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OFF TOPIC WARNING:Storm forecasters: "Catastrophic" damage possible in Kansas, Missouri

Posted by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM
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April 13, 2012 6:34 PM

Storm forecasters: "Catastrophic" damage possible in Kansas, Missouri

  • (CBS News) NORMAN, Okla. - Slate gray skies quickly turned black and ominous as storm clouds loomed across the Southern Plains Friday afternoon. The pace at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma quickened as formations on the radar screens confirmed the approach of serious trouble.

The first tornado watch was issued in mid-afternoon and a twister already touched down in Norman late Friday afternoon.

Weather map of severe weather predicted for Midwest on Saturday, April 14, 2012

 (Credit: CBS)

For only the second time in history, officials here put out a high-risk notice a full day in advance of what they say will be the worst of the storm, CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds reports.

National Weather Service: High tornado risk Saturday for Kansas, Oklahoma
Storm Prediction Center

To further alert the public, several weather service stations in Kansas and Missouri will be trying out new, more urgent warning language to urge people to find shelter underground - for example, that "catastrophic damage" may be in store.

"We want to make certain that we do every effort to make sure the people who receive those, can act on those and can make themselves safe," said Mike Foster, a National Weather Service forecaster.

It has been an unusually active and deadly spring. This March was the fourth deadliest on record.

Scientists say every second of advance warning can save lives.

"There's a lot of knowledge now and we understand better and are able to provide better lead times," Foster said.

Technological breakthroughs such as dual polarization radars are a big part of it. They allow meteorologists to distinguish between merely rain in a thunderstorm and much more telling airborne debris that could only be captured in a funnel cloud.

The radars will be called into action over the next few hours as the potentially catastrophic storm system casts a shadow over the nation's midsection -- putting 5.5 million people in danger over the next 24 hours from what the weather service calls very powerful "long track tornadoes."

Officials say Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska are in the danger zone over the next 24 hours. But the violent storm may well fan out as far north as Wisconsin by Sunday, as far east as Louisiana.

by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM
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VintageWife
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Oh no!

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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Oh, my.  Praying for everyone in the path of these storms.  

pj2becca21
by Bronze Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 7:54 PM

hey what about us in califrona..... how offten does san deigo get rain.... my lawn is floating away and my lemon groves are up rooted 

nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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Sending lots of prayers their way!bible study

_Kissy_
by on Apr. 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM
Oh my gosh..people stay safe!
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heidimoose134
by Member on Apr. 13, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Hopefully nothing too catastrophic happens in any of the threatened areas. I have a feeling this year is going to be really bad. 

It looks like we're going to get caught in some of the high risk weather. Hoping that nothing too bad happens. I'll be staying at my grandma's house tomorrow night. No way am I going to try and weather the storm with a 17 month old while 38 weeks pregnant and no basement or shelter. 

Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Apr. 13, 2012 at 11:56 PM
It's aiming at Joplin again...

Seriously those poor people. :-/

I have family and friends throughout the Midwest and the majority of them are in southern Missouri & Kansas... Ugh.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Just Jess on Apr. 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Danger lives in Oklahoma...

Anyone else we know?
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jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on Apr. 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM
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Wow.  I sure hope and pray for the safety of all in the path of these storms.  I pray the storms will lessen.

blondekosmic15
by Blonde on Apr. 14, 2012 at 12:39 AM

I live about 5 hrs from St Louis. Will be praying for their safety~

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