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  What is a Tornado?

tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Tornadoes must always be taken seriously. Tornadoes can be very dangerous -- sometimes even deadly. They come from powerful thunderstorms and appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds. Tornado winds can reach 300 miles per hour. They cause damage when they touch down on the ground. They can damage an area one mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes can form any time of the year, but the season runs from March to August. The ability to predict tornadoes is limited. Usually a community will have at least a few minutes warning. The most important thing to do is TAKE SHELTER when a tornado is nearby.

READ: The disaster Twins' - The Afternoon Tornado
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Category Category Description Level Of Damage
F-0 Gale Tornado
40 - 72 MPH
Chimneys damaged; branches broken off trees; shallow-rooted trees uprooted; sign boards damaged.
F-1 Moderate Tornado
73 - 112
MPH
Roof surfaces peeled off; mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned; moving autos pushed off roads.
F-2 Significant Tornado
113 - 157 MPH
Roofs torn off frame houses; mobile homes demolished; box cars pushed over; large trees snapped or uprooted; light-object projectiles generated.
F-3 Severe Tornado
158 - 206 MPH
Roofs and some walls torn off well-constructed houses; trains overturned; most trees in forest uprooted; heavy cars lifted off the ground and thrown.
F-4 Devastating Tornado
207 - 260 MPH
Well-constructed houses leveled; structures with weak foundations relocated; cars thrown and large projectiles generated.
F-5 Incredible Tornado
261 - 318 MPH
Strong frame houses lifted off foundations and carried considerable distance to disintegrate; automobile-sized projectiles hurtle through the air in excess of 100 yards; trees debarked; other incredible phenomena expected.

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What if we could Detect a Tornado ...
Tornado Detector by Josh @ Elgin Ave.
Here is a future invention - a Tornado Detector by Josh @ Elgin Ave. (CAN)
What if we could suck the wind out of a storm
Josh thought that a great way to stop a storm is to suck the wind right out of it. So, he invented a machine that walks and flys right into the storm. By Josh @ Elgin Ave. (CAN)

 

How Tornadoes Effect Communities ...

 

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What Can You Do ...

Tornadoes are hard to predict. Most of the time you will only have a few minutes warning. The most important thing to do is TAKE COVER when a tornado is nearby.

  • Listen to a radio or watch television for weather updates. If a tornado is coming you MUST seek shelter. An underground shelter is best, such as a basement or storm shelter. If you don’t have a basement, find an inside room or hallway or closet on the first floor AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

  • If you are at school during a tornado, listen and do what your teacher says.

  • If you are outside and cannot get inside, lie flat in a ditch or ravine. Lie face down and cover your head with your hands.

  • If you are in a car, take shelter in a nearby building.

  • After a tornado, watch for broken glass and power lines that are downed. If you see people who are injured, don’t move them unless they are in immediate danger. Call for help right away!

  • Tornadoes can be very scary. If you are scared, be sure to talk to someone about it.

Important Terms To Know:

Tornado Watch -- Tornadoes are possible. Stay tuned to the radio or television news.

Tornado Warning -- A tornado has been sighted. Take shelter immediately!

 

A Tornado hits by Josh @ Elgin Ave.
A Tornado hits by Josh @ Elgin Ave. (CAN)
 

 Cyclone by Gordon @ Elgin Ave.
A Cylclone in action by Gordon @ Elgin Ave. (CAN)

 
 

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