Now, heres the question - Could it be done in the sunshine state? Maybe, but take into consideration that Florida is the nubber 1 hit state for hurricanes. If you want to withstand that, you need to be sure it can withstand winds up to 200 mph. At 200+ feet up, that may get tricky.
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*** This post was edited by PT300 on 11/14/2001. ***
But O-town is in the middle of the state, and windspeed of a hurricane does drop significantly as you leave the coast (I live in G'ville;~)!...and they build coasters in tornado alley. Our hurricanes and lightning don't really pose as much of a threat as a 318 mph twister...but I do remember a cool thread that started awhile back inquiring if people in the South were afraid of tall coasters (NO!). Build an S:RoS here in FL and just TRY to get me away from it...
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Amen... Living in TAMPA HERE BABY!!! Come on Busch Gardens... give me something this year. I don't really like Busch Gardens and love going to SFOG instead. Busch has too long of lines since they only have 5 coasters with 3 being good( or internationally known I should say? ) But, I am from Chicago so I love SFGAM and Raging Bull is such a great ride...
I would love for them to get a B&M hyper like Raging Bull... Make it 230ft or more and I'll be happy... Actually, I 'll be happy with 200...
It's hard to compare building a coaster in a hurricane prone area to tornado alley. Tornadoes are very small storms in comparison to hurricanes, they have localized damage, and they rarely get very strong (318 mph is a VERY rare event). Unless a tornado hits a coaster directly... and only if it is strong enough will it take it out. A rollercoaster is sort of like any other structure built, they are designed to take a certain amount of force. So, in a hurricane prone area, a designer would take that into account and reinforce the supports for extra measure. The good news is that there's a lot of "open space" allowing wind to cut through it, versus a building which is solid and acts like a giant sail in a breeze. And because skyscrapers can withstand hurricanes (reasonably well), why not coasters?
However, opposed to large, dense buildings, coasters are lightweight and can be tossed around easily. But, I am sure that if someone wants a tall coaster in FL, it can be done, but maybe with an additional price tag.
BTW - think about this... Florida has the most tornadoes per square mile of any other state in the nation annually. However, they're almost entirely very weak, (Fujita 0 to 1), so you don't hear about them.
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