Unbelievable Power of the Wind – Tornado Tragedy

Missing Teen, Will Norton

The pictures of Joplin Missouri speak to the destruction of what has been called the worst spate of tornados in a century. But while pictures of homes and vehicles reduced to smashed and unrecognizable wreckage may be sobering, what happened to Joplin teen, Will Norton, takes the oh crap to a whole ‘nother level.
Will and his father were heading home after Will’s high school graduation when the twister hit Sunday evening. His sister and aunt were in a car ahead, and were on the phone with Will’s dad when the men became caught in the deadly cyclone. They heard Will’s frantic pleas to his dad to get off the road, and then the phone dropped the call. Will’s sister, Sara, and their aunt, quickly jumped back in the car and headed towards where they knew their loved ones – and the tornado – were located.
Shortly they found the twisted wreckage, with Will’s father still inside, unconscious, but no Will. When he came to, Will’s father related that the twister had blown out both the windshield and the sunroof on their Hummer, and had picked up the truck like it was a toy. He had attempted to protect his son by throwing his arms around him, but the force of the battering winds was too much as Will’s seatbelt was ripped apart and he was yanked from the truck through the gaping opening of the sunroof. So far, he has not been located.
Power like that is almost unfathomable, and being wrenched from a car, while seemingly in the safety of a belted seat, seems almost like a movie fabrication. Our condolences to the Norton family, and hope that Will is discovered soon.
Source: [CBSnews.com]

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  1. salguod Avatar

    Words. Fail.
    Dear God, have mercy on this family.

  2. Maxichamp Avatar

    It was on the kid's graduation day also. Dad will have to live with this for the rest of his life.

  3. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    I find it hard to believe that the "seatbelt ripped apart." There's got to be more details to this, because DOT specs call for a minimum of 6000 lb. breaking force. I can't imagine a force great enough to do that leaving the father alive.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      I could see the seat belt stretching enough for the kid to be sucked out. It is amazing how much stretch seat belts have. I realized this when I had a friend connected with the team Jeremy Dale was racing for had his wreck at Road Atlanta. At about the :30 mark you can see how much a tightly secured racing harness can stretch.[youtube jkDpYM4LaR8&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkDpYM4LaR8&feature=related youtube]

      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        Stretching and ripping apart are two different things. I'd buy the former, but not the latter.

    2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Forces and circumstanced be damned. The kid is still gone.

  4. kvhnik Avatar

    This is very sad and I mean no disrespect at all but when I read it was a Hummer I have to wonder to what degree they should have been able to drive away from the twister? Cross country if need be? Was that why the kid was yelling to "get off the road"?

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    Correct. The retractor could allow the webbing to spool out, causing slack in the belt.

  6. Feds_II Avatar

    Putting out a Hooniversal APB: according to the article:
    "Presslor said the family got one tip, unconfirmed, that Will was checked into a hospital in Joplin, but has since been taken from one that hospital and transferred elsewhere.
    "He was alive. And … he was transferred somewhere. We just don't know where," she said. "They think maybe Wichita, Kansas City. We have people checking. We don't want people calling the hospitals because they're being inundated with phone calls."
    Will is 6' 4" with slender build. He has brown hair, blue eyes and slight freckles on his face and arms. If you have information on Will Norton, email findwillnorton@gmail.com, on Facebook, search Help Find Will Norton (Facebook.com/helpfindwillnorton) or call 757-751-will (9495)."

  7. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

    Alright, I'm willing to get downvoted for this;
    Why is this here? Someone died, and that's bad, but what merits this post? There are other sources of news that cover this.