The most powerful Tornadoes occur in the United States. A typical tornado only lasts for a few minutes

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  • The most powerful Tornadoes occur in the United States.

  • A typical tornado only lasts for a few minutes.

  • Every tornado has its own color, sound and shape.

  • You need to step on the pedal of a car pass 70 miles per hour to outrun the fastest tornadoes.

  • The chances that a tornado is a F5, the highest classification for a tornado on the F-scale, is less than 0.1%

  • Tornadoes have been reported in every state in the US and also in every season.

  • A Tornado can occur at any time, but most often between 3pm and 9pm.

  • Each year, about a thousand tornadoes touch down in the United States, far more than any other country.

  • Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over a body of water.

  • A strong tornado can pick up a house and move it down the block.

  • Nebraska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas make up Tornado alley, where tornadoes strike regularly in the spring and early summer.

  • 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 UK gets about 60 tornadoes a year, even with its moderate climate.

  • 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.

An F4 Tornado

  • Have wind speeds between 207-260 mph

  • Causes Catostrophic Damage

  • Well constructed structures are leveled.  Structures with weak foundations are blown away.

An F5 Tornado

  • Have wind speeds between 261–318 mph

  • Causes Total Damage

  • Few if any structures are left standing.   Cars become missles flying in the air.

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