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Tornadoes are one of the most devastating forms of mother nature These unpredictable storms inflict a great amount of damage on whatever they come across These storms mysteriously appear across the US and put fear in the hearts of many Tornadoes are large violent storms that come down from cumulonimbus clouds This mass of swirling clouds can range from a few meters to a kilometer at the bottom The whirling wonder is only visible because of the dust that is sucked from the ground as well as condensation from nearby water The storms generally spin counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere but like I said before these storms are unpredictable and at times this does not apply These massive storms can reach wind speeds of 480kmh 300 mph and some are predicted to spin at 800kmh 500 mph As they move along the ground they leave a path of destruction Tornadoes destroy buildings motor vehicles and anything else they come across that weighs 30000 pounds or less A man by the name of Theodore Fujita invented a tornado scale This scale measures tornadoes cause Rating Wind in Meters per second Damage F-0 18-32 Light F-1 33-50 Moderate F-2 51-71 Considerable F-3 72-92 Serious F-4 93-116 Devastating F-5 117-and up Amazing Ratings of F-1 and F-2 only damage windows and roofs on buildings while F-3 destroys walls F-4 damages whole houses and F-5 blows away what is left of the buildings Meteorologists have no way of predicting the intensity of a storm Dr Wurman a storm chaser says We just know the tornadoes coming we dont know whether it is an F-0 or a F-5 This can not be determined until the tornado Touches down or makes contact with the ground There is no real place to hide from a F-5 tornado Mobile homes and cars take the brunt of most storms but even
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