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  •  And college sports. And pro sports. And malls. (2+ / 0-)
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    weatherdude, Catte Nappe

    I know of at least one college in the southeast with sports facilities right on a local tornado-bearing cell perennial favorite pathway.

    There are shopping malls on similar pathways, and there are very few safe shelter places the public knows exist in them - certainly not enough for the regular capacity of the building. Even if an incoming tornado was announced, shoppers inside would have little or no clue where a safe place to run to would be.

    The downtown Atlanta twister was nearly a tragedy - even with a game in progress and the roof moving, all they did was get staff off the catwalks, the teams into the locker rooms, and tell all the spectators to stay put, to judge from the video from inside the GA Dome. This with a packed house for the SEC men's basketball tournament and the tornado AUDIBLE on the video. Not even an instruction to crouch and try to shield head and neck, not even for the upper levels right next to the roof. The sports commentators were still broadcasting while the tornado was passing by - they didn't even get to take cover, and it's not clear they were told how close the tornado was until after it was gone. There was a Hawks game the same night, according to Wikipedia, but I have no clue what announcements and responses were made there. This for a twister that tracked into the city, rather than forming there.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Thu Apr 05, 2012 at 09:55:08 AM PDT

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