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Tuesday, 20 November 2007 23:42

Texas Tornado - Fort Worth 2000

Written by  Dean McKinney

To those of us in the restoration business and the disaster and continuity planning fields, it is not news that a deadly tornado ripped its way through downtown Fort Worth, Texas this spring. Nor is it news that the same thing happened in the central business districts of Salt Lake City, Nashville and Clarksville, Tennessee in recent years. Forever it has seemed like these monstrosities of nature only hit small prairie towns, farms and trailer parks but as our urban areas continue to grow and our severe weather seems to be worsening, large downtown areas, complete with high-rise residential buildings and skyscraper office towers, are increasingly in harm's way. Of first concern is always the human life, health, and safety as it should be. Considering the dozens of buildings in downtown Fort Worth that took a direct hit and the hundreds of people who were in those buildings at the time,