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"Sheltering In Place"

3 years 5 months 1 day ago May 22, 2013 May 22, 2013 Wednesday, May 22 2013 May 22, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Debris provides evidence of the effects and impact of a land falling hurricane or a tornado. Remnants of homes, buildings and other objects assist experts in categorizing the strength of a storm. Preliminary analysis of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado, originally identified as 2.5 miles-in-width and on-the-ground for 27 minutes, devastated a square mile damage area comparable from Baton Rouge to New Orleans. Moore incurred the wrath of tornadoes on three occasions since 1998 as many question why storm rooms aren't in place. Homes in Oklahoma are on post-tension slabs similar to ours due to clay and soil. These homes cannot withstand winds in excess of 90 m.p.h. and FEMA standards for in home safety rooms are constantly changing targets. Future homes and schools may include mandatory storm safety rooms.

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