Weekend Midwest storms impact towns, economies, lives

Weekend Midwest storms impact towns, economies, lives

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Apr 17, 2012
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Over 100 tornadoes touched down last weekend as part of a massive storm system passing through the Midwest.

The town of Woodward, Oklahoma, was the worst hit, destroying 89 homes and 13 businesses in the community of 12,000. In Wichita, 100 homes were damaged, mostly those in trailer parks. Tornadoes touched down in many parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. 37 counties in Kansas have been declared disaster areas.

While storm season is in full swing, people are speculating whether the weather this year is abnormally severe. A Time Science article suggests that due to relatively recent trend of exhaustive storm coverage it is difficult to say. The 2012 tornado death toll has already exceeded the national average - this before May, the heaviest month for storms in mid-America.

Rigorous early warning procedures had cautioned of severe weekend weather and is thought to have spared many more injuries and deaths.

Architecture for Humanity is reaching out to local chapters for a follow up to assess needed design services.

More reading:
Weekend tornadoes leave 'a royal mess' in Midwest; 6 dead, USA Today
The Weekend of 100 Tornadoes: Are Killer Storms Being Fueled by Climate Change?, TimeScience
Tornado Hits Wichita's Ailing Aviation Industry, NPR