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[13 Maggio 1980] Tornado F3 a Kalamazoo, MI (USA)
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Prezioso contributo dalla tv locale "WKZO TV" del tornado che nel lontano 13 Maggio 1980 uccise 5 persone (ferendone 79), e distrusse numerose case e aziende nella zona, qui il video con in racconto https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1190133048321

Citazione:Hello, I am Rick Amick. I was the weather anchor on channel 3 (formerly WKZO TV) when the tornado struck.

From television to the internet 30 years later comes this 13 minute, unedited raw video of this historical event provided courtesy of channel 3 (now WWMT).

On Tuesday May 13, 1980, I was on television channel 3 issuing tornado warnings while civil defense sirens were being activated. The tornado touched down at approximately 4:09 p.m. north of West Main and Drake, west of downtown Kalamazoo. It traveled eastward 16 minutes through Kalamazoo along an eleven mile long and 100 yard wide swath.

Sadly five people were killed, 79 were injured, 31 Kalamazoo homes and businesses were demolished, 173 Kalamazoo homes and businesses had moderate to heavy damage, 30 Bronson Park trees were destroyed, and 1,200 people were forced from their homes.

The tornado was classified as an F3 in strength on the Fujita scale, which classifies tornadoes from F1 to F5. An F3 is a severe tornado with winds of 158-206 mph. The developer of the Fujita scale meteorologist T. Theodore Fujita, of the University of Chicago, came to Kalamazoo to survey the damage estimated at 50 million dollars (in 1980 currency).

This video begins as I am pointing at the outbreak of the thunderstorm cells on radar. Next is footage of the actual tornado shot by TV 3 news anchor reporters Terry Kurtright and Trudy Yarnell, followed by immediate-aftermath footage, and then cleaning-up video ending on a heavily damaged house for sale "cheap."

Let us never forget all who suffered, and salute all who survived the Kalamazoo tornado of 1980.

Altri preziosi contributi filmati sono disponibili su Youtube

[video=youtube;wPNfT9qujVA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPNfT9qujVA[/video]
[video=youtube;1eP2wJt3h9A]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eP2wJt3h9A[/video]
[video=youtube;eE7PXGrRup0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eE7PXGrRup0[/video]
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Damage in downtown Kalamazoo following the tornado. Most of the structures in the city center experienced only modest damage. At left, damage to a seven story building that housed the Gilmore Department store. Two people were crushed to death at the back of the store. (Images by
S. Zomer)

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Many of the mid-rise masonry buildings in downtown Kalamazoo, as in most cities, were built in the first half of the 20th century and not constructed to survive winds greater than 100mph. The greatest potential loss of life in future tornadoes would likely be in these types of buildings, as well as highways filled with afternoon traffic. Many large, elevated freeways in the Great Plains are oriented to the northeast and capable of holding more than 10,000 automobiles per mile of roadway. (Images by S. Zomer)
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Mike:"You know what happened. The question is, can you live with it?”

"Quando il sole della cultura è basso, i nani hanno l'aspetto di giganti"
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