Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:56:01 GMT
(RNN) – Of the 24 killed in the EF-5 tornado that decimated Moore, OK, 10 are children - two of which are infants according to a release by the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office. All the childrenMore >>
The last of the missing from Monday's massive tornado that tore through the town of Moore, OK, have been accounted for. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:28 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:28:55 GMT
As tornado survivors in Oklahoma gather a more clear idea to the extent of damage from Monday's twister, relief continues to pour in from all over the country, including the Tri-State. On Wednesday, thereMore >>
As tornado survivors in Oklahoma gather a more clear idea to the extent of damage from Monday's twister, relief continues to pour in from all over the country, including the Tri-State.More >>
What? No basements in Moore, Oklahoma, located right in the heart of Tornado Alley! What are they thinking?
I have heard this many times since the town was struck by the deadly EF5 tornado on Monday.
The short answer is actually just one word: Clay.
Soil scientists talk about bentonite, illite, montmorillinite, chlorite, kaolinite and vermiculite. You may recognize the last one if you tinker with gardening.
To cut to the chase, the characteristic of clay important to the Moore, OK tornado story is that clay has an amazing capacity to expand and contract. In fact, some clays expand 30% in volume as they go from dry to saturated with water.
A basement situated in a clay soil will undergo tremendous changes in pressure. When the clay soil is very dry, it shrinks back and the basement loses support, threatening collapse.
It's common in regions with very clay-ish soils to see home owners with basements watering the clay during times of drought to keep it from shrinking away from the foundation.
When the clay soil is very wet and expands, basement foundations can be cracked, and in the worst case, loose structural integrity.
There are engineering solutions to this problem, but the cost is just too high for the average family home.
So for now, it is unusual for a home in Oklahoma's part of tornado alley to have a haven from the storm in the form of a basement.
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 03:01:35 GMT
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor.More >>
Who wouldn't feel sorry for a man that stands in front of you, nearly in tears, and talks about how his wife died eight months ago during labor, his mother just died, and now he is a single father raising a newborn all alone.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:49:29 GMT
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened last night, while he was making an arrest, at the intersection of Forest Hill RoadMore >>
A Jackson police officer has been hospitalized after being attacked in south Jackson. The department says it happened Wednesday night, while he was making an arrest at the intersection of Forest Hill Road and Raymond Road.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-28 17:26:05 GMT
This is a news release from the office of Judge Hollis McGehee Special Judge Hollis McGehee has scheduled a status conference and hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Circuit Court CourtroomMore >>
Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee said he will file a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran trial by the end of this week. More >>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstMore >>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.