Ask a stupid question I guess, but why don’t they put shelters in these schools?
God help the families.
They do have shelters in some schools, but they only had less then a 15 minute warning.
F5s aren’t hurricanes. You need bomb shelters to survive. They may have been in a basement. God help these people.
All they usually do is have the kids sit in hallways with their heads between their knees, at least that’s what we did as kids in Michigan.
This tornado was so bad, though, that the school probably just exploded, would not have mattered where anyone was. Happened to Lake School District in Ohio a few years ago—obliterated. Fortunately there was no school that day.
Heard a report earlier that addressed the ground there. Evidently there is a layer of top soil, and then there’s an almost impenetrable layer under that. Evidently very few homes have the traditional storm shelters in Oklahoma. (basement involved)
I’m not saying it’s true, but that was a comment made on one of the afternoon talk shows in Los Angeles (KFI).
In this case, the direct hit, combined with the power of the event likely made a lot this irrelevant.
That is a very good question. It’s similar to why don’t they put seat belts on school buses?
They should not have had school today since the weather was certainly going to be an issue. I wonder how many parents kept their kids home.
From what I hear on the local news in that city several of those kids drowned in the basement of the school.
i totally agree. this is one of the worst places for tornados.
They do have them, and the ones that don't, have strengthed portions of the structures for shelter. But this was a huge, powerful tornado (most likely EF5, from what I have seen on TV) and there is really nothing you can do to protect yourself from that powerful of a tornado, expect to get far underground. These are the ones that raze any structure to the ground, winds over 260 MPH. The most powerful winds ever recorded in a tornado were 318 MPH, in the tornado that came through Moore in 1999, on nearly the same path.
I'm with you... Schools in Tornado Alley should have shelters for their students.
They have some above ground “safe rooms”... hardened rooms, but that becomes meaningless with such a powerful storm
At 2;30pm I checked the radar before I went out to mow the lawn, there was not a cloud in the sky. I had to quit mowing after 10 minutes because it was pouring rain and thundering.
In 45 minutes we had a F4 or F5 twister ripping a 2 mile wide, 317 mph path through Moore.
The tornado sucked the water from ponds and left them dry, turned grass lawns and fields to bare dirt ground, and left cement slabs where houses once stood. They are finding debris from the tornado in Arkansas.
I imagine a lot of folks didn’t have time to get to shelters even if they had one. May 3 1999 we had hours before the tornado hit Moore. This one did not afford us that luxury.
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
I’m great-full to be alive
God bless, and good night
Sorry if this was already answered by I just saw the major on CNN and he said the reason was it is too expensive to add the storm shelters in older schools. The newer schools have them, though.