Shawnee, Oklahoma, May 19, 2013
Shawnee, Oklahoma was struck by a destructive tornado on May 19, 2013. The tornado caused severe damage to a trailer park and killed one person. Although the tornado killed only one person, it has left many homeless. What causes a tornado? Why is Okalhoma part of tornado alley? In this flyer you will learn the answers to these questions.
What is a tornado?
A tornado is the smallest, most violent, and shortest-lived storm. A tornado is a destructive, rotating column of air that has high winds and is visible as a funnel-shaped cloud.
How to tornadoes form?
A tornado forms when a thunderstorm meets high altitude horizontal winds.
1. These winds cause the rising air in the thunderstorm to rotate.
2. A storm cloud may develop a narrow, funnel shape which may reach the ground.
5/19/2013 Shawnee, OK Wedge Tornado