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Tornadoes 2011

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#1 Vapor Trails

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 10:05 AM

89 people were killed by a large tornado in Joplin, Missouri. :( According to the Weather Channel, which I'm watching now, the death toll could go up. Mike Bettes, the meteorologist for the Weather Channel, got really choked up at one point. :( Dozens of cars totally crushed, and a hospital was destroyed. A 26,000 pound truck was bent around a tree! :eek3:

This is turning into one of the worst years in American history, insofar as deaths caused by tornadoes. This one was said to be almost a mile wide, which sounds like the Tuscaloosa tornado.
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 11:08 AM

Here's the Stormtrack thread discussing the chase of these storms. There are some harrowing, heart-breaking and tragic accounts on this thread. :(
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 12:43 PM

As always, curious about the warnings, availability of basements, etc.  Horrible in any event.

BTW, local tv station was promoting a weather alert app for iPhone - they had one day where people could get it free.  Now that would be handy because most folk who have that kind of phone probably always have it on, so it would be more useful than anything at home, be it radio or tv.   My own cell phone doesn't do much besides make and receive calls and I only turn it on if I'm making or receiving a call...
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 02:22 PM

that's why I like places that don't have typhoons, tsunamis, tornados, floods, or earthquakes ... hhmm , not too terribly many places that fit the bill, but some, some
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 05:04 PM

The death toll is now at 116. :( Supposedly, this is the single worst tornado, in terms of fatalities, since the mid 1950s.
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:37 AM

Check in when you can FnlPrblm! :hugs: And any other EIers in Missouri.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:44 AM

And as they tried to sort through the aftermath, thunderstorm.    :(
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 10:12 PM

Joplin's under tornado warning AGAIN.

http://weather.yahoo...joplin-2429939/

:headdesk: these poor people have been through enough. :(

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 10:45 PM

I'm here!  :)  By the time the storms hit this side of the state, they had diminished to a fair degree.  The couple of relatives in Joplin survived.  Thankfully it hit on Sunday when my mom's aunt was at her daughter's for dinner.  The aunt's house is a wasteland, but the daughter's (a mere four blocks away) was spared.

Poor Joplin, they've gotten hit a couple more times, hindering their efforts, including right now.  The official death total is now 122 and expected to rise.

Another deadly storm is predicted  to roll straight into Saint Louis tomorrow afternoon thru the evening.
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:33 PM

Yeah, FnlPrblm!  I'm so glad you are safe. :D

I am sorry to hear about your aunt's house. :( Even though it's just stuff and she is safe, it is still devastating to lose everything one has worked hard to accumulate over the years, in what amounts to a blink of an eye.. :hugs:

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 12:04 PM

This year in the U.S., over 500 people have been killed by tornadoes. :(
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 12:04 PM

Just horrible. And more severe weather is happening today.

This season is turning out to be one massive tornado outbreak after another.
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 12:06 PM

Good to see that you're okay FnlPrblm. :cool: (Every Rush fan counts, ya know. ;) )
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 03:59 PM

Too many people ignore the warning system. I goes off on a lot of false alarms, but when you get a EF5... :(

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Posted 25 May 2011 - 09:15 PM

^I wouldn't necessarily say that the warnings are ignored as often as they aren't heard.  There have been times where I have a stereo on or watching something on tv where there is constant background noise (like a sporting event where the constant crowd sound) might proportionately drown out the sirens, if you're not relatively close to them.  In fact, the people in Joplin reported not hearing the sirens in what would have been the first time they blew (1 of 2) because of the hard rain and massive hail that came before it being so loud.

(Quick news quip about damage in Frederickstown, MO this afternoon and how quickly it happened.)  You might watch a couple other videos too.


Fortunately, Joplin was spared a third day of tornadoes, but unfortunately it came at the expense of other towns. :(  Poor Sedalia and Kansas City, MO both got hit.  Last night, Dallas and Oklahoma City got hit last night.  Late this afternoon, Saint Louis got hit a ton, but somehow and fortunately, we were spared any major damage and zero deaths/injuries.  The hail was tremendous.  Baseball/tennis ball sized hail in some areas.  I drove through part of that twice (once going east, then coming back another highway, but that one was less intense).
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 09:41 PM

Also, Thanks ME, A.K. and everyone else.  It doesn't happen very often, but in the extreme cases, I'm fairly lucky. :)

Oh and btw, the death toll continues to climb in Joplin, hitting 125.
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 09:55 PM

Here we don't have sirens. They say it's because people inside buildings don't hear them. They tell everyone to buy weather radios instead.

We're in the southern tip of tornado alley.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 01:01 PM

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FP: Oh and btw, the death toll continues to climb in Joplin, hitting 125.

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 06:12 PM

I think there are sirens in parks and other open areas here.  Though anybody listening to something loud on earphones probably couldn't hear them.  Local radio (office/car) keeps folk well informed, as do local tv stations and I still watch the local evening news.  Sometimes being a tv addict pays.  When there are thunderstorms around, people near computers tend to have weather on their screens.  Now there's a weather radio app for your iphone.  

With all of that, it's still possible to just be unplugged, or not listening to local media, and not get warnings.

At least a tornado or hurricane gives a warning.  You're completely out of luck with earthquakes (former Los Angeles girl here).
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Posted 27 May 2011 - 01:34 AM

View PostFnlPrblm, on 25 May 2011 - 09:41 PM, said:

Also, Thanks ME, A.K. and everyone else.  It doesn't happen very often, but in the extreme cases, I'm fairly lucky. :)

Oh and btw, the death toll continues to climb in Joplin, hitting 125.

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