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Oklahoma Tornado

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue May 21, 2013 1:45 pm

Mindblowing before and after pictures.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22608754
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby Tonyblack » Tue May 21, 2013 2:06 pm

Sharlene lived not far from the Oklahoma border in Kansas and they had tornados there. She has some great stories - like the time when the local clergyman went to open the church as it had a basement for people to shelter in. The tornado picked him up off his feet and deposited him on the church steps no worse for the experience. :lol:
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby Bouncy Castle » Tue May 21, 2013 2:11 pm

:lol: Mary Poppins without the need for a brolly!!


There's a picture on the Beeb (I think). A big white guy (teacher) hugging the hell out of a little black boy (student) after their school was demolished.

Heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time.
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby Tonyblack » Tue May 21, 2013 2:15 pm

You can sort of see why that area is the Bible Belt. They must take the Wrath of God really seriously there.
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby Tonyblack » Tue May 21, 2013 2:17 pm

Ooops :oops:

I should mention (got carried away) that this is an awful thing to happen and my heart goes out to all those who have lost friends and relatives. Sadly, these things are relatively common in that area.
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby TinatheConfused » Tue May 21, 2013 3:44 pm

I was 6 when one of those went through my town. Belvidere IL 1967. Horrible for them.
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby Catch-up » Tue May 21, 2013 4:35 pm

Just horrifying.
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby Tonyblack » Tue May 21, 2013 4:41 pm

Sharlene and I were looking at the BBC pictures and I was commenting that although the houses were reduced to rubble, there didn't seem to be any on the roads. Sharlene explained that when one of these starts you go through your house and open all the windows and doors. Doing this means that you get rid of any vacuums. When the tornado hits, the air pressure tends to make houses with internal vacuums implode - hence there being no rubble on the roads.
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby Catch-up » Tue May 21, 2013 4:45 pm

Yeah, open the windows, head for the basement. We don't get many tornadoes around here, but we've been through the drill when the conditions are right for one to form. Last spring a town about 20 minutes away was hit. Lots of damage, but no deaths thank goodness.
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Tue May 21, 2013 5:57 pm

Terible thing to happen, not a lot you can do about it.
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby wicked woman » Tue May 21, 2013 8:15 pm

Awful, poor people. :cry:
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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby raptornx01 » Wed May 22, 2013 2:00 am

Tonyblack wrote:Sharlene and I were looking at the BBC pictures and I was commenting that although the houses were reduced to rubble, there didn't seem to be any on the roads. Sharlene explained that when one of these starts you go through your house and open all the windows and doors. Doing this means that you get rid of any vacuums. When the tornado hits, the air pressure tends to make houses with internal vacuums implode - hence there being no rubble on the roads.


Yeah, it's the opposite you do with a hurricane. With those you have to make sure everything is sealed because the winds get in and just rip the place apart (roof first usually). But with a tornado because the pressure drops so fast it's like putting a balloon in a vacuum tube. Only, a house's walls aren't that flexible.

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Re: Oklahoma Tornado

Postby chillicamper » Wed May 22, 2013 5:34 am

Terrible pictures :( my heart goes out to all affected
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