Quick Tornado Facts

Tornadoes are wind tunnels that spin rapidTornadoes are named as "Nature's most violent storms" and this could quite possibly be true.

The calmest part of a tornado is it's eye.

It is said that the most dangerous part of a tornado is the flying debris it produces.

Usually, tornadoes are difficult to see until they pick up dust and/or debris.

Tornadoes can also form over water, these are called water spouts.

Each year numbers in the range of 1 thousand tornadoes touchdown in the United States far more than in any other country.

Tornadoes move at the speeds of about 10 to 20 miles per hour.Tornadoes may appear at the beginning of a big thunderstorm.Tornadoes tend to appear around daytime hours.Tornadoes can clear a path a mile wide and 50 miles long.

Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity:

F0 - Less than 73 miles per hour winds, minor damage to: chimneys, tree branches broken off, shallow rooted trees pushed over.

F1 - 73-112 mph winds peels surface off of roofs and moving automobiles blown off of the road.

F2 -113- 157 mph winds. Considerable damage, roofs torn off of frame houses, large trees snapped or uprooted.

F3 - 158- 206 mph winds. Roofs and some walls torn off of well constructed houses, trains will be tipped over, large number of trees in forest will be uprooted and destroyed.

F4 - 207- 260 mph winds. Well built houses torn off of foundation and blown some distance, cars blown off of road and carried some distance.

F5 - 261- 318 mph winds. Strong houses disintegrated, large, steel reinforced buildings badly damaged.

F6 - 319- 379 mph winds. These winds are unlikely to happen, but, it will cause SERIOUS damage.

Tornado Saftey:

If you are inside of a house with no basement, either get inside of a bathtub, or inside of a closet. If you are out on the road driving in a car and a tornado touches down, the safest thing to do is pull over and get down inside or a ditch. You do this so that flying debris will not hit you.

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