Many houses in tornado alley have strong basement shelters.
Some people have seen inside a tornado with their own eyes lived to tell about it.
Knives and forks have been found embedded in tree trunks flung from a tornado.
Usually a tornado starts off as a white or gray cloud but if it stays around for a while, the dirt and debris it sucks up eventually turns it into black one.
3 out of every 4 tornadoes in the world happen in the United States.
Thunderstorms most likely to give birth to Tornadoes are called supercells.
Tornado winds are the fastest winds on Earth.
A Tornado in Oklahoma once destroyed a whole motel. People later found the motel’s sign in Arkansas.
A Tornado can sometimes hop along its path. It can destroy one house and leave the house next door untouched.
In 1928, a tornado in Kansas plucked the feathers right off some chickens.
In 1931 a tornado in Mississippi lifted an 83 ton train and tossed it 80 feet from the track.
The United States have an average of 800 tornadoes every year.
Each year, dozens of Americans die from tornadoes.
Usually, a tornado’s color matches the color of the ground.
Some tornadoes make a considerable amount of noise while others make very little. It depends on the objects a tornado might hit or carry. A tornado moving along an open plain may make very little noise.
Some people think the crop circles in the UK are the result of weak whirlwinds. About 60 of these small tornadoes are formed every year in Britain.
Small tornadoes sometimes form on the edge of bigger tornadoes.
In Oklahoma, a small herd of cattle were sucked up by a tornado and carried across the countryside, before being set down unharmed.
In 1981, a tornado that swept through the Italian City of Ancona lifted a sleeping baby from its baby carriage and set it down unharmed on the ground.
The deadliest Tornado happened in 1925. It swept through three states and killed 689 people and injured 2,000.
Tornadoes is from the Spanish word, tronada, meaning thunderstorm.
Dust Devils are strong tornadoes that pass over desert areas.
Some people in ancient times thought dust devils were ghosts.
The safest place to be during a Tornado is underground, which makes basements and cellars the ideal shelters to get away from Tornadoes.
Most of the world’s destructive tornadoes occur during the the summer in mid-western states of the US.
Sometimes multiple tornadoes form and travel together in swarms.
Rescue workers have compared the destruction left behind by a tornado to a bomb blast.
Cities have also been hit by tornadoes like Nashville and St. Louis.
Tornadoes have hit places even in big cities like in Brooklyn.
The myth of opening the windows in a house will help prevent a tornado from it being destroyed is false. In fact, opening the wrong windows could allow air to rush in and blow the house apart from the inside.
An F0 Tornado
Have wind speeds between 40-72 mph
Causes light damage.
Branches breaks off of trees and pushes over smaller trees.
An F1 Tornado
Have wind speeds between 73-112 mph
Causes moderate damage.
Tiles breaks off of roofs. Cars and trailers gets pushed
An F2 Tornado
Have wind speeds between 113-157 mph
Causes considerable damage.
Roofs gets torned off. Big trees get toppled. Mobile homes are destroyed. Heavy cars are lifted and thrown.
An F3 Tornado
Have wind speeds between 158–206 mph
Causes Severe Damage.
Roofs torned off even on the most well constructed structures. Trains are overturned.