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                                                    Tornado Facts

A tornado can be defined as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud extending from a thunderstorm. This violent weather event is also known as cyclone or twister. The whirling winds of these clouds can reach a speed of 300 mph. The majority of them have a speed of 100 miles per hour. They can accompany hurricanes and tropical storms once they reach the land. Tornadoes are caused when a warm surface meets a cold surface. Usually tornadoes travel only a few miles before dissipating. Approximately 1,000 to 1,200 tornadoes occur every year in the United States.

Quick Facts: –

  • The damage paths of tornadoes can be more than one mile wide and approximately 50 miles long.
  • A tornado can appear transparent until it picks up some dust and debris or forms a cloud within the funnel.
  • Tornado Alley is an area that has a frequent occurrence of tornadoes.
  • A warning is issued when a funnel cloud is sighted or a twister is detected using the Doppler radar.
  • If a cyclone forms or travels over water then it is called waterspout.
  • The tri-state tornado was the deadliest one in the United States history killing 695 people.
  • Their strength can be measured by using the Fujita Scale and the Enhanced Fujita Scale.
  • The scale ranges from F0 to F5 where F0 represents the minimum damage and F5 represents the highest.
  • Basements and other underground places are the safest to find shelter during these events.


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