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fact 1 a tornado is a mobile destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel shaped cloud.

fact 2there are 6 differerent categories of tornadoes:f0- < 72 mph winds f1- 72-112 mph winds f2- 113-157 mph windsf3- 158-206 mph winds f4- 207-260 mph winds f5- > 260 mph winds

fact 3there are 2 causes to tornadoes:instabilitly- warm/humid air in lower atmosphere, cooler in upper atmosphere wind shear- wind direction changes, speed changes

fact 4 tornado alley is an area of the United States where tornadoes happen most frequently. These states consist of northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Iowa, and more.

fact 5 all tornadoes can have different colors, sounds, and shapes

fact 6 The Dixie Alley tornado on April 27, 2011, set a record of 335 deaths. This tornado hit mostly in the Mississippi valley.

fact 7Tornadoes can occur when a warm front meets a cold front.

fact 8Damage paths of tornadoes can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.


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