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SEL3 URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 543 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 900 AM EDT MON OCT 7 2013 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DELAWARE CENTRAL AND NORTHERN MARYLAND NEW JERSEY CENTRAL AND EASTERN NEW YORK CENTRAL AND EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA NORTHERN VIRGINIA COASTAL WATERS * EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 900 AM UNTIL 500 PM EDT. * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... SEVERAL TORNADOES POSSIBLE SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS WITH A FEW SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO 75 MPH POSSIBLE THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 100 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES SOUTHEAST OF WASHINGTON DISTRICT OF COLUM TO 30 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF UTICA NEW YORK. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3). PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. && DISCUSSION...GRADUAL INCREASE IN SVR POTENTIAL IS FCST THROUGH REMAINDER MORNING AND INTO AFTN. PRIMARY RISK WILL BE DAMAGING WIND...ALTHOUGH A FEW TORNADOES MAY OCCUR WITH EITHER QLCS/BOW CIRCULATIONS OR ANY SUPERCELLS THAT CAN DEVELOP AHEAD OF PRIMARY CONVECTIVE BANDS. MRGL BUOYANCY...RICH LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE...AND STG DEEP/SPEED SHEAR WILL CHARACTERIZE AIR MASS IN PROSPECTIVE CONVECTIVE INFLOW. AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 0.5 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE WIND GUSTS TO 65 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO 450. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 22035.
Commentary by: Gordon King
So the Federal government grounded the air force due to budget cuts. That says a lot about our homeland security.
I find this fascinating due to the fact that the government can spend untold amounts of money on billions of rounds of hollow point ammunition, militarizing the Department of Homeland Security, building hundreds of FEMA camps around the country, and purchase hundreds of thousands of coffins, yet, it has to cut back on the military defense of our country!
It seems as though the government does not have it’s priorities straight and/or the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing, or possibly has other motives. This is our government hard at work….but for who?
By BROCK VERGAKIS – Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va.—Grounded since April because of budget cuts, many of the Air Force’s combat aircraft started flying again Monday, the military has announced.The grounding affected about one-third of active-duty combat craft, including squadrons of fighters, bombers, and airborne warning and control craft.
Officials at Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia said the order affects planes in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific. The popular Thunderbirds demonstration team comprised of F-16s also will start flying again.
“Since April we’ve been in a precipitous decline with regard to combat readiness,” Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, said in a statement. “Returning to flying is an important first step but what we have ahead of us is a measured climb to recovery.”
Modern policing! Public safety! No amount of snarky irony can prepare you for this tale of police idiocy in the name of the most minor and absurd of laws, reported in Daily Progress out of Virginia:
When a half-dozen men and a woman in street clothes closed in on University of Virginia student Elizabeth Daly, 20, she and two roommates panicked.
That led to Daly spending a night and an afternoon in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. Her initial offense? Walking to her car with bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream just purchased from the Harris Teeter in the Barracks Road Shopping Center for a sorority benefit fundraiser.
Virginia State Police determined there were 17 separate crashes involving 95 vehicles within a mile span near the base of Fancy Gap Mountain, spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. The crashes began around 1:15 p.m. Sunday when there was heavy fog in the area.
“This mountain is notorious for fog banks. They have advance signs warning people. But the problem is, people are seeing well and suddenly they’re in a fog bank,” said Glen Sage of the American Red Cross office in the town of Galax.
Overhead message boards warned drivers since about 6 a.m. Sunday to slow down because of the severe fog, Geller said. The crashes were mostly caused by drivers going too fast for conditions.
At the “epicenter” was a wreck involving up to eight vehicles, some of which caught fire, Geller said. Photos from the accident scene showed a burned out tractor-trailer and several crumpled vehicles badly charred. Those taken to hospitals had injuries ranging from serious to minor.
School buses took stranded people to shelters and hotels.
Authorities reopened the northbound lanes Sunday night and hoped to have the other side cleared later in the evening.
Police have not released the names of those killed.