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Old 04-02-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs,CO
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I saw a video of a tornado in Cedar Park on Youtube from the 90's and was wondering if the area has been hit by a strong one.
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Austin does occasionally get a tornado. There have been maybe 4 or 5 that I can think of since I moved to Austin in 1977. Most of what damage occurred was pretty minor. Austin is on the fringe of the worst tornado prone areas.



I read earlier this year that NOAA is predicting a worse then normal hurricane season this year. Hurricanes, if one makes it to Texas often spin off tornado's on the fringes of the storm. Hurricane season is June through November.
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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Yes. You can read more about that particular tornado and the other several that touched ground in the area that day here 1997 Central Texas tornado outbreak - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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Some occasional severe weather but nothing too bad.
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Old 04-11-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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There is nothing like a good ole Texas thunderstorm! LOVE them!!!! They are better in Dallas, but Austin has some good boomers.
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Old 04-11-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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I have lived in Central Texas for 17 years (San Marcos, then Austin) and those storms in '97 were by far the worst I remember. We do get some pretty good thunderstorms and hail, but very rarely does a tornado touch down in a populated area.
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Old 04-11-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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Here is a great link for tornado questions. It is my understanding tornadoes do not discern between populated and non-populated areas.

The Online Tornado FAQ (by Roger Edwards, SPC)


Here is a bit from it: [SIZE=2] There is an old legend that my town is protected from tornadoes by the (hill, river, spirit, etc.). Is there any truth to this?[/SIZE] [SIZE=2] No. Many towns which have not suffered a tornado strike contain well-meaning people who perpetuate these myths; but there is no basis for them besides the happenstance lack of a tornado.
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Old 04-11-2010, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX!!!!
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In fact if you read City Data's information page on Austin, you will read that "Austin-area historical tornado activity is near Texas state average. It is 99% greater than the overall U.S. average."[LEFT]
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Austin-Texas.html#ixzz0kpxaGlYm
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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I've lived here 25 years and the severe weather is pretty mild, relatively speaking. The 97 tornado in Jerrel/Cedar Park is by far the worse since I've lived here. There's really nothing to worry about, just pay attention when the skies look threatening, but it's rarely anything to worry about.
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