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Old 08-20-2009, 03:51 PM
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Damn guys, I don't have fires to deal with or hurricanes (except for the extreme rain leftovers), but what I do have is tornadoes. We live right in tornado alley. We get at least two a year, and a few years back, we had two of them follow the exact same path, only 1 year apart. That little incident made a lot of people move.
 
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Old 08-20-2009, 04:14 PM
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If there's some good to be said about hurricanes it's that you get warned days in advance that it's coming. Tornadoes on the other hand can form in a matter of minutes so you just never know. There were at least 2 tornadoes that started about 50 miles southwest of us yesterday afternoon taking out parts of 2 small towns (3 injured, 2 motorcyclists blown off their bikes and a church wall collapsed on a person inside). One of them began skipping and setting back down several times near 3 other towns before petering out. Bad thing is they were southwest of us and these systems normally travel northeast so we were on our toes when the tornado siren sounded here.
 
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^ Yea, I know what you are saying there. The several that have been through here in the last few years; we just sit on the front porch with a case of beer and watch as they go by. Knock on wood though, (pause) our place has never had damage from one yet.
 
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I have seen lots of video of roofs being ripped off in hurricanes, but I have always wondered if tile roofs would hold up to these winds or if they would get ripped apart also?
It is not whether it is barrel or shingle that helps keep a roof on. It is how the roof was built that take its away.

After Hurricane Andrew, new building guidelines went into effect. Houses needed to have the trusses closer and there needs to be more cross members for support. Needless to say, any house built post after 1996 doesn't have a very usable attic. Also, the roofs have to have smaller over hangs so the wind can not build up underneath it and lift it off. Most the roofs that you see getting pulled off are from lack of maintenance or poor construction or a roof that was already damaged because a tree fell through it.

There are shingles that are rated up to 150 mph winds, barrel tiles that are rated up to 200 mph winds, and a few years ago, flat aluminum roofing that makes your roof look like a huge steel satellite that is rated upto 250 mph. Now keep in mind that on each of those, I said UP TO. You have to pay to get the good stuff and when the insurance companies go to pay, or the person just doesn't have the money, they go with the minimum rating that will be allowed by the state (unless they are fixing it themselves and buy whatever)
 
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Originally Posted by deranged View Post
If there's some good to be said about hurricanes it's that you get warned days in advance that it's coming. Tornadoes on the other hand can form in a matter of minutes so you just never know. There were at least 2 tornadoes that started about 50 miles southwest of us yesterday afternoon taking out parts of 2 small towns (3 injured, 2 motorcyclists blown off their bikes and a church wall collapsed on a person inside). One of them began skipping and setting back down several times near 3 other towns before petering out. Bad thing is they were southwest of us and these systems normally travel northeast so we were on our toes when the tornado siren sounded here.
Hurricanes create many tornadoes... while over water and when they hit land.
 
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Yep, true that.
 

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