Tornado touching downTornadoes are among the most threatening storms to your safety and your home. They are born from thunderstorms and appear as funnel-shaped clouds, moving as fast as 250 miles per hour (Missouri StormAware). Their damage can reach a mile wide and 50 miles long. Depending on the size of a tornado, you may see it ahead of time, or it may hit with no warning at all.

Some interesting facts about tornadoes include:

  • An average of 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries are caused by tornadoes in the United States every year.
  • Rotating winds of 250 mph are the strongest possible.
  • Tornadoes can be transparent until picking up dust or other debris from the ground.
  • They can grab water and create a waterspout, which causes damage to beaches and homes on the coasts.

It’s important to know what to do to stay safe during a tornado. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared before, during and after a storm.

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