Huge severe weather outbreak to our west Friday

Posted at 8:34 AM, Mar 03, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-03 17:14:56-05

While our viewing area was spared any significant severe weather, a huge outbreak of severe storms affected areas south and west of Virginia.

Almost 600 reports of severe weather were received by the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.  Of those reports, 83 were possible tornadoes.  About half of those occurred in Indiana and Kentucky.  A good portion of those were confirmed by witnesses or severe storm spotters.  Various National Weather Service offices will be surveying damage in the coming days.  Figures for fatalities & cost of damage are still being processed.

This follows a severe outbreak that occurred earlier in the week.  That outbreak was responsible for damage (and some fatalities) in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky & Tennessee. [PHOTOS: Tornadoes rip across U.S.]

While there will be some severe weather across the southeastern states today, things will quiet down quite a bit for the week ahead.

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