Facts About Tornadoes
Here are some facts about tornadoes:
- Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, these destructive
forces of nature are found most frequently in the United States east of the Rocky
Mountains during the spring and summer months.
- In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide.
- The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction
with speeds of 250 mph or more.
- Waterspouts are weak tornadoes that form over warm water.
- Waterspouts are most common along the Gulf Coast and southeastern states.
- Tornadoes most often occur in Central Texas during the spring.
- The most deadly Texas tornado ripped through Waco on May 11, 1953.
- The tornado that struck Jarrell, Tx, as an F5.
- Three out of four Texas tornadoes move in a southwest-to-northeast direction.
- Tornadoes can travel up to 70 mph or can remain stationary.
- A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for the development
of severe thunderstroms which may produce tornadoes.
- A Tornado Warning means a funnel cloud or a tornado has been sighted
or indicated by radar. Seek shelter immediately!!!
- No place is safe from tornadoes.
- Violent winds and debris slamming into buildings cause most structural
- Opening windows allows damaging winds to enter the structure. Leave
windows alone; instead, immediately go to a safe place.
- Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year.
- In the southern states, peak tornado occurrence is in March through
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 and 9 p.m.
A MAP OF TORNADO ALLEY
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