‘Microburst’ of 100 mph winds, not a tornado, was the cause of extensive damage in Massachusetts last week, forecasters say

As thunderstorms swept through the state last week, short bursts of high-speed winds wreaked havoc on three Massachusetts towns, forecasters said. Last Friday’s stormy weather downed trees and knocked out electricity for thousands of Massachusetts households. A tornado watch was also issued for counties across the state. Although there was a risk of a tornado,…

Tornado in Louisiana that threw mobile home into road, killed 1 person was EF-3 with 150 mph winds

One of the tornadoes that ripped through Louisiana Sunday night packed a punch in Acadia Parish, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Lake Charles said Monday night the tornado that left a trail of destruction was an EF-3 tornado with winds of 150 mph. The twister touched down around 8:34 p.m.…

Meteorologists have warned about North Carolina’s ‘radar gap’ for years. It’s taking a toll on forecasts.

Rotating supercell thunderstorms barreled across the North Carolina Piedmont on Saturday night, prompting tornado sirens to blare in Charlotte as three dangerous storms targeted the city. A total of 18 tornado warnings were issued for the trio of tempests as they straddled the North Carolina-South Carolina State line and tracked directly into the Queen City…

EF-1 tornado confirmed in Smith, Wilson Counties

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — National Weather Service officials say an EF-1 tornado hit eastern Wilson County and the western part of Smith County Saturday with winds reaching up to 90 miles per hour. Officials’ preliminary report states the tornado spun up near Bell Road in far eastern Wilson County where several trees were downed…