Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monster Storm

It was a historical storm for the Midwest on Tuesday, October 26. A low pressure system moved across the province of Ontario bringing high winds, snow, tornadoes, and heavy rain across a 2,000 mile wide area from upper Ontario all the way into the Ohio and Tennessee valley's.
Locally, a squall line of severe thunderstorms with embedded tornadoes moved across the area beginning at 11am. The storms prompted the NWS in Indianapolis to issue a tornado warning for Rush and Decatur counties. A few minutes later, the NWS in Wilmington, Ohio issued a tornado warning for Franklin county. At that time, schools across the county sounded the alarm and began "tornado procedures". All students were sent into the hallway as a safety precaution. Because the strongest part of the storm moved across the northwest corner of the county, Laurel school kept students in the hallway for an hour until the threat of severe weather had ended. Luckily, there was very little damage. The peak wind gust at my station was 43mph.
The worst damage appeared to be to our north where several tornadoes have been confirmed.
Check these links for storm damage photos.
And look here for information about the storm from the NWS in Indianapolis. Here is a nice link showing damage reports across the NWS in Wilmington, Ohio. Laurel is listed as one of the damage sites.

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