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Moore, Oklahoma toughens building codes after having encountered a tornado

Apr 18 2014, 1:06pm CDT | by , in News | Misc

Moore, Oklahoma toughens building codes after having encountered a tornado

The devastating tornado appears to have acted as an impetus for tougher building codes in Oklahoma.

Since the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma last year, the city will be the first in terms of enforcing rules focused at prevention of tornado damage at a large scale. The tornado killed 24 citizens of Moore, Oklahoma and injured around 400 others.

The mechanism for minimising tornado damage is to be carried out through tougher residential building codes. The new rules suggest that homes will be built if they can remain stable despite winds of speed up to 135 miles per hour. The NBC correspondent, KFOR claims that the general rule for building homes across the United States is for them to be able to withstand winds of a maximum of 90 miles per hour.

The destruction caused by the tornado at Moore, Oklahoma however deemed stricter measures to be taken which is why the Moore City Council agreed to all 11 building codes’ improvements as suggested by structural engineers who have observed the effects of the tornado. Moore, Oklahoma has in the past encountered two major tornadoes in 1999 and four years later in 2003.

 

The winds that struck Moore, Oklahoma in May, 2013 perhaps may even cause destruction with the revised building codes however there is no doubt that houses will be made more stable and safer for less intensive winds.

Source:nbcnews

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