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Powerful tornadoes kill at least 78 in five U.S. states

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Since the advent of doppler radar, when was the last time a single tornado event killed this many?

It was the first time that a tornado was on the ground for over 200 miles (227 miles overall) .

Just before Christmas, too. Families already stressed due to Covid now facing this kind of loss is just heartbreaking. I'm truly sorry for the loss of life, employment & shelter.

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In a statement, Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha said its workers' safety was the company's "top priority,"

If Amazon forces its workers to skip bathroom breaks to hit targets, do you think a little thing like a tornado warning would make them stop the lines and take shelter before the last minute?

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Why didn't they evecuate or close the Amazon warehouse if there were tornado warnings?

It doesn't sound like Amazon is putting safety first as they're quoted in this article.

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Tornadoes are the absolute scariest thing to be in. I can’t stand them and they’re just so devastating particularly they can turn on a dime, freakish loud as hell.

Why didn't they evecuate or close the Amazon warehouse if there were tornado warnings? 

It doesn't sound like Amazon is putting safety first as they're quoted in this article.

Thinking the exact same thing. I always feel for people that have to go through them. They can just devastate towns and all rural areas like nothing else.

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Scientists have warned that climate change is making storms more powerful and increasing their frequency, posing a growing threat to areas where extreme weather events are already common.

A tragic reminder that global warming is real..

For good or for bad, science rules..

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The horrifyingly ironic photo of the Mayfield "More than a Memory" "Visit Historic Downtown" sign on the wall of a destroyed building amid the ruins of the town was a grim reminder of our fragile place on planet Earth. The windmill-hating hot heads and other conspiracy theory aficionados had better take global warming and the destruction of the natural environment more seriously.

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Tornadoes, even really strong ones are very survivable IF there is enough warning and shelter available (underground in a basement is hugely preferable) nearby.

In a tornado warning, the warning time could be as little as 2 min. Warehouses are not structurally strong and having workers deployed in these vast spaces without access to hardened shelters seems to me neglect bordering on the criminal.

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Thoughts are with the good people of Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee & Arkansas. The Mid-West is prone to some annual devastation but tornados but is rich in fertile land that provides much of the food for the majority of the U.S. It’s home to some of the hardest working yet barely surviving poor families.

Wishing these areas the full, bi-partisan support of all elected officials and immediate efforts to provide them a speedy recovery.

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Moderator: correction “ ..by tornados…” - Regards

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"The fact is that we all know everything is more intense when the climate is warming. Everything. And obviously it has some impact here, but I can't give you a quantitative read on that."

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snowymountainhellToday  10:15 am JST

Thoughts are with the good people of Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee & Arkansas. The Mid-West is prone to some annual devastation but tornados but is rich in fertile land that provides much of the food for the majority of the U.S. It’s home to some of the hardest working yet barely surviving poor families.

Wishing these areas the full, bi-partisan support of all elected officials and immediate efforts to provide them a speedy recovery.

Joe has already authorized assistance to these folks and he ain't sassing off about it. He also said he will visit the area but won't 'get in the way' of relief workers. A marked contrast to the Puerto Rico hurricanes and California forest fires of the past few years.

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Joe has already authorized assistance to these folks and he ain't sassing off about it.

Well, he shouldn't, at the moment the very last thing he needs is more controversy.

He also said he will visit the area but won't 'get in the way' of relief workers. A marked contrast to the Puerto Rico hurricanes and California forest fires of the past few years. 

Well, the main objective is that he does something, him going there is not really going to help, but if he did, fine, but that he's taking action is the very least he can and should do.

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I wish the best for the survivors and my condolences to those who lost someone from this natural disaster.

Wishing these areas the full, bi-partisan support of all elected officials and immediate efforts to provide them a speedy recovery.

Biden has already deployed assistance. The reason some may not be aware is because Biden will not make this a photo opportunity. He will not be throwing toilet paper or paper towels to survivors like it is a "free-throw contest." He is just doing his job.

Tornados are scary because even when you know they are coming there is not much you can do. Either flee or hunker down and hope for the best. Only in the moment will you truly know how strong it will be. It is fifty-fifty!

In poor/rural areas the only option is to hunker down.

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We can bet on it that the response of 46 will be more than just throwing paper towel rolls around in the South. Biden now has a real opportunity to prove that he's serious about "building back better" for the American people.

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Heartfelt best wishes to the many injured or homeless...

Repub Senator Rand "Mr Hypocrite" Paul is now begging for money for Kentucky after voting against emergency aid to Puerto Rico and Texas after their disasters....

https://www.newsweek.com/rand-paul-opposition-previous-disaster-relief-resurfaces-he-seeks-aid-kentucky-1658537

He'll probably ride out the next few weeks at Ted Cruz's Cancun condo....Repubs can't take not having any hot water....

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Repubs can't take not having any hot water....

Seems like they're always swimming in it O_O

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People only had minutes to react to the warnings.

Sometimes you don't even have that. I still vividly remember being woken up late one night during Aviation Officers Candidate School when a tornado tore through the base and tore up the building next to ours. Just another stormy Florida night when we hit the rack at Taps. No warnings. Then all of a sudden - BOOM - and buddy you are wide awake. You can build a house to withstand just about any magnitude earthquake and you can avoid building in places subject to flooding but you can't build to survive a hit from a tornado.

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Repub Senator Rand "Mr Hypocrite" Paul

Hardly.

is now begging for money for Kentucky after voting against emergency aid to Puerto Rico and Texas after their disasters....

Why? If Puerto Rico mismanages their money, why should the mainland bail them out for their financial mistakes?

https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/20867.pdf

He'll probably ride out the next few weeks at Ted Cruz's Cancun condo....Repubs can't take not having any hot water....

Liberals use hot water as well

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Why? If Puerto Rico mismanages their money, why should the mainland bail them out for their financial mistakes?

Great policy! When disaster strikes a state, let's first run a budget audit to test their fiscal policy and detect any irregularities. I am sure Paul did that for Kentucky in this case.

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Great policy! When disaster strikes a state

Puerto Rico is a territory, not a State.

, let's first run a budget audit to test their fiscal policy and detect any irregularities. I am sure Paul did that for Kentucky in this case.

Maybe….

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Just north of you in Pensacola, @DesertTortoise 2:19pm, I-65, an Alabama Highway Patrolman dismounted his motorcycle under an overpass, stopped our line of traffic (8 vehicles) and narrowly escape his own death by wedging himself under the overpass at the last possible second. 4 other vehicles continuing in the path of the approaching tornado were thrown completely off the roadway, one an 18-wheeler carrying a backhoe. 5 minutes later (What seemed like forever at the time), uniform visibly tattered and shaking, he remounted his bike and continued on to call assistance for the survivors. We stopped to render aid but were urged to continue SE as another tornado was approaching fast.

Godspeed” to First Responders for always selflessly putting other lives above there own. -
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Good grief, some debris was flung 30,000 ft into the air. Incredible energy released. Be safe and KEEP safe the people of Kentucky and other States affected.

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If this destructive storm turns out to be a single entity, it will become the longest path of a single tornado in U.S. history, as well as the first so-called quad-tornado, meaning it swept through four states — northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri, northwest Tennessee and western Kentucky,  Stay safe People!

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Repub Senator Rand "Mr Hypocrite" Paul

Hardly.

So why is emergency aid a no-no for Puerto Rico and Texas but OK for Kentucky?

is now begging for money for Kentucky after voting against emergency aid to Puerto Rico and Texas after their disasters....

Why? If Puerto Rico mismanages their money, why should the mainland bail them out for their financial mistakes?

Maybe you need to learn that Kentucky is in the Top 10 states receiving federal aid - because they can't manage their money....

He'll probably ride out the next few weeks at Ted Cruz's Cancun condo....Repubs can't take not having any hot water....

Liberals use hot water as well

Repubs can't stay in their state without it....just ask Fled Cruz....

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