Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be in a tornado or hurricane? I am going to tell you about them, so that might give you an idea. Hurricanes and Tornadoes are both very dangerous storms. They can kill tons of people and do a lot of damage. Hurricanes happen near the equator. Tornadoes usually happen in flat land places. They are both very interesting topics to learn about.
Numerous people would agree that tornadoes and hurricanes are both dangerous and frightening. They may occur almost any time and produce severe damage and injury. The two storms may have days’ worth of notice, however on other occasions, there’s no notice at all. We call these storms, natural disasters, geohazards, and even state of emergencies. These catastrophic occurrences cause distress in people residing in the storms general vicinity. While, tornadoes and hurricanes are very similar because of their high winds and ability to do extreme damage, they are tremendously different.
Tornados and hurricanes are often thought of as very similar, even at times identical. Both are destructive and can kill people, yet at the same time there must be a difference, because why would they be called different things if they were the same? Well, although both hurricanes and tornados have many things in common, some may be surprised to know how different they can be.
If you have never seen a tornado or hurricane, one day you might. Tornadoes and hurricanes are severe storm systems that can devastate communities, towns, and cities. Storms such as these are very dangerous and should not be taken lightly. Tornadoes and hurricanes have several similarities as well as differences. These similarities and differences can be seen in their appearance, casualties, and costs and damages of the storms.
Hurricanes and tornadoes are both severe weather events that can potentially cause a great deal of damage to property. Both of these storms can threaten human life and in severe events with either a hurricane of a tornado there may well be a loss of life. They may be quite different in how they form and what they actually do but on the other hand those storms are both potentially devastating so they fall into the same category of potential severe weather danger. People who live in areas where hurricanes and tornadoes are known to appear during certain seasons of the year are always urged to be alert to weather warning systems. Those same residents know from experience to keep their radios tuned to weather emergency stations and they are in many cases prepared for the brunt of a storm by building basement shelters.
Tornadoes and hurricanes are very destructive. Tornadoes are spinning columns of air that form from the the sky to the ground. Hurricanes are the most powerful storms on Earth. Hurricanes are tropical storms that travel across the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricanes happen when winds exceed to 75 miles per hour. Tornadoes have winds that can get to the speed of up to 200-300 miles per hour. There is a level 5 hurricane which means that the winds exceed up to 150 miles per hour.
Do you think hurricanes are nothing compared to tornadoes? The Hurricane of 1938 was a catastrophic disaster that New England was not prepared for. The New Englanders were just going about business as usual and once the storm hit without warning, no one was prepared. The hurricane caused very high waves, destruction of property, and flooding.
Tornadoes are devastating atmospheric events that affect the ecology and the lives of people in their paths. Tornadoes are defined as “a violently rotating column of air, in contact with the ground, either pendant from a cumuliform cloud or underneath a cumuliform cloud, and often (but not always) visible as a funnel cloud” (Glossary of Meterology, 2011). The Tri-state tornado was the most deadly tornado in the United States. It stayed on the ground for a total of 219 miles through areas of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killed a total of 695 people, and an estimated $16.5 million in damages (National Weather Service, 2011). Luckily, the tornado’s path was largely rural farmland with scattered small towns between them. <Add thesis>
Tornadoes can tear apart buildings, cars, forests, and can kill numerous people. In the U.S. alone, tornadoes cause 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries on average annually (“Tornado Facts And History”). A tornado swept through Yellowstone in the late 1980’s which left a path of destruction up and down a 10,000-foot mountain (“Tornado Facts”).
Tornadoes can like I said before unfortunately cause the lives of many innocent people. Did you know that the Joplin tornado killed 158 people which is a lot of innocent people lives? Tornadoes don’t only effect humans they can ruin animals shelters which is a very major problem. Tornadoes destroy many houses which people need to rebuild which is a big time consumer and takes many money. Tornadoes also effect animal food chains because tornadoes don’t only kill humans they kill animals too.
A tornado is defined as a violently rotating column extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of two hundred and fifty miles per hour or more. Damage paths can be more than one mile wide and fifty miles long. In an average year, eight hundred tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in eighty deaths and over one thousand five hundred injuries. In the body of my essay, I will tell you about types of tornadoes, where tornadoes come from, where and when tornadoes occur, the damage they inflict, variations of tornadoes, and how to detect tornadoes.
A tornadoes form when it is humid but the ground is wet and slower winds are by the ground as the fastest wind are higher in the sky. Because of this the wind starts to circle around when the slow wind moves up higher. Rain will fall and so will a funnel which is the tornado. The reason twister in Florida left extreme damage and many houses were being fixed or covered with tarp. Today they are cleaning up the damage or debris all over town. Other places tornadoes have touched down resonantly are Virginia and North Carolina the worst one was the one in Carolina taking three lives. To not be one of those three you must find shelter once you hear the word "WARNING." if you hear "watch" then prepare to go into "WARNING." Pleas remember that.
2011 contained one of the deadliest and costliest tornado seasons the United States has ever seen, leaving 550+ dead. In one year alone, 1,692 tornadoes touched-down, primary in the area known as “Tornadoes Alley” (extending from Texas to Minnesota). April had the highest amount of reported tornadoes for the year, totaling 875.