Evelyn Hernandez Tornadoes

This is a picture of a Tornado

A tornado is a violent rotating column of air ex-tending from thunderstorm to the ground. The violent tornados are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of up to 300 mph. Tornados can destroy houses, buildings, trees, plants, apartments, cars, and much more stuff.

Facts

  • A tornado is as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 mph.
  • Damage paths of tornadoes can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes once on land. It's super important to be prepared for a tornado, so make sure you bring your pets with you too!

What causes a tornado?

The intense spinning of a tornado is partly the result of the updrafts and downdrafts in the thunderstorm (caused by the unstable air) interacting with the wind shear, resulting in a tilting of the wind shear to form an upright tornado vortex.

What are the Effects of a tornado?

Impact of tornadoes. Like all natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and others, they end up with massive destruction to homes, property, infrastructure and cause many deaths as well. Each year, about 60 people are killed by tornadoes, mostly from airborne debris. Source: noaa.gov.

A minimum picture of a tornado.
A minimum picture of the tornado aftermath.
  • Tornadoes cause an average of 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S. each year.
  • The strongest tornadoes have rotating winds of more than 250 mph.
  • Tornadoes can be more than one mile wide and stay on the ground for over 50 miles.
  • Tornadoes may appear nearly transparent until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms within the funnel.
  • Most tornadoes form from severe thunderstorms. Hurricanes can also produce tornadoes.
  • Tornado winds may exceed 300 miles (480 kilometers) per hour.
  • Tornadoes can lift cars, mobile homes, and animals into the air.
  • Tornadoes are sometimes called "twisters."

Before a tornado...

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. ...
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. ...
  • Look for the following danger signs:
  • If book can be picked up easily, hold it over your head.
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