dangerous tornado outbreak swarm Friday
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[March 01, 2012]
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- AccuWeather.com
reports tornadoes are forecast to swarm Friday through a very large
and populated area of the nation, stretching from Illinois, Indiana
and Ohio to Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and other states.
After a brief reprieve from severe weather today, a storm system
emerging from the Rockies late this afternoon will act as the
trigger for another round of dangerous storms in portions of
recently hard-hit states and others late tonight through Friday.
Although residents in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys will have dry
but breezy weather for cleanup efforts today, the tranquil weather
will not last long.
Late tonight, storms are expected to erupt across eastern
Arkansas, western Tennessee and northern Mississippi. Hail will be
the greatest threat from this initial round of thunderstorms.
In light of less-than-perfect atmospheric conditions in the
tornado and severe weather outbreak Tuesday night and Wednesday, it
seems this potential event may have many key ingredients coming
Warm, moist air will combine with strong winds aloft in such a
way to generate powerful thunderstorms that may spawn tornadoes.
The first storms are forecast to ignite near the Mississippi
River late Friday morning into Friday afternoon and push eastward
into the evening hours across the Ohio and Tennessee Valley states.
Cities under the gun include Nashville, Tenn., Louisville, Ky.,
Cincinnati, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Ind.
In addition to the usual heavy rainfall and frequent lightning
that accompanies thunderstorms, these storms could produce damaging
winds, large hail and tornadoes.
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AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned that Friday's severe
weather outbreak has the potential to be more substantial than the
one that blasted through similar areas Tuesday night and Wednesday.
The midweek outbreak was responsible for 12 deaths and 30 tornado
The storms at the end of this week may be stronger and may cover
a larger and more heavily populated area from the Midwest to the
By Friday night, thunderstorms are expected to continue to whip
eastward, rumbling through the Appalachians. If the storms remain
intact, they could bring severe weather from Georgia through the
Stay tuned to
AccuWeather.com through the end of the week for monitoring and
updates on this potentially significant severe weather outbreak.
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