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Old 05-24-11, 01:52 PM   #101
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Re: Is There Any Place To Live Safe From Mother Nature's Wrath?

My parents and grandparents live in Joplin. My mom is a teacher at the high school that was destroyed and was at the high school graduation ceremony (thankfully at the college) earlier that day. She had stopped to grab a burger when the hail rolled in and she hid in the Sonic freezer with one of her students who worked there and some other people. If she hadn't stopped for that burger she would have driven right into the middle of it.

I've visited Joplin several times a year for most of my life and I simply cannot believe what has happened there. My family lives a little outside of the city and were undamaged but there are buildings I've been too many times that are simply not there anymore. It cut a swath right through one of the most residential/densely populated areas of the city. There are going to be hundreds of bodies found.

It's truly unbelievable.
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Old 05-24-11, 05:51 PM   #102
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Re: Is There Any Place To Live Safe From Mother Nature's Wrath?

Things getting bad in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas today, any number of storms could be as bad as the one that hit Joplin.
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Old 05-24-11, 09:09 PM   #103
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Another tremendous Boston.com photo spread:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/201...ike_again.html
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Old 05-24-11, 09:20 PM   #104
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There are going to be hundreds of bodies found.

It's truly unbelievable.
Unfortunately, there are going to be a lot of people who are never found.

Glad to hear your family is okay. Along w/ ken's and JJE's.
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Old 05-24-11, 09:59 PM   #105
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Interesting analysis from Weather Underground:

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Why are there so many tornadoes, and so many people getting killed? Well, the high death toll this year is partly just bad luck. Violent EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes usually miss heavily populated areas, and we've had the misfortune of having two such tornadoes track over cities with more than 50,000 people (the Joplin tornado, and the Tuscaloosa-Birmingham EF-4 tornado in Alabama, which killed 61 people on April 27.) This sort of bad luck occurred in both 1953, when F-5 tornadoes hit Flint, Worcester, and Waco, and in 1936, when F-5s hit Tupelo and Gainesville. However, this year's death toll is more remarkable than the 1953 or 1936 death tolls, since in 2011 we have Doppler radar and a modern tornado warning system that is very good at providing an average of twelve minutes of warning time. The warning time for the Joplin tornado was 24 minutes. The first tornado warning wasn't issued until 1948, and virtually all tornadoes from the 1950s and earlier hit with no warning. On average, tornado deaths in the United States decreased from 8 per 1 million people in 1925 to 0.12 per 1 million people in 2000. Had this year's tornadoes occurred 50 years ago, I expect the death toll would have exceeded three thousand.

The entire post is worth a read: http://www.wunderground.com/blog/Jef...?entrynum=1808
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Old 05-24-11, 10:32 PM   #106
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Lots of aerial photos of the damage:

http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs...5240803&Ref=PH
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Old 05-24-11, 11:03 PM   #107
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This ought to really drive home the extent of the destruction:



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Old 05-24-11, 11:22 PM   #108
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Except for my son and I, every member of my family lives in the Joplin area. It was a very, very long night for us, but I got the phone call this morning and everybody in the "first tier" (mother, sister's family, neices) escaped without injury. Can't say the same about their places, but nobody's hurt. Waiting on the second tier (aunt, cousins) now.

Joplin is a 2nd home to me. Mom and Dad from there, met and moved to Ohio before having me and my kid sister. Used to spend most summers there at Grandma's house, and ended up doing my undergraduate studies at Missouri Southern.

Today, there's a field morgue being established in a parking lot of my Alma Mater.
Yeah, sorry, I remember your Joplin road trip thread and was wondering about you. I can relate, Katrina hit my hometown and parents' house but everyone made it out ok. We all moved on and away from the area.

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Old 05-24-11, 11:38 PM   #109
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At least five more killed tonight by tornadoes in OKC.
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Old 05-25-11, 06:13 AM   #110
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Lots of aerial photos of the damage:

http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs...5240803&Ref=PH

That is unbelievable.
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Old 05-25-11, 09:00 AM   #111
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Arkansas is under the gun again tonite. High risk for tornados in the northeast corner and it includes Memphis! Lord help us.
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Old 05-25-11, 09:34 AM   #112
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God the storms are just relentless

More tornados expected here today, worst weather season ever
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Old 05-25-11, 01:41 PM   #113
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Yeah, sorry, I remember your Joplin road trip thread and was wondering about you. I can relate, Katrina hit my hometown and parents' house but everyone made it out ok. We all moved on and away from the area.
Thank's for the words, Ranger.

Last night, as line after line after line of severe tornado-creating thunderstorms barrelled up I-44 into the greater Joplin area, my family had gone to ground. Taking their bug-out bags and flashlights with them, they headed for shelter around 10pm local time. They lost power almost immediately, but I was in contact with Karen via text messages. While they were in hiding, I was monitoring the situation from Indiana via the Weather Channel.

Make no mistake, TWC had it covered. Lots of folks suffered last night in other locations - some even losing their lives - and TWC was all over the drama as it played out. But they always, ALWAYS went back to the tragedy unfolding in Joplin and were tracking all of the storms there down to a gnat's ass.

When the first tornado touched down outside of Columbus, KS, TWC was on it. They reported it, I relayed it to Karen, she told the family. That missed Joplin, passing to the north. 90 minutes later, line #2 came blasting through. This was the collection of storms that had just missed OKC and was wreaking havoc all across central and northeastern OK. The brunt of that storm passed ot the south, and no vortex signatures were thankfully detected. By the time the third wave had come and gone, it was nearly 2am there (3am here). I gave them the "all clear" at 2:45 my time, and they all crawled out and went to bed as I did.

And tonight, Act 4 looks like it's going to play out.

Here's an aerial video shot by a TV helicopter on the morning after the tornado. What's left of the Home Depot at 20th and Range Line appears at 2:24.

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Old 05-25-11, 01:43 PM   #114
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The look of despair on the girl's face is heartbreaking.
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Old 05-25-11, 03:05 PM   #115
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Arkansas is under the gun again tonite. High risk for tornados in the northeast corner and it includes Memphis! Lord help us.
Lots of chasers out today, looks like another bad day for the locals. Lots of chasers are in Beebe, Arkansas waiting for things to start popping.
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Old 05-25-11, 10:43 PM   #116
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So it's been confirmed Joplin had an EF5 tornado. Wonder if the damage is worse than Alabama which had about $6 billion in damages.
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Old 05-26-11, 07:48 AM   #117
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Right now the estimate is around $3 billion, I believe. Over 8,000 structures, though, so it's possible that the number rises.
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Lots of chasers out today, looks like another bad day for the locals. Lots of chasers are in Beebe, Arkansas waiting for things to start popping.
Thank goodness, it was a non-event for the most part.
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Old 05-28-11, 10:48 AM   #119
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From Joplin:

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Old 05-28-11, 08:54 PM   #120
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We went to Joplin today to help some people with clean-up. Drove down into the hardest hit area and it is just surreal. Total destruction for as far as you can see. Lots of volunteers out helping, though.
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Old 05-29-11, 01:13 AM   #121
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Look like California is not immuned to tornado. On wednesday this one hit in Butte County about 60-70 miles south where I lived. Thanks god, there were no death or injuries just some structures damage and uprooted trees since it hit on rural area.

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Old 05-29-11, 02:21 PM   #122
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If anyone wants to see what my dad looks like, he's sitting directly behind the right shoulder of the person speaking at the podium for the live Joplin memorial currently airing on CNN.

My dad is over the speaker's right shoulder, live on CNN.  on Twitpic
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Old 05-29-11, 02:32 PM   #123
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Look like California is not immuned to tornado. On wednesday this one hit in Butte County about 60-70 miles south where I lived. Thanks god, there were no death or injuries just some structures damage and uprooted trees since it hit on rural area.

In Chico?!! I grew up that area and never saw any weather close to that...
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It's amazing how many DVDTalkers are personally affected by this incident. It's making me much more emotional each time I see the footage. Prayers for all involved.
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Old 05-29-11, 10:33 PM   #125
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Yeah, I'm sorry to see that DVDTalkers had to go through this, but it looks like most everyone and their families are doing alright, all things considered, which is good to hear. Seeing photos of the destruction and reading reports of how many people are dead or missing is really upsetting; I can't imagine going through that first-hand. This is a perfect example of why I'll take a hurricane over a tornado any day; so much more time to prepare and get out of the way of the destruction if you need to.

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