Yeah it was worrysome alright, the weather service is estimating between 10 and 20 tornadoes and have so far confirmed 9.
One news station is reporting that the entire community of Cherry Hill (near Russellville) is just gone completly. The weather service has rated that one at F-3.
It turns out it was not the debris from the lumberyard that killed that guy on I-40 but instead he accidently (being dark and not seeing it) drove right into that same F-3. Worse still, he was driving a conversion van that had a high wind profile anyway.
The really good news is that it was nowhere near as bad as it could have been. The same "recipe" came together on March 1st, 1997 which spawned an F-5 that was a mile and a half wide, sat down in Arkadelphia, destroying 3 of the 5 blocks of that city, and didn't lift again for 80 miles (which until that storm was believed impossible). That day we had 5 on the ground at one time.
That recipe came together again on January 21st, 1999 when we set a worlds record for number of tornadoes spawned in an 8 hour period, 57! The next day another major tornado outbreak broke loose in Texas and set the record again with 58.
To tell the truth, Arizona is looking awfully good right now
Thanks again everybody and God Bless
~ Raven ~