This is a particular dangerous situation which means life threatening conditions are likely! Let's hope that people take note of the warnings and keep safe. This is the anniversary of the major tornado outbreak that killed people in several eastern states in 2011! SEL0 URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 100 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 335 PM CDT SUN APR 27 2014 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST AND CENTRAL ARKANSAS EXTREME SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA * EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 335 PM UNTIL 1100 PM CDT. ...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION... * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... NUMEROUS TORNADOES EXPECTED WITH A FEW INTENSE TORNADOES LIKELY WIDESPREAD LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER LIKELY SCATTERED DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO 80 MPH POSSIBLE THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65 STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES NORTH OF DE QUEEN ARKANSAS TO 50 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF PINE BLUFF ARKANSAS. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. && OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 95...WW 96...WW 97...WW 98...WW 99... DISCUSSION...DISCRETE STORMS ARE BEGINNING TO DEVELOP ALONG THE DRYLINE NEAR THE RED RIVER IN SE OK...WHILE OTHER CONVECTION IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP FARTHER S IN NE TX THE REMAINDER OF THE AFTERNOON. THESE STORMS WILL MOVE ENEWD INTO THE WARM SECTOR AND MATURE...AND WILL ENCOUNTER AN INCREASINGLY FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR TORNADOES IN AR. LOW-LEVEL SHEAR IS VERY STRONG ALONG A RESIDUAL OUTFLOW BOUNDARY ACROSS CENTRAL AR...AND THE LOW LEVELS WILL SLOWLY WARM AND MOISTEN IN THE WAKE OF EARLIER CONVECTION. DISCRETE SUPERCELLS MOVING INTO THIS ENVIRONMENT WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE LONG TRACK...STRONG/VIOLENT TORNADOES WELL INTO THE EVENING. AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 70 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 550. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24035. ...THOMPSON
Tropical Cyclone has been upgraded to a category 5 cyclone by the Bureau of Meteorology today. Ita has a distinct eye typical of severe tropical cyclones with a central pressure down to 935hPa and wind gusts near the centre anticipated at this stage to be 285km/h! The tropical cyclone's anticipated path has only changed slightly in the last 24 to 48 hours with expected impact just north of Cooktown, Queensland. Unfortunately though, even though this is uncertain, the track veers to the south maximising its impact along the coastal region particularly in terms of very heavy rainfall and flooding.
Emergency services are on full alert at this point.
A tornado in Cebu damaged 29 houses. The footage shows debris from the roofs of houses and seems to be anticyclonic in nature but it is hard to determine from the video. At one point it shows the cloud base with possible RFD cut but the video quality is not the best!
It seems Cebu has had other tornadoes in the past year - one in November and the other 9 months prior to this tornado.