Tornado

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Drug slang A regional term for crack cocaine
Public safety A violently rotating storm—nature’s most violent weather phenomenon—produced in a very severe thunderstorm, appearing as a funnel cloud extending from the base of a cumulonimbus to the ground
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Roehl, "Tornadic mechanical global actions on transmission towers," Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, vol.
Yet the stately towers of Harvard, for all of their venerable magnificence, cannot block the tornadic insistence of change--and no journalist would want them to.
It started off with a fire and within a half hour it was a huge explosion and people were saying it was like a tornadic earthquake.
Pietsch reports that Wallace repeatedly referred to the book's design as "'tornadic' or having a 'tornado feeling,'" while in the "Notes and Asides" included as an appendix to The Pale King, Wallace describes the plot as "a series of set-ups for stuff happening, but nothing actually happens" (viii, 546).
aim to gather information to improve understanding of predominant structural failure mechanisms associated with tornadic wind loads and support future development and modification of building design guidelines and standards.
As everyone knows, developments in transportation and communication have in recent decades brought into existence the tornadic winds of global competition, exposing nations, firms and workers to rapid displacement by low-cost producers and workers from parts of the world that used to be effectively quite distant.
Despite no official reports, the Met Office confirmed the conditions were conducive to tornadic activity.
Most sought shelter as meteorologists tracked several tornadic potential storm tracks across the state.
The truth was, due to the area's constant threat of tornadic activity, the OKC teams were widely considered among the nation's best equipped and trained in emergency disaster response and, in fact, were widely praised for their quick efforts to react and contain the situation, resulting in the preservation of many lives.
Cressey, who was parked at a stoplight when the steeple of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church was ripped off by tornadic winds and fell down on top of Ms.
This conjunction of rotation, lightning and waterspouts is characteristic of a familiar meteorological phenomenon seemingly unrelated to volcanic plumes: a tornadic thunderstorm.