag when uploading it, our software will attempt to match your photo to the storm report for that tornado. These photos will then be available when you click on a storm report on the interactive tornado page. One of the storm reports for Missouri yesterday has several wunderphotos of the thunderstorm that spawned the tornado available, thanks to wunderphotographer Paleohebrew.

Jeff Masters

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Pensacola Tornado (Mslider31)
Looking west down Cervantes from Barcelona.
Pensacola Tornado

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716. weatherguy03
7:21 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
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715. TampaSpin
7:18 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Check out the Evansville radar....what a mess.Link
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714. Melagoo
11:16 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
... you have to wonder what would happen to those giant skyscrappers if they ever had a run in with a strong tornado ... can you say GLASS!
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713. CaneAddict
11:11 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
So are you saying that you believe development will occur?
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711. pcolaFL
6:08 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Sorry, suppose I should have clarified that. It is a link to the local news station that caught the tornado on video this morning around 9:30-10:15 a.m. central.
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710. Weather456
7:08 PM AST on October 18, 2007
Posted Earlier

Central Caribbean Disturbance

Our upper low has helped initiate a surface trough which is producing showers and thunderstorms over the Central Caribbean. A tropical wave further east in the Eastern Caribbean will help add to the instability as it moves west and interacts with the surface trough. Despite development , more showers for Jamaica, Caymans and Central America. Current streamlines dont really show moisture advection to Cuba and the Bahamas but this may change.





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709. mgreen91
6:07 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
I think the storm has passed, dish network is back up.
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708. Weather456
7:05 PM AST on October 18, 2007
Note

The last report from Escambia County posted below was a from this morning...it was a tornado report from this morning and the radar for it was this morning also.
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707. treehuggingsister
11:00 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
wow Pcola looks to be getting a one two punch shortly

Right now it's black as night, lightening, thunder, rain coming in sideways...

Yup. Recognize all this from this morning. {8^P
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706. pcolaFL
6:01 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Check out the tornado footage on this link for the Pensacola tornado:
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705. CaneAddict
11:02 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Good evening folks! Does any one notice the BIG blob of convection in the central caribbean? It caught my eyes...
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704. Weather456
7:00 PM AST on October 18, 2007
Strong winds across the mid-sections of the CONUS

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703. Melagoo
11:01 PM GMT on October 18, 2007


... just a little unsettled weather ... :c(
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701. mgreen91
5:59 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
I hope my basement don't flood, it's coming down.
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699. TampaSpin
6:57 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Pat i'm new to this. Isn't it rare this time of year to see this. I always thought this happens more in the spring.
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697. mgreen91
5:54 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
It's raining hard here in chicago with strong winds.
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696. Weather456
6:54 PM AST on October 18, 2007
Tornado Storm Report:
2007-10-18 11:13:00 EDT

Lat/Lon: 30.42,-87.19

Location: Escambia County

Tornado on ground near downtown Pensacola from wear TV towercam. (Mob)

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694. Weather456
6:52 PM AST on October 18, 2007
Storm capable of producing a tornado
Tornado Vortex Signature (LVX_A0)
ID: A0
County: Floyd
Max: 64 dBZ
Top: 19,000 ft.
VIL: 37 kg/m²
Chance of Severe Hail: 0%
Chance of Hail: 40%
Max Hail Size: 0.50 in.
Speed: 35 knots
Direction (from): WSW (242)

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692. Weather456
6:50 PM AST on October 18, 2007
Storm capable of producing a tornado
Mesocyclone (LVX_K1)
ID: K1
County: Spencer
Max: 52 dBZ
Top: 19,000 ft.
VIL: 6 kg/m²
Chance of Severe Hail: 0%
Chance of Hail: 40%
Max Hail Size: 0.00 in.
Speed: 58 knots
Direction (from): SW (222)

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691. pcola
5:47 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
681. cantoriesnumber1fan 5:37 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Why won't my posts appear

I see them.
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688. zoomiami
10:42 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Hi Pat: How are you feeling? Its been a little quiet without you here!
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687. JLPR
10:41 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
looked at this pick and wow Gilbert had a very compact perfect eye
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685. TerraNova
6:38 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Got it on SRM...HOOK...Looking at graphics on my doppler software, there is a tornado warning out

Looks like a very dangerous storm...the hook is heading directly towards downtown. I'm hearing that classes at the University of Alabama have been suspended and students are being told to take shelter.
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681. cantoriesnumber1fan
10:36 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Why won't my posts appear?
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679. IrishWake
10:35 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Any rain coming to Atlanta before this thing is over? If so how much is your guess?
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677. TampaSpin
6:30 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
check out the Luisville site Link
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676. Bonedog
6:27 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
well Im heading home folks. See you all tomorrow and stay safe tonight!
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675. TampaSpin
6:29 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Man that is one bad storm heading toward Louisville.
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674. TerraNova
6:28 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
A big storm is nearing Tuscaloosa AL with storm chasers reporting strong rotation...the news reporter on local TV is urging everyone to seek shelter.
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673. aubiesgirl
10:28 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Bye Amy
671. TampaSpin
6:18 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
Spinner heading toward Luisville, KY.Link
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670. NRAamy
3:25 PM PDT on October 18, 2007
see ya! I'm out til' next week sometime...

:)
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668. aubiesgirl
10:25 PM GMT on October 18, 2007
Bye Jerry
667. Floodman
5:23 PM CDT on October 18, 2007
Ok folks, this time for real...see you soon!
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666. Bonedog
6:23 PM EDT on October 18, 2007
yes aubies you have some strong storms coming onshore. Some do have a rotaional signature to them.
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