Incredible Severe Outbreak

What an incredible storm in North Carolina. It’s hard to believe that the most impressive supercell of the day went right over downtown Raleigh, NC. Here are a few of the more unusual and frightening statements…

From the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, VA:

TO: WFOS RAH GSP MRX RLX LWX AKQ SERFC MARFC ERH

FROM: WFO RNK

WFO BLACKSBURG IS TAKING OVER FULL WARNING AND BACKUP OPERATIONS FROM WFO RALEIGH DUE TO TORNADO NOW APROACHING WFO RALEIGH.

From the Storm Prediction Center Day1 Outlook:

   RADAR AT 1915Z SHOWS CLASSIC SUPERCELL WITH INTENSE TORNADIC COUPLET
   HEADING TOWARDS RALEIGH METRO AREA WITH POTENTIALLY DEVASTATING
   EFFECTS

And here’s  a shot of the tornado going through downtown Raleigh with a well defined hook echo and debris ball (literally debris being picked up by the tornado and showing up on radar).

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