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A tornado near Anadarko, Oklahoma

What is a Tornado?

A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms and hence can cause serious damage. They occur during thunderstorms in minutes and are therefore very hard to predict. The strength of a tornado is determined by the so-called Fujita Scale (F-Scale).

Interested in learning more about tornadoes? Our list of Top 100 Tornado Facts is in the making :).

How to Protect Myself and my Family?

Given the extreme winds and resulting, unimaginable destruction, people living in tornado prone areas (such as the Tornado Alley), should actively consider options to protect themselves and their loved ones.

To avoid situations that could risk your life and property, make sure to keep an eye on the tornado warning from the National Weather Service on Twitter.

In the worst case scenario, storm shelters are probably a good way to take cover from the destructive power of a tornado. One option is to make use of a public storm shelter in your area. However, one of the highest protection offer private above-ground shelters and private underground shelters. Their biggest advantage is that they are quick to reach in a case of emergency. 

For more detailed information, stay tuned for our Tornado Shelter Guide!

What is the Fujita Scale?

Commonly known as the F-Scale, the Fujita scale is used to rate the strength of a tornado. Measured on a scale from F1-F5, it describes the tornado’s impact on human-built structures and vegetation. Click here to learn more about it.

What is Tornado Alley?

The term “Tornado Alley” is used to describe the areas of the United States and Canada in which tornadoes occur frequently. As of 2018, there still isn’t an official definition of what this term describes, particularly because tornadoes can happen almost anywhere. Still, there’s a general consensus that this term should be used for the Great Plains area of the United States. Get all the facts!

Are Hurricanes and Tornadoes the Same?

Both are weather phenomenons that come with strong winds and can cause great damage. However, tornadoes form on land, while hurricanes appear over water. They further differ on their size, speed, duration, frequency and possibility to issue a warning. Read all about it in this article.

What is the Difference between a Cyclone and Tornado?

Similar to hurricanes, both cyclones and tornadoes are violent spiraling storms. While cyclones tend to form in the tropical parts of the world, tornadoes mainly occur in the United States of America. To learn about the differences in greater detail, make sure to read our article comparing both weather phenomena.

Having Dreams about Tornadoes?

If you have dreams about tornadoes, you’re probably very eager to find out where they’re coming from. Same as any other dream, tornado dreams can have different meanings. Don’t miss our interpretations of the 10 most common tornado-related dreams!