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US Tornadoes

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US Tornadoes

A devastating tornado has struck Arizona killing 91 people, including many children, and injuring hundreds more.
Tornado 1
Tornado 2

EDIT: Title changed to cover both Arizona and Oklahoma tornadoes.
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Yes I heard about that today. A terrible loss not only for the lives lost but also peoples homes and businesses etc.
Are you out there artmo? If so stay safe!
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Re: Arizona Tornado

No I'm back here in the UK now. 
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Re: Arizona Tornado

The tornados hit Oklahoma City which is the capital and largest city in the state of Oklahoma.


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Re: Arizona Tornado

51 dead in Oklahoma.
President Obama is to make a statement at 3p our time.
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Quote from: artmo

President Obama is to make a statement at 3p our time.

Wasn`t his fault, ........................was it? ......
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You can bet the tea party clan will try and blame him Grin Grin
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Re: US Tornadoes

More news on the tornado that hit Oklahoma yesterday.
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kdoug007
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Re: US Tornadoes

this  wont  help  those  who  lost there  homes... but  gosh ,  those  who  did  hope they  were insured!!
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Re: US Tornadoes

I would imagine premiums to be a little higher than average in Tornado Alley.
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Re: US Tornadoes

Many people who live in hurricane or tornado areas cannot get insurance.  Sometimes they are covered by the State.
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The Oklahoma tornado was upgraded to a category EF-5 last night - the highest category on the scale.
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What often surprises me is many of the houses in Tornado Alley are "timber frame" not bricks and mortar.
Wonder if it makes a difference?
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I don't know about housing regulations for tornadoes but it may be the same as for hurricanes.  All new properties have to be built to withstand hurricane conditions (cat 4 I think). There are, however, many old properties that do not meet the standard and there is no requirement to do anything about it.  If a non-compliant building gets damaged and needs major re-building then it has to be done to hurricane standard.
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I believe the original thinking was that,  while the houses are destroyed easier,  it's much quicker to rebuild them.
The main problem with brick build houses would be the roof, which would come off with relative ease, then the insides emptied leaving a shell.  
Also,  given the speeds involved and the amount of flying debris,  it's likely the walls will be severly damaged or destroyed anyway.
If you looks at the damaged caused to the schools in Moore,  brick/concrete construction didn't help much with a direct hit!
And while this event looks bad,  it's still suprising that a tornado like that hasn't encountered a more densely populated area (e.g. Oklahoma City).
And with regards to building regs. A Category 5 Hurricane can sustain winds over 155 mph and Tornadoes can produce winds in excess of 315 mph.