At least 8 people have been killed by Friday's tornadoes in Indiana

This YouTube video shows the violence of one of the tornadoes that moved north of the Ohio River just north of Louisville.

At the 1:20 mark, the violent rotation sheds vortices and two small funnels poke out of right side of the main tornado.

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A map of all warnings up to 7:30pm Friday:

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  1. Bob Mournighan, Kansas City, NorthMarch 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Thank you for everything you do. There is no telling how many lives you saved today (3/2/2012). The size and intensity of the outbreak is stunning, and at 10:45pm CST, it still goes on. I had been on the phone, all afternoon, to warn my relatives in KY and OH. My brother-in-law lives in Burlington, KY, near the Cincinnati airport (KCVG). They are safe, thanks. There was so much debris falling from the sky onto the runways, that KCVG was CLOSED.

    I have been watching weather since 1954, after a hurricane (Carol) hit my home state of RI.
    People I talked today did not understand what a PDS Tornado Watch is or what it means. I told them Pretty Darn Sure there will be tornadoes and they had better pay close attention.
    The EverythingWX link is great. The map of the warnings is incredible. You could write a book about this outbreak. I hope you do.
    Take care
    Bob Mournighan

  2. Bob,

    Thanks very much for your comment. I had other things I had planned to do yesterday (finishing my mini-book on Joplin for one) but I felt obliged to blog about the early season outbreak. Glad you found it helpful!

    The EverythingWx link it to one of my employees at AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions. We have some very smart people who work there!


  3. I posted on another entry - probably would have been better here.

    Will just briefly state I live in Jefferson County, Louisville, KY. We did get a Tornado Warning - a funnel cloud was spotted near the airport (SDF) and just after that report, I spotted a funnel cloud in the St. Matthews/Lyndon area of town. May have been the same, given the speed at which it was moving.

    Have spoken to some friends in Henryville, Indiana - still trying to touch base with others. Landlines are messed up and cell calls to the area are hit/miss. Henryville is in Clark County, adjacent to Jefferson County to the north. The damage pictures I'm seeing have left me in shock. Am glad to hear schools were dismissed early in Henryville. Public Schools in Louisville had day sched off - but private schools, UofL, JCC, and large businesses dismissed employees early here.

    Have heard of other tornadoes that hit just south of Louisville - damage reports not as bad as Henryville.

    Heard the TOR-CON index was raised from 7 to 10 by Dr. Greg Forbes yesterday. Aside from funnel cloud I spotted, we only got high winds and hail here.

    Before storms hit Louisville, when 1st Henryville Tornado was on ground, we took several power hits here. Same again when 2nd storm went through Clark County. No WX in Jefferson Co at the time, but the power hits were pretty significant. When we got our storm, no power hits - just hail and high winds. Am wondering if a power plant went off-line or if high tension electrical wires were taken out.

    My thoughts and prayers are with those in Henryville and everyone involved in the tornadoes yesterday (and sadly today). Can't believe it is still winter - only a trace of snow here this winter and no significant freezes - very unusual. Will have to see what spring brings .. again, thoughts and prayers go out to all effected.



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