Latest Enhanced Fujita Scale Stories

2014-05-20 23:02:07

Moore, Okla. demonstrates leadership in building resilience. Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 20, 2014 One year ago today, a deadly EF5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, making it the third most violent storm in less than 15 years to pummel the small city, which was struck by an EF5 tornado in 1999, and an EF4 in 2003. Since May 20, 2013, this community has taken significant steps to rebuild stronger, safer and smarter than ever before. “On this solemn anniversary, our hearts go out to...

2011-05-15 10:06:10

There is no practical, economic way to build structures that could stand up to the savagery of EF5 tornadoes like those that ripped through the South in late April, experts say, but damage from lesser storms could be reduced by better building practices and better enforcement of existing codes.Researchers with a rapid assessment team supported by the National Science Foundation say that much of the damage could be linked to inadequate connections between building members, especially trusses,...

2011-05-01 06:59:39

According to an analysis Friday by the National Weather Service, at least one of the tornadoes that killed hundreds across the South this week was an EF-5 storm. The weather service said the tornado that hit Smithville, Mississippi on Wednesday was an EF-5 storm, reports the Associated Press (AP).  That is the highest rating given to assess a tornado's wind speed, and is based in part on damage caused by the storm. The weather service said the half-mile wide Smithville tornado had peak...

2006-02-02 18:03:39

ATLANTA -- The government is changing how it categorizes tornadoes after finding that it doesn't take 300 mph winds to disintegrate homes and turn cars into missiles - a 200 mph twister can do just as much damage. The National Weather Service said Thursday it had changed the Fujita Scale, a three-decade-old system of ranking a tornado's strength, to align wind speeds more closely with actual damage. "It was apparent that many of the speeds used in the estimates were too large, said Joe...

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