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#1    Ashotep


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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:11 AM


In a devastating weekend, mother nature pounded the American midwest with dozens of tornadoes across four states on Saturday and Sunday, keeping storm chasers in their cars and sending local residents fleeing terrified for shelter.

http://www.rawstory....western-states/ Video

I hate tornadoes, 22 so far.  Hope no one was killed.

Edited by Hilander, 20 May 2013 - 01:11 AM.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:33 AM

That would be terrifying.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:43 AM

strange, how the UK has more tornadoes than anywhere else on earth, but I don't think we've had one fatality!
not that we've anything worth ripping up anymore.....

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:53 AM

I've seen only 2 tornadoes in real life. Man, they sure can be a beast.

Yeah, I also feel bad for all those affected.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 12:54 PM

I was traveling one day to go shopping and a tornado went across the road.  Everyone just stopped until it passed then went on.  You could see stuff in it flying around.  That was weird.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 01:16 PM

View PostHilander, on 20 May 2013 - 01:11 AM, said:

I hate tornadoes, 22 so far.  Hope no one was killed.
At least one was.  Didn't catch the news this morning.

Closest they got to me was about 30 miles away.

We have another round of them coming this afternoon.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:07 AM

The news tonight is horrific. My heart is breaking for those poor people who are enduring so much tragedy. Prayers and God Bless all of them. I can't imagine their pain.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 03:36 AM

This isn't the most powerful storm front we ever had, this is average. What makes this one different is the fact that there was a F5 that hit us, leveling a whole community.  Moore got hit in 1999 by the most powerful storm front, with 76 tornadoes in one night, 3 F5 tornadoes.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:51 AM

I just became aware of the situation in Moore... 51 dead including 20 children.  And another 40 children unaccounted for in the rubble of the elementary school - dear God...

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:31 AM

I saw this on the news 37 where killed.i hope the goverment helps them.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:52 AM

Do schools etc in 'tornado alley' not all have storm shelters?  :(

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:13 AM

View PostEldorado, on 21 May 2013 - 06:52 AM, said:

Do schools etc in 'tornado alley' not all have storm shelters?  :(
I suspect most home have basements

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:29 AM

Since the 1999 tornado, i would have imagined that the houses build since would have had stormproof basements, it appears many did not, they were built on hard concrete.
There was a guy this morning on the news who had a basement and he was saying that the new houses were built without them. I personally would not have bought one without one, but wonder how many "cheap" houses were built for quick sale?
The government should have helped with funding to rebuild all the houses with proper storm shelters, the same way they sent billions to Haiti to help them, they should have done the same here after the 1999 disaster.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 11:59 AM

Few houses here in Oklahoma have basements - I am told that the soil (largely red clay) is not suitable for them as water leakage is high... Many people however have put in small tornado shelters...

I have always disagreed with the no basement situation, but builders here are pretty adamant against them for structural/water damage reasons...

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:01 PM


Massive tornado rips through Moore, Oklahoma: 51 killed, including 20 children; more feared dead

A devastating, mile-wide tornado touched down near Oklahoma City on Monday, killing at least 51 people—including 20 children—decimating homes, businesses and a pair of elementary schools in the suburb of Moore.
According to the state's medical examiner, the death toll was expected to rise. About 40 bodies were expected to be transported to the medical examiner's office overnight.
The schools—Plaza Towers Elementary and Briarwood Elementary—were leveled by the tornado. It was unclear how many children were in them at the time the twister hit, but according to KFOR-TV, at least seven children died at Plaza Towers, and as many as two dozen more were feared to be trapped inside the rubble. An Associated Press photographer saw rescue workers pull several children out alive. A makeshift triage center was set up in the school's parking lot.
"This is war-zone terrible," Jon Welsh, a helicopter pilot for KFOR who lives in Moore, said while surveying the damage from the air. "This school is completely gone."
Emergency officials urged people to remain off the roads so rescue workers and first responders could reach people potentially trapped in rubble, as the National Guard was called in to help in the search for victims.
Three people were killed at a 7-Eleven in the path of the storm, CBS' KWTV reported, including a man, woman and baby who took cover in a freezer but didn't survive. KFOR reported a fourth person was killed there.

Taken from http://news.yahoo.co...-205548879.html

Wow. Just wow. The devastation is terrible. My heart and prayers go out to everyone affected by this.

Also, did the school not have a storm cellar? You would think for schools in "tornado alley" they would have a storm cellar for students and teachers....

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