are natures most violent storms. Tornadoes must always be
taken seriously. Tornadoes can be very dangerous -- sometimes even
deadly. They come from powerful thunderstorms and appear as rotating,
funnel-shaped clouds. Tornado winds can reach 300 miles per hour.
They cause damage when they touch down on the ground. They can damage
an area one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some
risk, but states in "Tornado Alley" have the highest risk.
Tornadoes can form any time of the year, but the season runs from
March to August. The ability to predict tornadoes is limited. Usually
a community will have at least a few minutes warning. The most important
thing to do is TAKE SHELTER when a tornado is nearby.
Important Terms To Know:
Tornado Watch -- Tornadoes are possible. Stay tuned to the radio
or television news.
Tornado Warning -- A tornado has been sighted. Take shelter immediately!