KY Toranadoes | Sit Rep 3

UPDATE 3 – 12/12/2021 2200 PT -SUNDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY – A high number of tornadoes ripped through U.S. States AR, IL, KY, MO, TN and IL. The City of Mayfield in KY was the hardest hit. Due to the sheer volume of damage in all six states, we are reporting by each State as time allows.

STATEWIDE

Animals – Support The Kentucky Humane Society here –> https://www.humanesociety.org/animal-rescue-team or to the Mayfield-Graves County Animal Shelter. Website –> https://www.mayfieldshelter.com/?fbclid=IwAR23FgITdqZCknm42w5ET6bNZTF4Q2nmy2gL-W4A6TavpBj2IZS7iu2scUg or call #270-251-0130. They are both in desperate need of many items. Please visit their websites.

Damage Surveys – How are those damage surveys conducted? “This tornado event has been particularly difficult to survey due to communication outages. Additionally, we do not want to interfere with active search and rescue operations. Please bear with us over the next few days.” – NWS

Donations to help Victims – A list of helping others and ways you can make a difference upon a LIfe or community. https://wfpl.org/heres-how-you-can-help-tornado-victims/ (Source: 89.3 WFPL)

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Emergency Housing – Housing links. Please visit for housing options and resources. https://www.hud.gov/states/Kentucky/library/disasterrelief (Source: US Dept. of HUD)

Humanitarian Efforts – World Central Kitchen is helping provide meals and identifying food needs with the assistance of local partners, such as LEE Initiative, Ramiro’s, Biscuit Love, and Big Al’s Deli. They will be on the scene in the days and weeks to come. (Source: Jose’ Andres)

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Credit | World Central Kitchen

Infrastructure (Utilities) – Utilities are working to restore power and repair damaged equipment in counties impacted by the tornadoes. Here is a graphic to learn more about the restoration process. (Source: KYEM)

KY State Update (video) – TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov

KY Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman – The destruction seen across Western Kentucky is unimaginable, but the strength and compassion of our people outweigh any challenge we face. I saw that first-hand today in Muhlenberg. We are Team Kentucky and we will get through this together. (Source: Lt Gov. Office)

KY National Guard – Both the Air and Army National Guard have been deployed. KY Guard states: “Our Soldiers with the CERFP and the 223rd MP’s finished up another long day here in Mayfield assisting in search and rescue and traffic control. We’re refueling for another long day tomorrow!”(Source: KY Guard)

Price Gouging –  In response to the tornadoes and severe weather in Western and Central Kentucky, Attorney General Daniel Cameron today activated the price gouging hotline.  Kentuckians can report price gouging by calling 888-432-9257 or by visiting ag.ky.gov/pricegouging.  Due to service issues from the storms, if Kentuckians have trouble connecting to the hotline, they can also report price gouging by calling 502-696-5300. (KY Government)

BENTON COUNTY

FEMA – Earlier this morning, FEMA was briefed on the SAR efforts as well as clearing debris status. (Source: FEMA)

GRAVES COUNTY

MAYFIELD

Federal Officials – Federal Officials from FEMA, HLS and KY EMA survey the damage in Mayfield. (Photo Credit/Source: HLS)

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Credit | HLS

Candle Factory SAR Operations – Indiana USAR TF1 – conducting SAR operations this morning at the Mayfield Consumer Products Candle Factory in Mayfield

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Credit | IN-USAR TF1

WARREN COUNTY

TRANSPORTATION

Road Closures – https://www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict3/posts/232749492331911?notif_id=1639358314389270&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic&ref=notif (Source: KYTC District 3; 1914 CST)

INFRASTRUCTURE

Utilities (Power) – As of 1915 CST, there were only 2,831 customers without power. Tri-County Electric is working to restore additional homes.

Utility Payments – Warren RECC’s internet is currently down. We are unable to process any credit card payments (online, phone, SmartHub app). We apologize for the inconvenience. (Source: Warren RECC: 1655 CST)

BOWLING GREEN

Internet Service – Fiber Customers: We don’t anticipate that internet or phone services will be back up until Tues. pm. We are working hard to rebuild infrastructure. Thank you for your patience. We will continue to update as we know more. (Source: BG Municipal; 1824 CST)

Sheriff’s Office, Justice Center – The Warren County Sheriff’s Office (429 East 10th Street) and the Warren County Justice Center (1001 Center Street) will be operating during normal business hours this week. Unless we are notified otherwise, all court proceedings will take place as scheduled. (Warren Co. SO)

Blood Drive – Two locations for blood donations tomorrow! Donors are highly encouraged to schedule an appointment at http://bloodassurance.org/schedule

Monthly USDA Commodity Food Distribution – We have extended the time of our Warren County Distribution, 12/13/21, so that we can help those that have suffered from the recent storms. Please share!

  • 12/13/2021. 0900-1200 CST. Ephram White Park, 885 Mt. Olivet Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101.
  • 12/22/2021. 0830-1130 CST. Lampkin Park/Fairgrounds, 980 Morgantown Rd,, Bowling Green, KY 4201.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS, OPERATIONS

Governor Andy Beshear – Federal Assistance Approved. “We’ve just received some good news, Kentucky. @POTUS has approved an emergency declaration for the commonwealth, ordering federal assistance to help with local response efforts. Thank you @POTUS Biden for your commitment to helping our people recover.” – Gov. Beshear.

FEMA – FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, “Earlier today getting briefed on ongoing SAR efforts on the ground here in Mayfield by the IN USAR TF1. Thank you to our first responders who are working diligently to save lives.”

Homeland Security – Secretary of HLS Alejandro Mayorkas surveyed the damage around Kentucky.

National Weather Service Paducah, KY

Indiana USAR Task Force 1

Resources deployed – 8 INTF1 Civilian Specialist team members with (4) Sodrel drivers, (2) mechanics, (3) INTF1 SAR dogs, Jake, Eddie and Virgil who are highly trained and specialize in Live finds and human remains detection.

Sworn Fire personnel Members with the TF1 are from various FDs that make up this team and other teams just like them. Here are the departments that make up this overall SAR team.

Kentucky State Police

(American) Kentucky Red CrossSafe and Well (safeandwell.org) – Go to this site and choose “Kentucky Tornadoes, December 2021”. Report that you are “safe and well” so your loved ones can find you. If you cannot connect, the Red Cross gives Tips for Finding People After Disasters.

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE TORNADO RELIEF RESPONSE, RECOVERY OPERATIONS

Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fundhttp://TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov – This is a single fund connected with the state that will help fund the ground efforts taking place right now and the relief efforts our families will need to rebuild. (Gov. Beshear)

Red Cross Blood Donation – https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

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Kentucky | Tornado | Sit Rep 2

DAY 2 | 12-11-2021 Saturday | 1255 PT

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Several widespread tornadoes have touched down in (American) States of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee, leaving devastation in many areas. Today’s post is being broken down to each impacted State due to the massive damage and resources for each area are being given.

This post is for the State of Kentucky only. See our other separate posts on each State: Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Illinois.

Tornado Historical Fact | This (Tornado events) would be the DEADLIEST TORNADO since Joplin, Missouri in 2011. – Jefferson FD (GA).

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STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

  • KY Governor has declared a State of Emergency.
  • Some areas are under a curfew
  • National Guard will be activated
  • FEMA and US&R will be also on standby until deployed in assigned areas
  • Damage assessment to commence after SAR activities have been completed
  • Cleanup will take months
  • DO NOT SELF DEPLOY to Impacted areas
  • Presser: Gov states about 100 people are presumed killed and 70 dead, as First Responders continue to respond to the natural disaster throughout the State.

CURRENT NEEDS

Henderson

Police are collecting supplies to help the community TODAY at the Henderson Armory, located at 735 North Elm Street until 2000 hours tonight and from 0800 – 2000 hours on Sunday.

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Credit | City of Henderson Government

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • Indiana USAR Task Force #1 – They will act as a Type 3 US&R team for SAR Operations
  • Evansville / Vanderburgh County EMA
  • Henderson PD
  • Evansville PD
  • Kentucky State Troopers
  • Mercy Chefs
  • Blue Grass Energy
  • Madison County EMA

RESOURCES – ORGANIZATIONS

Horse Community

Our hearts are with our fellow Kentuckians who have been hard hit by the massive storms and tornadoes that ripped through the Commonwealth last night. As work to sift through the damage begins, we are reaching out to extension agents in the areas to see how we can assist. Are you a horse owner in an impacted area? Do you know a horse owner there? Please tell us what you need (now and in the coming weeks) — the ag and equine community are strong, and there’s no one better to have on your side when the going gets tough. Let us know how we can help. You can post here or email info@kentuckyhorse.org

Samaritan’s Purse

It was a night of horror for many as some 24 tornadoes and multiple storms swept through several states leaving a path of catastrophic destruction in many cities and communities. The total number of lives lost is not yet known. Join me in praying now for all those in the path of these storms and the many families left devastated. Samaritan’s Purse is sending teams today to assess needs in the hardest-hit areas.

How You Can Help

This news media outlet has all of the resources located in a single spot. Go to 89.3 WFPL here –> https://wfpl.org/heres-how-you-can-help-tornado-victims/?fbclid=IwAR1mU7acKOzy046eVDe8ZNvLMo-NGSl4gVvGQqIb2uY_CCqCAl6pkYGraAc

EKU Students

Words cannot express how devastated our Colonel Community is for those impacted by last night’s storms in Western Kentucky. Earlier today, I reached out to WKU President Timothy C. Caboni and offered EKU’s assistance to our Hilltopper brothers and sisters. Currently, our #EKU team is contacting our EKU students residing in West Kentucky who returned home for winter break to ensure their safety and see if they need assistance during this challenging time. (Source: EKU President David McFaddin Facebook Page)

East Bernstadt FD

The East Bernstadt Fire Department will be collecting items and sending them to Mayfield in the event of a tragic tornado that has taken place overnight. Multiple people from across the state reached out and helped us when the tornado struck in 2012 and we would like to return the favor. Items needed are as followed: TotesOutside yard tools household cleaning supplies.TarpsTarp straps**We will NOT be accepting water or clothes at this time**Items can be dropped off at the East Bernstadt Fire Department until 6 PM this evening. We will be going over tomorrow morning to drop items off. Feel free to call or text with any questions! 606-231-9382. (Source: Crossroads FD)

West Kentucky Relief Fund

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Credit | VFD

Woodford County is organizing a community-wide West Kentucky Disaster Relief effort in response to the severe storms and tragic tornado that has devastated many of our fellow Kentuckians. Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler will be on the ground to serve as part of the incidence response team with other agencies across the state. Woodford EM is coordinating the deployment of local resources and personnel to the disaster zone. Woodford County, Versailles and Midway First Responders have pledged personnel and resources. We are partnering with the City of Versailles, City of Midway, the Woodford Public Schools, the Health Department, Emergency Management, EMS, Police, Fire, Sheriff, the Salvation Army, the Chamber, local businesses, other organizations, churches, citizens, and volunteers to centralize and coordinate the Woodford County West Kentucky Disaster Relief Effort. Our amazing community has graciously and generously offered to contribute in various ways. Debbie Tichenor of the Woodford County Salvation has confirmed that folks can donate funds to help the Salvation Army’s official efforts at: Give.helpsalvationarmy.org (Please note: Local Kettle Collections all remain in Woodford County)We are communicating with folks on the ground and we will have a list of needs, places to donate and contacts in the next few days. Stand by. Stay tuned for more information to come. We appreciate everyone’s desire to help out our fellow Kentuckians in need. United we stand. #WoodfordCares#WoodfordProud Our prayers continue to be with our brothers and sisters in West Kentucky and all those impact by this tragic disaster. (Source: Versailles FD)

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

City of Mayfield

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A large tornado tore through Mayfield, KY which is 20-30 miles south of Illinois. There have been 50 confirmed deaths, largely around the Candy Factory in town. (Source: Jefferson FD)

Credit | Scott County FD

Words cannot describe the complete and utter devastation businesses, residents, infrastructure, and First responders are reeling from. (Source: Scott County Fire Department)

Mayfield Police

At this time, we are requesting non-essential personnel to stay off the roadways in the downtown Mayfield area, due to hazards, structure, and other safety concerns. Volunteers who wish to assist need to check in with Catalyst Church on Kings Drive. We have had a tremendous outpouring of support and volunteers ready to assist. We appreciate all of you!

Graves County Courthouse

The City of Mayfield took a direct hit and the Graves County Courthouse took the brunt of the tornado’s fury. The top photo is what it looked like BEFORE and the second photo is the AFTER image.

Credit | Evansville/Vanderburgh County EMA

Camera Feed

This Facebook link is provided by Ohio Valley Aerial. All Credit is theirs.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=297602185461324

SCANNER FEEDS

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Wicked Tornado WX Coverage | 1

Tornadoes have touched down in multiple States (USA) this evening, causing building collapses, entrapping individuals, while wiping out other structures. We are on Wicked Tornado WX Coverage this evening and listing each State impacted.

Tornado Fact

Historic nocturnal tornado outbreak continues from eastern AR through IL and across northern KY. So many tornadoes it has been impossible to keep up. About to intercept next mode of tornadic storms in northeast AR. (Source: Reed Timmer/Accuweather)

ARKANSAS

Emergency Management

  • State EOC activated
  • Personnel watching weather
  • Monitoring damage assessment reports

Damage Reports

  • Bay – Area heavily damaged, debris on ground
  • Monette – Nursing home damaged
  • Trumann – EMS facility, nursing home and Fire Department Station impacted
  • Leachville – Unknown damage.

Road Closures

  • Hwy 55 – Closed due to overturned semis.

ILLINOIS

MCI – Amazon

  • Amazon Distribution/Fullfillment Center
  • 3000 block of Gateway Commerce Center, Evansville, IL
  • Built in 2016, Class A commercial building, 717,000 square feet w/1,003 parking spaces
  • Assessed value $32,264,460 (2020 assessment)
  • Collapsed structure with entrapment
  • SAR K9 teams working
  • Incident Cooperators: Edwardsville FD, St Clair Co Special Emegency Services, St. Louis FD, Glen Carbon FD and EMS, Mitchell FD, MABAS 45/68 Tech Rescue, Belleville FD, Wood River FD, Long Lake FD, Hamel FD and EMS, Swansea FD, Madison FD, Granite City, Wood River FD, Signal Hill FD, Fairview FD, Troy EMS, MedStar EMS, LifeStar EMS, Madison County Tech Rescue, St. Libory FD, Fairmont City Station (Station coverage for Madison FD), Springfield FD.
  • Heavy Equipment: Excavator.
  • Other Equipment: Light tower, Drone, SAR K9s.

Damage Reports

  • City of Gays – Direct hit to the City. Extensive large debris field had been detected on radar.

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KENTUCKY

TORNADO ALERTS, WARNINGS

  • 0045 CT | A confirmed damaging tornado is heading near Fort Campbell military base.

Weather Facts

  • The Tri-State tornado of 1925 traveled 219 miles. So far tonight’s tornado has traveled about 190 miles. If it stays on the ground past Madisonville (it likely will) and if is treated as a single tornado, then we will have a new record. (Source: Wx News Media)

Damage Assessments

  • Bowling Green | A tornado has touched down and a storm chase is reported seeing debris lifted to nearly 20,000 feet in elevation, 80 knots VROT, thinking this could be like a EF-3 tornado.
  • City of Mayfield – Direct hit, Graves County Courthouse mostly destroyed.
Credit | Evansville/Vanderburgh County EMA
  • KSP – Reporting significant damage. No deaths reported but loss of life expected.
  • Walmart Distribution Center – Fort Campbell, Reports of the Center filled with employees 24/7/365 may have taken a direct hit.

Incident Cooperators

  • KY State Patrol Post 1 has been activated and responding to severe tornado events that is spreading across several counties in the western portion of the State.

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MISSOURI

Damage Reports

  • East Central | Significant damage, unknown injuries
  • Southeast | same as above
  • Southwest | same as above

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TENNESSEE

REGIONAL INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Mercy Chefs

  • Will be responding starting on Sunday as they are needed.

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Update 1 | 0010 EST | Troy, Ohio | Possible Tornado Touchdown

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Around 2325 hours EST, scanner feed for the Miami County Police, Fire and EMS – Central area began broadcasting about a possible tornado that may have touched down in Troy, Ohio.

INCIDENT STATUS

Lots of damage has been reported, along with many power lines down and gas leaks.

Debris and damaged to commercial buildings have shutdown the downtown corridor.

One report of a chimney into a house was called in with all occupants self-evacuated with no injuries reported.

Traffic collisions have also occurred with one vehicle reported as having a major fuel leak.

Northbound train in Troy is currently not running as power is out in the area.  Services are trying to get it back moving, may be blocking Market Street.

RESPONSES

Both Fire and Police are out responding to calls for service and assisting with rescues.

INFRASTRUCTURE

First Responders are finding power outages in and around neighborhoods, business districts and impacts to their CAD/MDCs in their vehicles.

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS – Through the Eyes of Social Media

Tornados in Ohio in January… Yeah, the planet’s totally fine. Everything’s cool. Nothin’ to see here.” – Social Media user.

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“Tornado Warning in Troy / Saint Paris / Christiansburg, Ohio” Until 2245 EST – NWS Wilmington, OH

tornado just tore up my downtown so that’s cool, tornadoes in jan in ohio, totally normal” – Social Media user

Tornado warning in central Ohio with the convection developing and headed toward southern ON overnight. Not expecting any tornadoes here tonight!” – Weather media.

We are supposed to have snow storms in Ohio not tornadoes!” – Social Media.

Severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes, remain possible through tonight over portions of the South and northward into parts of the Ohio Valley and Mid Atlantic.” – NWS

TORNADO HISTORY 

1/4/2019:  50 tornadoes occurred from Iowa to Ohio on Memorial Day. – News Media.

4/3/2019:  Tornado peak season runs from April through July. – News Media.

1940 – 2018:  8  Tornadoes during this time period. – News Media.

ABOUT TROY, OHIO

The City of Troy is the county seat of Miami and located about 19 miles north of Dayton.  Population was last recorded at 26,132 residents in the 2018 census. It is considered to be the 61st largest city in the State of Ohio.

The Police Department is located at 124 East Main Street.  It has 38 Officers and three civilian employees, 3 divisions (Patrol, Detective and Administration).

The Fire Department was established in 1850 with the Troy Hook & Ladder Company and the Troy Bucket Company.

The Department formally organized in the Fall of 1857.  During current times, it now has three fire stations with 37 firefighter-paramedics, a one Training Lieutenant, two Assistant Chiefs and a Fire Chief.  They serve a 74.2 square miles within the city and in three townships.  They average about 5,000 incidents annually.

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Tornado Damage in Canton, TX | 1

Canton, TX | Storm spotters are reporting significant structural damage to the I-20 Dodge and  Jeep dealership located on FM17, where cars were tossed.  This is about two miles N of Canton in van Zandt County.

Multiple Tornado warnings by the National Weather Service inside of Texas are ongoing and those should take cover at the time when the alerts have been given.

Here are some of the most recent warnings:

  • Sulphur Springs TX, Cumby TX, Como TX until 8:15 PM CDT
  • Canton TX, Tundra TX until 8:15 PM CDT
  • Alba TX, Yantis TX, Golden TX until 8:00 PM CDT
  • Emory TX until 7:30 PM CDT
  • Grand Saline TX, Edgewood TX, Emory TX until 7:30 PM CDT
  • Wills Point TX, Edgewood TX, Myrtle Springs TX until 7:30 PM CDT

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#Breaking | Dallas – Forth Worth TX Being Pounded by Strong Winds

Updated 5/11/2016 2112 PDT

Summary

Winds in excess of 50 mph are pounding various area in Texas.

Winds are hitting various Cities

There are many reports showing winds are blowing from 50 – 70 mph in some areas and Emergency Management personnel are warning those of impending damage.

Status

  • Dallas:  50 mph is currently heading towards Downtown
  • Conway & Claude:  Reported 60-70mph
  • Grapevine:  Moving eastern 40 mph with 60 mph gusts

Warnings

  • Dallas County, TX:  Severe Thunderstorm until 2315 CDT.
  • Colin:  Same warning and for the same duration

Courtesy: Dallas OEM

In Other News…

Oklahoma

  • Tornado Warnings:

Courtesy: NWS Norman OK.

Updates will come as we receive them.

HASHTAGS

  • #okwx
  • #txwx

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Update 1 | Hail Storm Hits Lamar County TX

Updated 5/9/2016 – Monday – 2039 PDT / 2239 CDT

 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Several tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather Service – Ft. Worth in the Paris and near Sumner this evening.

Reports of large hail the size of 1.7″ around 2120 CDT and 2.75% around 1756 CDT hit the area of Paris, Texas – a City of approximately 24,895 (2014 Census) and a high population of 1800 Vets (2010-2014).

 

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Fire

  • Paris Fire Department

Police

  • TX State Troopers
  • Lamar Co Sheriffs Dept

 

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Fire and Police are running from one dispatched call to the next.  Here are some of the calls they are responding to:

Downed Trees

  • 82E @ Blossom:  Trees in the Street.

Flooding Calls

  • Tinker Street: water up to the front steps of homes. (2210 CDT)
  • Ash & Cedar Closed:  Roadway impassable (2209 CDT)
  • 22500:  Flooded
  • 22900: Now cleared.
  • 271 South:  Past Cobb Ranch Rd. under water. Passable. (2217 CDT)
  • SE 26th Street:  Furniture washed down roadway.
  • Center:  High water on both East and West sides.

Power Outages

  • Abbott Lane:  Medical call + power outage. (2212 CDT)

Welfare Check

  • Main Street:  House on corner. Fire being sent to check condition of residents. (2211 CDT)

 

FLOODS

History

  • 5/9/2016:  Paris, Lamar County, TX
  • 5/1/2016:  Paris, Lamar County, TX
  • 4/29/2016:  Paris, Lamar County, TX

 

WEATHER 

Current Conditions

  • Temp: 67-degrees
  • Precipitation: 15%
  • Humidity:  75%
  • Wind:  11 mph

2-Day Forecast

  • 5/9/2016 – Monday:  67-degrees. Partly cloudy w/20% precip. Winds from S at 6 mph and 82% humidity.
  • 5/10/2016 – Tuesday:  High 89/ Low 67.  Cloudy in the AM, Sun in the evening.  20% precip.  Winds from SSW 15 mph with 67% humidity.

 

LIVE SCANNER FEEDS

Amateur Radio 

Law Enforcement

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

  • #ParisTXFloods2016
  • #ParisTX
  • #LamarCoTX
  • #smem

 

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SEVERE WEATHER THREAT: 43 Counties Across 4 States

Arkansas | The National Weather Service released a “Severe Weather Threat” at 1811 CDT for portions of Arkansas; Sern, Missouri; Western Tennessee and Northern Missippi.

Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms will continue across portions of these locations with the potential for a few large hail reports and damaging winds across the region.

One exits with Pre-Frontal confluence in the Nern, TX and South Central Arkansas. Additionally, as the front continues to move East towards the Mississippi River, a downstream watch or two will be necessary.

Note:  Seek shelter if you are in these areas or if you know loved ones, encourage them to seek shelter.  Be informed.  You can check warnings and alerts through the National Weather Service for your area by going to their website at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/md/md0260.html

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