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-- the tornado outbreak in the south on Wednesday was the second deadliest in history the death toll well over 300 across seven states.
Alabama hit the hardest with nearly 250.
Thousands injured and a few hundred still unaccounted far.
I've been personally in two tornadoes one when I was eleven years old and one back in 1999.
That actually hit an almost destroyed the grounds of the Arkansas governor's mansion.
And it did destroy neighborhoods and several communities.
I've also double the aftermath of dozens of tornadoes during almost eleven years as a governor.
It is a force of nature that is impossible to describe but the experience have it leaves a permanent mark on one -- Our prayers go out to the hundreds of thousands of families across our homeland who are dealing with death injuries.
Loss of property.
And the horrible disorientation that comes from losing everything that anchors wants life to who they are.
Terrell -- of furniture in jewelry passed down for generations.
And even such things as old report cards in kids' toys.
In an instant all those things are gone.
Houses can be rebuilt.
But the lives can't.
And neither can one ever replace the very personal pieces of life that no longer exist.
And a moment we're gonna talk about why so many of these funnel clouds develop this week and how they get so powerful.
According to the National Weather Service at least one of the tornadoes was an EF five storm with peak winds of 205 miles per hour.
Now we did some research and found tornado footage from a couple of years back.
This was shot with a mounted camera on the top of a train moving from Illinois.
How would you to watch what happens when the tornado comes through.
I'm empty box car our container -- can weigh about thirty tons when it's -- And over a hundred times when it's poll that tornado blew those cars over like they didn't weigh -- -- So let's just think about watch this look at this tanker coming into the back of the train.
As that camera mounted on the train just gives us an extraordinary view of the Horace and the power.
Of a tornado.
Well we -- talk about the power of twisters with storm chaser warned fatally who joins us today war and it's good to have you with this purity and.
-- -- -- After the Storm Chasers such as yourself is not just somebody with a hobby and a flip cam running out chasing.
Tornadoes in some dangerous way but actually studying them from their origin their impact.
How does a tornado get started what is that that the reason that we see tornadoes and why so many of them all of a sudden.
Well -- -- like say -- my prayers and thoughts to go out to the families there in Alabama the other states having been a journalist and see many of these events -- I I know though what goes on there my thoughts are with you -- -- what what creates a tornado.
-- really about three or four things you have to happening everyone sees it thunderstorm go up in the summer.
And usually they're they're nothing but other couple lightning strikes or maybe a little bit of -- help.
But when you have a day like you had on the 27 -- several elements coming together the right place at the right time you had some of the cold air from the north coming down to meet the warmer -- moisture in the southeast.
You had a couple fronts -- boundaries upper air disturbance moving into the area.
But most importantly what really -- this whole story was that jet stream and along with debt jetstream the what we call the wind -- and the winner this year is is the -- that that increase with -- can change direction so.
If you think the solid object if he actually begins to turn that like if you had a Cuban this guy.
If you can imagine that with the storm in the winds hitting it from an angle it begins to -- the storm.
And the lower levels when you get down to the ground gets little bit more complicated but all of these elements came together.
The right time -- -- the right place and unfortunately you end -- -- these violent tornadoes.
When we look at some of the amazing footage particularly from nine Tuscaloosa and then over and -- they'll Mississippi that was -- EF four -- EF five.
It's really stunning that we didn't see thousands of deaths rather than hundreds and hundreds are way too many.
But 11 of the things that's happened doppler weather radar warning systems have given people a great deal more opportunity.
To run for cover.
How much has that.
Really made an impact in the number of lives that we see saved in light of this pick.
-- -- -- -- Oh it's it's saving thousands of lives and it is kind of hard to go and look back and and see how it how it actually did but.
Doppler radar the people to -- the service this storm spotters.
The life TV coverage which I think probably saved thousands of lives and and maybe some of the education of people had there.
Undoubtedly saved thousands of life of course they did have some problems that morning because of prior thunderstorms and communications of some of those systems and it may have been out.
Which will be you know discovered here that is -- they check out the scene but.
You know it's just it's just mind boggling to still have this kind of destruction and unfortunately that the death count -- but if you look at this and didn't know you would think it would be much higher.
Let's talk about what the people do when the tornadoes come we have a a little piece of footage -- that.
Shows a Kansas tornado our own Gregg Jarrett happen to be either capturing this footage when he was a reporter at this time people are climbing up.
Under an overpass looking for cover in we're gonna see.
This tornado literally coming light -- -- they got out of their cars.
And you can see the debris.
Extraordinary impact in force you can hear the heart and their voices as they see this twister coming their way was this a smart thing for them to do develop into.
In essence decrease of the overpass and.
No it's not advised that actual value that is that is something you do -- -- -- -- you -- wanna from the wannabes.
Under passes they discovered like in 1999.
Oklahoma City when -- powerful and tornado hit.
That it actually -- the people out of there and they were killed.
What happened as the winds actually compress.
You know I think about physics when you when you reduce that size -- the winds flowing through you get -- -- effect and that will actually increase the wind field so you do not wanna go.
Under under -- -- it looks tempting you might be much better getting -- -- -- buying a ditch or are free to -- and so you say get -- don't get anywhere near above ground get as low as possible.
Absolutely I was talking to radio stations the other day when this was going on I was given -- -- information telling people what to do and I said listen.
-- these kind of tornadoes these these these the F foresee a fight you really need to be underground that may be your only way to survive.
Storm chaser dot com is Warren's website I hope if you want more information on the Morocco will work that he has done he's got a couple of books.
That really help you one is a survival guide to storms and I highly recommend you taking a look especially.
If you live anywhere in that area that we called tornado Alley as I have for most of my life.
-- thank you very much for being with us today and I hope that people take this.
Seriously it's okay.
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