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Old 05-18-2007, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Miami FL
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Question Tornado in Plano TX

We are planning to relocate to Plano TX this summer from Miami FL. When was the last time a tornado touch down in that area?
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:27 AM
 
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The last tornado of any significance (F2) in Plano was in 1969. The last recorded tornado of any kind (F0) was in 1975 (over 30 years ago!)

These stats came from: http://climate.engin.umich.edu/tornadopaths/?fs=0&zip=75093 (broken link)

Don't worry, the tornado menace is vastly overstated here - generally when there is a tornado, it is a small F0 or F1 that blows the roof off of a few houses. Fatalities and serious injuries are very rare. You are in much more danger every time you get in your car.
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Old 05-18-2007, 09:29 AM
 
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I can't remember a tornado ever touching down in the Plano city limits. There was one in the Dallas city limits in 1957. One in downtown Fort Worth a few years ago. A couple in Arlington (one was the same one as the FW one.) There was another small one in Fort Worth recently. I can't think of the name of the area. This is just off the top of my head. They are not as common as the news makes it seem and many are in rural areas. We have lots of watches and warnings though. I've never seen a tornado personally.
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Old 05-18-2007, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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There was one that struck the Wylie/Sachse area back around 1994-95. I think there may have been a small one that hit around Pleasant Grove back in the early to mid 80's. Tornados really are not all that common.
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Old 05-18-2007, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Plano, Texas
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Tornados are indeed a real threat here and you should take appropriate precautions especially during the spring and early summer when the season is usually the heaviest. But having said that, I am a native Texan, 51 years old, and I have never seen or been in a tornado. Take sensible precautions and heed the weather warnings for sure, but I wouldn't spend much time worrying about them.
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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I remember the tornado that hit Fort Worth downtown and did so much damage. I lived abuot 25 miles south at the time...I was watching something that was recorded and didn't see any of the news crawls about it.

I had no idea until people from all over the US and friends in the UK started calling to see if I was OK...
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Old 05-18-2007, 04:46 PM
 
Location: North of DFW
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Tornados are a threat in the DFW area...but no more than cloud to ground lightening, flash flooding, high winds. I've lived here all my life (48 yrs) and I've seen wall clouds and funnels that didn't drop down. It's a way of life in the spring and very early summer. We also own a condo in Destin, FL and I worry much more about 150 mile an hour winds and 25 ft waves than I would ever worry about a tornado.
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:17 PM
 
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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I prefer hurricanes, they can be tracked so well, you know they are coming days before they get here...

However, alot of places in Texas have tornado sirens...

I advise everyone to have a weather radio, there was a tornado that went through Deland in Febuary and it hit while people were asleep.
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:32 PM
 
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I've heard the sirens alot and I've been here just 8 months, not sure that they help much other than to warn you to get in the bathtub with a matress over you and your family.

I know everyone here plays down tornadoes, and that comforts even me, but you have to admit, there is no science to 'where' they drop, you simply playing a numbers game and hoping they don't drop on you. Vortexes spinning in the sky is unsettling to me. Sorry, I'm a wuss.
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