The season of the tornados depends on the region, in which you are living. Hurricanes usually hit the downtown areas of the country. Some areas were badly affected by the tornados in the past. In 1871, a tornado hit St Louis and caused 9 deaths. In 1876, the tornado took almost 255 lives. On September 29, 1927, it was reported 28 deaths. On February 10, 1959, 21 deaths were reported. No death was claimed after the March 31, 2007 tornado. Other areas in the USA, where tornados usually happened are San Antonia, Tampa, Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, and Raleigh.
The Enhanced Fujita Scale has now replaced the old version of the Fujita Scale. The old Fujita Scale was introduced in 1971. From onwards 2007, the Enhanced Fujita Scale is used to estimate the intensity of the tornados. There are 6 categories on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. The six categories on the scale are EF0, EF1, EF2, EF3, EF4, and EF5. Through these scaling, the team can estimate the intensity of the tornados. The tornados which claim no damages are rated as EF0 and the wind speed of EF0 tornados is between 65 to 85 miles per hour. The wind speed of the EF5 tornados is 200 miles per hour. The EF5 tornado can completely damage the structure of a region.
Some Tornado Facts
Here are some interesting tornado facts, which you never heard or read before.
Tornados alley usually consist of Nebraska, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Tornados hit these states every year in the Spring and Summer.
When a tornado starts, the cloud is usually white or gray in color. But after some time, it turned into black color.
A tornado had destroyed a motel in Oklahoma. These signs were seen in the tornado of Arkansas later.
Every year, thousands of the tornados hit the U.S and kill dozens of people. Indeed, the U.S is the one and the only country where tornados occur more than any other country.
Some Safety Tips
Here are some safety tips for you. You must follow these tips during a tornado. Be ready for a tornado every time.
You can download weather update app on your mobile phone. Always listen to the weather news on the radio or TV.
Subscribe some weather emergency alerts. By doing this you can take quick action if you have to evacuate your place.
Always listen to the news regarding changing conditions of the weather.
Do not ignore the warning alarm regarding tornado by the local news or announcement. If you receive a tornado watch alarm then there is nothing to worry.
In summer and spring, look out the colors of the sky. If the color is changing then this is a warning alarm. During a tornado, the color of the clouds is usually black, dark gray, and green. The clouds are always rotating before the tornado.
Keep ready your emergency kit. Take a suitcase and pack some emergency stuff in it.
Keep ready your batteries, solar chargers, flashlights, torch, and battery-operated radios.
Keep ready your dehydrated meal and water in your car. Keep some equipment with you for your car.
Keep your important documents in any waterproof bag. If you have to evacuate your place, keep this bag with you.