• Most tornados form during thunderstorms.
• Warm moist air from the south and cool dry air from the north meet and can create a tornado.
• A change in wind direction and wind speed creates a horizontal (flat) spin.
• Rising air in an updraft will tilt the rotating air from flat (horizontal) to up and down (vertical).
• A tornado can be up to 2 to 6 miles wide
• As a tornado rotates it creates destruction with wind speeds up to 300 miles per hour.
• Tornado storm paths can be as big as 1 mile wide and 50 miles long.
. Tornados can destroy homes, large buldings and can pull large trees out from the ground. Some tornados have driven a straw with such force that it went through a trunk of a tree!
. The safest place to be during a tornado is in the basement and keep away from windows. If you are outside, you want to get in a ditch and low to the ground.