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See other updates below: 1130am Tornado Touchdown

1130 am Tornado touchdown

1130 am Tornado touchdown

We will be wrapping up the current storm today. Still, heavy rainfall totals are still possible. Overnight, multiple bands of showers and thunderstorms moved through the area. This has been a pretty severe system. Here is a look at rainfall totals around the area reported to rainfall.org.

Flagstaff area, October rainfall amounts from rainlog.org

Flagstaff area, October rainfall amounts from rainlog.org

If you have a rain gauge, please, log your rainfall here. I have had 1.53 inches of rain from this storm. More than the whole month of September. The National Weather service shows 1.58 inches this month. More is on the way today.

Will it last?  The models seem to forecast less rain in the farther time frames, but the Climate Prediction Center has this 6-10 day outlook right now.

6-10 day precipitation outlook - Climate Prediction Center

6-10 day precipitation outlook - Climate Prediction Center

But this doesn’t match their GFS model this morning. There has been some precipitation much later than this time frame in previous runs, though. We’ll have to look tomorrow.

Oh, check out the Shark Oil Barometer if you get the chance. Very cloudy lately.


UPDATE: TORNADOES HIT FLAGSTAFF AREA

from VC

from VC

from VC

from VC

Details still up in the air. Structural damage and a derailed train cars have been report. What to do in a tornado:

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DO NOT USE HIGHWAY OVERPASSES FOR SHELTER. OVERPASSES DO NOT PROVIDE
PROTECTION FROM TORNADIC WINDS. VEHICLES STOPPED UNDER BRIDGES BLOCK
TRAFFIC AND PREVENT PEOPLE FROM GETTING OUT OF THE STORM`S PATH AND
TO SHELTER. IF YOU CANNOT DRIVE AWAY FROM THE TORNADO...GET OUT OF
YOUR VEHICLE AND LIE FLAT IN A DITCH AS A LAST RESORT.

DO NOT USE YOUR CAR TO TRY TO OUTRUN A TORNADO. CARS ARE EASILY
TOSSED AROUND BY TORNADO WINDS. IF YOU ARE CAUGHT IN THE PATH OF A
TORNADO...LEAVE THE CAR AND GO TO A STRONG BUILDING. IF NO SAFE
STRUCTURE IS NEARBY...SEEK SHELTER IN A DITCH OR LOW SPOT AND COVER
YOUR HEAD.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
STURDY SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE NEAREST
DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A BASEMENT. GET UNDER A
WORKBENCH OR OTHER PIECE OF STURDY FURNITURE. IF NO BASEMENT IS
AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE BUILDING IN AN
INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO
COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS.
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