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Well, my mom just got upgraded to Torcon 9 - that's a 90% chance of a tornado within 50 miles of her house. Yikes.
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And I bet money she live in a wooden house. It astounds me even to this day that Americans still build wooden houses in areas which might even get one tornado in their lifetime. In Ireland, the harshest weather we get is Gale force 10 on the coasts, yet the entire country is built of bricks and mortar.
Forestry is the least common source of heat in Ireland, we use peat, oil, coal and gas instead, all of which are easier to extract than lumber so there's no need for it, we choose to use bricks and mortar because when we build or buy a house even if it costs more the peace of mind knowing your house will outlast you is worth it.
Brick, stone, and wood houses will all get destroyed in seconds when directly hit by a tornado.
No I agree, there are not many structures in the world that will withstand a direct hit by a tornado, but in the vicinity of a tornado I would much prefer to be inside a brick and mortar home and take my chances that it won't directly hit my house than to be in a wooden 'shed' and hope it doesn't come near my town.
Our basements are mainly cement or stone, and that's generally where we weather the storms. Tornados are freakish things. You're either in the path or not, unlike hurricanes, so most of us don't have to worry about our roofs blowing off from regular storm winds.
It's going to be a long night here in Kansas. My brother in law is in the direct path of the Wichita tornado.

Just a slight drizzle of rain in Nash UK..after all it is spring here.
My mom got to visit her basement a few times when they called warnings in the area, but she and her house are both still intact.
Marziah, yes he is serious damage in his neighborhood.
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