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2013-05-20 06:27:24 PM  

Soonerpsycho: [i.imgur.com image 850x478]
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Is that around 1400-1498 S Santa Fe Ave?
35.323888,-97.512074
growlersoftware.com
 
2013-05-20 06:27:42 PM  

meyerkev: Marine1: God-is-a-Taco: Marine1:
They're possible, you just have to be willing to build one. We carved a damn fortress into Cheyenne Mountain, for fark's sake.

They should be built into the price of a home. This thing where people get killed and they find the corpse 1/2 a mile away from the home because they didn't have anywhere to go is getting really old. Especially when it's a kid.

Why would a business offer a service like that at a price people here could afford, much less for free? They're there to make money, not care about people.

It's not that much more, really. Especially when you consider the cost of housing in the Midwest and Great Plains.

Let's say you don't put a basement in EVERY home. If these towns can dig trenches for sewers, storm drains, and water mains, they can dig a 20'x20' (hell, smaller than that) every block or two as a tornado shelter.

It's a practice that we know would save lives. There's no real reason NOT to do it.

If anything, it's the other way around.  (Gonna use Detroit and the Bay Area, because I know their housing prices)

Detroit - nice family home with good schools, and Detroit Public Water - $130K.
Cost of good, storm-resistant (so that when the house gets ripped away, you're not in a hole, you're still in a room) basement - $50K (pulling this out of my ass, but the point remains)
Detroit + basement - $180K

Mountain View - starter home - $800K.  Actual selling price - $1.3 million cash (Because the Bay Area is currently completely freaking insane).
Cost of basement - $100K (Let's say it doubled because of CA environmentalists and just generally higher costs because of ridiculous real estate)
Mountain View plus basement - $1.4 million

Except that salaries are based around cost of living.  If you can afford $1.3 Million, you can probably afford $1.4 Million (especially since you paid the 1.3 Million in cash.  Yes you did.  If you're buying a house in Silicon Valley today, you're paying cash.  End of Story).  That's not nec ...


And? It should be built into the price of t

PowerSlacker: Marine1: BREAKING NEWS:

Flooding in St. Louis as Katie Horner achieves orgasm from news that these storms could possibly be on their way to her station's viewing area.

That was a disappointing Google search.  She looks like she would eat your balls for breakfast.


Has she gotten rougher since moving from KC? I haven't seen her on air in a few years.

*GIS*

Eh. Nah. Pretty much the same. Not insanely hittable for a weather woman, but not horrible, either.
 
2013-05-20 06:27:43 PM  
Awww. The little 3 year old boy without his parents is heartbreaking. At least he knows his parents' names.
 
2013-05-20 06:27:44 PM  
I need a relief from news, I'm going to tune to CNN.
 
2013-05-20 06:28:08 PM  

jshine: They're all disaster tourists; some just get paid for it & show their footage on TV.


Yes, the professional documentation of a catastrophic meteorological event is disaster tourism. Or course it is.
 
2013-05-20 06:28:30 PM  

PowerSlacker: meyerkev: Detroit - nice family home with good schools, and Detroit Public Water - $130K.

The fark?


Let me rephrase:

Affluent Detroit  suburbs (where all the people who work in Detroit actually live) - nice family home with good schools, and Detroit Public Water - $130K
 
2013-05-20 06:28:36 PM  

ontariolightning: Cnn keeps mentioning people are emotional. No shiat sherlocks.  You dont have to continuously explain why people are crying and shaking. Worst news network ever


It's for the sociopaths out there who don't understand human emotions. Why won't anyone think of the sociopaths? They're real people too, sort of.
 
2013-05-20 06:28:50 PM  
The Weather Channel @weatherchannel 41s

Tornado Warning for Montague County in TX until 6:30 PM CDT
 
2013-05-20 06:29:05 PM  
I was led to believe this kind of thing would stop happening after Bill Pullman and Helen Hunt got that trashcan full of bubble gum machine prize containers up in that big tornado way back in the 90s.

WTF happened to that idea?
 
2013-05-20 06:29:09 PM  

Bontesla: ecmoRandomNumbers: CNN reporting that it might have been an F7 tornado.

/listening to these people fills me with rage and wonder.

God. They should be fined.


Have they reported that the tornado was traveling 17 times the speed of light yet?
 
2013-05-20 06:29:19 PM  

zomega: Awww. The little 3 year old boy without his parents is heartbreaking. At least he knows his parents' names.


Ugh. That's so incredibly sad.
 
2013-05-20 06:29:23 PM  

Soonerpsycho: [i.imgur.com image 850x478]


Damn, I didn't think anything would top Joplin

The Downfall: Just realized they are saying this one was over 2 miles wide. Joplin 2011 was 1 mile (158 dead in an F5). Tuscaloosa 2011 was 1.5 (64 dead in F4). Moore 1999 was 1 mile (41 dead in F5)


I didn't know it was possible for a tornado to be that big. Is that actual size or just debris field?
 
2013-05-20 06:29:50 PM  
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Way to go Clark
 
2013-05-20 06:29:52 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: CNN reporting that it might have been an F7 tornado.

/listening to these people fills me with rage and wonder.


CNN is so stupid I'm surprised they're not reported tomatoes are hitting the area.
 
2013-05-20 06:29:59 PM  

Skyfrog: megalynn44: That is freaky. They zoomed in on the school and there was an exposed interior wall with all the backpacks still neatly hanging on the hooks.

It's weird how that happens. I've seen pictures of buildings with most of the walls gone and yet there would still be cups and things sitting neatly on the dinner table.

It sounds very bad about the third grade class, from the looks of it just doesn't appear very hopeful for them. I wonder why they weren't evacuated with the other classes?


Well, it sounds like half the school was evacuated, so if I had to guess it was just a time thing. They probably evacuated as many as they could before time ran out. Sending a bunch of kids outside in a dangerous storm to move to a new building is just as risky as sitting tight.
 
2013-05-20 06:30:04 PM  

meyerkev: PowerSlacker: meyerkev: Detroit - nice family home with good schools, and Detroit Public Water - $130K.

The fark?

Let me rephrase:

Affluent Detroit  suburbs (where all the people who work in Detroit actually live) - nice family home with good schools, and Detroit Public Water - $130K


That makes more sense.
 
2013-05-20 06:30:06 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: How can there possibly be schools in Oklahoma without underground tornado shelters?


Why aren't all the schools on the coasts built on stilts? or equipped with gigantic water pumps?

shiat costs money. You do a cost-benefit analysis and hope for the best. The way every other place on earth does.
 
2013-05-20 06:30:13 PM  
On ground for 30 miles.
 
2013-05-20 06:30:23 PM  

SpdrJay: I was led to believe this kind of thing would stop happening after Bill Pullman and Helen Hunt got that trashcan full of bubble gum machine prize containers up in that big tornado way back in the 90s.

WTF happened to that idea?


Didn't work. They have stuff like it now that works I believe though.
 
2013-05-20 06:30:27 PM  
A tornado hit Moore, but did it hit any other cities? I'm trying to find a map to show the path, but I can't and I'm worried about some family to the NE of there.

Poor Moore, it has some bad luck.
 
2013-05-20 06:30:31 PM  

Marine1: And? It should be built into the price of t


So, regulation.
 
2013-05-20 06:30:33 PM  

Mrs.Sharpier: zomega: Awww. The little 3 year old boy without his parents is heartbreaking. At least he knows his parents' names.

Ugh. That's so incredibly sad.


At least the news is reaching out to locate them and tell them he's safe and well. Hopefully they are too and can get to him soonish.
 
2013-05-20 06:31:18 PM  

WizardofToast: I just heard a hospital was leveled but evacuated. I don't know if that was the one my mother's in.

Fark. Texting her and she hasn't replied yet. I want to say she's either hustling or still hanging out in the shelter and didn't know I texted.


Hey. I'm sure that the cell towers that are still working are probably overwhelmed with traffic. She may not have even gotten your text yet. I hope she's alright. She'll call you as soon as she can, I'm sure.
 
2013-05-20 06:31:19 PM  

SpdrJay: I was led to believe this kind of thing would stop happening after Bill Pullman and Helen Hunt got that trashcan full of bubble gum machine prize containers up in that big tornado way back in the 90s.

WTF happened to that idea?


It probably has something to do with Bill PAXTON being in that movie, not Pullman. :/
 
2013-05-20 06:31:43 PM  
Jesse Wells = Neil Patrick Harris
 
2013-05-20 06:32:06 PM  
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God. So overwhelming.
 
2013-05-20 06:32:10 PM  

ArtosRC: jshine: They're all disaster tourists; some just get paid for it & show their footage on TV.

Yes, the professional documentation of a catastrophic meteorological event is disaster tourism. Or course it is.


If you're driving around in a van pointing a camera at a disaster scene and contributing nothing else, then well, that's what it is.

If by "professional" you mean "I draw a paycheck for this", then I suppose you're right.  They are paid.  Then again, so are some of the storm-chasers.  ...but whether they get paid or not, they're not really contributing much to the situation at hand.
 
2013-05-20 06:32:16 PM  

FunkOut: ecmoRandomNumbers: CNN reporting that it might have been an F7 tornado.

/listening to these people fills me with rage and wonder.

CNN is so stupid I'm surprised they're not reported tomatoes are hitting the area.


I funnied you for that. With this post, you're double-funnied.
 
2013-05-20 06:32:31 PM  

Compact Travel Size: A tornado hit Moore, but did it hit any other cities? I'm trying to find a map to show the path, but I can't and I'm worried about some family to the NE of there.

Poor Moore, it has some bad luck.


News9 had drawn a path map, but they haven't shown it but the once. :/
 
2013-05-20 06:32:31 PM  
Watching all of this reminds me of the hopeless feeling I had when I lost my home and nearly all my stuff in an F3 a few years back. But, that was just stuff, not people. Thoughts go to families affected.
 
2013-05-20 06:32:31 PM  

Di Atribe: WizardofToast: I just heard a hospital was leveled but evacuated. I don't know if that was the one my mother's in.

Fark. Texting her and she hasn't replied yet. I want to say she's either hustling or still hanging out in the shelter and didn't know I texted.

Hey. I'm sure that the cell towers that are still working are probably overwhelmed with traffic. She may not have even gotten your text yet. I hope she's alright. She'll call you as soon as she can, I'm sure.


How far were yesterday's tornado touchdowns from you, Di?
 
2013-05-20 06:32:39 PM  
If you orient the wall of hanging bookbags as a classroom as compared to the area the rescuers are trying to get to, it looks like the hallway wall collapsed on the hallway.
 
2013-05-20 06:32:52 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: CNN reporting that it might have been an F7 tornado.
/listening to these people fills me with rage and wonder.


Farking worthless CNN. I vowed to never watch them after the Boston bombing fiasco; this seals it. They don't let facts get in the way of a good scaremongering.
 
2013-05-20 06:32:56 PM  
First, condolences to those struck by this disaster.

Second, WHY THE HELL DO PEOPLE STILL LIVE IN OKLAHOMA?

Seriously, whenever I hear about a place getting beat to hell by nature, it's Oklahoma, Kansas, southern Indiana, and New Orleans. I'm not just talking about normal disaster weather like you'd get in the gulf, but the kind of weather that destroys whole cities... Always, it's these places.

And yet people still move there. They still live there. They get hit by a tornado or hurricane, and they just rebuild and wait for the next one.

When do you finally say "F♠ck this shiat!" and move to Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, or some place where you don't see frequent tornadoes and hurricanes?

My sympathies to those affected, but if this is your third or fourth tornado in the area around where you live, shouldn't you be reconsidering your homestead ideals?

If it were me, I'd get the fark out of New Orleans, Oklahoma, Kansas, or anywhere in tornado alley or hurricane zones that are below farking sea level. I'd also not live anywhere near the banks of the Mississippi River, or near the parts of California that are set ablaze every damned year.
 
2013-05-20 06:33:24 PM  

gameshowhost: Marine1: And? It should be built into the price of t

So, regulation.


Yep. That's what it's called. Occasionally, it's not such a bad thing.
 
2013-05-20 06:33:43 PM  

This text is now purple: Adolf Oliver Nipples: The worst part about all of this? If the climate guys are right, this is just the beginning, it's only going to get worse from here.

Why? All global warming will do is push the alley northward. You still need a cold front slamming into warm gulf air. Even if the air generally warms, you still need that intersection with a cold air mass.

Otherwise Houston should have constant tornadoes, being warmer than OKC and all.


I think the idea of climate change and tornadoes revolves around the idea that the warm gulf air is warmer and the cold air mass is colder, leading to stronger intensity when they combine, making more and stronger tornadoes.
 
2013-05-20 06:33:45 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: CNN reporting that it might have been an F7 tornado.

/listening to these people fills me with rage and wonder.


If it was a F12 tornado, they could access the BIOS.
 
2013-05-20 06:33:45 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: CNN reporting that it might have been an F7 tornado.

/listening to these people fills me with rage and wonder.


Given that the F7 key (coupled with Fn or Ctrl or Alt) often brings up a grammar/spellcheck/thesaurus in most programs, this is fitting.
 
2013-05-20 06:33:46 PM  
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PacificaFitz: mzkitty901: CNN reporting kids were in the schools

grain of salt coming from CNN

 
2013-05-20 06:33:58 PM  
Unable to reach my younger brother or his family. This sucks.
 
2013-05-20 06:33:58 PM  

gameshowhost: Marine1: And? It should be built into the price of t

So, regulation.


Approved of in Oklahoma! That should go over just fine. We're dealing with a realist here, I see.


Marine1: Denying people live-saving shelter in an area prone to violent storms is not a good practice


OK hold on, you think that builders are just being cheapass meaniepants? That's the only reason you can think of? Not the high water table or the bedrock being impenetrable? You've got it all figured out, clearly. NO ONE has thought about this more than you.
 
2013-05-20 06:34:19 PM  

ontariolightning: WizardofToast: I just heard a hospital was leveled but evacuated. I don't know if that was the one my mother's in.

Fark. Texting her and she hasn't replied yet. I want to say she's either hustling or still hanging out in the shelter and didn't know I texted.

Nobody would be getting texts there..


In fact texting is the best way to get in contact with someone in a heavily saturated area with missing cells (towers). During Katrina, I was there during and after, you couldn't get a line out but you would eventually get a text. Text messages are "store and forward" and they enter the SMSC (short message service center) where they sit until they're delivered for a period of time up to and perhaps even longer than 72 hours depending on the carrier. So text away! She may not be able to get an SMS out but chances are she'll get the inbound.
 
2013-05-20 06:35:00 PM  
i40.tinypic.com 

Would you like to know more?
 
2013-05-20 06:35:05 PM  

ZeroCorpse: First, condolences to those struck by this disaster.

Second, WHY THE HELL DO PEOPLE STILL LIVE IN OKLAHOMA?

Seriously, whenever I hear about a place getting beat to hell by nature, it's Oklahoma, Kansas, southern Indiana, and New Orleans. I'm not just talking about normal disaster weather like you'd get in the gulf, but the kind of weather that destroys whole cities... Always, it's these places.

And yet people still move there. They still live there. They get hit by a tornado or hurricane, and they just rebuild and wait for the next one.

When do you finally say "F♠ck this shiat!" and move to Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, or some place where you don't see frequent tornadoes and hurricanes?

My sympathies to those affected, but if this is your third or fourth tornado in the area around where you live, shouldn't you be reconsidering your homestead ideals?

If it were me, I'd get the fark out of New Orleans, Oklahoma, Kansas, or anywhere in tornado alley or hurricane zones that are below farking sea level. I'd also not live anywhere near the banks of the Mississippi River, or near the parts of California that are set ablaze every damned year.


Everywhere has a risk of something, except maybe northern Manitoba, but who wants to live there?
 
2013-05-20 06:35:21 PM  
Sounds like a teacher sacrificed her life to protect 3 kids at the school by laying on top of them as the tornado hit.  Wow.
 
2013-05-20 06:36:08 PM  

ZeroCorpse: First, condolences to those struck by this disaster.

Second, WHY THE HELL DO PEOPLE STILL LIVE IN OKLAHOMA?

Seriously, whenever I hear about a place getting beat to hell by nature, it's Oklahoma, Kansas, southern Indiana, and New Orleans. I'm not just talking about normal disaster weather like you'd get in the gulf, but the kind of weather that destroys whole cities... Always, it's these places.

And yet people still move there. They still live there. They get hit by a tornado or hurricane, and they just rebuild and wait for the next one.

When do you finally say "F♠ck this shiat!" and move to Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, or some place where you don't see frequent tornadoes and hurricanes?

My sympathies to those affected, but if this is your third or fourth tornado in the area around where you live, shouldn't you be reconsidering your homestead ideals?

If it were me, I'd get the fark out of New Orleans, Oklahoma, Kansas, or anywhere in tornado alley or hurricane zones that are below farking sea level. I'd also not live anywhere near the banks of the Mississippi River, or near the parts of California that are set ablaze every damned year.


The gas is cheap and the drugs are AWESOME.
 
2013-05-20 06:36:09 PM  

Villemus Fortis: Unable to reach my younger brother or his family. This sucks.


Location?
 
2013-05-20 06:36:16 PM  
My nephew is walking to my sister's house. Emergency people have blocked off the streets (with good reason). So, haven't heard whassup with my sister/her husband/their house yet.

I realize he probably shouldn't be walking into a disaster zone, but ... (shrug). I'm not there to talk him out of it. Plus, he's a grownup.
 
2013-05-20 06:36:25 PM  
You know, I hope that the people realize that they are in the way if they are not trained in what they do. Please stay out of the area if you are not a trained First Responder. You could get hit by a moss covered three handled family gredunza.
 
2013-05-20 06:37:04 PM  

SpdrJay: I was led to believe this kind of thing would stop happening after Bill Pullman and Helen Hunt got that trashcan full of bubble gum machine prize containers up in that big tornado way back in the 90s.

WTF happened to that idea?


The idea was to improve warning capabilities. I believe they had an hour on this tornado. That's about as good as you're going to get.
 
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