The Deadly US ‘Tornado Outbreak’ Has Confirmed One of Scientists’ Biggest Fears
Yesterday, over the course of a single afternoon, Lee County, Alabama, was ravaged by back-to-back tornadoes.
The one-two punch brought winds of 170 miles per hour (270 kilometres per hour), which ripped homes off their foundations, destroyed property, injured dozens, and killed at least 23 people. But these twisters were only two of some three dozen tornado reports across the Southeastern US yesterday.
According to The Weather Channel, tornadoes were reported in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina – as far west as Mobile, Alabama, and as far north as Columbia, South Carolina.
All the reports came within a span of a few hours, starting in the early afternoon and ending in the early evening.
When multiple tornadoes occur in a short amount of time across a large region as a result of a single weather system, it’s called a “tornado outbreak.”
While the exact number of tornadoes that swept this part of the country has yet to be determined, it was undoubtedly the “deadliest tornado day” since 2013, when an Oklahoma storm with winds gusting at 200 mph killed 24 people…
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he wildfire season in the U.S. West seems to be causing more damage with each passing year. This past year, the town of Paradise, California, was largely destroyed; the public utility PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection due to potential liability costs associated with recent wildfires; and multimillion-dollar homes were destroyed in Malibu, California. With so much destruction, what can be done to produce more positive outcomes? The real estate industry is learning to adapt and rebuild in a way that minimizes future risk.
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