11 Fatalities Too Many: A Dallas Tornado Breakdown
by Daphne Thompson, on Dec 31, 2015 10:18:52 AM
On the evening of December 26, 2015, a powerful tornado ripped through the Dallas Metro. In its wake was destruction, injuries and 11 deaths. Eight of these fatalities took place at the same spot on Interstate 30 as unsuspecting victims drove straight into the Texas tornado. What can we learn from this unfortunate loss of life?
The strongest tornadoes have the fastest wind speeds on the planet Earth. Hurricanes may cover more area, but tornadoes can do more extreme damage. The safest place to be, during a tornado, is in a reinforced safe room or storm shelter. Mobile homes and vehicles are two of the worst places to be. In strong enough winds, vehicles can become flying debris. It is not unusual for damage surveyors to find evidence of cars bouncing before coming to their final landing spot. They have also been found with 2x4s punctured right through them. Needless to say, driving into tornadoes has killed numerous people over the years.
Cars on the side of I-30 following Garland tornado on Dec. 26, 2015. / CBS DALLAS-FORT WORTH