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What are the times of year
that a tornado happens most?
Meteorologists don't know exactly why we have tornadoes, but they do know that they usually start when there is a bad thunderstorm with hail and lightning. Tornadoes start during the warmest or most humid part of the day which would be between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm .The cold air that gets trapped in the warm air will form a dark big black cloud that has air spinning inside.
The Worst Tornadoes
Tornadoes can do a lot of damage and even kill people and pets. One of the worst tornado came in the state of Illinois unexpected. Meteorologists couldn't warn people about it. Many people's houses were destroyed and several people died. But on April 3rd and 4th in 1974, the largest number of tornadoes (148) came from one thunderstorm. The worst tornado in history was the Great Tri-State tornado of 1925. It soared through the states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. The tornado lasted three and a half hours. Tragically when it was over 689 people had died and 1,500 people were hurt.
How do you know if a tornado is coming? (and precautions)
If you look outside through a window and you see a thunderstorm with thunder, lightening, hail and strong winds and you might hear a little roaring sound. If this happens than it would be a good precaution to turn on the TV to a weather channel and see if a tornado is coming. If you are under a tornado watch, you should watch the sky. If you see a dark funnel shaped cloud, it's a tornado. You need to get some precautions. The best thing to do when there is a tornado is to get away from all glass like in a closet or bathtub (unless you have a cellar. Go down there.) If you get in a bathtub than get pillows or sheets on you to protect you from the debris coming from the tornado. Also it might be a good idea to get a hand held radio to hear what's going on. But what ever you do stay away from the door. It will fly open and you will be outside with the tornado. If you are at home by yourself go into a bedroom and hide under a big heavy piece of furniture. If you are outside and you can not reach shelter, lie in a flat ditch and cover your neck with your hands to keep from flying glass to hit your neck. If at all possible get away from trees but especially power lines. I hope you have learned a little about tornadoes and remember they may be cool, but they are very dangerous!!
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