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Record flooding and first tornado outbreak of the season
Wed May 5 2010 @ 18:25 EDT
On Saturday April 24th, a long-track EF-4 rated tornado with estimated maximum winds of 170 MPH tracked through Louisiana and Mississippi. At one point during the tornado's lifetime, it was approx. 1.75 miles wide — slightly wider than the Greensburg EF-5 tornado of May 4, 2007. The damage path was 149 miles, stretching from Tallulah, Louisiana to near Sturgis, Mississippi.
The National Weather Service office in Jackson, Mississippi has more information, photos, and maps from the tornado.
Speaking of Greensburg, yesterday was the third anniversary of the EF-5 rated Greensburg tornado, which leveled 95 percent of the city and killed eleven people. The town has since begun to rebuild as a "green" town, and the non-profit organization Greensburg GreenTown is working with local residents and businesses to incorporate sustainable practices into the rebuilding process.
On the weekend of May 1st, a record-breaking flooding event over Tennessee and Kentucky dropped over 15 inches of rain, with the highest rainfall almost directly over the Nashville Metro Area. A river gauge at Centerville, Southwest of Nashville, reached 47.5 feet, which blew away its previous record of 37.6 feet.
Jesse Ferrell over at AccuWeather has maps and photos of the event.
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