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#120948 - 05/26/05 05:11 AM It's a bit of a mess
Trumpy Offline

Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8560
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Back in March, there was a Tornado over here in Greymouth, (on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand) and here are a few pictures of the damage to the towns Electrical system.
Here's a picture of what was going on, while the Tornado was still in town:

The next 3 pics show power poles in various states of damage:

I'd never really appreciated the forces that a tornado can generate, that was until I saw this picture:

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#120949 - 05/26/05 05:25 AM Re: It's a bit of a mess
IanR Offline
Registered: 12/06/04
Posts: 326
Loc: Palm Bay FL USA
Allthough I have seen this many times from many different tornadoes, I am still in awe of their power.
#120950 - 05/26/05 06:43 AM Re: It's a bit of a mess
NORCAL Offline
Registered: 09/25/02
Posts: 807
The power of wind or water, is terrifying,considering how powerless we are to stop it.
#120951 - 05/26/05 11:56 PM Re: It's a bit of a mess
e57 Offline
Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
That last one is too much!

Isn't that why the "storm test" building extieriors by shooting a 2X4 out of a cannon.

Even loose change is like bullets.
Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
#120952 - 05/27/05 07:24 AM Re: It's a bit of a mess
SvenNYC Offline
Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
Supposedly even pine-tree needles caught in a tornado are like someone flinging knives or darts at you.
#120953 - 05/27/05 01:38 PM Re: It's a bit of a mess
Theelectrikid Offline
Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 854
Loc: Levittown, PA
"It's a bit of a mess"

A bit!?!
Is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
#120954 - 05/27/05 01:43 PM Re: It's a bit of a mess
screwi Offline
Registered: 05/27/05
Posts: 16
Loc: Liverpool,England,UK
When I was on holiday in Florida last year hurricane charlie hit, I cant beleive the power of these things.

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#120955 - 05/27/05 08:56 PM Re: It's a bit of a mess
Trumpy Offline

Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8560
Loc: SI,New Zealand
I've only ever been to Greymouth once or twice and I didn't take a lot of notice of the linework there at the time, but if my eyesight isn't playing tricks on me, that pole in the second picture (2nd pole back) is in the middle of the foot-path (side-walk).
In that same pic, on the nearer pole, that's actually someone's mailbox hanging off the top 11kV wires.
Another thing, the local Lines Company would be looking to get the poles replaced and the lines back up in the air,otherwise all that good copper could very well find a new home over night.
Just goes to show what sort of loading power lines can put on a reinforced concrete pole, though.
When I first saw that bottom picture of the 4x2 in the car tyre, I thought that that pic had been Photo-shopped and I'm still of that opinion, the edges of the tyre where the wood enters are much too straight, shouldn't they be "caved-in" around the timber edges?.
What do you think?.

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#120956 - 05/27/05 09:15 PM Re: It's a bit of a mess
Tiger Offline
Registered: 05/04/05
Posts: 714
Loc: Crystal Lake, IL USA
That last photo could be photo-shopped, Mike. I've seen & heard of grass & straw going into things you wouldn't think possible-like telephone poles. The strangest thing I see with tornados is a house demolished right next to one that's untouched.

I did a clean-up when I was a boy scout & saw a small strip of grass torn up by the tip of the tornado. The house near it was demolished.

I hope you're having a nice fall. We're having a wonderfully long spring here. Usually spring is only a few weeks, then it gets hot.

#120957 - 05/28/05 10:10 PM Re: It's a bit of a mess
Larry Fine Offline
Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
It looks real to me:

Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.
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