passed was blown away. Could a different configuration have
minimized the damage to the generator? Maybe. It’s at least
worth asking that type of question in both initial planning and
• level of destruction. Ironically, the level of damage at a given
site did not necessarily reflect the level of UST system damage.
Concrete building protecting generators blown away
Sudden, dramatically forceful winds (and the debris they carried)
sometimes “cleanly” sheared equipment/piping off at the surface.
In such cases, repairs often were easier because the subsurface
components were never really stressed. Slower winds that pulled,
pushed and twisted caused just as much, if not more, damage at
some sites. The lesson learned here is that you can see significant
damage in a strong storm, hurricane or wind gust that falls far
short of an F5 tornado.
Varying levels of
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