The staff of a nuclear reactor must struggle to avert a disaster when tornadoes cause damage that threatens to start a meltdown.

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When tornadoes hit a nuclear power plant, critically damaging the plant's cooling system, the results could be catastrophic. Atomic Twister, a countdown to disaster, traces an extraordinary day in the lives of small town citizens who unexpectedly find themselves facing the possibility of mass destruction. Written by Anonymous

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When discovering the diesel generator, the original blueprints are stated to be from 1967. When Manuel tells Corrnie about it, he says the generator hasn't been used in 50 years. As the film takes place in 2002, that would make the generator only 35 years old, and as the plant was modernized in 1987, the generator wouldn't have been used for only 15 years. See more »

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Potter: [reading through an Emergency Procedure book] Okay we call the NRC... and we get everyone out of here.
Corrine Maguire: [sarcastically after already telling him that is what they would say] Thanks Potter, duly noted.
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Really unintentionally funny
9 June 2002 | by (Racine, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Atomic Twister is a film about tornadoes threatening a nuclear power plant written by someone who has apparently no knowledge of tornadoes or nuclear power plants. I'm not going into the plot here, because it's pretty simple, rather, let's take a look at what the writer messed up. First of all, I was not aware that, in Tennessee, they had "stealth" tornados. At one point, a character makes a call on his cell phone, then turns around to see a tornado about 50 yards away, bearing down on him. In reality, of course, tornados are so loud that one can be heard at least a mile away, if not more. Also, the impending tornadoes are always signaled by high winds whipping around the characters. The writer must have gotten tornadoes mixed up with hurricanes. The fact of the matter is that the air can be quite calm before a tornado strikes.

As for the nuclear power plant, the writer again drops the ball. The characters keep talking as though a meltdown will cause the plant to explode like an atom bomb. That is a total impossibility. The plant may suffer a meltdown and release large amounts of radiation, but it CANNOT explode!!!

All I can say is, watch Atomic Twister is you want a good laugh. Otherwise, stay clear.


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