This is what Washington, IL looked like from the air this afternoon:
Let's review how forecasts helped save lives.
This was forecast about noon yesterday. The headline? Tornado risk increasing (not shown). It says, "this is a really dangerous situation" and it includes Washington.
At 7:37am, I posted that dangerous tornadoes were hours away:
Just before 10am this morning, I posted the Storm Prediction Center's "particularly dangerous situation" tornado watch. It says there is a "high risk of violent tornadoes."
Yes, there have been people killed in these storms. With all of these violent tornadoes striking populated areas it is tragically unavoidable. But, tornado outbreaks like these a quarter-century ago killed hundreds. I thought that will have been the case today.
So far, more than 60 tornado reports have been received. The science of meteorology again deserves high praise for its lifesaving work.
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