My brother was there picking up what he could find when they came through surveying after the tornado. His neighborhood is where most of the EF5 damage was. They were going to give it EF4 status until he told them what types of homes have been built there and how recently they were constructed.Yeah I am glad they hit the nail on the head with Smithville at least. That event should pretty much be the reference point for classic, textbook EF5 damage.
Yes, he told me it was going to be rated at EF5 before it came out. They said the surveyors thought the houses were older and not built as well. There were some older homes there but he told them several had been built within the last 10 years and up to the latest requirements and most were wiped right off their foundation.Huh... now that you mention it, the survey made a particular note of the age of said homes. Guess that explains that