What is Extreme?Tornado damage can range from minimal to extreme. It all depends on how strong or weak ther tornado is. Find out more about the damage and where to find pictures.
The damage a tornado causes is interesting in the sense that you can really never know what to expect after a tornado hits. Tornado have various strengths (check the tornado scale) so damage will vary from storm to storm. One thing that almost everyone will notice is that especially with the weaker tornadoes, they can hit a house and completely destroy it, yet leave the house next to it virtually untouched.
Tornadoes are different from hurricanes in the fact they although they may have stronger winds, they cover a MUCH smaller area. A whole neighborhood could be destroyed, while directly across the street, the houses would have liittle to minor damage. I've only seen tornado damage a few times in my life. When I was young, I was on the way to Cedar Point Amusement Park on a school field trip.
Image by Donald Lee Pardue
On they way there I saw the aftermath of a tornado that had hit nearby. Trees were cut down like toothpicks and cars flipped on their sides.
The damage was so extreme, that I can still picture it perfectly to this day. It is also what helped spark my interest in the weather and severe storms. The second time I saw tornado damage up close was when a small tornado came directly through the middle of my home city of Detroit. When the storm hit, we took cover and after the storm, we heard that the tornado hit a neighborhood about a mile away. The damage wasn't extreme, but roofs were blown off and trees snapped. One image I will remember is a hanger with the clothes still on it hanging on the fence as if the tornado had intended to place it there perfectly.
Larger tornadoes can literally wipe out the smaller towns in the Plains states (and it has happened). These tornadoes are usually EF4 or EF5 tornadoes and can sometimes be a mile wide in some places. The winds are so strong and the radius is so wide that everything in its path gets completely wiped out. I've never seen this type of damage before, and quite frankly I don't want to!!
I've only seen videos and pictures on the internet and that is enough. This is why you should take cover whenever a tornado warning is issued because it's difficult to tell how a tornado will behave. Some start off small and grow uickly into monsters, and some are big and quickly fizzle out. To be prepared for tornado damage you need to know the difference between tornado warnings and watches. You should also make sure your insurance is up to date and covers tornado damage. An emergency plan for you family is also one of the best things you can do.
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