Tornado Oddities

MSNBC posted such an interesting article about the recent tornadoes in Hugo, Minn. and I just had to write about it here.

Tornadoes are notorious for causing mass destruction often obliterating everything in its path but often some items go untouched:

As residents in Hugo begin to move on from last week’s tornado, some say they noticed a few bizarre things amid all the damage. Jason Akins said the twister unwound a roll of toilet paper in his bathroom — draped it across the countertop, then rewound it in the sink. The toilet paper didn’t even rip.

“All I could say was, ‘You have got to be kidding me,'” Akins recalled.

He also said that winds overturned sofas and ripped away his roof, but dishes of cat food and water were untouched. The cat food was actually still in the bowl. [MSNBC]

While researchers and meteorologists do everything they can in their power to learn more about severe weather, it just goes to show that tornadoes and other forces of nature are still hard to explain.

So what can we do to deal or prepare for something unexpected? Here are a few suggestions from disaster survivors:

1. Do a home inventory. While this may not protect you from the storm, it will protect your assets and help you as you file an insurance claim after a huge disaster. Learn how to get started…

2. Make a home emergency preparedness kit. This is a project you can easily tackle in an afternoon. Print out this PDF list and head to the store to buy the items you’ll need.

3. Make an emergency plan.

  • Know where your public shelters are
  • Know the evacuation routes or map out your own route
  • Learn about the emergency plans for your work and your children’s schools
  • Create a emergency exit plan for your home

4. Learn about your own home’s vulnerability. Live in a flood-prone area? Or live near Tornado Alley? Make a list of the likely scenarios that could happen in your area then head to our Natural Disasters section and choose a topic (hurricane, flood, tornado, earthquake, blizzard, thunderstorms) to learn more on getting prepared.

Have an odd severe weather story? We’d love to hear it! Share your story in the Comments section below!!

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