Tornado Terrors

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What Are The Chances Of You Experiencing A Tornado Where You Live?

Tornadoes are more likely in the U.S than any other country. Although this is true, they do occur elsewhere in the world including Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Even New Zealand reports about 20 tornadoes each year. Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Illinois, Mississippi, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Alabama, and Louisiana experience the most tornadoes every year in the U.S. Approximately 1,200 tornadoes occur each year in the United States (this is a rough estimate). Tornado Alley is an area in the mid-western part of the United States where tornadoes are most likely to occur. They're common in these areas because these areas are mainly flat plains and have powerful weather engines above them. During the summer and spring, air will be warm, this causes a cap which creates a very unstable condition. When this is combined with cool air, thunderstorms develop quickly, creating a perfect environment for a tornado.

What is a Tornado and How Are They Formed?

A tornado is an intensely rotating funnel of air. It reaches from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Although scientists are not completely sure how tornadoes are formed there are predictions as to how the rotation occurs. When winds at two different altitudes blow at two different speeds a wind shear is created. An updraft tightens and speeds up the column of air, creating a funnel cloud. Rain and hail ultimately cause it to fall downwards and eventually, this cloud touches the ground.

Deadly Tornadoes

What They Do

Tornadoes can be very devastating. The damage caused from these tornadoes can be overwhelming. Many people are left homeless, without any of their belongings. The Red Cross offers relief for people in emergency situations. They offer, food, shelter, warmth and comfort.


Economic Impact

Tornadoes commonly cause immense amounts of damage. The repairing of this damage can be very expensive. The most expensive tornado in the U.S occurred in 2011 on the twenty second of May in Joplin, MO. The approximate cost for this disaster was $2,907,000,000. Damages this severe can greatly impact a community economically.

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By: Gillian Steininger