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Well, tornadoes are like a highly destructive vortex of violently rotating winds.
They also have an appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud.
So, what exactly is a tornado?
Actually, I just got a warning tornado warning on my phone, so we should probably get back to my house to be safe.
Tornado Warning has been issued in this area til 12:37 PST. Take shelter now. Check local media. -NWS
How is a tornado formed?
Well, most tornadoes form from thunderstorms. You need warm, moist air, and cool, dry air. When these two air masses meet, they create instability in the atmosphere. A change in wind direction and an increase in wind speed with increasing height creates an invisible, horizontal spinning effect in the lower atmosphere. Rising air within the updraft tilts the rotating air from horizontal to vertical
If you are at your house, go to your basement, safe room, or an interior room away from windows. Also, you can take cover under tables, or sturdy items, like this one. If time permits, take valuable items with you. But, most importantly, STAY CALM.
Lastly, after a tornado, try and stay informed. Be sure to listen or watch the news to stay updated on new tornado warnings/watches. Also, you should make sure that your property has not been damaged at all. When walking through storm damage, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes. Finally, make sure that your neighbors and relatives in your area are safe, and ask if they need help. If you come across people that are injured, call for emergency responders.
Wow! Thank you so much for teaching me about the basics of tornadoes. Now, I'll know what to do!
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