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Twisters In the USA

Here in Australia we don't have them, we have cyclones but they are different altogether. From the limited knowledge I have about twisters they are pretty scary events and this year they seem to be worse. It must be difficult living with such a menace and the way those things carve trails of destruction through towns and cities is just tragic. How do you manage your life from day to day, does every house have an uderground shelter? Who has been caught out in one and what do you do?
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never been caught but i live in Kansas and we get our share. Some homes have basements and some people have storm shelters. If one comes rippin your way not much you can do

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i have yet to see one my 34 years of living in Oklahoma. if we had a storm shelter we'd use it. i'll sometimes stay up late and watch the news if it looks really bad, but usually we just go to sleep.

usually i just get mad because the news breaks in on the shows i want to watch!!!!
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Most sheeple panic and bleat. I seldom worry as the odds are almost impossible. Yes, if your house gets hit you are in a world of hurt and then some. Hurricanes and cyclones are FAR more destructive but are more predictable (many deaths are due to flooding). When a tornado hits there is a usually a mile or two of run and that is it (in the deep south) Yes a few are stunningly destructive and run long distances but that is very rare.

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So when we see the stories out of the US it's pretty much like when we have a surfer get nibbled by a great white, the press love to talk that stuff up. Scary but it's not realy what's killing the people. They should be more afraid of their cheese burgers & fries statistically speaking.
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There were quite a few that went through the area last night. One of them about 75 miles away completely wiped the town of Parkersburg, IA off the map. The pictures of the destruction were incredible. Winds from 150-200mph. We were under Tornado watch in our area for about 3 hours last night, we had 80 mph wind gusts but no real damage. I stayed up to watch the weather until things cleared. We don't have a basement or storm shelter of any kind so I told my wife when we moved here a couple years ago that if one was headed our way that she should put on her motorcycle helmet.
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so I told my wife when we moved here a couple years ago that if one was headed our way that she should put on her motorcycle helmet.
oh my gawd

I know its a serious subject but
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My city is still rebuilding since one came about 1.5 years ago and we seem to get them very frequently. It wiped out whole neighborhoods and the high school killing a few of the students. I don't personally have a storm cellar so all you can do is watch the news and if one comes your way, just hold on.
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We don't get very many here in AZ, but I've seen a couple funnel clouds. And only one actual tornado. But the thing that boggles my mind is why people continue to build their homes, and rebuild them, in the portion of the country called TORNADO ALLEY. Maybe it's just me but that title seems more than a little ominous. And one would assume that with the outbreaks that occur each and every year, that modern science would have come to a solution to the destructive winds. The "Tornado Proof House." We've created things that can go 12,000mph and withstand reentry into the atmosphere, but homes are still made from sticks and stones. And home owners insurance must be outrageous. I'm not necessarily ridiculing the citizens of the mid west, I'm have sorrow for them, but after trailer 3 or 4, its time to relocate.
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And since you raised the issue of house insurance what is the average "twister cover" premium package going for in those parts?
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Re: Twisters In the USA

The American midwest has the most violent weather on Earth due to its peculiar geography. It is situated between masses of cold dry arctic air coming down via Canada, and warm moist air coming up from the gulf. Most place where this occurs have mountain ranges keeping the air masses apart. In the CONUS these air masses collide and make violent storms.

Why would people build in a place that has such weather? One might ask why people build homes in the path of hurricanes and cyclones (same thing really) which are far more destructive. Or earthquakes which are more destructive still. There is no place truly safe from some sort of natural disaster. You hope one doesn't hit and rebuild if it does.
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Why would people build in a place that has such weather? One might ask why people build homes in the path of hurricanes and cyclones (same thing really) which are far more destructive. Or earthquakes which are more destructive still. There is no place truly safe from some sort of natural disaster. You hope one doesn't hit and rebuild if it does.
Yeah and then there are the cities that get buried by volcano erruptions and tsunami's that hit coastal populations.. Still I don't know of any natural event that has the sheer spectacular visual impact like one of those big twisters, they almost look alive and angry. I like a big storm so part of me would like to see one at a safe distance.
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