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Living in Tornado Alley most of my life you deal with many Tornados. Tornado Alley would include northern Texas, most of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, as well as eastern portions of Colorado and South Dakota.
Tonight alone we had 22 Tornados fortunately just a little damage on these small ones this time but when it is bad….It is BAD!
11 MAY 1970 here in my home town of Lubbock, Texas was the 4th most costly Tornados in U.S. history to date. 26 People died, at least 500 injured with a destruction cost of $250 Million Dollars (which in today’s dollar amounts would equal $1.25 billion!). We had two tornados on this same day a smaller F1 (Fujita scale) and the Biggest tornado you can have a F5 with wind speeds more than 261 mph and a width of one and a half miles wide.
While traveling in Tornado known areas like Tornado Alley you should really do some research before going…..it could save your life! Here in West Texas tornado season is normally from March thru May but can vary….this year it started on 17 FEB 2009 with tornados in Oklahoma. Today (17APR 09) was the start for us. In the Northern United States tornados usually form in the Summer months of July and August.
Look for environmental clues including a dark sky, large hail, frequent lightning or a loud roar or sounds or flying debris.
If you’re driving and see a twister nearby never try to outrun it….even doing over 120 mph won’t save your life in most cases.
In a Building:
See if it has a basement or cellar (many building have one here) that would be best but if not then go the most center place in the building with no windows or bathroom throwing a mattress over you as you lay in the tub.
Fujita Tornado Intensity Scale
F0: Gale tornado (40-72 mph).
F1: Moderate tornado (73-112 mph). Moderate damage.
F2: Significant tornado (113-157 mph). Considerable damage.
F3: Severe tornado (158-206 mph). Severe damage.
F4: Devastating tornado (207-260 mph). Devastating damage.
F5: Incredible tornado (261-318 mph). Incredible damage
Some stories dealing with Tornados:
I remember when I was young (7 years old) living in the country near Pampa, Texas. One day we could see a tornado hitting the town so my folks, sisters and me got in the car and drove to town to see it better. Warning: Don’t do this unless you were raised around tornados and know the signs to look for danger or it can be deadly! We drove into some of the rain bands and could see it better…this was like a F1 or so…small one.
While in Dallas Texas attending Christ for the Nations Institute a friend from Oregon wanted to see a Twister that was in the area.
I do remember my parents telling me stories of them hiding in the cafeteria of a school underneath a table that had a birthday cake on it. The tornado destroyed most of the cafeteria but none were hurt bad. The cake was found two miles away undamaged! Also things like plastic straws impacted into telephone poles!
So in closing it is best to do your research before you travel even on things like weather just might save your life….or give you a trill of your life if you take the tour!
Oh by the way I had knee surgery last week so the only photos I could take were around the house. Have added some photos of Tornados also.