Storm Warning The Story of a Killer Tornado

ISBN-10: 0743296605

ISBN-13: 9780743296601

Edition: N/A

Authors: Nancy Mathis
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Description: May 3, 1999, is a day that Oklahomans will never forget. By the time the sun set over a ravaged plain, some 71 tornadoes had claimed around 11,000 homes and businesses and caused $1 billion in damage. One of them was a mile-wide monster of incredible power, the fiercest F5 twister to hit a metropolitan area, and whose 300 mph winds were the fastest ever recorded. Veteran journalist Nancy Mathis draws on many interviews to weave the story of those few terrifying hours that irrevocably changed the lives of many Oklahomans.Storm Warningfeatures Kara Wiese, who fought to save her son from the fatal winds; and Charlie Cusack, who followed the tornado's progress on television until it came knocking on his front door. Amazingly, only thirty-eight people perished at the hands of the Oklahoma F5. Many lives were saved by the efforts of professionals such as Ted Fujita, the creator of the Fujita Scale and dubbed "Mr. Tornado" for his relentless pursuit to unravel a twister's mysteries; the oft-criticized but dogged government meteorologists; and Gary England, a resourceful TV weatherman whose tireless efforts prepared hundreds of people in the tornado's path. Storm Warning alternates between personal stories and the history of the struggle to understand this bewildering force of Mother Nature, creating a nail-biting, captivating look at surviving the fury from the skies.

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 3/4/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Nancy Mathis, a native of Oklahoma, was a journalist and former White House correspondent before going into media relations. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Introduction
Nature's Atom Bomb
Am Eteorological Star
At Ornado Forecast
Searching for Clues
The Tornado Detective
Priority One
Hiding From the Bear
Inside The Bear's Cage
MR. Tornado Sees His First
At Wister's Journey
Vortex
The Twister's A Ftermath
Seeing the Winds
At Ornado's Grip
Acknowledgments
Notes
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