SkyscraperCity Forum banner
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
141 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
It's a show on the Discovery Channel. Tonight they showed an episode about the potential for Dallas to be hit by a super tornado. It was said that if something like that hit downtown that thousands would be dead or injured and that it would take years maybe decades for the city to get back to normal. Has anyone seen it and if so what did you think of it?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
85 Posts
Most experts say its a matter of "when" and not if.

Downtown tornadoes seem to be more common these days: Salt Lake, Nashville, Forth Worth, OKC suburbs. I'd say it'll happen sometime, maybe not anytime soon, but sooner or later, it will happen.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
247 Posts
cityguy610 said:
Most experts say its a matter of "when" and not if.

Downtown tornadoes seem to be more common these days: Salt Lake, Nashville, Forth Worth, OKC suburbs. I'd say it'll happen sometime, maybe not anytime soon, but sooner or later, it will happen.
There were also some reported tornadoes in downtown New Orleans during Katrina that only came down for a few seconds. Most of them were reported around the Superdome area, where buildings like the Hyatt were totally gutted on certain sides because of intense winds.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
943 Posts
Please, They will come up with a disaster for every single city in America... Doomsday or whatever.

The Ice burgs melting will destroy coastal cities (incase that didn't get us) Hurricanes, and then Earth quakes along the west coast (and no apparently st. louis). And tornados in Dallas.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
85 Posts
HoustonTexas said:
Please, They will come up with a disaster for every single city in America... Doomsday or whatever.

The Ice burgs melting will destroy coastal cities (incase that didn't get us) Hurricanes, and then Earth quakes along the west coast (and no apparently st. louis). And tornados in Dallas.
Yea, people like to think of the worst possible situation. However, Dallas is in the perfect location for one of these so called "superstorms". Imagine if that may 3rd '99 tornado of Oklahoma actually hit downtown Dallas. :runaway:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
943 Posts
And Houston is in perfect location for A hurricane, oh wait, so is New Orleans, Miami, Mobile, Corpus Christi, Tampa, Jacksonville, hell why not include Atlanta, Dallas, Birmingham, New York City, Baltimore.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
85 Posts
Correct, and that is why New Orleans, Mobile, and Miami have all been devistated in the past.
New York??? I dont know, little bit too far north for a real major one.

Just because it hasn't happened (yet) doesnt mean its stupid to talk about.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
943 Posts
I know, it just gives me the giggles each time I see one of these "in-sightful" discovery channel "findings" of such disasters. No offense to you.
 

·
...wolf in cheap clothing
Joined
·
734 Posts
HoustonTexas said:
And Houston is in perfect location for A hurricane, oh wait, so is New Orleans, Miami, Mobile, Corpus Christi, Tampa, Jacksonville, hell why not include Atlanta, Dallas, Birmingham, New York City, Baltimore.
That show has already done an episode about a hurricane hitting New York, which has happened in the past and will happen again sometime in the future I'm sure.

In the late 1800's or very early 1900's, in fact, a hurricane hit the New York City area and demolished a posh island resort called Hawk Island. Before the hurricane there was the island with its luxury hotel, afterward there was nothing. They interviewed an archaeology professor who took his students to a dig on Coney Island -- they were uncovering artifacts, such as broken china plates, from that hotel buried under the beach.
 

·
Amurika!
Joined
·
1,136 Posts
These disaster shows are a Discovery Channel staple on all their networks. In every single one of these shows, at the very end of the program, the narrator will always say, "It's not a question of if, but a question of when."

These shows are oddly appealing and are successful because they tap right into peoples desire to be scared. It's entertainment to us oddly enough, mostly because we know that any of these things could happen at any minute, but Americans have this bad habit of saying "Why yes, it could happen, but not in my exact location."

We know Los Angeles is going to be bitch slapped by the big one. We know Miami's gleaming glass towers are sitting on a ticking time bomb. We know that at some point, a tornado is going to come slap shit into downtown Dallas. We don't need the Discovery Channel to tell us that, but we use these shows as entertainment. It's quite effective entertainment actually.

That's why they re-run Katrina shows over and over. New Orleans already had its "big one" and it will never ever be the same again, and shows like this turn disasters into entertainment, and since ratings appear to be good enough to keep them coming, we like disasters as part of our daily video diet.
 

·
Megalomaniac
Joined
·
4,172 Posts
Evan said:
These disaster shows are a Discovery Channel staple on all their networks. In every single one of these shows, at the very end of the program, the narrator will always say, "It's not a question of if, but a question of when."
yup...these shows are so off the wall but loosely based in reality that they make for great entertainment. there was a "SOLAR STORM THAT DESTROYED NYC" on last week, that started with a satellite crashing into a Brooklyn cemetary (because the solar storm shorted out the satellite...nevermind that it's already in orbit.)

in simple English, these shows are largely horsehit.

-

p.s. it's still not a question of "if," but "when..." the next show airs!!! :eek2:
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top