These subjects cause fear and sometimes panic. Of the two the most fearful is the Tornado. In today’s world an alert of the possibility of a Hurricane is normally days in advance giving time to prepare. In many cases where hurricanes are prevalent, preparations are made ‘just in case it is my time, this year’.
We have been in one destructive hurricane (Hugo) and close to a couple. If I had a choice of picking which one I had to endure, it would be a hurricane. They are destructive but give time for defense.
The Tornado on the other hand definitely ‘Ain’t never a Friend to Man’. They are FAST AND FURIOUS! I hear that the warnings go out they are ‘minutes away’ warnings, not days, as in the Hurricane path. Fortunately we have never personally experienced a tornado, but have been within a couple miles of two. One in NC and the other in Florida.
(Animals know when to get outta dodge )
Tornadoes amaze me with their pin point destruction. Family friends in NC, went to church on Sunday morning, and returned to their home down S. Point Road, and it was GONE! A brick house GONE, they had an empty lot. Houses 100-200ft away were not touched. It was unnerving.
Here in Florida We were a few miles away from a ‘destructive path’ of one that went from Wildwood to Deland and cleared a path about 500 feet across, not even moving shingles on houses nearby. The Destruction is absolutely horrifying if you think of someone in a house that is directly in the destructive path. What truly amazes me is that the death toll is less than I would think. YES, I know, one is too many.
North Carolina has what is referred to as ‘Tornado Alley’ because of the number of tornadoes that have hit the area. I would guess that many states have a ‘tornado alley’.
People smiled when one of Charlotte’s city councilmen brought up the idea of requiring all new buildings to be tornado proof. One of the lead builders told the council, “That is a great idea. All you have to do is mandate all homes, structures and businesses be built underground from this day forth!” Methinks the man was right.
This is the only new car I ever test drove. When I did the test drive I knew we could not afford it, I just wanted to drive it. In 1958 the dealer gave you the keys and said try it. No I did not dog it, but we did enjoy a ride around Biloxi, Mississippi. The 1958 Chevy V8 Impala!