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Driving in this morning from the west (approximately parallel
to the tornado's path), I noticed many smaller (1 and 2 story)
buildings demolished.  Most were older construction.  Many
were warehouses.  These are not getting the BIG press coverage.

Stan's comment about the selectivity of the tornado is correct.
Our office is a block and a half over from the Bank One Building
and is completely untouched.  Our office manager was in the
building at the time.  Most of the older (1920-30s) buildings
downtown were undamaged, except for an occasional
window.

Everyone is lucky it arrived at 6:45p instead of 4:45p.

Ralph Benson
Huitt-Zollars, Inc.

 -----Original Message-----
From: Dan Vines [SMTP:dan(--nospam--at)willettengineering.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2000 2:40 PM
To: rbenson; seaint
Subject: RE: Texas Twisters


Okay all you Texans out there.  News reports show a lot of buildings w/o
any
glass left in them, but I haven't seen anything (except residential
buildings) that fell down (or up).  How are the STRUCTURES holding up?

Dan

 -----Original Message-----
From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)halff.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2000 11:29 AM
To: 'SEAINT Listserv'
Subject: Texas Twisters


About 6:15 PM yesterday, just as the monthly SEAoT dinner meeting was
getting underway in Dallas, two tornadoes struck nearby Fort Worth and
Arlington.  These tornadoes were more selective than normal, avoiding
common
targets such as mobile homes and pre-engineered metal buildings.
 Instead,
they devastated major office buildings and other large structures in
downtown Fort Worth and two-story wood frame brick homes in south
Arlington.
Many of the high-rise buildings in downtown Fort Worth lost most or all
of
their glass curtainwalls, and the central business district will
apparently
be closed for several days.  (Whoever was recently thinking of using
glass
as a structural material should forget about it!)  The local FBI office
was
destroyed, and agents are scouring nearby parking lots this morning for
their confidential files, which literally scattered in the wind.  More
than
100 homes were damaged, and at least thirty were destroyed.
 Miraculously,
only four people were killed and very few were seriously injured.

The links below provide various videos of the tornadoes.  At noon today
(CST), you can watch live storm coverage at the third link.

http://www.msnbc.com/news/388094.asp

http://www.msnbc.com/local/KXAS/52956.asp#BODY

http://www.wfaa.com/

Regards,

Stan Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas