F5: The Devastating Tornado Outbreak of 1974

F The Devastating Tornado Outbreak of On April all hell broke loose in the central United States and southern Ontario In the next hours of the Super Outbreak record breaking tornadoes tore through states from Michigan

  • Title: F5: The Devastating Tornado Outbreak of 1974
  • Author: Mark Levine
  • ISBN: 9781401352202
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On April 3, 1974, all hell broke loose in the central United States and southern Ontario In the next 40 hours of the Super Outbreak, 148 record breaking tornadoes tore through 13 states, from Michigan to Alabama The twisters killed than 300 people and left over 5,000 others injured F5 recounts the nearly unbelievable destruction wrought by a perfect storm systeOn April 3, 1974, all hell broke loose in the central United States and southern Ontario In the next 40 hours of the Super Outbreak, 148 record breaking tornadoes tore through 13 states, from Michigan to Alabama The twisters killed than 300 people and left over 5,000 others injured F5 recounts the nearly unbelievable destruction wrought by a perfect storm system that experts calculate could occur only once every 500 years A truly riveting read.

    F The Devastating Tornado Outbreak of by Mark Levine F The Devastating Tornado Outbreak of On April , , all hell broke loose in the central United States and southern Ontario In the next hours of the Super Outbreak, record breaking tornadoes tore through states, from Michigan to Alabama The twisters killed than people and left over , others injured. F The Devastating Tornado Outbreak of book by Mark LeVine F DEVASTATION, SURVIVAL AND THE MOST VIOLENT TORNADO OUTBREAK OF THE TH CENTURY comes from an award winning magazine writer and is a powerful survey of the tornado array some of them which struck thirteen states in the Midwest and killed hundreds. List of F and EF tornadoes F damage in Bridge Creek, Oklahoma from the May , tornado Among the most violent known meteorological events are tornadoes Each year, than ,tornadoes occur worldwide, with the vast majority occurring in the United States and Europe. Books similar to F The Devastating Tornado Outbreak of Find books like F The Devastating Tornado Outbreak of from the world s largest community of readers members who liked F The Devastati Largest Tornadoes Ever Recorded Largest Jan , Tornadoes are some of the most violent and devastating natural disasters that happen on Earth While tornadoes do happen from time to time in other countries, unfortunately the United States gets hit with tornadoes often than any other place in the world Due to this, all of the largest tornadoes on record have occurred in the United States. Fujita scale Structural damage cannot exceed total destruction, which constitutes F damage A tornado with wind speeds greater than miles per hour km h is theoretically possible, and the Bridge Creek Moore Tornado may have been such an event. These Photos Show Just How Devastating The Oklahoma Oklahoma is no stranger to deadly tornadoes and one of the most devastating in history is the Bridge Creek Moore F tornado It was part of an outbreak that spanned from Oklahoma to Kansas with a total of tornadoes touching down in hours Keep scrolling to view photos of this massive tornado and the damage it caused. Rare video of the devastating Greensburg, KS EF Tornado Apr , Never before seen footage of the Greensburg, KS EF tornado that tore through the southwest Kansas town the night of May , This video shows the deadly Skip navigation Devastating Moore, Oklahoma EF Tornado May th May , Chased the devastating Moore EF tornado Video is primarily shot around I and SWth and just off S Broadway to the east. Worst Tornadoes in US and World History The Worst Tornadoes in US History In states where very few deaths from tornadoes are reported, the yardstick is property damage Where many deaths are expected during tornadoes, then the number of dead and injured becomes the yardstick For purposes of this list, the number of casualties will be the determining factor.

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    1. Mark Levine is the author of four books of poetry Debt 1993 , Enola Gay 2000 , The Wilds 2006 , and Travels of Marco 2016 His poetry has appeared in a number of anthologies, including American Poets in the Twenty First Century The New Poetics 2007 and American Hybrid 2009 , among others His work of nonfiction, F5 Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century 2007 , is a history of the outbreak of 148 tornadoes across the United States in early April 1973 He has written for magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, Outside, the New Yorker, and Bicycling magazine.Levine is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts An associate professor of poetry at the University of Iowa, Levine has taught in the Iowa Writers Workshop since 1999 poetryfoundation

    2. A historical look at the Super Outbreak of tornadoes that hit the south/mid-west on April 3, 1974 as seen through the eyes of those living in Limestone County, Alabama. The story is choppy, with many different people profiled from just prior to the thunderstorms through to the recovery and clean up phases of the storm. It is really hard in the beginning 25% of this book to keep everyone straight in the reader's head. There is a great story here, but too much excess on politics, the end of Vietna [...]

    3. As an adult, I have come to realize that I have a love for real-life disaster documentaries, especially ones that pit humans against Mother Nature. Humanity always has a reputation for extreme hubris, a quality that Nature tends to destroy in single, dramatic swoops. F5 is about a set of vicious tornadoes and the Fujita scale, a scale recently adopted in the early 70s. Just as it was being considered, one of the most ugly super-cells hit mid-America, spawning own 100 tornadoes in less than 2 day [...]

    4. F5 is the story of the April 3-4, 1974 "super outbreak" of tornadoes which spanned from Alabama to Ontario and from Illinois to Virginia. In 17 hours time, a staggering 148 tornadoes appeared, including two killer twisters which hit Limestone County, Alabama, the focal point of Levine's book.The title derives from the Fujita scale (now the Enhanced Fujita Scale) which categorizes tornadoes into any of six groups, from the F-0, which might topple your patio furniture, to the terrifying might of a [...]

    5. Having grown up in Limestone county, it was fascinating to read this account of the tornado outbreak. Fortunately my immediate family did not move there until 1976, but I grew up in the shadow of this terrible storm as my great aunt and great uncle and cousins were seriously injured during the course of these events when their house in East Limestone was demolished with them in it. Several people I know were featured in this book- including Brother Fred Lackey, who was my pastor for 16 years, Ja [...]

    6. A very basic and to the point account of the "super outbreak" of April 3-4, 1974. The book concentrates primarily on Limestone county, Alabama. After a short history about the area and some of its residents the book is almost entirely about the tornados and damage. Then has a brief aftermath. Never going into intricate detail but giving enough to give you a good idea while keeping the names and places easy to follow. A good account of events. This was a story that could have gotten bogged down w [...]

    7. F5 is a really good non-fiction book that reads like the best type of fiction -- action, adventure, thriller, family drama. It's the true-life accounts of what many people lived through in April 1974, when the US suffered the deadliest outbreaks of tornadoes on record.I read this book in a day, mostly because I didn't want to stop reading once I had started. Mark Levine has truly done his research, but he's written the story of these tornadoes in a way that never seems overbearing or gets so bog [...]

    8. This book walks you through April 3,1974 when 148 tornadoes covering thirteen states killed hundreds and injured thousands of people. Six of them were a category F5. I wanted to like this book. I am fascinated by storm stories of survival and destruction. This book is all over the place with information and does a horrible job of sticking to the subject. Goes off on a tangent about things that have nothing to do with the story he is telling. I would have like a better time line. It would have gi [...]

    9. I'd give this book 4.5 if I could. I reserve a 5 for a book that I think is an absolute must read. I must state that I am fascinated by tornados so that likely adds to my enjoyment of this tale. At the time of the events of this book I was 12 and living in Ohio. I remember the events in Xenia very well, my brother was dispatched there as part of the Ohio National Guard. I loved hearing the in depth stories of families that were impacted by these events, often with tragic results. In those days t [...]

    10. An excellent time capsule-like view of the Super Outbreak of '74. Levine weaves threads of individual's and family's lives together with the socio-political climate of the time in rural Alabama and the advances of Fujita to create a tapestry that fully illustrates the multi-faceted effects of this phenomenon.

    11. To give a you an idea of the subtle difference between an F4-rated and F5-rated tornado (today the ratings are calculated slightly differently under the enhanced Fujita, or EF scale, btw), the first will completely level the most well-built home and leave some traces of its material on the foundation. The F5 adds that extra kicker of sweeping away every shred of the building from the foundation. Not much consolation in those differences for the homeowner, if, indeed, said homeowner managed to li [...]

    12. At times this book is in total control of the reader. Gentle readers may feel overwhelmed , readers that are shock proof will be deeply engaged , and all readers will at some point feel the book nudge, or shove them into a new understanding of nature's power ability to change lives At times this book becomes so tangled in its many threads that the reader may not successfully shift their focus.Then it is like watching television when someone else has control of the remote and you find yourself st [...]

    13. This is a fascinating story about the devasting series of tornadoes that shattered the south during April, 1974. Focusing primarily on the devastion and damage that occured in the small town of Limestone, Alabama, and the surrounding area, this book brings the reality of severe storms and tornadoes to life. Levine begins by introducing main participants and survivors of the storms. You know their lives and personal stories before the storms arrive to change their homes, lives aand dreams forever [...]

    14. There's a great 150 page book here. Unfortunately, the full text is about 300 pages. Whether it was author Mark Levine's desire to flesh out the picture or the publisher's mandate to flesh out the size of the book, Levine's vivid narrative--based on interviews with survivors--of the insane multiple-tornado night of April 3, 1974 in Limestone County, Alabama, is bogged down by frequent asides discussing the history of weather forecasting, the structure of severe storms, the politics of the day, a [...]

    15. A surprising three-quarters of the world's tornadoes touch down in the United States, making them as American as, well, apple pie. Mark Levine examines this phenomenon in the context of a single, historic night, bringing the devastation vibrantly to life through the stories of the people who lived through it. Levine's strength is definitely the human element: while the personal narratives are gripping, F5 generally lacks comprehensive scientific explanations and details for the layman. A few cri [...]

    16. This is a very fun book, and forgive the turn of phrase, but it's a rip-roaring ride. It's not a particularly insightful book - the narrative of what happened in Levine's chosen county is very straight forward, a solid case of "this happened, then this happened, then this happened, then this happened." He very much relies on the details of the event being compelling in and of themself - there's little he adds by virtue of his writing style or organization. The best chapter of the book, for me, w [...]

    17. 8/10276 pagesReal life account of one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in American History. Over 140 tornadoes ripped apart a vast section of the nation's heartland in April, 1974. This account focuses on an F4 and F5 combo that ravaged Limestone, Alabama. Told by people who witnessed it firsthand and survived, Levine intersperses details of the famous twisters with pop culture references of the crazy year of '74. People that know me know I love tornadoes despite the devastation and tragedy th [...]

    18. While this book wasn't the best historical novel I've ever read, it was decent in telling the story of Limestone Alabama and the devastating tornado outbreak of the early 1970s. There is a large cast of characters, and it is often difficult to keep them straight. The author tries to make small comments on the existence of racism in the town, but doesn't delve into the situation in any satisfactory manner (an allusion is made that one person died as a result of racism, but the idea isn't fleshed [...]

    19. hearing levine's reading made me really want to read this book. i also thought it would be cool to see how he was able to weave a more technical and historical look at tornadoes in with the personal narratives. the book was gripping at times, but it was too choppy, and there were too many separate narratives. no one narrative was allowed to get told--instead they were cut up into bight-sized chunks and strung out through the whole book--really cut the thunder (excuse the pun). because there were [...]

    20. Another page turner of a NF disaster book. This follows a dozen residents of one town in the superoutbreak of 1974. The first part of the book gives us the background of the people and cultural context (Nixon, streaking, Hank Aaron), tornado science, and the second half has us in the tornadoes--an F5 and F4, and that part is vivid and thrilling and horrible, with just the right level of honest descriptions of the horror, blood, guts, and of the mental health cost to the survivors in the short an [...]

    21. This book is about mark livine as a kid growing up where tornadoes are really common but this book talks about the huge F5 tornado. I like this book because it is an itrustion nonfiction book that doesnt bore me to death. I would reccamend this book to any one who likes tornadoes and the weather and want to learn more about it. I would not reccamend this book to people who hate the weather. This book warns about the signs of a tornado and funnel clouds and different types of weather. If i had to [...]

    22. I do remember this storm. I think that if you know where to look you can probably still pick out parts of its path through Cherokee County, North Carolina. Parts of this book are excellent, but it does tend to skip around from person to person, place to place and in time. And the barely-hidden political opinions jangle a bit much. It's OK to come right out and have an opinion, just don't keep sliding it in snidely. But still, overall, a good book and a valuable recording of a historical event.

    23. As a weather junkie, F5 was top of my list to read after reading the review in Bookslut. I agree with much of what that reviewer said--the weather information was fascinating, but it was difficult to keep track of the characters. Reading directly after reading Krakatoa simply illustrated how to write a historical, scientific account (Krakatoa) and how not to (F5). However, the scope of the storm of 1974 was incredible, and even as a weather junkie, this book had information about tornados, super [...]

    24. It took me awhile to get into this book because being a weather fanatic I was more interested in the actual storm than the people. By the end of the book I was wrapped up in the peoples lives. I am studying to be a meteorologist and this book hit home why it is so important to continue to do research and warn people. It is hard to imagine the pain and suffering these people went through losing their homes, loved ones, and lives. It also is amazing what people can live through.

    25. Whew! Growing up in Alabama I remember slightly the tornadoes of 1974, but I had no idea how terrifying they were. We lived in Huntsville during the tornado of 1989 and I recall the references at that time of the 1974 tornado. There have been other books about Xenia, Ohio, and how badly it was damaged the night of the tornadoes, but this is the first I have seen about Alabama. Definitely worth the read.

    26. I originally picked this one up at the library as a potential option for my son's nonfiction book report. He chose one of the others I brought home, so I thought I'd read it instead. I think the author tried to do too much here. He was all over the place, and I really had a hard time following along. I think there is potential for this type of book to be very interesting, but this one didn't do it for me.

    27. One of my favorite tornado books ever. Since my parents' house (and the house I grew up in) had an extremely close call with 2 of the tornadoes in the Super Outbreak, I've had this weird fascination with the Super Outbreak as long as I can remember, even when I was terrified of twisters. Having this book set so close to home (Limestone County, just a few miles to the west) made it all that much more gripping.

    28. "F5" vividly brings to life the events of April 3-4, 1974, when the worst tornado outbreak of the 20th Century spawned 148 twisters across 13 states and killed over 300 people. Levine focuses on Limestone County in Alabama, which was hit with two tornados in one night. His book spotlights the horror and heroism that followed the catastrophic events of that time, in a gripping narrative that makes this book hard to put down. An excellent, frightening book.

    29. I usually don't like to read an entire book written in the journalistic style, but Mr. Levine is brilliant! He doesn't just drag you into the events, he sends you running for cover along with the folks who lived through the events. I had to read it 3 times just to absorb it all, simply because of the way the book was set up. Start reading it and you'll see what I mean. (Of course, it helps if you're interested in this topic.)

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