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Old 07-18-2007, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Deep In The Heat Of Texas
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Yes, but devastating damage in most of Houston due to a hurricane is unlikely, thanks to our location and bayous. Nothing can stop a tornado.
True, and you get fair warning with a hurricane. I'd leave town very quickly!!

Tornadoes can form with little or no warning at all.
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Old 07-18-2007, 06:53 PM
 
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True, and you get fair warning with a hurricane. I'd leave town very quickly!!

Tornadoes can form with little or no warning at all.
So, even if for some reason I decided to move to Dallas, I'd be scared. Shoot, I was scared living in Killeen.
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:09 PM
 
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When was the last time somebody in Dallas was killed by a tornado? 1923?
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:59 PM
 
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When was the last time somebody in Dallas was killed by a tornado? 1923?

mpope didn't say she was going to die; she said she'd be scared and rightfully so.

No, actually it was 1957 when 10 people were killed in Dallas and in 1994, 3 people were killed in Lancaster (Dallas County). Total injuries since 1957 were 355.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:00 AM
 
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So, even if for some reason I decided to move to Dallas, I'd be scared. Shoot, I was scared living in Killeen.
Yes, I am too living in Texas.....period.
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Old 07-19-2007, 06:08 AM
 
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mpope didn't say she was going to die; she said she'd be scared and rightfully so.

No, actually it was 1957 when 10 people were killed in Dallas and in 1994, 3 people were killed in Lancaster (Dallas County). Total injuries since 1957 were 355.
Two lethal tornadoes in the last 50 years, with a total of 13 fatalities?

How many Dallas people have been struck by lightning since 1957?

How many people have died of bee stings since 1957?

How many people have been injured by runaway lawnmowers since 1957?

I think I'll take my chances with Dallas tornadoes, not being a complete paranoiac.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:54 AM
 
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Two lethal tornadoes in the last 50 years, with a total of 13 fatalities?

How many Dallas people have been struck by lightning since 1957?

How many people have died of bee stings since 1957?

How many people have been injured by runaway lawnmowers since 1957?

I think I'll take my chances with Dallas tornadoes, not being a complete paranoiac.
Well it just so happens that I hate tornadoes and my luck isn't much, so I would have a problem living there. 355 injuries since 1957 is enough for me.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:38 AM
 
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Two lethal tornadoes in the last 50 years, with a total of 13 fatalities?

How many Dallas people have been struck by lightning since 1957?

How many people have died of bee stings since 1957?

How many people have been injured by runaway lawnmowers since 1957?

I think I'll take my chances with Dallas tornadoes, not being a complete paranoiac.

The stats don't really matter as far as tornadoes go. I, for one, don't worry about dying in one or being killed on the highway. What mpope is saying and I feel the same way is that the threat of them is very evident many times during the year and unless one takes it lightly as you may, it is scary. It doesn't have anything to do with paranoia and common sense tells me to be cautious during severe storms.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:37 PM
 
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Well it just so happens that I hate tornadoes and my luck isn't much, so I would have a problem living there. 355 injuries since 1957 is enough for me.
Well, then Houston is also unacceptable. I bet Houston has had at least 13 deaths and 355 injuries over the last half century from one cause or another. Increased rates of cancer from Houston's petrochemical plants is a real, as opposed to a statistically infinitesimal, threat.

Paranoia is when you fear something because you don't like to think about it, rather than because it is reasonably likely to happen.

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Old 07-19-2007, 01:01 PM
 
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What mpope is saying and I feel the same way is that the threat of them is very evident many times during the year and unless one takes it lightly as you may, it is scary.
Well, then your fears are unrealistic and your perceptions are exaggerated... I take it lightly because in my experience nothing happens when the TV reports a severe thunderstorm.

On the Gulf coast and the Southeast Atlantic coast, severe hurricanes are a realistic and serious threat, causing billions in property damage, and affecting the lives of millions of people, not just 13 deaths over a half century. In fact, a hurricane killed almost everyone in Galveston in the early 20th century. A similar storm today would probably kill and injure hundreds of thousands in the Houston area. While their cars are jammed and immobile on the freeway, they would be bludgeoned to death by debris from 200 MPH winds, or drown in storm surges. And Global Warming is making severe hurricanes more likely.

I'd have to weigh that against the possibility that a tornado might tear the roof off of some house every 9 or 10 years.

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