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Tornado Truths: Facts about Twisters

Updated on April 28, 2017

The Horrors of Severe Weather

Tornadoes can be miles wide and can destroy anything in their path. They actually have tornado chasers who follow them as closely as possible while filming them.
Tornadoes can be miles wide and can destroy anything in their path. They actually have tornado chasers who follow them as closely as possible while filming them. | Source
Tornadoes are gated on an F scale of 1-5 with five being the most dangerous. This photo shows an F5 Tornado.
Tornadoes are gated on an F scale of 1-5 with five being the most dangerous. This photo shows an F5 Tornado. | Source
Tornadoes often come in pairs and are accompanied by lightning. Always take cover as soon as possible when you realize a twister is on it's way.
Tornadoes often come in pairs and are accompanied by lightning. Always take cover as soon as possible when you realize a twister is on it's way. | Source
Twisters have taken thousands of lives and cost billions of dollars in damages over the years.
Twisters have taken thousands of lives and cost billions of dollars in damages over the years. | Source

Twister Facts

There are many facts about twisters but, these sixteen stand out.

1. Waterspouts: This weather phenomenon does not happen often but, they can be quite powerful with the little wispy winds that they have. Waterspouts are usually short lived. Tornadoes that form over water are called waterspouts. With technology the way it is now, cameras on phone are able to capture these as they happen.

2. Tornadoes: Three out of every four twisters that occur in the world, occur in The United States of America. Tornadoes can be very destructive and short or long lived. As they form in the sky, they might not ever touch the ground but, many do touch the ground and leave a path of destruction and devastation.

3. Super cells: Thunderstorms that start tornadoes are called super cells. These super cell thunderstorms pack a lot of punch and are quite powerful. Combine that, with the unstable air in the atmosphere, and it is a recipe for disaster.

4. Tornadoes: On average, The United States has over 1000 tornadoes per year. That is a lot of damage each year to homes, businesses, recreational areas and places that we worship and work aren't even exempt from a tornado's destructive path. With 1000 tornadoes per year, that is a lot of lives effected by weather.

5. Highest Classification: The highest classification for a tornado is the most powerful and the most scary, the F5. These tornadoes can pack winds of up to 200+ miles an hour. They can be what we have come to learn are called, long lived tornadoes. This means just what it says. This is a tornado that is very strong and it could stay on the ground for a very long time. These tornadoes are usually very wide as well. The spin itself of the funnel cloud spins very fast but, it doesn't necessarily move very fast along the ground. This causes problems for everyone if the area if very populated.

6. Hours for tornadoes: 80% of all tornadoes happen between the hours of 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. What you really do not want is a tornado after dark because, you simply can not see them. The tornado can be on top of you in the cover of darkness, and you would never know.

7. Antarctica: Antarctica is a continent that has never had a tornado to hit their land. It is too cold there I would imagine.

8. Weather Awareness: Any mention of severe thunderstorms even with the slightest possibility of a tornado, the residents of Alabama **(mainly 'Tuscaloosa, AL)** pay attention to the weatherman.

9. Fujita Measuring Scale: This scale measures the strength of a tornado from F0-F5.

10. Deadliest Twister: In Bangladesh, 1,300 people died from a tornado in 1989

11. Deadliest Tornado in American history. This twister occurred in 1925 and it killing nearly 700 people as it ripped through, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri.

12. Forming of a twister: A twister is formed by a warm front colliding with a cold front. This forms a unique thunderstorm, making it easier to form tornadoes.

13. Tornado Alley: This is a very large flat section of land in The United States that has had the most tornadoes. The states that are considered to be the most major areas of tornado alley are Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

14.Super Cell Thunderstorms: The majority of super cell thunderstorms come from tropical storms and hurricanes.

15. Speeds: Tornado speeds can reach up to 500 miles per hour. They have been known to hover in one spot for 40 minutes. The largest tornado was almost 2 miles in width.

16. Damage: The April 2011 tornado outbreak was the costliest tornado outbreak in United States History with the total of the damages reaching nearly 11 billion dollars.


Weathermen predict that the tornadoes will become more frequent and of course, more powerful. There are parts of our state that haven't recovered from the April 2011 storms. Some of the areas that were hit were already very poor areas. In my opinion, they didn't need any additional stress.


April 25, 2011-April 27, 2011 represents the largest outbreak of tornadoes in the World's History. The National Weather Service recorded 358 tornadoes which ripped through six states. The six states who had to suffer through this outbreak were, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Virginia. These were horrific days in the lives of some families in Alabama. Some families lost everything including all of their family members. You can replace a home and material things but, loved ones can't be replaced. Still it's very upsetting to lose your personal items especially personal items such as pictures. Insurance sure can not replace photos even though they help in replacing other household items like furniture and bedroom furniture.


***Tuscaloosa is known to catch the brunt of the weather, that comes through Alabama.

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2011 Tornado OutBreak

During the April 2011 storms that came through our country and ravished our state, brought with it leaders and military personnel to help the residents of Alabama. It was motivational because it was a horrid situation and Alabama really needed the help and love from all.

Two of the people that stick out to me that visited the storm struck area was President Obama and Hollywood actor, Charlie Sheen. Sheen was passing out cell phones to the storm stricken families, most of which, have just lost everything. The total destruction and devastation to the area was something that you had to seen in person to believe. The F5 twister literally ran a path of destruction that was only a few blocks from DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa. What a major difference in the events if this hospital had taken a direct hit from the twister of any kind of hit for that matter.

Tornadoes are not uncommon in states such as Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama. You better believe that the reisdents in these states ae weather aware at any time and have a weather plan in place.

Some basic needs of a good survival kit are flashlights, canned goods, bottled water,coolers, ice packs, oil lamp and oil. Batteries are always good to have on hand in case of an emergency. Remember to stay in a safe place until you are positive that all the bad weather has passed by. Sometimes debris, limbs or even cars can fall on people from being thrown by a tornado. 18 Wheelers have been known to be tossed several miles from the strength of a twisters wind force.

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      Buster Johnson 4 years ago from Alabama

      The quiz capsule is on the right of the page.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Interesting facts and hub. The videos make clear the devastating force of such natural phenomena.

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