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Old May 8th, 2007, 04:24 AM   #21
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Old May 8th, 2007, 04:29 AM   #22
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a catastrophe. i'm speechless.










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Old May 8th, 2007, 11:21 AM   #23
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Why all the houses are wood-made? What's the problem with the concrete?

I don't understand...
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Old May 8th, 2007, 02:43 PM   #24
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OH MY GOD!!! That is horrible!
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Old May 8th, 2007, 05:29 PM   #25
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You know, it is always truly heartbreaking to see disasters like this. I have never in my life seen an entire town wiped off the map like it was never even there.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 09:28 PM   #26
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That is unbelievably sad. I cannot believe all of the destruction!

And the fact that it was an F5 tornado, I'm surprised that more people weren't killed.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 11:15 PM   #27
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That is unbelievably sad. I cannot believe all of the destruction!

And the fact that it was an F5 tornado, I'm surprised that more people weren't killed.
Yeah that is so true. I would expect more lives to be lost after looking at all the destruction. In 1996 an F5 tornado struck the town of Oakfield, Wisconsin, and there were no deaths. The warning system has improved alot in the midwest & plains; although, one can never have enough warning for any type of disaster.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 04:55 AM   #28
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damn!

thats a big mean twister to do something like that...I'll take a snow storm anyday.

sure hope those who have fallen on hardships at a time like this can rebuild and be strong.

the pics are crazy....just crazy.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 05:41 AM   #29
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damn!

thats a big mean twister to do something like that...I'll take a snow storm anyday.
OK, a confession...Tornadoes scare the shit out of me like nothing else. Honestly. Whenever a tornado watch is issued I usually cower in the basement until it has passed...ok not literally, but living through something like this is right up there with the scariest experience one could endure, imho. To me, a tornado and snow storm are in totally different categories, one being a catestrophic event the other being a nuisance, and sometimes even a pleasure.
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Old May 10th, 2007, 04:58 PM   #30
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Not much to add here, but I came accross this photo today. Just crazy.

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Old May 12th, 2007, 02:38 PM   #31
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The town I live in was hit by a major tornado (actually it was probably more than one but thats hard to determine when there is so much debris.) in 1998. Since then the city has grown about 10% which is a big deal in southern Minnesota. Towns can come back, but the smaller they are the harder it will be. Also the economy makes a big difference, if the business community doesnt come back then the residents may not either. This town is utter destruction, a full comeback will be very hard.

Here is some info on the St Peter Tornado of March 29th (yes people were caught off gaurd by having a tornado that early in the year)1998.
http://www.sigmamaps.com/StPeter/stpindex.htm
http://www.gusties.org/cleanup/
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...WE:en%26sa%3DN

St Peter strikes back with attitude
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...WE:en%26sa%3DN

Hope for a recovery, what happened in St Peter
http://news.minnesota.publicradio.or.../stpeter.shtml


This is in no way to compare the two disasters, Greensburgs tornado was much stronger and the town was devistated, ours damaged or destroyed about 50% of the town.

Fiddler tornados scare me too man..and I live in tornado alley Minnesota (thats official, the area within 20 miles of Nicollet MN is the states tornado alley based on historic records, Nicollet got hit last year and we had a near miss).
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Old May 12th, 2007, 11:27 PM   #32
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wow, that looks like F5 destruction. So sad. I remember when my high school got hit by a tornado, everyone was happy, but that was mainly because it did most its damage to the school (while out of class).
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Old May 14th, 2007, 04:18 PM   #33
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I think the town should preserve a big chunk of the destruction and turn itself into a tourist site. Kind of like Hiroshima did with the Peace Park.

Maybe even build a national Tornado Museum and turn their tragedy into an economic development opportunity.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 06:07 PM   #34
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That is unbelievable. The aerial with just the grain elevator (saw that earlier today) is bizarre and just plain unreal.
Who would have thought the tallest structure around survived that type of wind. Being a former resident of Nebraska and a trained storm spotter all I can say is WOW. In the past 5 years I have had 2 close calls on Indy's southside. Both were only F1's on the old Fujita scale though.
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Old May 9th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #35
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After the 2007 Tornado, the City of Greensburg passed a resolution that all city buildings would be up to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standards. Greensburg is rebuilding as a "green" town.
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Old May 9th, 2009, 11:51 PM   #36
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After the 2007 Tornado, the City of Greensburg passed a resolution that all city buildings would be up to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum standards. Greensburg is rebuilding as a "green" town.
Is that even reasonable? It seems like the city is shooting itself in the foot on this one.
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Old May 10th, 2009, 12:00 AM   #37
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Strange synchronicity (at least on my part) that this thread was bumped from two years ago. I drove through Greensburg just 10 days ago. It looks like a town on the move. The trees are still missing but there seemed to be loads of construction going on.

Wasn't Greensburg featured on HGTV's "Deserving Design" or another show like that?
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Old May 10th, 2009, 12:05 AM   #38
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Is that even reasonable? It seems like the city is shooting itself in the foot on this one.
I don't think so at all. In this day and age, every civic building in the US should be required by law to adhere to LEED standards.
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Old May 10th, 2009, 12:13 AM   #39
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there was a show about greensburg on 60 minutes or something like that quite a while ago... to me it seems that their "all green" thing is just a gimmick because they weren't putting a huge effort into making their town really sustainable. the only things i remember them doing was using concrete to build with instead of wood and having geothermal h/c. even then their claim to green building applies to like 3 structures.

not sure how it is now
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Old May 10th, 2009, 04:34 AM   #40
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Reminds me of a scene from the 1980's movie "The Day After". Very sad!

P.S. I found this and thought I would share it.

http://www.kansascity.com/934/gallery/1176582.html

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