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Dozens of Tornadoes Rip Iowa, Storm Damages Buildings, Houses, Videos with Manufactured Housing Analysis

July 20th, 2018

Original still from ABC News, text graphics, by MHProNews.

The ABC News videos help tell the dramatic tale of reportedly two dozen tornadoes that ripped through central Iowa yesterday.



Forecasters that morning admit they didn’t expect tornadoes later that same day.  Fortunately, there were no initial reports of fatalities, though many were injured.


Conventional houses, commercial buildings, and vehicles were damaged or destroyed. There are no immediate reports about any pre-HUD Code mobile homes or any manufactured homes that suffered damage.

We are not aware of any damage to mobile [homes] or manufactured housing in Iowa resulting from the tornadic events yesterday,” according to Joe Kelly, with the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association, said to MHProNews.


RV MH Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Kelly of the Iowa Manufactured Housing Association. Credit, LinkedIn.


No Above Ground Housing Is Completely Safe

The videos shown underscore a point that MHLivingNews has made for the public, and MHProNews has for professionals, numerous times over the years.  Namely:

  • Above ground conventional building isn’t completely safe against a tornado, nor are pre-HUD Code mobile homes or post-HUD Code manufactured homes.
  • The death tolls on mobile homes and manufactured homes is misleading, see that linked report with powerful quotes from a National Weather Service expert Greg Schoor, below.
  • The video below visually makes the points that must be shared with the general public.


Is this only MHProNews viewpoint?


A growing number of other manufactured home industry professionals get it.

But perhaps more significant for the general public and researchers is the following quote from the National Association of Realtors. ®

Compared with the unregulated mobile/trailer homes of the past, the manufactured homes built after 1976 have a higher level of safety, durability, and quality, and the small fraction of homes damaged during hurricanes attests to their safety and durability. New design features and multi-section homes are increasingly giving them the look of traditional site-built homes. These safety standards and improved features should lead to the increasing acceptance of manufactured homes as a safe, durable, and affordable type of housing.”

–   Scholastica D. Cororaton, Certified Business Economist (CBE), National Association of Realtors ® (NAR).


Composite information from LinkedIn.


These points need to be hammered home – pardon the pun – over and over.

After years of misinformation, there must be good information that replaces the outdates myths and misinformation. So, consider sharing this link here with the public, often. “We Provide, You Decide.” © (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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