Local and national media have extensively covered the devastation that people found in parts of Nashville, TN as the sun rose on “Super Tuesday.” WKRN, citing the National Weather Service (NWS) say there were apparently two tornadoes, one striking Mount Juliet experienced winds between 155-160 mph while Donelson sustained winds of 160-165 mph.
Commercial and residential construction in the path of the storm was often badly damaged or largely demolished. Some businesses were described as “flattened” in East Nashville’s Basement East and Jack Brown’s in Germantown were flattened. and Jack Brown’s in Germantown were flattened. Cars and trucks were upended and were often crushed.
There are two pairs of words missing from each of these reports. There is no mention of “mobile homes” or “manufactured homes” in either of these mainstream reports or news videos.
An ABC news video report of the Nashville area tornado damage and deaths.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee spoke at a press conference along with state and city officials Tuesday afternoon following the deadly tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee, said WKRN.
“It’s a tragic day in our state, a sad day. There are 25 confirmed fatalities across our state,” Lee said in his opening remarks at the news conference. “I spent the day touring and visiting victims and walking through neighborhoods and the devastation is heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking, it’s incredible. Our prayers are greatly needed for families out there who are dealing with a sudden, tragic event that has occurred in our state.”
CBS news video of the same disaster. President Donald J. Trump is scheduled to tour the area on Friday.
Not unlike Joplin, Missouri or other cities and towns in the American heartland that have had conventional housing and commercial neighborhoods struck by severe storms, widespread and often deadly destruction followed.
News 19 WLTX drone footage of several impacted areas.
Manufactured Housing – Tragic, Painful Lessons Learned
The reason MHLivingNews and MHProNews periodically update reports before or in the wake of such weather is to provide some reminder that most any above ground structure can suffer significant to severe damage or destruction when hit by such storms.
Near the start of this video, a video camera catches a single family conventional house flying apart in a matter of seconds. The same video shows dramatic video footage of conventional housing impacted by tornadoes that manufactured homes survived, as well as research studies and more. The video provides proper cautionary notes.
Any premature and avoidable loss of life is tragic. But it is misguided to cause people to fear mobile or manufactured homes based upon false perceptions or information. See the video above or the new report below for more details. There are two videos in the report below, one with HUD Secretary Ben Carson speaking about the resilience of properly installed modern manufactured homes.
Ongoing education on the facts about safety, precautions and durability is necessary. Once is not enough, because such weather incidents don’t stop. When you have a customer that expresses concerns about this topic, send them the link to the in depth look at the topic above.
To learn more about safety and other overblown myths about manufactured homes, see the related reports below the byline. That’s it for this installment of manufactured housing “Industry News Tips and Views Pros Can Use“ © – MHVille’s runaway #1 news source, where “We Provide, You Decide.” © (News, fact-checks, analysis, and commentary.) Notice: all third party images or content are provided under fair use guidelines for media.
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