Tornadoes

By: Daniel Sanchez and Maureen Smith

Tornadoes

Tornadoes are destructive funnel clouds with a wind speed that can reach 300 miles per hour. The path of devastation it leaves can be about one mile wide and 50 miles long. Since tornadoes can develop so fast the only warnings to be noticed are dark skies and strong winds that emit a powerful roar. Stillness before the tornado signals the arrival of the deadly storm. "Tornadoes cause an average of 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries in the U.S each year." (Missouri Storm Aware). When the air is warmer than usual in the lower atmosphere and cooler air in the higher atmosphere a tornado can created. The tornado is not a natural disaster to be taken lightly.

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How to Prepare for a Tornado

You should have a plan for your family if a tornado does occur. " Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado." (Tornado Safety Tips-Red Cross). Practice with your family periodically so that they know what to do during a tornado. You should have a way to listen to the local news in case a tornado does occur. It is important to know the signs for a tornado, signs are usually are dark clouds, a funnel cloud, and a roaring noise. Your house needs to be safe proofed in case of a tornado occurring. "Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile." (Tornado Safety Tips-Red Cross). It is imperative to follow these tips for your safety and your family's too.