Tornadoes are skipping across the Midwest again and taking more lives than have been taken since the 1950′s. With the advance warning systems we have now compared to the 1950′s you would wonder why there have been so many deaths?
Most are attributing it to the force of the tornadoes. They are bigger and wider and have more impact than ever before in the history of record keeping. Is this the result of global warming? Some say yes, and some experts differ, saying this weather pattern happens and it is a freak of nature.
Whatever the cause, it is very clear that we have no control when Mother Nature takes over. The only way to survive is to get under ground. Growing up in Oklahoma, I can remember running to the storm shelter in our neighborhood that one of our neighbors had. It was accepted that all of us would be allowed in and that we would all be welcomed as we huddled together as the storms roared overhead.
Fortunately for us, most went over us, and did not touch down in our neighborhood, but we were ready. When the sirens went off, we ran to the storm shelter. I don’t know why some people don’t realize that running for shelter is what is still needed? Tornadoes always win. Humans seldom win unless they are in safe rooms and are below ground. Tornadoes have force and should never be questioned.
Sometimes an inner closet is safe, but when you are in the presence of a F5 or F6 tornado, you will be the one swept away if you are not below ground. My parents knew this when we were growing up, and when you live in “tornado alley” you know what to do.
My heart goes out to those recently affected by the deadly twisters affecting my home state, Oklahoma as well as Missouri and all those throughout the South. So many have lost their loved ones and their homes.
- Forecasts, TV and luck eased tornado risk in Oklahoma (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Demography, Design and Tornado Deaths (dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Tornado tough: how to keep your home standing (cbsnews.com)