Tornado, Huge Hail Pelts northern Italy

A supercell thunderstorm spawned at least one tornado in the Italian province of Modena, southeast of Milan on May 3, 2013. According to ModenaOnline, twelve buildings were damaged by a tornado near Castelfranco Emilia. We have the photos, video, and weather imagery from this event below.

Tra San Giorgio di Piano e Bentivoglio, prov. di Bologna. #tornado http://pic.twitter.com/EMOCCgoCaR

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Huge hail, too!

These hailstones, roughly baseball size or larger, impacted areas around the city of Modena, Italy on May 3, 2013.

#Tornado e #grandinata record . Macchina illesa! Miracolo pare ! #Modena

Supercell via satellite

Below is an infrared satellite loop showing the supercell responsible for the tornado and large hail (circled). The city of Modena is highlighted with a “pushpin”.

Italian tornadoes:  unusual?

Italian tornadoes are not unusual.  According to Severe Weather Expert, Dr. Greg Forbes, Italy has the sixth highest tornado density (per 10,000 square miles) of all nations where such data exists.  In 2012, 12 tornadoes were reported in Italy, according to the European Severe Weather Database.  On Nov. 28, 2012, a large tornado struck the city of Taranto, Italy.

Then…on June 12, 2012, a tornado touched down near Venice, Italy in the town of Treporti, damaging buildings, trees, and cars.

The earliest known tornado on record in Europe hit Rosdalla, Ireland on Apr. 30, 1054, according to the Tornado and Storm Research Organization.  A violent tornado hit London, England on Oct. 23, 1091, the most severe on record in the U.K.

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Hail, Tornadoes, Damaging Winds Hammer the Southeast; Video, Photos

Published: Mar 19, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT weather.com

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Winter Storm Ukko‘s severe side brought severe weather into the southern states, including intense thunderstorms that produced huge hailstones throughout the southern United States.  The interactive map above shows tornado reports (in red) and high wind/wind damage reports (blue arrows).  Click on each icon to see each report.  

Two tornadoes have been confirmed so far:

  • Near McEwen, Tenn.:  “High-end” EF1 with maximum winds estimated at 105 mph was on the ground for 10.6 miles starting at 7:40 a.m. CDT.  Outbuildings and one home were damaged.  One mobile home was destroyed.
  • Southeast of Murfreesboro, Tenn.:  EF0 with maximum estimated winds of 85 mph was on the ground for 3.8 miles crossing Interstate 24.  Outbuildings were damaged. 

In all, there were 264 reports of severe weather Monday and Monday night across seven states from southeast Arkansas and northeast Louisiana to South Carolina.  For the entire month of March prior to Monday, there had been a total of 165 severe reports, including just a single tornado. 

Hail storm caused damage across Metro

Large Baseball Sized Hail Storm, USA – March 19, 2013

iWitness: Large Hail In Mississippi

In Mississippi, authorities reported two people were hit on the head by large hail as the enormous storm front crossed the region Monday. Fire official Tim Shanks said baseball-sized hail smashed windows in several vehicles in Clinton, where the two people were hit. He had no immediate word on their condition.

Hail to the size of softballs was reported around Jackson, Mississippi, and emergency officials in the state say there were reports of homes damaged in at least five Mississippi counties.  Cars could be seen driving along the interstate with broken windows and cracked windshields.

In Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson airport officials issued a groundstop as severe storms barreled into the nation’s busiest international airline hub. Fulton County Emergency officials cited several reports of golf ball sized hail at the airport. Delta Flight 2133 was rerouted back to Charlotte, N.C., due to unsafe weather conditions in Atlanta.

Georgia Power officials said 73,000 customers were without power Monday night, and of that number, 31,000 were in northwest Georgia.

In Alabama, winds were clocked at 80 mph in some areas.  Eight people in the Gadsden area and five others in the county were hospitalized Monday night.  A roof was ripped from a school in Collinsville, about 15 miles southwest of Fort Payne.  More than 200,000 customers in Alabama were without power due to the storms.  

Etowah County, Ala. officials said a person had to be removed from a house in Rainbow City after a tree fell onto it.  Nearly two dozen trees had toppled onto Alabama Highway 77.

In Tennessee, heavy rain helped firefighters contain a wildfire that burned nearly 60 rental cabins in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 Pearl, Mississippi
Silver Creek, Ga.

  Vehicles parked in the Pearl, Miss., parking lot of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are covered in tarp, Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Silver Creek, Ga.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 Damage to the Silver Creek Mini Mart shows the effects of a storm in Silver Creek, Ga., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Rome News-Tribune, Brittany Hannah)

 

Sheffield, Ala.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 A front-end loader pushes the branches of a large oak tree that was blown down, blocking Montgomery Ave. across from city hall in downtown Sheffield, Alabama, Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Times Daily, Matt McKean)
 

Pearl, Miss.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 Andrew Stamps and his wife Valorie prepare to cover their shattered rear window of her 2009 Toyota Avalon on Monday, March 18, 2013, following a hailstorm that hit communities throughout central Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
 
 Center Point, Ala.
Silver Creek, Ga.

A house is damaged after a large tree fell across it during a brief, severe thunderstorm in Center Point, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond)

 

Montgomery, Ala.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 Lightning steaks across the sky behind the Young Meadows Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
 

Clay, Ala.

Silver Creek, Ga.

A car drives around downed trees in Clay, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/AL.com, Joe Songer)

 

Jacksonville, Ala.

Silver Creek, Ga.

 Jacksonville State University workers and volunteers help clean up debris from the parking lot of Campus Inn Apartments on the JSU campus in Jacksonville, Alabama Monday, March 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Trent Penny-The Anniston Star)

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