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Tornado Facts


The average width of a tornado is 75 yards and it's average track length is 1-4 miles. The average tornado moves from southwest to northeast.

Oklahoma has the most tornadoes of all U.S. states per square mile.

The safest place to be when a tornado hits is underground.

During Canada's summers there is an average of one tornado every five days, compared to five tornadoes every day in the U.S.

Tornado winds can reach speeds of more than 250 mph.

Tornadoes can happen any time and just about anywhere in the world.

Each year, there are an average of 800-1000 tornadoes reported in the US.

The damage paths of a tornado can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.

A tornado can be identified by a dark, often greenish sky, a wall cloud, and a loud roar.

On the average, tornado paths are only a quarter of a mile wide.

A tornado is a column of air extending between a thunderstorm cloud and the ground.

Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 and 9 p.m.

Hail destroys more crops and property each year than by tornadoes.

Tornadoes are usually on the ground for about 5 minutes.

The United States can expect 10,000 violent thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and 1,000 tornadoes every year.

The average speed of a tornado is 30 mph.
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