The Norman Transcript

May 24, 2013

The randomness of it all


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A drive through the fringe streets of the damaged areas in Moore and south Oklahoma City this week shows the randomness of Monday’s tornado. Homes that appear to have little or no damage stand next to ones that are ready to be pushed over.

Shingles may be gone off a few roofs for some of those next to homes with debris on the roof and nothing else. It makes no sense. The homes have the same construction codes so that should not account for the damage.

Some trees are gone, some stripped of leaves and others look like they suffered a poor trimming.

A couple of reader observations about this year’s tornado versus the May 3, 1999 storm: The destructive path of that storm included many apartment complexes with upstairs units that were significantly damaged or destroyed. Many of those residents had no insurance.

Sunday’s storm included older, established neighborhoods and new areas where mortgages require buyers to obtain homeowner’s insurance. That may make for a tremendous difference in the total of uninsured losses this year compared to 1999.