A massive tornado devastated suburbs south of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, and rescue workers continue to search for people trapped by debris. Local TV stations are reporting multiple fatalities throughout the area. [UPDATED: The Oklahoma City medical examiner's office says 24 bodies have been recovered as of Tuesday morning. That number could still rise.]
Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service classify the mile-wide tornado as an EF-4 (the second highest ranking on the Enhanced Fujita scale), with winds greater than 200 mph. The White House has offered the state all possible federal help.
Emergency workers in Moore, Okla., are currently searching for third graders believed to be trapped in Plaza Towers Elementary school, which was destroyed by the tornado. [UPDATED: At 7:30 p.m. ET, KFOR journalist Lance West reported that it is now a recovery mission at the elementary school, and workers are searching for the bodies of about 24 children.] All of the school's fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students are believed to be accounted for.
Video from earlier today showed a building on fire in Moore, amid block after block of flattened homes and businesses. On May 3, 1999, the same suburb was hit by an F5 tornado that killed 41 people and spawned wind gusts up to 318 mph. (The EF scale replaced the Fujita scale as the preferred measurement of tornado strength in the United States in 2007.)
The storm knocked out power at the Draper Water Treatment Plant, and residents of southeast Oklahoma City should not drink tap water until further notice. [UPDATED: The City of Oklahoma City announced via Twitter that water quality was not affected by the power outage and the water supply is safe to drink.]
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Scenes from the Safest House, which is a short video-in-the-works about how steel-reinforced concrete homes can be beautiful, safe, energy efficient, and THERE after suffering a direct hit from any storm of any strength.
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My heart goes out to all that suffer with many prayers!
It should absolutely be criminal to rebuild any structure that was destroyed with a similar structure, built of materials that can potentially be turned into another deadly-fun storm of tornado confetti.
And if it's not criminal, it certainly is shameful and begging to be hit again, with great loss, again, to lives and property, great impacts on the environment due to new resource scavenging for the rebuilding effort... And as regards the HUGE mass of waste that'll end up in the landfill... And that's just for the particles that are found and collected.... there's no telling how much flotsam will end up in the waterways, wooded areas, etc. Things like plastic, propane tanks, all manner of household and industrial chemicals stored in all the structures that were destroyed.
Rebuild smarter, folks. This scene is getting old. There's just absolutely NO sense in it, at all.
Matt 6:5 "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
Matt 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matt 6:7 "And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
Matt 6:8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him."
Shutterpod, believers are never swayed by what their religious texts say and often their texts are interpreted to support whatever they personally feel.
I grew up in the States too, you're preaching to the choir, Frosttty lol!
Aside from the religious stuff I agree with Shutterpod. You should build with regards to the environment that you live in. If you want to live on a coast build a house that can withstand hurricanes and flooding. If you're building one in the far north you build a well insulated house with a strong roof to withstand blizzards and flooding, again. Same for earthquakes, tornadoes, forest fires and whatever other natural disaster you can think of.
We shouldn't be changing the environment that we live in to suit our needs because it won't change. We should change to fit the environment that we live in.
Do you have stock in monolithic? All of your links are paid advertisements. And in your list of virtues of these these "tornado proof" structures you don't even mention how much it would cost to build one. Don't you think cost is an important factor in deciding how to build a structure?
"It should absolutely be criminal to rebuild any structure that was destroyed with a similar structure"
So, a person just lost their home and all of its contents, and you want to require them by law to replace it with something that costs at least twice what their original home was worth? For the average person here, the value in their homes constitutes the bulk of their total equity. They don't have money to upgrade. What would happen to these people under your proposed law?
You seem to think that every home in the midwest gets hit regularly by tornadoes. There are hundreds of millions of structures in tornado ally, and only a handful were destroyed. The odds of any one structure being destroyed by a tornado in any given year is literally one in a million.
I have lived in Kansas for 30 years of my life. All my family lives here. I have never had a friend or relative that has had any tornado damage...ever. I am not naive, it could happen. But I am not going squander what little money I do have to buy a fortress home to protect me from something that will most likely never come.
Like most other sensible people of modest means here in the midwest, I have insurance to cover the cost of what can be replaced, and a hardened safe room built into my home to protect what cannot.
democedes... you've got links to the answers to your questions; must I spoon-feed you?
I'm not in any way associated with Monolithic, Inc. They're the only company I know of that builds steel-reinforced concrete domes, which is why I reference them as often as I do. Of course cost is a consideration, and the cost for a dome is very similar to, if not cheaper than, a conventional stick-built structure, per sq ft cost. Savings in energy bills alone often recoups the cost of construction within 20 years or so.
It's odd how you have the basic necessary information to study for yourself, yet you come back at me as if I don't know what I'm talking about. Sad. Twice as much, huh? Oooook.
Insurance doesn't replace the resources used to rebuild, over and over, the same trash that gets blown away every time. Insurance doesn't cover the cost to the environment.
Do some research before putting so much effort into writing down so many erroneous conclusions.
monolithic.com - the info you've asked about is there. Look for it, if you're truly interested.
And please, don't toss any more ad ad hominem arguments my way.
"...the cost for a dome is very similar to, if not cheaper than, a conventional stick-built structure."
So says Monolithic, Inc. Do you have evidence to back this up? Actual dollar figures? How can I refute their claim if I don't know how much their structures cost?
"...you've got links to the answers to your questions; must I spoon-feed you?"
There are no dollar figures showing how much one of the structures costs to build. And there is no information on what category of tornado their structures are rated for. If I am wrong, prove it. Give me a link.
Contact Monolithic directly. Quit posting @me, if you want to have a conversation, that's one thing, but being talked @ is annoying.
Contact Monolithic, Inc. I'm sure they have regular business hours. Until they open for the day, review their website.
Best I can do for you.
Regardless of whether Monolithic's prices are correct is it really worth it repeatedly lose everything you own and repeatedly rebuild your house? Why not make an effort to tornado proof your house?
If I ever lived in a place called Tornado Alley, regardless of how often tornadoes strike, I would try and build portions of my house, if not the entire house, to withstand tornadoes. It's not as expensive as you think though if aesthetics are more important to you than your life you might want to keep living in a home that provides no shelter.
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The standard house is not standard all over the world. It would be nice if PopSci did an article about building styles adapting to their environment.