Here’s the link to the CNN story on today’s tornadoes that hit not just the Oklahoma City and Wichita areas, but also Iowa (ending 359 days without a tornado) and apparently even Illinois.
The area around OKC, though, seem to have gotten the worst of it, with lots of levelled homes and flipped semis, and at least one person killed. Those tornadoes down there in Oklahoma were MASSIVE.
I find it hard to imagine tomorrow being worse of a day than today was, but the predictions are for more storms tomorrow in Tornado Alley, including in — oh no, not again! — Oklahoma and Kansas.
First, I just want to say a big hello to all you folks tuning into my useless Republican convention coverage this week. I’ll have more to say about it tomorrow, but right now I want to talk about Hurricane Isaac.
The storm made landfall over an hour ago and the reason I knew that was because Ann Romney stood on stage at the RNC and told the audience it was making landfall, and our hearts are with them etcetera etcetera.
Now, I’m very busy tuning into hurricane live streams from New Orleans and the bad news from down there is that this system is moving very slowly. That’s really bad news because you know what usually happens with a system that moves slowly: FLOODING. So this is really not very good at all, and the weather people are saying this system isn’t weakening, either. This is likely to last a while, folks.
I also have heard reports of trees going down and the like and with holes popping up in roofs, and power is starting to go out in places. So this is making a mess, even if it is Cat. 1. That is all from me for now: here’s continuing coverage from NOLA.com, and as usual from CNN.
UPDATE: 230,000 now without power in southern Louisiana.
Once again my blog is back with live continuing coverage of twisters. Yes, unfortunately it is still tornado season where we are. Today proved to be yet another day of storms across Saskatchewan. Fortunately they did not strike where I was today, but they sure hit near Regina, where tornadoes touched down just to the east of Balgonie. Once again local stormchaser Greg Johnson was right there to stream the tornadoes live as they touched down in a farmer’s field, blowing over a lot of stuff but fortunately missing the farmhouse.
It was pretty exciting stuff, and I must say I am addicted to watching these tornado live streams. It has really livened up a boring summer and given Saskatchewan people something to be interested in other than football, but I gotta say — I hope the end comes soon for all these tornadoes. Any more of these and we may end up taking the title of “tornado capital” away from Oklahoma, and that is a rep Saskatchewan can do without.
Putting a lid on the recent Saskatchewan storms — first of all, here’s a link to a story at the Weather Network website on how the recent storms drew storm-chasers from everywhere to the province to witness all our wonderful tornadoes.
Second, here’s a link to an interview Greg “Tornado Hunter” Johnson did with the CBC.
Finally, here’s my News Watch column for July where I talk about my experience getting caught up in the big storm that hit right in the middle of a city council meeting.
Today and the last few days have seen sunny skies and warm temperatures. Hopefully this will keep up and we won’t need to worry about hiding in a basement for a while.
Welcome to a holiday Monday edition of News from Nowhere, which is being written today on my final day of my mini-vacation before I go back to work.
But don’t worry — I have a lot of vacation days owed to me and I fully intend to use them later on this summer. On to the news.
In what is surely the top story of the past few days Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting a divorce. Apparently Katie also wants full custody of the kids. Sad times — it just shows that marriages in Hollywood never seem to last.
In other news, some major storms, described as a “land hurricane”, tore through a major portion of the US from Kentucky to Virginia on Saturday and left millions of people without any power.
As an aside, there have been a ton of heat records set across the USA about the same time! So all the folks with no power will be enjoying sweltering conditions over the coming days. Anyway, nice to know Saskatchewan is not alone in suffering vicious storms that cut off power to people. Life is absolutely no fun in the United States of America.
Here in Canada the big story all last week was the Elliot Lake mall disaster with a lot of pointed questions being asked about the handling of the whole situation.
In world news, Mexico (an important vacation location for many Canadians) just had a presidential election, won by Enrique Pena Nieto and the PRI party on Sunday.
In box office news, a bunch of male strippers were beaten out by a foul-mouthed, pot-smoking teddy bear. Ted wins the weekend with $54 million. Magic Mike ended up with $39 million, previous weekend winner Brave ended up with $34 million and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection finished fourth with $26 million.
In TV news, it is official: Erin Andrews has signed with FOX Sports.
And in other TV news that nobody, I mean nobody, saw coming, CNN`s Anderson Cooper has announced he is gay.
Finally, and I put this up just to brighten your day and give you a good laugh, here`s a video of New Jersey governor Chris Christie yelling at a reporter and calling him stupid and an ìdiot for going off-topic at a press conference.
That is it for now.
And now I finally have a few days off on the Canada Day weekend to decompress after a hard week keeping up with the storm damage.
Whoooeee! I’m excited, I guess.
WOW when they predicted big tornadoes for Saskatchewan today they weren’t kidding. Tornado Hunter Greg Johnson has been streaming the live touchdown of a BIG tornado west of Moose Jaw. This is HUGE. Also, one of the other pro Storm Chasers, Reed Timmer the Dominator, is reporting a tornado near Swift Current! UNBELIEVABLE — the south of the province is getting hit bigtime.
For live coverage check out the live radio coverage on News Talk 980 CJME. Wild stuff — makes what we went through in the Battlefords yesterday look like chicken feed in comparison.
Monday indeed turned out to be a very hairy day of storms all over Saskatchewan, INCLUDING HERE IN THE BATTLEFORDS where the city council meeting I was covering last night ended up SUSPENDED because the roof was shaking from the big storm that rolled in. Then the power went out and I got drenched in a mad dash to the car, trying to avoid being hit by lightning.
We don’t know exactly what the heck happened, but there were winds of 100 km an hour or more. Today, they were cleaning up uprooted trees everywhere around here. And it sounds like we had it easy compared to Prince Albert, which got hit by the same system and now is facing power outages for three full days!!
They say today is supposed to be worse and full of tornadoes. My reaction to that is simply to say that it cannot get any worse. If it is worse then God help us all.
We are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch where I am at the moment, but tomorrow promises to be an even hairier day for people across Saskatchewan with the real threat of Supercell Severe Thunderstorms and possibly even tornadoes.
Our local professional Tornado chaser in Saskatchewan, Greg Johnson, is sounding the alarm about a big threat of tornadoes, particularly in and around the Moose Jaw-Regina area tomorrow. He’s pointing to dire Environment Canada look-aheads and some scary-looking weather data like the Energy Helicity Index for the region. Basically the whole southern part of the province looks like it will explode tomorrow.
We’ll see how bad it gets, but when you get dire forecasts like these ones so far in advance, it usually means bad news and bad weather. I remember seeing the forecasts for the big tornadoes that hit the US earlier this year. Those were also forecast well in advance, and everyone knew the day before the tornadoes arrived that they were going to get hit.
Given this grim outlook and the large number of professional storm chasers descending on this province right now, I think people in Saskatchewan should take the tornado and supercell threat seriously and keep a close eye on the weather reports tomorrow.
Tornado forecasting has come a long way. It would be wise for Saskatchewanians to watch the skies tomorrow, and also cross your fingers and hope for the best.