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Tornado destroyed my house

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  • Wrench N RocketsWrench N Rockets Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Yeah the accident count basically quadruples when it rains. You have a highway mix of idiots doing 80 with their bald tires and idiots doing 40 because OH GOD WATER FROM THE SKY and chaos just ensues.

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  • DrIanMalcolmDrIanMalcolm Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs' skirts?Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    And don't get me started on how nobody likes to use their turn signals out here

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  • ArtreusArtreus Hamlet Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Oh man. I was sitting on the porch and nothing much was happening besides some lightning in the distance. Then all the lights went out and the storm let loose. That was interesting.

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I hate storms.

    Especially long ones.

    Our fucking sidewalk gets all flooded.

  • AneurhythmiaAneurhythmia Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    MKR wrote: »
    What weather alarm radio is good? The one I had broke after a few months. It has a warranty, but I'm not going to experiment with model reliability on a lifesaving device.

    Honestly, radio receivers are insanely simple technology. You'd have to try really hard to make a bad one.

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  • ArtreusArtreus Hamlet Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Just heard what sounded like a series of explosions..

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  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Looks like Indiana is nearly covered by the storm system.

    Shit will be here soon enough and here I was hoping to get some sleep tonight.

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase It's all in the game though, right?Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    Macro9 wrote: »
    Looks like Indiana is nearly covered by the storm system.

    Shit will be here soon enough and here I was hoping to get some sleep tonight.

    It's over here on the west coast. Has been for awhile now.

  • DrIanMalcolmDrIanMalcolm Does somebody go out into the park and pull up the dinosaurs' skirts?Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
  • DarmakDarmak Godking of the Snerkywizards Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I should probably put some pants and shoes on in case everything comes tumbling down around me.
    Macro9 wrote: »
    Looks like Indiana is nearly covered by the storm system.

    Shit will be here soon enough and here I was hoping to get some sleep tonight.

    It's over here on the west coast. Has been for awhile now.

    The west coast of Ohio?

    New Madrid has sunk you guys and I wasn't told about this?

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase It's all in the game though, right?Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    Macro9 wrote: »
    I should probably put some pants and shoes on in case everything comes tumbling down around me.
    Macro9 wrote: »
    Looks like Indiana is nearly covered by the storm system.

    Shit will be here soon enough and here I was hoping to get some sleep tonight.

    It's over here on the west coast. Has been for awhile now.

    The west coast of Ohio?

    New Madrid has sunk you guys and I wasn't told about this?

    West coast of Indiana.

  • ArtreusArtreus Hamlet Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Storms never used to scare me but all these tornado deaths this year has me a little on edge

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase It's all in the game though, right?Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    I hate tornadoes. I've been through multiple hurricanes and they never scare me. Tornadoes scare the shit out of me though.

  • Darkness MundusDarkness Mundus Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    This whole weather shitting everywhere at least once a week shit is making me hesitate in buying a new vehicle to replace the one that got decimated by some sweet golf ball sized hail that poured from the sky for like 5 minutes.

  • GafotoGafoto Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I drove past Joplin a week or so ago. Pretty crazy to think how leveled it is now.

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  • TefTef Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    what are the chances the relevant states would revise their building codes to better withstand these kind of events?

    I know Australia really overhauled our codes, most other states taking their lead from the Northen territory, following cyclone Tracy back in 74 which decimated Darwin, the capital city of the NT. We've got fairly strict building codes which does mean any development is more costly, but in cyclone prone areas I think they've proven their worth.

    Does anyone think they'll be a serious review once everything returns to some semblance of order? Did people have these conversation following Katrina?

  • BucketmanBucketman Dyslexic Puppy Skraggle RockRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Dear Bloomington people, some friends of mine on facebook just posted about a tornado touchdown, be careful

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  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Well, Katrina's devastation I believe came mostly from the levees.

    There isn't much you can do to tornado proof your homes. In the midwest and parts of the south tornadoes are a big problem in a certain part of the year. They come out of nowhere and can be very deadly. The warnings and such are really for just weather that can produce tornadoes. Sometimes you can get knowledge beforehand with a short amount of time to prepare, but it's best to be prepared for the possibility before they happen.

    A hurricane is very different in the amount of forewarning you get. Whereas you could have just a severe storm that's like the thousands you've witnessed before, but this time a tornado happens to touch down in your backyard and it goes on to destroy everything for miles around and then just like it appeared in a flash it's gone.

    You just have to be prepared with a good spot to take cover, a radio, and maybe some first aid.

    edit:

    The reason I think for a lot of us Midwesterners and southerners are on edge now is because of the string of bad tornadoes starting last month. I'm don't normally stress out over it, but it does seem bad.

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  • cabsycabsy oh it's a boat Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Macro9 wrote: »
    Well, Katrina's devastation I believe came mostly from the levees.

    There isn't much you can do to tornado proof your homes. In the midwest and parts of the south tornadoes are a big problem in a certain part of the year. They come out of nowhere and can be very deadly. The warnings and such are really for just weather that can produce tornadoes. Sometimes you can get knowledge beforehand with a short amount of time to prepare, but it's best to be prepared for the possibility before they happen.

    A hurricane is very different in the amount of forewarning you get. Whereas you could have just a severe storm that's like the thousands you've witnessed before, but this time a tornado happens to touch down in your backyard and it goes on to destroy everything for miles around and then just like it appeared in a flash it's gone.

    You just have to be prepared with a good spot to take cover, a radio, and maybe some first aid.

    edit:

    The reason I think for a lot of us Midwesterners and southerners are on edge now is because of the string of bad tornadoes starting last month. I'm don't normally stress out over it, but it does seem bad.

    Basically all of this. Also this is the first year that my weather report has not only said tornadoes likely in the actual forecast but has said it multiple times in the span of the last few weeks. Not be on the lookout, or possible, but storms from 1-5am with possible/probable tornado. It's pretty scary to see that.

    They can form or dissipate incredibly fast with little to no warning and change direction very quickly. There's no weeks or days of warning, they can form over one field, take out two houses, and leave the rest of the area untouched, or form a mile-wide path of fuck you that runs over several (hundred) miles faster than you could drive a car.

    It does not help that in certain areas you get so used to being under a tornado watch that it no longer holds any value for you. Imagine if you spent 30+ hours a week, four to six months a year being told something might possibly happen and then it didn't, for years and years and years, how long are you going to really put a lot of faith in it ever happening? So you write it off because hell it hasn't ever happened before, and then bam it does and people die.

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  • SabreMauSabreMau Still featuring glasses. Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Doesn't tornado-proofing a home basically mean building it fully underground?

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  • TossrockTossrock too weird to live too rare to dieRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    well, you could design it to be aerodynamically stable under tornado force gales

    maybe do some windtunnel testing

    probably end up with a long gentle slope and really solid building materials

  • TefTef Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Yeah, since the tornados can get up to over 250mph(?) I can appreciate that it's a bit hard to weather proof structures for that. Tracy was around the 200mph mark, I think.

    Macro, so you'd say that generally the standards to which structures are the at the best compromise of strength vs cost/ease of construction? I'm genuinely curious because this came up over dinner the other night

  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Underground houses could work until Tornadoes evolve into their drill form.

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  • SabreMauSabreMau Still featuring glasses. Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Or until the floods come along.

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  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus ha ha just kidding I'm Frog ManRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    everybody move to Oregon, there's only a small chance that one of our many dormant volcanoes will decide to erupt sometime this century

  • TefTef Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    yeah but the chances of me contracting cholera/breaking an arm/drowning/being dragged away by an eagle on my way there are pretty fucking high

  • VALVEjunkieVALVEjunkie Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    ahhhhh, dysentery

  • HullisHullis A ship is at risk..at every hour, minute, and second. That's where I come in.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Tef wrote: »
    yeah but the chances of me contracting cholera/breaking an arm/drowning/being dragged away by an eagle on my way there are pretty fucking high

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  • TefTef Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I now know how Ebeneezer Scrooge felt. I-I must change my ways

  • Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus ha ha just kidding I'm Frog ManRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    step one: give me all your money

  • TefTef Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
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  • a5ehrena5ehren AtlantaRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Tossrock wrote: »
    well, you could design it to be aerodynamically stable under tornado force gales

    maybe do some windtunnel testing

    probably end up with a long gentle slope and really solid building materials

    Eh. Against EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes, nothing really stands a chance - the thing with these really strong tornadoes is that there is also a large enough atmospheric pressure differential that houses literally explode. There are things you can do to when building a home to help with EF3 and below tornadoes (mostly related to the foundation), but the odds of getting hit at a given point are so low that it isn't worth dramatically increasing the cost of living to do it.

  • TefTef Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Despite my being a bit silly, my thoughts are with everyone who lost loved ones in these recent storms. Stay safe SE homps

  • mcpmcp Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I think a lot of people living in Joplin were fairly desensitized to tornadoes. I know I was when I lived there.

    Anytime it gets a little fucking cloudy there's a god damn tornado watch.

    There's hardly any time at all in the spring when that place isn't under a watch or warning.

    Fucking tornado alley and it's cones of death.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    Same down here.

    There's such a thing as desensitization.

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  • Macro9Macro9 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
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    edited May 2011
    Munkus reading for the bar exam is boring

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  • dbrock270dbrock270 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    This bad tornado season has me really nervous for hurricane season.

  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    There was a tornado in Massachusetts. D:

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