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Expert: Stage Collapse Not A "Fluke"
Updated May 5, 2013 12:09 AM | Filed under: Network Indiana
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(UNDATED) - A senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel says the wind gust that toppled the stage at the Indiana State Fair was not a "fluke."

Stu Ostro claims powerful, damaging winds were a known threat several days before and during the minutes leading up to the stage collapse that killed five people and injured at least 47 others.

Ostro notes as the line drew closer to Indianapolis, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Marion County. By definition, a severe thunderstorm is one in which produces wind speeds of 58 miles-per-hour or greater.

Ten minutes after the warning bulletin was issued, the stage rigging at the Indiana State Fair collapsed onto concert-goers.

Ostro believes there are lessons to be learned from the tragedy. He encourages people at outdoor events to take matters into their own hands by finding out the weather forecast for the day and self-evacuating if they feel unsafe.

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