AccuWeather regional radar at 1:39pm shows the first thunderstorms just starting to form in Alabama and Mississippi:
There is no urgency yet — these storms are not severe and I do not expect them to be for a while.
However, the ingredients for a tornado and damaging wind outbreak seem to be falling into place since I first posted on the subject this morning. So, now is a very good time to review the tornado safety rules. Just click on the link. A few of them have been modified so it is a good time review.
Of course, schools are not in session today but since we are on the subject, here are the school tornado safety rules.
After spending quite a bit of time reviewing things that didn’t go as well as we would have liked in the 2011 tornado season, there is no doubt that some failed to take shelter because they don’t believe tornado warnings are accurate. Well, 99% of the people killed in tornadoes in 2011 were in both a tornado watch and a tornado warning prior to the arrival of the tornado. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of my book Warnings that tells how effective storm warnings can be at saving lives if the warnings are heeded. If you know someone who does not react to warnings, consider recommending or getting a copy of the book for them.
Addition: Based on some comments I am receiving, there are some not familiar with the new safety rules. Please forward this to anyone you might believe would benefit from seeing them.
Based on the latest data (2:40pm), this could be a nasty situation. Now is a good time to make sure your weather radio has a fresh battery, plan to crack a window so you hear the storm siren if you don’t have a weather radio, etc.