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  •  Here's a scary scenario (4+ / 0-)

    Race week at a NASCAR venue, where there's thousands of campers and nowhere for them to go.  Talladega in particular, is located in "tornado alley" and dodged a few close bullets already.

    When you celebrate ignorance and boo education you don't get to cry when I call you a moron.--MinistryofTruth

    by dwayne on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 05:00:05 AM PDT

    •  Not just the races (and not just NASCAR). (1+ / 0-)
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      The roads leading to them.

      Bunch of people trapped in heavy traffic on the road, many listening to recorded music or satellite radio rather than local stations, and no systems in place for warning anyone not already at the race venue of ANYTHING.

      And those backups can happen far away from the actual races. One of the regional feeder roads for the Bristol, TN race track is over an hour away traveling at the speed limit, tends to back up while people are heading to and from the races, and was passed over by at least two tornado-bearing cells in the past two months, including one incident rather close to the heavy travel days.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:37:40 AM PDT

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    •  And college sports. And pro sports. And malls. (2+ / 0-)
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      I know of at least one college in the southeast with sports facilities right on a local tornado-bearing cell perennial favorite pathway.

      There are shopping malls on similar pathways, and there are very few safe shelter places the public knows exist in them - certainly not enough for the regular capacity of the building. Even if an incoming tornado was announced, shoppers inside would have little or no clue where a safe place to run to would be.

      The downtown Atlanta twister was nearly a tragedy - even with a game in progress and the roof moving, all they did was get staff off the catwalks, the teams into the locker rooms, and tell all the spectators to stay put, to judge from the video from inside the GA Dome. This with a packed house for the SEC men's basketball tournament and the tornado AUDIBLE on the video. Not even an instruction to crouch and try to shield head and neck, not even for the upper levels right next to the roof. The sports commentators were still broadcasting while the tornado was passing by - they didn't even get to take cover, and it's not clear they were told how close the tornado was until after it was gone. There was a Hawks game the same night, according to Wikipedia, but I have no clue what announcements and responses were made there. This for a twister that tracked into the city, rather than forming there.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:55:08 AM PDT

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    •  The Ft. Worth Mayfest storm (1+ / 0-)
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      Not a tornado, but high winds and hail.

      It affected a highly populated area with hail up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, as well as striking the local outdoor festival known as the Fort Worth Mayfest. At the time the storm was the costliest hailstorm in the United States history, causing $1 billion in damage. The hail injured at least 100 people, and flash flooding and lightning from the same storm killed at least 13 people
      The storm caught many meteorologists and the people out at Mayfest offgaurd . The sheer impact of the supercell prompted a huge response from everyone, volunteers and professionals alike.

      Beginning a year after the storms and continuing ever since, volunteers from RACES - the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service - set up and operate a mobile weather command center at Mayfest.


      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      That bit about catching meteoroligists off guard? That's been mentioned in this last bout of North Texas tornados. Not that the folks were asleep at the switch, by any means, but any of us watched the weather forecast before leaving for work, or maybe even caught it on radio on the way to lunch - nobody was advising to prepare for dangerous weather. We were expecting heavy rain, which presumably kept a lot of people from planning outdoor activity, so that probably helped.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 12:41:03 PM PDT

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