Effects Of Tornadoes

A Quick Guide to the Effects of Tornadoes

People who live in tornado prone regions know about the destructive effects of tornadoes; but those who have never experience this weather phenomena may not really understand how devastating they can be. Tornadoes are usually short lived, but in that short period of time they can cause unbelievable havoc on anyone or anything that is in their path. It is common for tornadoes to lift buildings from their foundations, roll vehicles and mobile homes around as if they were toys, and even propel animals and people great distances.


The United States is one of the regions of the world that have several areas that are prone to violent tornadoes; in states such as Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and along the Southeastern region of the Gulf of Mexico residence are very familiar with the effects of tornadoes.

It takes a combination of weather conditions to create the right atmosphere for a tornado; when there is a mixture of moisture, cold air and hot winds, a tornado can occur. When a tornado appears it will look like a dark funnel cloud, there will be a very loud sound that may resemble a rumbling. The tornado will travel in a wide column for miles and can have winds that are up to 300 miles per hour. If the tornado is very large, it may not have the classic funnel cloud shape, but more closely resemble a large column of dark storm clouds. Every once in a while, there may be two tornadoes that can occur from the same storm clouds. Some extremely violent storms have been known to spawn dozens of tornados that span across several states.

Some of the warning signs that a tornado might occur include a storm that is producing strong winds and rain, as well as large hail. Tornadoes are famously unpredictable, which is why it is so important to find shelter if you see a tunnel cloud, even if it appears as if it is not moving. A tornado can be sitting in one place and the next moment moving very fast, on occasion they have been recorded as moving 60 to 70 miles per hour. This doesn’t give you much time to find shelter if it begins moving your way.

The most deadly effects of tornadoes are flying debris, and the sheer pressure of the winds when it hits a building. The winds can easily cause a building to explode, lifting the roof and toppling the walls. Becoming educated about the effects of tornadoes is one of the best ways to stay safe if you ever happen to be caught up in one of these violent storms.

One of the best ways to stay safe from a tornado is to have enough warning to ensure that you are not in the path of the storm. If you live or happen to be in an area that is prone to tornadoes during a storm, it is essential that you listen to a radio so that you know when a tornado could be headed your way. Although ample warning is the best method of staying safe from the effects of tornadoes, it isn’t always possible. In some cases by the time you get the warning you may only have a moment or two to seek shelter.

The best places you can go during a tornado include storm shelters, cellars, and small rooms that are in the lowest level of the house and away from the outer area of the building. Stay away from the outer walls, as well as doors and windows, cover yourself with a mattress or something else to protect your head. If you are in a mobile home, leave it to find shelter; most tornado deaths are due to mobile homes. Never try to outrun a tornado in your car, instead find shelter. If you are not near shelter find a low lying ditch and lie down flat, covering your head.

There is no way to prevent the effects of tornadoes, but you stay safer by following some simple precautions.