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Old 07-28-2005, 11:12 AM   #1
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UK Tornado (F3) today

Whoa! This is nuts! We had a tornado today in Birmingham. 120 miles an hour, ish.


I know folks in the States get a hell of a lot worse (I lived in 'Tornado Alley' for a few years before coming back to the UK). It's freaky though - the BBC says that there are more tornadoes per square mile each year in Britain than the USA. Here in England, we get tons of regular mini-tornados, but they're so tiny that nobody realises, notices, or cares. So this is really unusual for us, to say the least!

From the BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/w...ds/4725279.stm

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Tornado injures 19 in Birmingham
Amateur footage of the Birmingham tornado
The tornado lasted only for a few minutes
Nineteen people have been injured - three seriously - as a tornado ripped through the streets of Birmingham.

The sudden storm damaged buildings, uprooted trees and trapped people in their homes. The Met Office estimates the wind speed may have reached 130mph.

One sq km of damage was caused in Kings Heath, with "hundreds" of properties affected, council officials said.

Emergency services are using dogs and specialist equipment to see if anyone has been trapped in damaged buildings.

West Midlands Fire Service said the areas affected included Kings Heath, Moseley, Quinton, Balsall Heath and Sparkbrook.

The Met Office explained tornadoes were especially rare in built-up areas and that this was the worst seen for years.


It looks like something from a film set
Julia Banner
Eyewitness
Caroline Ward, from the Jon Carrie Nursery in Moseley, said the tornado ripped out fences and toys were whipped into the air.

"Luckily we got the children all inside but they were very frightened," she told BBC News.

Julia Banner, who works in a care home in Moseley, said: "All of a sudden it got dark, the front door blew open and all the notices blew off the notice board.

"The kitchen window was open and all the crockery smashed to the floor.

Car damaged by tornado
The storm hit with very little warning
"It all happened in just a couple of minutes. There is a tree through a car and trees on houses - it looks like something from a film set."

A Met Office spokesperson said: "From the reports we have heard we would estimate that this is a tornado with a rating of T3-T4, that would mean it had wind speeds of between 93-114 mph for T3 and 114-130 for T4.

"A typical description would be that motorcars were lifted and destroyed, roofs removed from buildings and weak buildings destroyed.

"We have an average of 33 reports of tornadoes in the UK each year but these are especially rare in built-up areas and there has not been one of this strength in many years.

"City centres are not the natural habitat of a tornado; the tall buildings would normally stop their formation."

You can send any footage or pictures you may have to 07921 648 159 or to yourpics@bbc.co.uk
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Latest UK Weather and Flood Warnings http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/bbcweat...ecasters.shtml

Thursday 28 July WEATHER WARNING Torrential thunderstorms moving north from the Midlands into Northern England including Lincolnshire could pose a danger to life. The very heavy rain is accompanied by extremely gusty winds which have already caused structural damage in The Midlands. Valid until 2100.

Thursday 28 July WEATHER WARNING Heavy downpours will affect northern and eastern England, including the north Midlands, Southern Scotland and north Wales into this evening. The torrential rain together with hail and gusty winds will make driving conditions dangerous and carriageways will flood. Valid until 2100.

Thursday 28 July FLOOD WARNING There is one flood warning in force in the Midlands. Further updates will appear here.
We had a silly little one on June 24th, too:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/c...re/4619225.stm
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Old 07-28-2005, 11:21 AM   #2
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...wow. That's scary!

People injured...hope they heal up soon . At least there was no fatalities, so that's good.

And yes, the weather can definitely get wild here in the U.S. regarding that sort of thing, too. Where in Tornado Alley did you live?

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Old 07-28-2005, 12:29 PM   #3
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I lived in OK for a while. It was only for a couple of months though, just before we went off to NJ.

In IL and WI we got warnings all the time, but as far as I recall there was only one occasion when a tornado hit within a few miles of us - it was Kenosha, I think. It wasn't a major one but it gave us a shock, having been used to England!

When we were in Chicago, I used to enjoy watching the waterspouts heading towards us across Michigan and then vying before they got too mnear.
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I live in Tornado Alley, in Birmingham, Alabama. We had a pretty ferocious storm just yesterday, but it was just rain and high wind, no tornados. That must be really scary, to not be used to this kind of thing and then you really get a nasty one. Stay safe!
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I lived in OK for a while. It was only for a couple of months though, just before we went off to NJ.
Ah. Yeah, Oklahoma's certainly had its share of tornadoes over the years, that's for sure-and some really, really bad ones at that.

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In IL and WI we got warnings all the time, but as far as I recall there was only one occasion when a tornado hit within a few miles of us - it was Kenosha, I think. It wasn't a major one but it gave us a shock, having been used to England!
Oh, really? Freaky.

Yeah, the middle of the country in general is just...not a fun place in the spring and summer (and for places like Oklahoma and Texas, they can get this stuff even through November, December. God, that'd suck...).

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When we were in Chicago, I used to enjoy watching the waterspouts heading towards us across Michigan and then vying before they got too mnear.
LOL, really ?

We never had waterspouts where I lived. And even if we had, I probably wouldn't go and look at them-anytime we got a warning, down into a good, sturdy shelter I went .

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At least there are no earthquakes.....

Glad you are safe.
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I missed that May 3rd, 1999 tornado that ripped thru Oklahoma City by about a mile and a half. It was on the ground for at least 8 hours, had winds measured at one point over 300 mph (fastest ever recorded) and was almost classified a F6, which doesnt even exist.

Needless to say, it was a SCARY day.

I have lived here my whole life, we get tornado warnings, watches and touch downs all the time. If that particular tornado had been in the middle of the New Mexico desert it would have been a huge story becuase it was so big and strong, but it ripped thru a city of 1 million people staying on the ground for a long long damn time. It missed the most densely poulated areas, but did a number on the suburbs and went SW-NE right up thru the city and kept going into the countryside. Amazing.

It's pretty funny how people around here deal with it. My friends dad sat out on a porch and watched the thing go by with a beer in his hand from about a mile away. If you watch TLC and the Weather channel and all those tornado specials they always talk about that big bad bastard. Did a number on my old high school too.
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(FYI-for the longest time i wanted to be a storm chaser)
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I missed that May 3rd, 1999 tornado that ripped thru Oklahoma City by about a mile and a half. It was on the ground for at least 8 hours, had winds measured at one point over 300 mph (fastest ever recorded) and was almost classified a F6, which doesnt even exist.

Needless to say, it was a SCARY day.
I can imagine so. It doesn't matter how many times I see that footage of that thing, it still amazes me. It sure looked scary on TV-s to those who actually went through it.

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I have lived here my whole life, we get tornado warnings, watches and touch downs all the time. If that particular tornado had been in the middle of the New Mexico desert it would have been a huge story becuase it was so big and strong, but it ripped thru a city of 1 million people staying on the ground for a long long damn time. It missed the most densely poulated areas, but did a number on the suburbs and went SW-NE right up thru the city and kept going into the countryside. Amazing.
*Shakes head* Geez...

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It's pretty funny how people around here deal with it. My friends dad sat out on a porch and watched the thing go by with a beer in his hand from about a mile away.
Why do people do that? Geez, if I'd been there and I'd seen that thing coming at me, I would've ran to a shelter and just prayed to God that it wouldn't hit me (also probably would've been crying, I'll admit). I love watching shows on tornadoes and stuff like that, because they are fascinating to learn about, but I've never quite understood wanting to watch those things actually come through my town, especially one that big. But meh, whatever interests other people .

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If you watch TLC and the Weather channel and all those tornado specials they always talk about that big bad bastard.
Mmhm. I mentioned this in another thread, but I still remember watching the whole thing unfold on TV. I was living in Iowa in May of 1999, and our area was forecast to see nasty storms that day, too. So I came home from school and had the Weather Channel on to see what was going on with our area (and thankfully, we missed out on the nasty weather that day-can't remember if we did get any storms or not, but it never got as bad as they thought it would), and then not long after, all of a sudden, the channel just totally started focusing in on this tornado that was hitting Oklahoma City. Dropped all regular programming and everything, and simply focused on that the rest of the evening. I was just sitting there watching the whole thing like this: ... I felt so bad for those people .

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Did a number on my old high school too.
. Sorry to hear that.

Also, U2democrat, my sister as of late has been wanting to be a storm chaser . I think it'd be interesting to study the things, but I'd prefer to do it in a nice, safe building (well, about as safe as you can get, that is) .

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At least there are no earthquakes.....

Glad you are safe.
No, we get those too. Just as with the tornadoes they tend to be too small to cause any damage.

No volcanoes though, so we've something to be thankful for.
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I missed that May 3rd, 1999 tornado that ripped thru Oklahoma City by about a mile and a half. It was on the ground for at least 8 hours, had winds measured at one point over 300 mph (fastest ever recorded) and was almost classified a F6, which doesnt even exist.

Needless to say, it was a SCARY day.

I have lived here my whole life, we get tornado warnings, watches and touch downs all the time. If that particular tornado had been in the middle of the New Mexico desert it would have been a huge story becuase it was so big and strong, but it ripped thru a city of 1 million people staying on the ground for a long long damn time. It missed the most densely poulated areas, but did a number on the suburbs and went SW-NE right up thru the city and kept going into the countryside. Amazing.

It's pretty funny how people around here deal with it. My friends dad sat out on a porch and watched the thing go by with a beer in his hand from about a mile away. If you watch TLC and the Weather channel and all those tornado specials they always talk about that big bad bastard. Did a number on my old high school too.
scary.

my cousins' elementary school got flattened by a twister last year.
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Also, U2democrat, my sister as of late has been wanting to be a storm chaser . I think it'd be interesting to study the things, but I'd prefer to do it in a nice, safe building (well, about as safe as you can get, that is) .

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yeah well, i realized how much math and science was involved so i moved on to politics
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my cousins' elementary school got flattened by a twister last year.
There was a town in Nebraska last year, Hallam, that got pretty much wiped off the map by a tornado. And Norris High School, just a short drive from Lincoln, got messed up pretty good, too. That was a particularly freaky one because my sister's class had gone to see some show at that high school just a week or so before the tornado.

And then my dad was telling me, as we were coming back through South Dakota last week, that the town of Spencer also got wiped off the map-it was a rather small town, and the tornado that hit it was a half a mile wider than the entire town.

Anyone else depressed yet? LOL.

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LOL, ah, I see.

I hear ya .

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I used to have nighmares about that tornado, U2DMfan. and I don't live anywhere near OKC. It was and is some truly terrifying footage.
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