A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground, generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. The winds are capable of causing extreme destruction and may leave a significant damage path depending on the strength of the storm. While the winds themselves are destructive, the debris they pick up is often quite dangerous as well. Most injuries and deaths caused by tornadoes are from collapsing buildings and flying debris. Tornadoes may produce strong, violent winds, lightening, heavy rains and flooding.
How do I prepare?
Local and National Government
What do I need to know?
Tornado: A violently rotating storm of small diameter; the most violent weather phenomenon. It is produced in a very severe thunderstorm and appears as a funnel cloud extending from the base of a Cumulonimbus to the ground. (ReliefWeb)
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