Friday, September 12, 2008

Tornadoes with Hurricane Ike

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 10 am Saturday. They may be extended as needed.

The watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop.

Tornadoes can happen before, during and after a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane move through an area. The tornadoes are generally generated in the bands as they move over land...because of the friction caused by the storm bands being over land.

Some of the outer bands moved through Louisiana today. There were 4 tornadoes reported.

Even after Ike passes, be on the lookout for tornadoes from any bands rotating around the remains of the storm. It was on this day in 1961 that bands rotating around what was left of Hurricane Carla, spawned a tornado that hit Galveston and killed 5 people (according to most reports I've read...that was the number). Carla had made landfall 100 miles south of Galveston (at Port O'Connor) on September 11th. It was a large storm like Ike...but it was a Category 4!!!

So, keep your eyes and ears open!
Cecilia Sinclair
Wonder Weather Woman

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