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3/1/07 NOW :IL/MO/KS/TN/KY/AL/AR/LA/TX

Thanks for that Don! I had actually forgotten about the BV32 product.
Below are two images of BV32 from the time the tornado was in / going through Enterprise:

BV32 valid at 1911UTC
BV32 valid at 1916UTC

Jeff,

You may already know about this, but with the storm being so close to the radar, you can use the BVEL32 Level3 product to see a higher-res velocity plot for a 32km radius around the radome. It's base velocity as opposed to storm-relative, but you can see a lot more due to the better resolution.
 
I don't see what you're referring to. Tornado warnings have been extended east of the Fort Rucker area...

I'm referring to the fact that the NWS issued a SVR for the county next to Ft Rucker (Henry) at 143pm CST. 10 minutes later they decided to change that to a TOR - I'm just saying I am surprised they didn't start with a TOR given that cell's history and appearance.
 
Enterprise PD saying downtown Enterprise hit the hardest, major damage with injuries. wow :(
 
Now it looks like there is some convection developing SE that the storm is going to intersect. I wonder if that is either going to weaken it or just make it really hard to see anything.
 
Watching live video from WSFA.com. Ozark, AL mayor is saying his city is completely without power and that his emergency crews are responding to Enterprise, AL. He's stating that he has reports that Enterprise High School has been completely destroyed and that that surrounding houses are damaged. One possible consolation...hopefully...they let the kids out of school a couple of hours early....before the tornado struck.
 
In the hole...

Sitting here in Sumter County, Alabama I believe that I have in the hole. We have had it all around us most of the day and have done well in dodging the bullet. Conditions here in Cuba this moment shout severe weather...

79 Temp
66 DP

Pressure heading south.
 
Watching live video from WSFA.com. Ozark, AL mayor is saying his city is completely without power and that his emergency crews are responding to Enterprise, AL. He's stating that he has reports that Enterprise High School has been completely destroyed and that that surrounding houses are damaged. One possible consolation...hopefully...they let the kids out of school a couple of hours early....before the tornado struck.

Are you saying they did let them out, or are you hoping that they let them out?
 
They reportedly let the kids out early, according to the police chief, but there are reports that some kids are injured and trapped. I am just hoping that most, if not all kids, got out.

Also...FYI: AT 200 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR AND STORMSPOTTERS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR ABBEVILLE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 55 MPH.
 
looks like a new meso has developed! that hook is as beautiful as any. i just pray it doesn't target any more schools. thats just makes me sick.
 
Enterprise PD saying downtown Enterprise hit the hardest, major damage with injuries. wow :(

Given the velocity plots Jeff posted, I am hardly surprised. And having grown up near the area, in Central GA, I imagine their tornado preparations aren't the best, unless things have changed.

Speaking of Central GA, I see the radar there at Robins AFB is down for maintenance today, though it looks like they're working feverishly to get it back online. Yikes!
 
Are you saying they did let them out, or are you hoping that they let them out?

Per the IEMChat discussions, the students were being dismissed about 20 minutes prior to the tornado. NWS and TV mets tried to get that reversed so that kids weren't on the streets, not sure of the outcome.
 
Another report of the tornado hitting the Enterprise Medical Center, no reports of injuries.
 
the medical center in enterprise and the science wing of the high school, some kids are unaccounted for. No injuries so far at the medical center
 
Enterprise High School, AL: News station reporting that there are still kids in the school. News Photog. says the school did not collapse but there was significant damage to the science wing. Some students unaccounted for but they could be somewhere else.

Out of county ambulances are being requested to Enterprise. All off-duty Alabama State Troopers have been ordered to Enterprise, AL.

This does not sound good.
 
Watching live video from WSFA.com. Ozark, AL mayor is saying his city is completely without power and that his emergency crews are responding to Enterprise, AL. He's stating that he has reports that Enterprise High School has been completely destroyed and that that surrounding houses are damaged. One possible consolation...hopefully...they let the kids out of school a couple of hours early....before the tornado struck.

If this is indeed true, we may have our first EF-5, since completely obliterating a well-built school is one of the criteria that can support an EF-5 rating.

**EDIT: Just saw Howard's new post regarding the school...given that the school is still there, though heavily damaged, I'd imagine that doesn't justify an EF-5 rating.
 
If the school didn't collapse, odds are good it wasn't completely obliterated, so no EF5. If GR2AE's algorithm matches up, it's a 2 or 3.
 
News Station Update: Live phoner with photog. from Enterprise, AL: Kids are walking around outside of the school. Some people are coming out of the high school on stretchers. Several parts of the roof of the school are gone. Power lines are down all over the place.
 
According to the Enterprise newspaper's website (I can't get the full article to pull though), a teacher reported, "[FONT=verdana,arial,sans-serif]the high school reported the school was heavily damaged and the roof collapsed. A number of students were injured."
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From the Enterpise Ledger that the tornado was 800 yards wide, That there were serous injuries from the school
 
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Eyewitness did a phone interview on WSFA out of Montgomary, AL. He said that the tornado looked to be about 800 yrds wide as it passed through downtown Enterprise.
 
Viewer on Streaming news station reporting an "800 yard wide" tornado came right through downtown Enterprise with lots of debris. Numerous houses without roofs. Says destruction everywhere.

EDIT: Enterprise hospital rep says hospital is damaged and they are recevining numerous patients.
 
Not that I wouldn't doubt a violent tornado, but initial reports almost always seem to be a little more dire than things may be. I often hear "destroyed" for buildings that are de-roofed and has some outer-wall damage. I think people are shocked when they see significant damage, and it just seems that "destroyed" tends to be thrown about more freely than damage would, objectively, indicate.

Ugh, I just heard a person being interviewed on MSNBC, and they said only had a few seconds of warning. From what I see, the warning came out at 12:47pm, and radar timestamps show it moving through Enterprise from 1:10-1:15pm. That's a full 20+ minutes, which is pretty good lead time. People just don't pay attention to the warnings, then say they only had "seconds". A city official from Enterprise said sirens sounded several times before the tornado moved through.
 
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