IN DEPTH: A Look at Yesterday’s Tornado Emergency in Tupelo, MS

Severe weather reared its ferocious head Monday afternoon (April 28th) as forecasters declared a tornado emergency for three counties around Tupelo, a community of about 35,000 in northeastern Mississippi.

Jeff Rogers talks on the phone while surveying damage around his home on Joyner Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

Jeff Rogers talks on the phone while surveying damage around his home on Joyner Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

It’s going to be wave after wave of these storms, from what the forecasters tell us,” Mississippi Emergency Management spokesman Greg Flynn said as severe thunderstorms swept through the area.

An American flag rests on a pillar as damaged buildings are seen in the background on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

An American flag rests on a pillar as damaged buildings are seen in the background on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

Tupelo police are going house to house in search of victims and are trying to seal any gas leaks that could fuel fires. More than 2,000 homes and 100 commercial properties were damaged officials said, with every building in a two-block area south of U.S. Highway 78 suffering damage.

Matt Bogue works to salvage items from a Shell gas station on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

Matt Bogue works to salvage items from a Shell gas station on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

Our Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs) were staying ahead of this unfortunate action, providing 35 minutes more warning time than all other apps. Exclusive to WeatherBug, DTAs are 50% faster, on average, than other alerts and are issued when our Total Lightning Network™ detects high rates of lightning, which indicate increased potential for potentially dangerous conditions such as:

  • Cloud-to-ground lightning strikes
  • Heavy rain
  • High winds
  • Microbursts
  • Hail
  • Tornadoes
Stacy Sanders carries materials from his destroyed business on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

Stacy Sanders carries materials from his destroyed business on North Gloster Street in Tupelo, Miss., Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Thomas Graning)

In Tupelo, there were a total of four local storm reports (1 for hail and 3 for tornadoes) and in all instances, WeatherBug DTAs gave 35 minutes more warning time than other apps and alerts.

Video: Watch how the purple polygons (our exclusive DTAs) are issued ahead of official warnings:


DTAs are issued on all WeatherBug apps and online at www.WeatherBug.com. Along with DTAs, we also issue watches and warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS). As of today, 75 million Americans are still under threat of severe weather across one-third of the USA.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected and we hope for a speedy recovery.

 

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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team

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