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It's a bit of a mess #120948 05/26/05 08:11 AM
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Trumpy Offline OP
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:

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

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

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[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 05-26-2005).]

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Re: It's a bit of a mess #120949 05/26/05 08:25 AM
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IanR Offline
Allthough I have seen this many times from many different tornadoes, I am still in awe of their power.

Re: It's a bit of a mess #120950 05/26/05 09:43 AM
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NORCAL Offline
The power of wind or water, is terrifying,considering how powerless we are to stop it.

Re: It's a bit of a mess #120951 05/27/05 02:56 AM
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e57 Offline
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
Re: It's a bit of a mess #120952 05/27/05 10:24 AM
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SvenNYC Offline
Supposedly even pine-tree needles caught in a tornado are like someone flinging knives or darts at you. [Linked Image]

Re: It's a bit of a mess #120953 05/27/05 04:38 PM
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Theelectrikid Offline
"It's a bit of a mess"

A bit!?!

Is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
Re: It's a bit of a mess #120954 05/27/05 04:43 PM
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screwi Offline
When I was on holiday in Florida last year hurricane charlie hit, I cant beleive the power of these things.

[This message has been edited by screwi (edited 05-27-2005).]

Re: It's a bit of a mess #120955 05/27/05 11:56 PM
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Trumpy Offline OP
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). [Linked Image]
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. [Linked Image]
Just goes to show what sort of loading power lines can put on a reinforced concrete pole, though. [Linked Image]
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?. [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 05-27-2005).]

Re: It's a bit of a mess #120956 05/28/05 12:15 AM
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Tiger Offline
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.


Re: It's a bit of a mess #120957 05/29/05 01:10 AM
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Larry Fine Offline
It looks real to me:

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Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.
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