I don't live in tornado alley, but tornado watches and warnings are a common thing where I live too. My town was hit during the April 27th storms and we lost over 30 people here. (North Alabama) I can say that as scary as they are, I'm not going to let it run me away from living somewhere I love. I've lived here my whole life. I can say that if we ever decided to move, I would definitely keep in mind the weather patterns of that area before we settled down somewhere.
I was raised there, in Moore, OK that just got hit. There are a LOT of tornadoes that happen but they are not all to this degree.
Interesting question that shows the typical risk assessment of many. Why do people live in areas with faults? Why do people live near oceans that could have tidal waves or hurricanes? Why do people live in deserts where water is scare? More to the point would be why do people play the lottery? The chances of being hit by a tornado inside the center of "tornado alley" is less then the chances of winning the lottery ten times. The odds are that even if you live inside this area, you will never even see a tornado. Living in the southern coastal towns there is a certainty you will be hit by a hurricane. Do people run in fear there? Some may, but a rational human will see the risk is very low. The weather is awesome in this area 99% of the time. I like a little rain once in awhile.
If people were to stop living in Tornado Alley, then that would mean abandoning some of the richest farmland in the world. That region isn't also know as the Breadbasket of the country for nothing. If everyone vacated Tornado Alley because of a few tornadoes every year, there would be very little wheat, corn, milo, alfalfa, canola, soy, peanuts, oats, cattle, pigs, natural gas, and oil. There would also be very little plaster, drywall, fertilizer and other things made from the gypsum that is mined in the midwest.
We live in Tornado Alley because it's our home. The chances of getting hit and killed by a tornado even in Tornado Alley are much lower than the chances of getting killed while driving a car to work. No one here worries much about it.
There is NO where that is not subject to some sort of natural disaster. Weather it be flooding, wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, or hurricanes, everywhere has to deal with something. So, you will not find a place to live where there is not some sort of danger. The important thing is building responsibly so as to minimize the danger as much as possible.
And finally . . . . The “point probability” of direct strike by a tornado is pretty small. But there are an awful lot of tornadoes and “points” in the U.S., so during the peak of the season, at least five a day are touching down somewhere in the U.S. Many tornado researchers have never seen a tornado. Nationwide, the chances of being killed by a tornado are 1 in 5,000,000.
If it isn't tornadoes, its hurricanes or earthquakes though. I mean its kind of like choose your disaster.
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