Huge oklahoma tornado
Its a serious business it all over the news here, sadly it does not look too good for the poor kids? I build (water) facilities in a hurricane zone and they like all all schools and other important buildings are designed and put together very well, very strong, heavy and full of redundancy. Looking at the news and seeing how the school was just torn apart is terrifying. My middle son is in elementary school and he has monthly hurricance/tornado drills on where to go and what to do if the alarm goes, they come so quick there is only time to get to the nearest safe place there is no way to get all the kids out in the time away from the area.Posted 4 years ago
Not good, its so sad..somafunkSubscriber
We often complain about the weather in this country but our fiercest storms are now’t but a bit windy compared to the damage and destruction this tornado has wreaked across Oklahoma, entire neighbourhoods/housing schemes have been flattened and the death toll is rising fast according to the latest BBC update, an estimated two miles wide at the base with recorded wind speeds of 200mph+ 😯 . Two schools have taken a direct hit and many kids are still missing, horrible!.Posted 4 years agosharkbaitMember
all schools and other important buildings are designed and put together very well, very strong, heavy and full of redundancy
It’s hard to imagine the power of that thing. I wonder how many more properties/people would survive [a ‘normal’ tornado] if the merkins didn’t have a devotion to building houses from wood and paper?Posted 4 years agorockhopperbikeSubscriber
I wonder how many more properties/people would survive [a ‘normal’ tornado] if the merkins didn’t have a devotion to building houses from wood and paper?
To build a home to withstand a tornado wouldn’t really be a viable option.
but even with the experience they have of wood framed homes, shurly a concrete or brick wall would be better for at least one room of the home – as a sort of refuge – if they cant be bothered to dig out a basementPosted 4 years agoRo5eyMember
Was reading WSJ this morn and from the comments page the gist I took was…
You can build Tornado proof houses (out of concrete) but it’s super expensive and when weighed up against the chances of actually being hit by “God’s finger” even when living in or around so called areas like “Tornado alley” people choose not too.Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
In the US brick or stone houses aren’t considered ideal for tornado resistance, because they will still blow down anyway, and being buried under bricks is worse than timber.
Concrete bunkers would be too expensive. Although, I do wonder if they’d be that much cheaper to cool in the summer, there might eventually be a payback.
Much cheaper to build shelters in the garden or basements, especially as most houses have basements. Although not all it would seem 🙁Posted 4 years agomcmoonterMember
I saw something of the ongoing clear up in Joplin two years ago about a month after the tornados touched down. There they said three twisters came together trebled it’s force. The tornado scale goes up to 4, they wanted to upgrade Joplin to 5.
Nothing in it’s path survived. Even the concrete multistory hospital was shifted on it’s foundations.
Weirdly a street away from it’s path buildings stood undamaged. It was a sobering sight.
I really feel for the folks in Oklahoma.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Terrifying, one mother sheltering in the bath, (which is what’s recommended), had to hold onto her daughter’s hair to stop her from being dragged out of the bath! To get an idea of the scale, I live a mile from the center of Chippenham, so that tornado would have wiped almost the entire town off the map, leaving just some of the outer housing estates.Posted 4 years ago
Nothing could ever entice me to live in the center states of America.
I really feel for all the poor folks who’s lives have been, literally, torn apart. 🙁busydogMember
I grew up on a cattle ranch in SW Nebraska and we saw tornadoes in the area virtually every summer. One destroyed our largest barn in the middle of the night (about 100 yards from the house)–the noise is something that is hard to describe and something I will never forget.
Debris broke a few house windows, but otherwise no damage.
It was a normal part of our summers to be woken up by my Dad in the middle of the night for a trip to the basement to wait out a passing storm (a precaution as you couldn’t see what was coming at night).
Needless to say, I moved away from there as soon as I was on my own.Posted 4 years ago
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