Cause And Effect Of Tornado

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One of the hardest things that I have experienced in my life is seeing the town I love and grow up in be destroyed by a tornado. In 2011, Cullman, Alabama was one of many towns affected by a tornado’s deadly path. When the day started, I did not realize that I would be taking shelter just a couple hours later in my neighbor’s basement. Driving over to my neighbor’s house and seeing the tornado just miles away was the scariest moment in my life. I will never forget the heartbreak and devastation the town suffered from a storm that lasted a couple of hours. Tornadoes are rated on a scale from F-0 to F-5. The tornado was labeled a F-5 which is the strongest one of all. A disastrous tornado often results in destruction, casualties, and financial …show more content…
The path that is left behind is the worst part of the storm; effects of this is the plant life that is destroyed and the complete destruction of houses and buildings. As the tornado rotates and picks up speed, it has so much force that almost everything in its way will be forced into the tunnel. The wind has so much power that it tears shingles off roofs or the entire roof itself. The wind can also carry outdoor furniture along with the tornado and tear up the landscape surrounding the house. Two major factors cause a destructive tornado, wind speed and width. For an average tornado, wind speeds can rise to 100 miles per hour; however, a threatening tornado can rise to 300 miles per hour. The width can determine how big the tornado will be and how big a path it will leave behind. Non-threatening tornadoes can be about 250 feet wide, but most devastating tornadoes can be two miles long. Destruction is one of the most unavoidable effects of a …show more content…
Fatalities stem from people who are unaware of the severity of the oncoming storm. Deaths happen by people standing near windows or going outside. It is more likely to get injured from shattered glass or getting struck by flying debris. Most people are not ready for a natural disaster, especially a tornado because they are not properly informed on how to prepare and find a safe place to be during the storm. Mobile homes are not a safe place during a tornado because trailers do not have a strong foundation. Also, being in a vehicle while the storm is in progress can be very unsafe because the force of the tornado can carry the car into the tunnel. Loss of life is the most devastating outcome of a

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