This past weekend saw a large, destructive outbreak of tornadoes in 15 states. A total of 45 people died in 6 states. The most recent being a 6 month old in North Carolina that was hospitalized after 25 tornadoes tore through the state Saturday. Of the 25 tornadoes in North Carolina, 5 of them were rated EF3 (136 - 165 mph winds). The 25 tornadoes are also the largest outbreak in the state since 1984 when 25 tornadoes broke out on March 28th killing 42 people.
The National Weather Service is investigating 267 reports of tornadoes from this past weekend. Many of those will be duplicate reports of the same tornado but it underlines the immensity of the outbreak. The outbreak was the deadliest in the U.S. since 2008. The hardest hit states were Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina.
Now, a new outbreak is set to hit the midwest today. The Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of 8 states under a moderate risk of severe weather for today. The increased risk is along a frontal boundary moving across the nation's mid-section.
The threat exists for damaging winds, hail and tornadoes.
Outlook for Tornadoes
Outlook for Hail
It is imperative that spotters and emergency management personnel, as well as the general public, closely monitor this developing situation. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can develop rapidly and with very little warning. Ensure that you have multiple sources of information (e.g. internet, weather radio, TV, Weather Defender) to help provide you with the most up-to-date information to help you remain safe.
Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in 46 of Minnesota's 87 counties due to high water along the Mississippi, Minnesota, St. Croix and Red Rivers. As can be seen in these screenshots from Weather Defender, many of these rivers that are currently in experiencing flooding will continue to experience flooding during the April 7 - 12 timeframe.
Reporting stations currently showing flooding concerns (Observed River Stages Layer - available to those with a commercial license)
Flooding outlook for April 7 - 12 (Flood Outlook Layer - available to those with a commercial license)
Unfortunately, the current 3 Day Convective Outlook places parts of Minnesota in a moderate risk of severe weather from Sunday into Monday next week. This will likely bring additional, unwanted rain to an already water-logged area.
For those living in the areas affected, be sure to watch for rapidly rising water and be sure to stay tuned to your local news outlets for more details on the local flooding situation.
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