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).