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Monday, August 01, 2005
  Tornados in Birminghams
Those "in the know" will know that there are more than 20 Birminghams in the world including a New Birmingham in Ireland. Birmingham, Alabama (USA) is the best known other Birmingham.

The link is the link to the US National Weather Services Tornado Scale. Our Tornado which was an F2 "significant tornado" (113-157mph) is much weaker than an F5 "Incredible Tornado". (Their scale is Gale, Moderate, Significant, Severe, Devastating and Incredible)

This link gives records of Tornados that hit Birmingham, Alabama on 8/4/98. Part of that was indeed an F5 "incredible" that unsurprisingly killed 32 people. (261-318 mph)

"Incredible damage. Strong frame houses lifted off foundations and carried
considerable distance to disintegrate; automobile sized missiles fly through
the air in excess of 100 meters(109 yds); trees debarked; incredible phenomena will
occur."


In the mean time we have reviewed the issue as top priority in the leadership meeting. I also cycled around the cordoned area tonight to see progress. Substantial progress is being made, but balancing out needs to satisfy the different requirements as we bring the area back up to normal will take some work.

We have sorted out how to house in the medium term the families that cannot move back into their houses (luckily relatively few). They need to move out of their temporary accommodation on Friday, but we have found a medium term solution.
 
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