The Storm Report would like to welcome Harrison Sincavage to our social media team. Harrison is a freshman at Penn State University and is currently attending the Berks campus. He is from the small town of Wyomissing outside of Reading, PA.
I found Harrison in a rather unique way. I found him on twitter.
Here’s what happened: I received a tweet from Harrison when the coastal low was plaguing the Mid Atlantic coast back in October. He tweeted about buoy data and coastal conditions off the DE coast. It was a well thought out tweet with great information and I sent it out. I checked out his profile on Twitter and Facebook. Harrison impressed me immediately. By reading his previous tweets, you could tell he loves the weather and has a vast knowledge on the subject. And he is a freshman! Once I saw he is a Penn Stater, that sealed the deal to reach out to him since that is where I received my met degree! After chatting with Harrison, I knew this is someone who could really be an asset to the Storm Report. He is a well grounded, hard working, meteorologist to be.
I asked Harrison to tell me more about what got him into the world of weather. “My interest in weather has always been with me since I was a little kid. My most prominent memory of a major weather event at a young age was Hurricane Floyd back in September of 1999. I remember watching it be tracked on The Weather Channel and them saying that the flooding was going to be bad. It turns out, we had over 13 inches of rain in two days. Our basement flooded and our backyard was completely flooded due a storm drain that was connected to the local creek. It backed up because the flooding was so major and the water line reached our house. I remember standing downstairs in the basement with my dad and brother watching the water pour through one of our basement windows down onto the floor. That was the most amazing thing I have ever seen, and it has stuck with me ever since.”
I asked Harrison what he is excited about most about working for The Storm Report. “I am very excited to be with The Storm Report as I for one, will be able to help out in the warning process when dangerous weather occurs and potentially save lives. But I am also excited and fortunate enough to work with meteorologists who have spent decades in the field and be able to take what I learn in the classroom, and apply it to real life scenarios.”
Jennifer Narramore, Social Media Coordinator for the Storm Report
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The company handles four radio stations including KSWA-AM and KWKQ-FM in Graham, Texas. Also, KROO-AM and KLXK-FM in Breckenridge, Texas, will be utilizing The Storm Report services as well.
KLXK is known as “K-Lakes” and airs a country music format. 1430 AM KROO is a gold-based adult contemporary station. KSWA is an AM station featuring classic country while KWKQ serves Graham, Texas with classic hits.
The Storm Report, 24/7 Customized Local Weather brings it’s ’round the clock forecast service to Paducah, Kentucky.
WJLI-FM is known as “Jelli 98.3″. The unique format allows listeners to choose what music they want to hear but placing their votes online. Program Director Phil Reeder launched The Storm Report’s weather on Monday, November 4th.
Jelli 98.3 is an FM station with 100,000 watts of power has a signal that covers Eastern Missouri, Southern Illinois, Northwestern Tennessee and Western Kentucky.
The NWS in Omaha, NE has issued their preliminary damage survey for the massive tornado that moved through Wayne and Dixon Counties on Friday evening (October 4). EF3 and EF4 damage was found in the eastern side of the town of Wayne and EF3 damage south of town. Numerous reports of damage EF0, EF1 & EF2.
Here is the overall damage path:
Two homes south of Wayne sustained EF3 damage. Most walls were collapsed with the exception of interior rooms:
The tornado then moved toward the east side of Wayne, NE:
EF4 damage was found – Total destruction of the building:
EF3 damage to mattress pad factory:
Full stats from the NWS Omaha:
EF SCALE RATING: EF-4
ESTIMATED PEAK WIND: 170
PATH LENGTH/STATUTE/: 19
PATH WIDTH/MAXIMUM/: 1.38 MILES
START DATE: OCTOBER 4…2013
START TIME: 512 PM CDT
START LOCATION: 8 SW WAYNE/WAYNE COUNTY/NE
START LAT/LON: 42.128/-97.077
END DATE: OCTOBER 4…2013
END TIME: 551 PM CDT
END LOCATION: 6 NNW WAKEFIELD/DIXON COUNTY/NE
END LAT/LON: 42.351/-96.891
THIS VIOLENT TORNADO STARTED 8 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WAYNE NEBRASKA
AND FLATTENED CORN CROPS AND TORE OFF LARGE LIMBS OF SOME TREES.
GAINING STRENGTH AS IT HEADED NORTHEAST…THE STORM STRUCK A
FARMSTEAD ABOUT 4.5 MILES SOUTHWEST OF WAYNE. BARNS AND SHEDS WERE
SEVERELY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. THE TORNADO BECAME VERY WIDE AT THIS
POINT…NEARLY 1.25 MILES WIDE. ABOUT 2 MILES SOUTH OF WAYNE THE
TORNADO SEVERELY DAMAGED A FARMSTEAD AND THEN CAUSED STRONG EF-3
DAMAGE TO TWO HOMES ALONG HIGHWAY 15. THE TORNADO THEN MISSED THE
DOWNTOWN AND RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT OF WAYNE AND SEVERELY DAMAGED A
SOFTBALL COMPLEX ON THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF TOWN.
THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE OCCURRED IN THE INDUSTRIAL PARK AREA ON
THE EAST SIDE OF WAYNE. NUMEROUS METAL BUILDING STRUCTURES…SOME
OF THEM QUITE LARGE…SUSTAINED SERIOUS DAMAGE OR WERE MANGLED INTO
RUBBLE. IT WAS HERE THE TORNADO WAS RATED EF-3 WITH A COUPLE SMALL
POCKETS OF LOW END EF-4 DAMAGE. THE TORNADO THEN CROSSED NEBRASKA
HIGHWAY 35 AND TOOK DEAD AIM ON THE WAYNE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT. TWO
HANGERS WERE FLATTENED. SOME PRIVATE AIRCRAFT WERE TUMBLED AND
RIPPED UP. THE AUTOMATED WEATHER OBSERVING STATION AT THE AIRPORT
WAS TORN UP AS WELL. CONTINUING NORTHEAST…THE TORNADO STRUCK
ANOTHER FARMSTEAD AND CAUSED EF-2 DAMAGE TO A HOME. CROSSING INTO
DIXON COUNTY…THE STORM CONTINUED TO DAMAGE TREES….CROPS…AND
FARMSTEADS UNTIL NARROWING AND DISSIPATING 6 MILES NORTH NORTHWEST
THE STORM SURVEY INVESTIGATION IS STILL ONGOING AND SUBJECT TO
FURTHER COORDINATION WITH LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES.
“August 29th through too many days in September of 2005, I sat with my 5 year old niece watching the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction. There was a lot of coverage showing people on the roofs of their homes, people stuck at the Superdome with very little to no necessities like food, water and medicine, in over 100 degree temperatures.
As I watched, I decided that I would go down and help. I said this out loud and my niece responded, “I want to go help too.” I was able to convince her that it didn’t look like a safe place for kids. She said, “Ok, but the people in Mississippi need help too Charlene.” I did not know where she got that information because all eyes were focused on New Orleans. But I replied, “So I should go to Mississippi instead?” And Mayah said, “Yes”.”
That began the journey of Charlene Marie King, a remarkable woman with a wonderfully huge and loving heart. She has made 19 trips to the Gulf Coast. The first trip was for 7 weeks from July 19 through September 2 of 2006. The most recent was for 2 weeks in July of this year. It has been 8 years since Katrina made landfall. Charlene has not forgotten the folks there who need help.
Charlene has a passion for what she dubs “post storm chasing” and out of that passion she has formed “The Not Forgotten Project”. The mission statement is to recruit volunteers to assist with ongoing efforts to rebuild and reestablish communities and areas devastated by natural and unnatural disasters. The group works with individuals, organizations, schools and companies to recruit members, students and employees to help organizations such as Habitat for Humanity that need volunteers. A few of the areas the group has been to: the Gulf Coast, Joplin, Tuscaloosa and Colorado Springs.
Just this year alone, Charlene has been to Moore, OK to help with debris removal. From there she went to Mississippi to continue with Katrina relief and currently is in New Jersey helping with Superstorm Sandy recovery. Charlene takes on part time jobs to free herself up time to volunteer with disaster relief for weeks at a time.
I discovered Charlene’s group while on twitter and started reading her story. I knew immediately I wanted to reach out to her. Charlene and I share a similar heart for disaster relief. I was on the radio covering the Alabama tornadoes in 2011. That coverage changed me. I wanted to immediately drive to Cullman. Arab, Tuscaloosa…. and help anyone I could. I put my energy into becoming certified through my church in disaster relief.
I talked to Charlene briefly on the phone and I was ready to jump in the car and join her in New Jersey! She was so inspiring. I have a feeling we might be working side by side one day, providing what we can to help those who have lost so much. I asked her to share a random story and I will finish this article with that.
“On May 20, 2013, I was sitting in the Corona (CA) public library planning this trip (to NJ), among other things. But I was in a very bad place emotionally. I was on the verge of quitting disaster relief.
I was in conversation with God telling Him that I can’t keep doing this, I need a full time job! As I sat there fighting back tears, waiting for Him to respond, I began receiving texts and emails asking when I was going to put together a group to go to Oklahoma.
I had no idea what anyone was talking about because I was so caught up in the despair of being “insufficiently funded.” I finally went to the internet to see what was going on and then the tears came.
There were children trapped in a school! Now I’m crying because I have to get to Okalahoma. Though I’d been doing this for as long as I have been I was finally all in…I officially became the post-storm chaser I’d claimed to be and I had HIS answer.”
“It is so sad to see major catastrophes. But if anything good can be said about them is that a disaster has a way of bringing people together in ways that may not have been seen as possible. In many ways this country is divided right now but I see unity in disasters. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, we all need a hug and a prayer. So we’re gonna mess around and become the ‘United’ States of America. No matter how much wind and water come to try to destroy us, Hope Floats.” – Charlene Marie King
Information on The Not Forgotten Project:
Web Address: http://www.thenotforgottenproject.org/
Hurricane Charley made landfall on the Southwest coast of Florida near Cayo Costa, just west of Ft. Myers around 345 pm EDT on August 13, 2004. A second landfall occurred an hour later near Punta Gorda. Maximum sustained surface winds were near 150 mph during the 1st landfall making Charley a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Charley caused ten direct fatalities in the U.S. and an estimated $14 billion in economic losses.
Data source: NOAA
The Storm Report’s Own Meteorologist Sally Russell covered the storm on the radio and had a personal interest in the track as well. The storm was headed dangerously close to her hometown in SW Florida. I asked Sally to give her perspective on this small but intense hurricane.
Supercell Sunday is a partnership between the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS), the National Weather Service and local emergency managers. The goal is to encourage faith based organizations to develop a severe weather/tornado plan for their facility. Worship leaders and staff will create the plan and then designate one Sunday to test the plan out.
OKOHS outlines 3 steps to preparedness:
KFOR quotes OKOHS outreach coordinator Wendi Marcy, “Most of these facilities have plans in place for fire evacuations or medical emergencies in the building but few have taken the time to really sit down and discuss what they would do should they find themselves in a tornado warning with a building full of people.”
July 31, 1987 is known by many in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as Black Friday. It is the day that an F4 tornado barreled through the Eastern part of Edmonton and parts of neighboring Strathcona County. The tornado remained on the ground for an hour. 27 people were killed and more than 300 injured. It is considered one of the worst national disaster’s in Canada’s history.
Richard Heetun was one of the first rescue workers on the scene after the tornado hit. In the midst of the rubble, he found a twig. Richard also worked at the time at a greenhouse. He planted the twig and now, 26 years later through careful grafting it has grown into a tree bearing 27 types of fruit in honor of the 27 who lost their lives that day.
The CBC quotes Richard talking about this special tree, “I cherish [it],” he said. “Very special because it reminds me of the lives that were lost there. There’s not a single day that I don’t think about it. Because it has brought me lots of memories there … it could have been me.”
Heetun is opening his backyard to the public so they can see this remarkable memorial for themselves.
So far in 2013, there have been at least 24 deaths of children unattended in vehicles. These tragedies have been recorded in 15 different states and in temperatures as hot as 100 degrees and as mild as 76 degrees.
Safe Kids Worldwide and their partners, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the General Motors Foundation, are teaming up for National Heatstroke Prevention Day. The goal is to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving children alone in hot cars. Their goal is to blanket the nation with Tweets and Facebook posts every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and encourage others to do so as well.
The Storm Report wanted to join the cause and provide you with important information about keeping kids safe from heatstroke in cars.
HEATSTROKE SAFETY TIPS (from safekids.org)
Reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT.
A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.
C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.
Go a Step Further: Create Extra Reminders and Communicate with Daycare
Teach Kids Not to Play in Cars