Twisters~ do they suck up cars etc?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by bantymum, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi, Mikey and I are wondering how strong these things really are.
    Im sorry you have to have them go through your terrain and sorry that they cause you so much grief and damage.
    Do they really take up cars, animals etc?
    we dont get them here,
    He asked me this question today and I thought id ask you folks over there.
     
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If they are big enough, they can toss cars around, tear up mobile homes, rip houses apart. Glad we don't get anything like that around here.
     
  3. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    We had one hit here last August.

    Tore apart houses, big barns, trees, you name it, if it was in the path of the tornado everything got damaged.

    They are also funny in regards to it can hit one place and the next door neighbor escapses with no damage. My dad's neighbors lost property, yet dad's place had not so much as a shingle tore off the roof.

    The tornado that hit our neighborhood and did all that damage....over a dozen homes destroyed, couple dozen barns gone, did not take the life of a single person, which we are all grateful for.
     
  4. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    in science class I heard that if you get sucked up the grass is so fast and sharp it can slice you up!
     
  5. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Helen,

    I dont think they so much as "suck things up inside" as they do pick things up and fling them. They can toss a car a few hundred feet...sometimes more of the tornado is large enough. I have unfortunately been through several. I have seen, with my own eyes...a piece of straw embedded into a tree trunk... a 2x4 shoved THROUGH a tree. With a direct hit, a house can seem to explode like a bomb hit it. There have been reports of small children, sucked from the parents arms from inside a home, and landing several hundred feet away, and living.( by the grace of God) I wish we didn't have them here, as we are in what meterologists call..." Tornado Alley" We do have a basement...but I still get scared, when there are reports of them "possibly" being in our area. We are about 15 to 20 minutes from town, so we would be the LAST place checked, if one hit.
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Quote:That really is some scary stuff. I have heard of 2x4s stuck in the sides of pick ups and things like that. I know that if you dont have a basement (which you really should) that if your close to a cement bridge that hiding under there woukld work. it has to be really wide though. I saw that on worlds most amazing videos.
     
  7. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    Here is a video of the one that hit our neighborhood.



    Couple of those places are just across the street from my mom and dad's home.

    My farm is about a 1/4 mle away from the closest place that was hit. Too close for comfort.
     
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Here's some pictures from a tornado that wiped out the town of Greensburg Kansas last May 4, 2007. There was only the grain elevator and a few homes left standing. I took these pictures a week after it hit when we went to help a friend who lives there. He lives on a farm outside of town so his house was spared, but several people we know who lived there lost everything. It was a town of around 1300 people. Pictures don't do the damage justice. I wept when we drove into town.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2008
  9. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is really sad.
    I guess i was wondering if they are strong enough to pick up a cow or horse.
    I always worry about them as well when i see them go through farms on the TV.
     
  10. Steve

    Steve Ye Olde Henhouse Builder

    I have seen barns fall down on cows before. Not a pretty sight.

    I can't imagine that a twister/tornado wouldn't care whether it picked up a cow or horse any differently than a building.
     

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