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Reported by Jason Miles

National Weather Service surveys damage

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Multiple teams from the National Weather Service were out surveying the damage Wednesday.

They, too, are stunned that more people in metropolitan Memphis did not die as a result of up to nine tornadoes that may have touched down in Shelby and DeSoto Counties.
    
The weather service used a power-point presentation to show the data.

For instance, the tornado that ripped through Hickory Hill was an EF2 storm with winds of up to 120 miles per hour.

Pieces of insulation from buildings that were damaged, like Hickory Ridge Mall, were found in Germantown, Bartlett and beyond.

Seeing the damage up close not only reinforces what they thought about the power of these storms, but the importance of early warning.

Especially those who may be in a more vulnerable structure.         
      
"When you're in a gymnasium..you need to get into an interior room--vital," meteorologist in charge Jim Belles said.

He said the design of the building where 3 people died and the Sears store where the wall came down is the worst kind of place you can be in a tornado.

Basically, that's any place with a large spanning roof system.

That's something Dave Brown said repeatedly during the coverage yesterday.

The weather service giving big kudos to him and others for making sure the warnings got out.


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