CT-based Americares sending help to tornado-ravaged AL

STAMFORD, CT (WFSB) – Americares is sending supplies down to tornado-ravaged Alabama.
The organization said it will deliver cleaning supplies, hygiene kits, bottled water and other items for the survivors of the tornadoes.
According to officials, 23 people were killed, including children, when an EF-4 tornado touched down in Lee County, AL on Sunday.
It was described as one of the worst tornado outbreaks in years.
“Our hearts go out to the families who lost homes and loved ones in this devastating storm,” said Brian Scheel, Americares director of emergency response.
“We are working closely with food banks serving as aid distribution centers in hard-hit communities and are prepared to provide additional supplies as needed.” Americares’ Emergency Response Team is coordinating with Feeding America to send relief supplies to the Food Bank of East Alabama in Auburn, AL and the Feeding the Valley Food Bank in Columbus, Ga.
The shipments include over 2,000 hygiene kits for survivors displaced by the disaster.
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Wind, rain bring some drought relief to Pierre, Fort Pierre; tornadoes in NE South Dakota

Wind, rain bring some drought relief to Pierre, Fort Pierre; tornadoes in NE South Dakota.
No more rain fell in Pierre Tuesday after 5 p.m. A report of 1.64 inch of rain came in from southwest of Pierre.
There were two confirmed tornadoes in northeast South Dakota, with the highest wind speed of 92 mph reported near Clark, Wise said late Tuesday.
One near Groton and one in north Hand County.
At 8:20 p.m., two cabins were destroyed nine miles south of Rosholt, one by wind and one by a large tree that fell on it, according to the weather service… No injuries were reported in the state due to the storms, Wise said.
But fires near Milbank were blamed on downed power lines and trees fell on homes in several locations in northeast South Dakota.
No significant damage was reported in the Fort Pierre area, other than erosion caused by heavy rains.
In Pierre, city officials said the stormy weather did some damage, including downed branches and trees, wind damage to one of the shelters in the softball complex, a blown-down wall at a private building under construction, and water damage to the insulation and the building of a Fire Station 4, which is under construction.
Wednesday’s temperatures are expected to reach the lower 80s, with the remaining work-week expected to see upper 80s and the weekend temps in the mid-to-upper 70s.
“This initial rain in June will help, but it certainly doesn’t take us out of drought,” said Troy Kleffman of the weather service office in Aberdeen.

Is our tornado drought about to end?

Steve Orr New York — with only four twisters in the last two years — is in a tornado drought.
Instead, each of the last two summers have brought just two short-lived, relatively weak tornadoes.
The first four months of 2017 already is the fifth-most tornadic such period on record.
In other such years, there have been quite a few twisters here.
On average, New York has recorded 7.7 tornadoes each summer in the modern tornado record, which dates to 1990.
In the 10 years with the heaviest activity nationwide in the spring, we’ve had an average of 7.2 tornadoes.
"There’s no real good prediction for tornado and severe weather events across New York state.
Tornadoes in upstate New York form when a warm front brings winds and hot, moist air to the region, Thomas said.
If the low-level jet stream is passing over the region, it can impart the energy and winds necessary to turn a thunderstorm into a tornado.
At other times, such conditions are rare in New York — and so are twisters.

Drought fear fades amid golfball-size hail

Mixed in with the rain was marble- to golfball-sized hail early Saturday morning, with reports of baseball-size hail north and west of Plainview.
It hit Dimmitt about 7:20 p.m., and at 10 p.m. Friday the National Weather Service on twitter reported that Highway 86 and US 385 were closed in all directions outside of Dimmitt due to flooding.
The storm moved into Plainview about midnight Saturday, bringing with it marble- to golfball-sized hail and heavy rain.
Heaviest measured rainfall was from the Mesonet site 2 miles northeast of Dimmitt with 1.87 inches.
The Plainview Water Treatment Plant reported 0.98 inch, Plainview Herald 0.63 inch and Plainview’s Mesonet site 0.37 inch.
That along with a dryline south of the front and expected weak upper support within a modest west-southwest flow aloft should spur scattered storm development Sunday afternoon and evening.
Just 0.01 percent of Texas is in severe drought, with 1.7 percent in moderate drought, down from almost 3 percent a week ago.
Those dry areas are in northeast Texas.
Currently 13.55 percent of Texas is abnormally dry but not yet in drought.
At this point in 2016, Plainview had just 0.84 inch of moisture.