At least 17 Tornadoes

Bill’s Blog

Posted: Mar 28, 2020 / 04:17 PM EDT Updated: Mar 29, 2020 / 10:24 AM EDT

There were at least 17 tornadoes Sat./Sat. night in at least five states (IL, IA, MO, AR, WI). The worst tornado was at Jonesboro AR. Fortunately, they had plenty of warning. This was the tornado watch that was issued for most of Arkansas. It looks to me like this was issued more than 3 hours before the tornado hit Jonesburo. It was also fortunate that many businesses were closed and people were off the streets and home, where they were safer. There were six injured, none seriously. Below is the Tornado Watch, with the storms still well west of Jonesboro.

Tornado Watch until 8 pm for much of Arkansas

Besides the tornadoes, we had wind gusts to 75 mph at Fulton IL and at Wright-Patterson Field in Ohio. Spottsville KY had a 90 mph wind. There were nearly 90 reports of severe hail, including 9 that were 2″ in diameter or greater. After the overnight showers and t-storms, we’ll get a break for a few hours, then more showers move in as the wind ramps up to 20-30 mph, with gusts to 40 mph. Here’s regional radar:

Central Great Lakes sector loop

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Damage at the Post Office in Jonesboro, Arkansas 3 28 20
Extensive damage at the Jonesboro Airport, numerous planes flipped

Here’s video of the Jonesburo tornado. Another pic. of the damage at the Post Office in Jonesboro. Video of damage at the Jonesboro Airport. Video of the tornado – a big one. Whole buildings are destroyed. Video of the tornado from DOT camera. 2nd flood of these homes blown away, always get down to the lowest flow during a tornado warning. Video – close call – lots of debris in the air. More video here. Near Waterloo Iowa…rainbow in the distance, so the camera is facing east. Can’t tell from a still picture if that’s rotating.