Year 9 Humanities students have been looking at Tornado Alley in the United States, in their recent “Destructive World” geography unit. Recently, students with Ms. Moore’s (9A) and Mr. Bourne’s (9C) Humanities classes had an opportunity to video chat with Ms. Jodi Howard Barlass. Ms. Barlass grew up in Oklahoma and currently lives in Joplin, Missouri.
Late on the afternoon of 22nd May, 2011 a catastrophic EF-5 tornado struck Joplin. It lasted for just over half an hour, was one-mile wide, and had wind speeds of up to 200 mph (320 km/h). It caused more than USD $3 billion in damage and resulted in 158 fatalities with over 1,150 injuries.
Ms. Barlass answered student questions about what that day was like for her and her family. She discussed the preparations and precautions taken before and after the tornado, as well as the psychological impacts that the utter devastation of the city has had for her and the community.
Ms. Amberdawn Moore
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