Published on December 6, 2019
In the spring of 2019, tornadoes devastated the community of Beauregard, Alabama. A team of Auburn University professors studied the circumstances that led to the destruction on March 3 and the loss of 23 lives. One of those researchers, wind engineer David Roueche, presented some of the team’s preliminary findings to a Columbus State University meteorology class taught by Prof. Scott Gunter. The presentation was called “The Makings of Disaster: How Hazard, Exposure, and Vulnerability Intersected in the March 3rd, 2019 Beauregard, AL Tornado.” The study focuses on the multitude of factors that came together on that fateful day and classifies them into three “ingredients for disaster,” according to Roueche.