Tornadoes are one of natures most violet storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalites and devestate neighborhoods in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with winds that can reach up to 300 miles an hour.
Some tornadoes are cleary visable, while others can be obscured by rain or low hanging clouds. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little advance warning is possible. Before a tornado
hits, the winds may die down and the air may become very still.
Know the Terms:
tornado watch- a term used when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes
tornado warning- tornado has been indicated by the WSR-88D radar or sighted by spotters, and those in the affected area should seek shelter immediately