[Weather.com] Tornadoes Reported Across Several States
4/3/2015 – Weather.com
Severe weather roared through the Plains and Ohio Valley Thursday night and Friday morning, spawning multiple tornadoes and killing at least one person due to strong winds.
The fatality was reported at Middle Fork Campground in Powell County, Kentucky, early Friday morning, according to LEX18.com. The unidentified woman was camping with a man and three kids when a dead tree was blown onto their tent, killing her and injuring the man critically, the report added. There was no word on if any of the children sustained injuries, but a National Weather Service storm report listed only one injury, in addition to the death.
Several tornadoes were also reported in the Plains and Midwest Thursday, rattling the nerves of people across a four-state tornado watch area, including those in Joplin, Missouri, a city still recovering from an EF5 twister in 2011 that killed more than 150 people.
“Scary moments earlier tonight as we were watching a well-developed supercell thunderstorm to the west of Joplin,” said meteorologist Carl Parker, who was tracking the storm on-air for The Weather Channel as tornado sirens went off in the city Thursday night.
The cell swept through Joplin without leaving damage, but other areas weren’t so lucky. According to the Storm Prediction Center, 9 tornadoes were reported across 4 different states Thursday, but each of those reports are unconfirmed until a survey crew determines damage in the area was actually caused by a twister. Two of those reported tornadoes occurred in Missouri; one was spotted near Jasper, and the other near Golden City.
One such area that sustained damage from a likely tornado was Afton, Oklahoma. Power lines were brought down by the storm, and at least one family suffered major damage to several structures on their property, according to Fox23.com.
On nearby Interstate 44, at least two semi trucks were tossed onto their side by the strong winds, but it’s not clear if they were thrown down by the reported tornado or straight-line winds nearby.
To the north, Kansas reported more tornadoes than any other state Thursday night, with 5 of the 9 tornado reports coming in the Sunflower State. While those reports remain unconfirmed, there was damage left behind by at least one of these storms.
South of Mound Valley, the National Weather Service confirmed damage to a shed caused by a reported tornado, which was seen by a trained spotter. More than 400 miles to the west, strong winds – but not a reported tornado – damaged two farm houses and brought down power lines at Wallace, Kansas, according to the NWS.
There were two injuries reported from the round of severe weather, both near El Dorado, Kansas. According to the NWS, those injuries occurred when strong winds destroyed the mobile home in which they were taking shelter. There was no additional information on the severity of those injuries.
Friday is likely to be another stormy day. The threat will be highest from east Texas into the Mid-South, Tennessee Valley and Appalachians with damaging straight-line winds, hail and perhaps a tornado or two possible. Already, Friday morning has been deadly, as torrential rainfall in the Louisville area led to serious flooding and at least one death.
This activity should persist into the evening as a line of severe thunderstorms with locally damaging winds stretches from the Appalachians to the Deep South.