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                   Friday, May 9, 2008 - 12:26AM

Northcentral NC tornadoes & dramatic video from Alabama

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Four blog posts in 24 hours? Must be May..... Quite an intense severe weather event on Thursday night across the Piedmont/foothills regions of Virginia and North Carolina. I've been watching radar off and on during the event and have noticed a few intense circulations on radar. Damage is being reported with many of these storms, which jugding from the strong circulations were likely caused by tornadoes. A few tornado reports centered around the Greensboro/Winston-Salem area note numerous vehicles overturned on I-40.

SPC storm reports for May 8

The squall line that eventually evolved from this complex is one of the stronger ones I've seen on radar for this region. I gave a brief consideration to observing this event, but elected to stay home. I don't regret that decision due to the fact that most of the action happened at night, but still an interesting event nonetheless.

On a related note, check out this video from Huntsville, Alabama, showing a detailed view of a tornado tossing cars in a parking lot! This is one of the most impressive tornado videos I've seen lately:

VIDEO LINK: Tornado tosses cars

North Carolina and Virginia may continue to be a severe weather hotspot this weekend. The pattern for Sunday looks very interesting to me, so much so that I won't rule out an expedition. In fact, if events like this continue, I'll forego a Plains trip and focus on these closer-to-home opportunities!

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