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Birmingham Tornado 12
Originally uploaded by Pete Ashton.
Really must get those lelandii in the back garden sorted. Because if I don't, someone else might ...

Not to be flip, we have mates in Birmingham, and one of them (Jez, one of the regular faces at caption) just had his house ran over by a tornado; fortunately (or not, depending on your perspective) he was on holiday at the time, giving Pete the excuse he needed to run over with a camera.

Even the most cursory glance at the photographs will reveal that Birmingham's leafy suburbs are not designed to withstand a tornado, no matter how brief.

Makes you wonder how well your house would do.

Comments

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marstokyo
29th Jul, 2005 02:04 (UTC)
I never heard of a tornado in Britain. I didn't think you had them over there. WOW.
cleanskies
29th Jul, 2005 09:52 (UTC)
oh, we get them
But they normally just do surreal things like scooping up frogs or straw or fish and dumping them on a suburb. One this big is super-unusual.
marstokyo
29th Jul, 2005 12:14 (UTC)
Re: oh, we get them
That's the friendly kind. We have the mean nasty kind. (Natch!)
cleanskies
29th Jul, 2005 15:28 (UTC)
Re: oh, we get them
if you know they're coming, you build for it, I guess. You'll not find many tornado shelters in this country!
marstokyo
29th Jul, 2005 17:59 (UTC)
Re: oh, we get them
no basements? that's usually all the shelter there is.
cleanskies
1st Aug, 2005 09:08 (UTC)
Re: oh, we get them
some bigger houses have cellars, but it's not standard -- and they're often small, storage only really.
johhnny_c
29th Jul, 2005 03:45 (UTC)
I cannot conceive of a tornado there.......I mean living in kansas we have them alot . But in the UK?? WTF? Well i hope everyone was ok......haven't heard much about it on the news. America for you.
undyingking
29th Jul, 2005 08:29 (UTC)
Little-known fact of the day: strangely enough we actually get more tornadoes in the tiny UK than you get in the whole of the US. It's just that almost all of them are negligibly small -- it's very unusual for one to be big enough to cause significant damage.

We've had a few bigger ones in recent years, though -- maybe another effect of global warming...
johhnny_c
29th Jul, 2005 17:48 (UTC)
Wow! I did not know that.
motodraconis
29th Jul, 2005 11:44 (UTC)
As far as I know, no one has been killed, from the looks of this, it was pretty nasty.
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oxyrhynchite
29th Jul, 2005 13:44 (UTC)
aerial photo - eek!

We live within walking distance of all this -- it was pretty windy, and I'd heard about the tornado on the news, but this is frankly a *scary* picture.

I'd better not show it to Wilf (our terrier, not that bright, fears the barking of the Sky-Dog).
profundo_rosso
3rd Aug, 2005 00:38 (UTC)
Checked out bugpete's photos, noticed his mention of Birmingham Freecycle and am currently poised to help someone out with a 17-yr-old who needs comics/mags to keep him interested in improving his literacy. Result!
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