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in Many in San Angelo Caught Off-Guard by Wednesday Storms
I'm signed up for Nixle advisories and alerts. There was only ONE sent by SAPD after the fact, at 9:18 PM, warning of downed power lines and telling people to stay off the roads. The Office of Emergency Management didn't send any.
in Storms Inflict Major Damage on San Angelo
The only alert we got was from NWS for tornado warning. In the "paper" online they have a senior guy from NWS stating it wasn't a tornado, but straight line winds, that caused all the damage. Does he not see the pics of the funnel and tornado? People SAW it. They, the NWS, warned about it. It wasn't a warning for wind or hail like before. I'm disgusted that they will try to diminish the severity of the situation after the fact because they dropped the ball.
in Powerful Storms Batter San Angelo; 20,793 AEP Customers Without Power
I know there was a Tornado out in Grape Creek, but what about San Angelo? I saw lots of pics, like the one about with the trailer in it, and a video, but to me it just doesn't look like a tornado. No funnel cloud in the one with the trailer. I blew it up as big as I could and to me it just looks like dust blowing from high winds. The clouds don't even ooh as if they are attempting to make a funnel cloud. Looks like to me that it just happens to be the angle at which the photo was taken and it just happens to look like it might be a tornado. Were there any confirmed tornados in San Angelo or were they just reported by the public?
NOAA Weather Radio WXK-33 has been offline for at least a month.
Need to cut KSAN and KLST some slack - they were pretty much in the path of the bad stuff and were taken out early on. They take their cues from the NOAA and other weather activity services - and since those are offline, there's no early warning to speak of. By the time they normally gear-up to break-into the programming when stuff's getting bad, they were out of the game (and under their own tables).
I'm thinkin' we gotta throw NOAA under the bus though for not having the foresight to conduct routine/annual facility/equipment maintenance during the 'off season' for extreme weather (radar's down at the worse time, and the weather radio station has been down for months. They should know when that is better than the rest of us, after all. But - I'm not a NOAA guy and don't know everything they've got going on. Sounds like this was the worst possible time to have their stuff down, though.
Even as the sirens were still going off, I checked the radar on Intellicast and also happened to notice that San Angelo LIVE! was already reporting (and even had the first picture of the funnel cloud over The Bluffs posted). Well done!!
Desperate times call for desperate measures...
Seriously JayD? You went up a dollar?
in Family-Run Local Business a Total Loss to Wednesday Weather
Let the public know if you need help or would like volunteers out there to help you clean up! I'd love to be part of it.
in Severe Thunderstorm Watch Unitl 11 PM, Storm Northwest of Sterling City
Personally, I think someone screwed the pooch on this whole storm. I didn't even expect one until it was right over me.
"Spotter activation is not anticipated at this time"...and ..."severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter size hail…and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph."
I'm no weatherman, but I've lived here long enough (it really only takes 10 minutes) to know that any storms that roll through this area need to be taken seriously. Am I missing something?
I echo the sentiment of others. I certainly hope there is not a REAL disaster, because we will NOT fare well.
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in Chrysler 200 Flips After Collision with Palm Tree
I wonder if that when he looked down for just a moment, it was't a text message he was 'glancing' at? Just a question, it is by no means an implication. And if it was a text message which caused his eyes to lose contact with the road in front of him, maybe the text message said "hurry home and don't put a scratch on our new car"...haha. Glad no one was seriously injured.
I had sprinkles on Blumentritt Rd and walked out to look at the clouds. I could see the wall of dirt coming across the farmland from the north. When it hit, there was zero visibility for about 10 mins.
All you farmers and landowners north of me are welcome to come get your dirt back. Just back your tailgate right up to the north side of everything I own, and sweep it down into the bed... I guess I'll keep what's in the house since my wife so intelligently opened the front door (also north) to see how bad it was.
Extensive Tree and Power line damage around Ethicon Site. 1/4 to 1/2 mile of power lines down, shutting off power to Ethicon. AEP continues working to restore power, Road is closed from Smith blvd. to Pulliam street ramp due to power line work.
The City of San Angelo, Tom Green County, the National Weather Service, the Department of Emergency Management, and local media did a terrible job of keeping the public informed and warning area residents of the tornado that developed Wednesday evening. (I'm cutting SAL! some slack.) If this would have been a more powerful tornado, the casualties and loss of life would have been catastrophic.
The City of San Angelo/Tom Green Co. Emergency Management Department sent out no alerts. As of 12:30 AM Thursday they still hadn't.
The SAPD sent out one advisory after the fact, at 9:16 PM CDT, warning of downed power lines. They did update their Facebook page several times, starting with the Tornado Watch, and issued a few warnings throughout the storm. (Stay away from windows, Emergency Sirens are going off, etc...) But is Facebook really the most effective way to reach the whole city in an emergency?
The City of San Angelo Texas - Public Information page on Facebook posted the Tornado Warning at 8:35 PM, and nothing after.
All of the above named agencies, plus the Tom Green County Sheriiff's Office, have encouraged residents to sign up for advisories and alerts through Nixle.com. It works very well. I receive text alerts of traffic accidents and road closures several times daily. So wouldn't it make sense to utilize Nixle during a severe weather event? No matter how many people lose power, and therefore their access to TV updates or a computer, they can still receive text messages.
This is the second time I'm aware of that the National Weather Service (SJT) has taken down their public access to Doppler radar for maintenance during peak storm season. I also could not access NOAA weather radio during the storm at 162.550 MHz, but that was possibly an app issue. Since NOAA doesn't broadcast online, they rely on 3rd party volunteers like Weather Underground to do so. The broadcast is then sent downline to any number of web sites and smartphone applications like TuneIn radio. If NOAA Weather Radio isn't going to change its policy and broadcast online, we need a designated rebroadcast, preferably online and on a terrestrial AM or FM radio station.
This is an area with well over 100,000 residents. Yet in an emergency we receive very few, if any, live weather updates from local TV or radio stations. In other markets of similar size, local affiliates will break into regular programming for severe storm updates. (I guess KLST doesn't have it in the budget for a backup power generator?) When the power went out, the Emergency Broadcast System had not been activated, nor were the city's tornado sirens sounded until after there was a tornado confirmed on the ground. The technology is there. The systems are all in place. They simply aren't being used correctly. Is this a communications problem between agencies? Is this a manpower or budgetary problem? Or did several people just drop the ball at the same time? I understand that this storm developed and intensified very quickly, and it surprised a lot of folks. This is exactly when good processes need to be in place and followed. There needs to be a much better, coordinated effort between city and county agencies, the NWS and their spotters, local media outlets, and the public, to improve communications during such serious events. Because we got very lucky this time.
Nope, no NIXLE, both tv stations off air, NWS equipment down -- but my weather app had warned me at 6 pm with a little tornado symbol that trouble was coming. It's rarely wrong with its alerts.
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