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    Hi guys…it’s been a busy day in the weather center.  I’m here for all of the Prime Time shows tonight as we could have a major tornado event in the next few hours.    Here’s what the Storm Prediction Center says:

    Major Tornado Outbreak Forecast — High Risk Area Expanded…
    A major tornado outbreak is forecast later this afternoon into tonight over portions of the mid-Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys. SPC has expanded the High Risk area for severe thunderstorms to include parts of northeastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, western and central Kentucky and southern Indiana. Surrounding the High Risk, a Moderate Risk area extends from southern Arkansas and Mississippi to central Indiana and western Ohio. Conditions are favorable for long-track, violent tornadoes in both the Moderate Risk and High Risk areas. The storms will also be capable of producing very large hail, damaging straight-line winds, frequent cloud-to-ground lightning and torrential rainfall. Severe thunderstorms and large, damaging tornadoes this afternoon and evening could affect significant population centers including St. Louis, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis.

    Here’s a look at that “High Risk” zone (in white)…Moderate Risk is in Red:

    Please be careful if you live in any of these areas! 




I'm back home. Drove back to Baltimore Wednesday, they lasered out the blockage by going through the kidney and drove home this morning.

May 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm


Good morning all it is 68 going up to the 90's and for the next 10 days will be in the 90'sHope all are well and safe. Happy Memorial day to our troops. and all PJ

May 27, 2011 at 9:01 am


Morning all.. we had quite a hail and rain event last night in the Blue Ridge. Marple size hail... I was running around with my hair on fire covering my tomatoe plants. Thankful any tornadoes skip over the mountains, but I know Charlotte Speedway had their hands full getting people out of harms way late last night. The NASCAR Coca Cola race is this weekend and the pre-race events were disrupted! Rather error on the safe side! Happy Memorial weekend all... remember those warriors who served!

May 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

Margie Gacki

Hey folks, I'm just checking in before I go to bed. Hopefully I'll get some sleep. We had about 3 hrs of thunderstorms this afternoon & they took a break. Now they're back & it's pouring outside. Thankfully we didn't have too much wind but it was worse east of here. There was a tornado warning somewhere but I'm not sure where. Thankfully, it's nothing like the Midwest but the sky certainly was scary this afternoon. It got so dark. At 3:00 pm it looked more like 3 am. Take care, all. Margie

May 27, 2011 at 12:16 am

A.J. De Young

Good (hopefully)morning folks, Gwen I am with you, animals look out for each other better I am thinking, how on EARTH could that man think like that...exasperating, I hope his town has a mutiny. Glad JB,BG and Dolores and you Gwen were all safe from this horrible week in USA, JD what a comeback week for you, that makes you plunge right back in.AJ

May 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm


Hi guys. Thankfully we missed out on the storms yesterday...they went north of us. All of these recent weather events have been devastating. Then I heard this story about the mayor of a town that wasn't going to let those who lost their homes in the storms get temporary FEMA housing. It was against their town charter. Man! What a doofus! Apparently no common sense! I guess he just wants them to sleep outside on the ground. Sometimes I worry about mankind! TTFN! Gwen :)

May 26, 2011 at 2:32 pm


Good afternoon Janice. Hello everyone else.I'm high and dry in this neck of the woods.Thanks for all your concerns.What a great group of friendly bloggers.Tried posting yesterday,but never went through.Hope this one will.What a horrible story of Will and his father.Hoping and praying that find him.Also praying for all of those suffering from this terrible hurricane.Now praying for those in the path of this next one.86 and clear here.Nice afternoon to all.

May 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Margie Gacki

Well, I see my post appeared from last night. I wonder what was in it that the spam filter grabbed it. Oh well, maybe the spam filter will start grabbing the spam instead of good posts. I was just outside running some errands and it is very warm and humid. It's "only" 82 but the humidity must be high because it feels warmer than that. JB, I'm glad you checked in so we know you're ok. I'm glad the storms missed you. Hopefully things will settle down soon. Take care, all. Margie

May 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

JB in Texas

JD, It is great to see your lovely smiling self back on the weather updates. I am sure it is hard leaving those two young gentlemen each day to come in to work. My prayers go out to Will and all others affected by the tornado and other severe weather. I drove through Joplin a week before the tornado hit there. You never know. Those poor souls ! We missed the bad storms here in Texas. They were north of us here. Hope all are doing well and may everyone have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day. JB

May 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

Margie Gacki

Hey AJ, I posted a comment last night & I guess it got sucked into the spam filter for some reason. Then I couldn’t post this comment when I tried. Too bad the spam filter doesn't catch the spam! Shep showed an Internet video of Will & I think he said he got that Hummer when he was 16. He must be a very responsible young man to get a vehicle like that. His Aunt Stacey said they found his graduation cap in the car. What a sad story. I hope they find him soon. And I hope this post doesn't wind up in the spam filter! Margie

May 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

Margie Gacki

AJ, yesterday when Shep interviewed Will's Aunt Stacey, she held up his graduation cap that they found in the Hummer. She said they didn't find much but I'm glad they had something. His dad tried to hold him down after Will's seatbelt snapped but you don't stand much of a chance against the forces of one of those tornadoes. This evening, Shep showed some YouTube videos of Will. I think he said he got the Hummer when he was 16. He must have been very responsible to be able to get a Hummer! Margie

May 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm


Margie, it was a Hummer and you know how strong and heavy they are and he was driving and the they had the skylight open and it sucked him right through that, can you imagine his poor Father right beside him to witness that and could not do anything about it, they did find the Hummer.AJ

May 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Scott Taylor

Hi Janice, and welcome back. Hope you're up for a marathon. If you get a chance, remind your anchors about the difference between watches and warnings. As big as the tornado story is, they need to get it right. You can often tell who grew up in tornado country and who didn't.

May 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Margie Gacki

Hey AJ, Shep did a story on Will tonight on the Fox Report. I didn't realize that Will was driving his own car & his dad was in the passenger seat. I thought it was the other way around. It warmed my heart when I read that Facebook post about Will quoting Bible verses. If he is no longer in this world, he's in a far better place. It sounds like those in his family have strong faith so that will help them during this time of turmoil. God bless all of them. Margie

May 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

A.J. De Young

Thank you Margie for the update on him, if his family doesn't find him, then we know the Lord found him and he found the Lord.AJ

May 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Margie Gacki

Hi folks. Yesterday I mentioned about Will Norton, the HS grad who got sucked out of the family car by the tornado. His family started a Facebook page & here is what his Aunt Tracey wrote today: “I thought I would share with all of you what my brother said yesterday. He said as soon as the tornado grabbed the car that Will started quoting scripture, one right after another. As a Christian this not only makes me cry but makes me smile because I know how strong his faith is.” What a fine young man! I hope they find him! Margie

May 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm

A.J. De Young

Boy JD you sure picked quite a week to return, you will be in high gear tonight..hope the guys are getting use to Mommy going to work..hope the Ohio threat won't affect Marie, I will take earthquakes, had enough tornadoes growing up in St.Louis.AJ

May 25, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.