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10-04-2015, 07:43 AM
RE: Tornado!
(10-04-2015 06:11 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  
(09-04-2015 07:30 PM)earmuffs Wrote:  We don't get tornados here (well I tell a lie, there was a random one in Auckland a couple years back that took a couple roofs off. They never happen so it made the news.), we just get earthquakes (though not in the city I live in) occasionally. In the last city I lived in we got them all the time, only little ones mind you but occasionally (like once a year) there would be a semi-big one that would smash windows. They feel weird at first but you get used to them. The city is actually built on a plate that is constantly moving, so technically there's a continuous earthquake going over most that region.

I'll take my earthquakes over tornados any day though. You can sit through an earthquake and survive, not so much if you get swept up inside a tornado.

I lived in California and Alaska for a number of years - so I've been through multiple minor earthquakes. The worst one - I was on a reservoir dike (man made) on my motorcycle when it started. I thought I had a wheel bearing going out - but when I stopped everything kept shaking. Hell of a weird feeling. I figured being on that section of dike wasn't a great place to be in a quake - but trying to ride on a moving surface seemed pretty contrary as well........

I guess where ever you are, you pays your money and takes your chances.

Living is a dangerous proposition.

I've always wondered what it would be like to be on my motorbike when an earthquake hit. I bet it was a weird feeling. Be kinda crap if it was a really decent one, the whole two wheel thing and all.

Where I'm at currently is really good natural disaster wise. No earthquakes, no tornado's, nothing. Maybe drought in summer (we're talking like slight water restrictions for a week or two in the middle of summer) or minor flooding (like half a car tire high) at its worse. Not even anywhere near a volcano, even a dormant one.


I really don't know how you Americans do tornado's and hurricanes, they sound absolutely terrifying.

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10-04-2015, 07:54 AM
RE: Tornado!
(10-04-2015 05:54 AM)Popeyes Pappy Wrote:  
(09-04-2015 11:20 PM)Nurse Wrote:  Oh. So Huntsville is the most tornado prone city in the US. And stupid me bought a house that was right in the typical path of those fuckers.

Let me guess. Harvest?

We lived in east limestone - same path - they start in tanner and head for east limestone on to harvest.

We were more than happy to sell that house.

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10-04-2015, 08:17 AM
RE: Tornado!
(10-04-2015 07:43 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  
(10-04-2015 06:11 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  I lived in California and Alaska for a number of years - so I've been through multiple minor earthquakes. The worst one - I was on a reservoir dike (man made) on my motorcycle when it started. I thought I had a wheel bearing going out - but when I stopped everything kept shaking. Hell of a weird feeling. I figured being on that section of dike wasn't a great place to be in a quake - but trying to ride on a moving surface seemed pretty contrary as well........

I guess where ever you are, you pays your money and takes your chances.

Living is a dangerous proposition.

I've always wondered what it would be like to be on my motorbike when an earthquake hit. I bet it was a weird feeling. Be kinda crap if it was a really decent one, the whole two wheel thing and all.

Where I'm at currently is really good natural disaster wise. No earthquakes, no tornado's, nothing. Maybe drought in summer (we're talking like slight water restrictions for a week or two in the middle of summer) or minor flooding (like half a car tire high) at its worse. Not even anywhere near a volcano, even a dormant one.


I really don't know how you Americans do tornado's and hurricanes, they sound absolutely terrifying.

It's easy....

As it's frequently been pointed out - We Americans aren't very bright...

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10-04-2015, 08:43 AM
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Having experienced both, I'll take a tornado over an earthquake any day of the week. They're more frightful to experience, but it's easier to get safe in one.

You don't run down to the basement in an earthquake!
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10-04-2015, 08:53 AM
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I've seen 2 tornados. One was forming overhead and dropped down in some nearby woods. (I didnt see it drop, I was busy running for a building.) Another I spotted from a distance.

At a friend's house as a child, I watched the damage from one occur- half a tree shoved in the window, the shed picked up and thrown. They hit all around frequently.

My parents both lived near Guin, AL during the Super-outbreak of 1974. I grew up with stories and pictures of death and destruction.

Living in tornado alley is fun.
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10-04-2015, 09:27 AM
RE: Tornado!
(10-04-2015 07:43 AM)earmuffs Wrote:  I really don't know how you Americans do tornado's and hurricanes, they sound absolutely terrifying.

Where I am, as mentioned before, we get our own mini tornado alley but because I live less than 75 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, when we get a hurricane and it comes straight up the East coast... it can come into the bay and hit us hard. Yes, it takes 2 1/2 hours to travel directly east of me to get to the atlantic ocean, however, those winds and that storm coming up the bay can do just as much damage to those of us that far inland.

In 2011 I lost a tree on my property due to severe flooding from Hurricane Lee. It came to rest upon my car, which was less than a year old at the time.

In 2007, we had a major ice storm in December in which I had a different tree land on yet a different car of mine.I got extremely lucky both times and no major damage was done to either car, but after the 2011 incident, I had friends come over and they took down a third tree on my property because, well, what were the odds right?

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